iPhone X - Removing the logicboard

  • iPhone X
  • 19 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 90 min.
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Your iPhone X had water damage? That's why you want to remove the logicboard?

After a water damage it is generally recommended to clean the logicboard to avoid further corrosion. How to do this is explained step by step in our repair instructions.

Good luck when removing your logicboard! Please give our instructions a positive evaluation if they have helped you.

Required tools

  • Hard Plastic Picks

    Hard Plastic Picks

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

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  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

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  • iFlex opening tool

    iFlex opening tool

    Opening your smartphone can be a very delicate operation, especially if the glue is very persistent. The blade of the flexible but sturdy iFlex measures just 0.15 mm, so it fits in even the smallest gaps, such as between the screen and the frame. The practical iFlex is made of stainless steel and sits comfortably in the hand. This makes it the perfect assistant for every smartphone repair.

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

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  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

    €2.00 at the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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  • Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    Y-type Y000 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing Y-type screws.

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Getting started with the repair of your iPhone X

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19 steps
  1. Switching off your iPhone X

    iPhone X - Switching off your iPhone X 01
    iPhone X - Switching off your iPhone X 02
    iPhone X - Switching off your iPhone X 03
    1. Turn off your iPhone X before making repairs to protect it from potential damage. To do so, press the standby button and one of the two volume buttons simultaneously for about three seconds.
    2. When the "Power Off" slider appears on the display, wipe it from left to right. Your iPhone will shut down completely within about 10 seconds.
  2. Removing the rear case screws

    iPhone X - Removing the rear case screws 01
    iPhone X - Removing the rear case screws 02
    iPhone X - Removing the rear case screws 03
    • 2 × 6,8 mm Pentalobe

    You need a pentalobe screwdriver (PL1) to open your iPhone X.

    1. Remove the two pentalobe screws located to the right and left of the Lightning connector and put them in a screw storage box.

    To ensure that you do not lose any of the removed components and screws, we recommend that you use a screw storage box. For this purpose, you can for example convert an old sewing box. We use a high-quality magnetic pad for our repairs, on which the removed components can also be arranged in the same way as they were installed in the telephone. This way you know exactly where each screw was located, which makes it much easier for you to assemble later.

  3. Heating up the display

    iPhone X - Heating up the display 01
    iPhone X - Heating up the display 02
    Used tools

    iPhone X is opened via the display. Since it is strongly glued to the rest of the case, you have to heat the glue first to be able to remove the display.

    1. Place your iPhone X on a soft and clean surface to avoid scratching the back of your iPhone X when lifting the display.
    2. Now use a hot air tool, such as a hot air dryer or a regular hairdryer, to run evenly over the glued edge of the display.

    The rule of thumb is to heat your device only enough to be comfortable to touch without being uncomfortably hot.







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  4. Detaching the display

    iPhone X - Detaching the display 01
    iPhone X - Detaching the display 02
    iPhone X - Detaching the display 03
    iPhone X - Detaching the display 04
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    Once the iPhone X has been opened, no warranty can be given for waterproofness. Also the warranty for protection against dust and splashing water of the IP67 classification expires.

    1. Place the suction cup on the bottom edge of your device and pull it upwards to create a narrow gap between the stainless steel and display frame.
    2. Insert a sturdy, flat tool into the narrow gap to enlarge it. At the same time, press the display slightly upwards with the tool, using flat plastic picks.

    Be careful not to go further than 5 mm into the gap with your tool to avoid damaging any components inside the Iphone X.

    1. Move the tool one step at a time around the frame of your iPhone to remove the stuck display completely. Use the plectrum to keep pushing upwards so that the noses come off the stainless steel frame.
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  5. Opening the display

    iPhone X - Opening the display 01
    iPhone X - Opening the display 02
    iPhone X - Opening the display 03
    iPhone X - Opening the display 04
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    To avoid overstretching the sensitive flex cables connected to the display, you should not completely fold the display over while it is still connected.

    1. Remove the display from the aluminium frame by gently pushing it upwards with a hard plastic plectrum.
    2. When the display is completely detached, you can slowly fold it up to the side of the standby button.
    3. Lean it against a stable object so that it remains in a vertical position.



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  6. Disconnecting the battery

    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 01
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 02
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 03
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 04
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the battery 05
    • 1 × 3,0 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 3,6 mm Y-Type
    • Connector

    When starting the repair, always disconnect the battery connector to avoid a potential short circuit.

    Note that the screws installed in iPhone X vary in length.

    1. Unscrew the Y-type screws with a Y-type screwdriver and remove the cover plate.
    2. Now carefully disconnect the battery connector by sliding it under with a flat plastic tool. We use a plastic spudger for this.
  7. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone X - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    iPhone X - Disconnecting the display connectors 03
    Used tools
    • Display Connector
    • Earpiece Connector

    The display is attached to the rest of the iPhone 8 via three connectors.

    To avoid damaging something on the logicboard while disconnecting the connectors, you should always use your tools from the side where there are no components.


    1. Use a spudger to carefully remove the connectors from the Logicboard one by one.
    2. When all connectors are disconnected, you can remove the display completely.
    Used tools
  8. Information for removal of the logicboard

    iPhone X - Information for removal of the logicboard 01
    iPhone X - Information for removal of the logicboard 02

    In the following pictures the speaker, Taptic Engine and battery are missing. However, it is not absolutely necessary to remove these components in order to remove the logicboard.

  9. Removing the iSight camera

    • Camera Connector
    • 1 × 2,2 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,9 mm Phillips
    1. First loosen the two Phillips screws that fix the bracket plate of the iSight camera.
    2. Lift up the small eyelet on the upper edge of the rear case clamping the bracket plate.
    3. Use a spudger to separate the two connectors of the iSight camera from the logicboard.
    4. Now you can carefully lever the camera out of its lead with the spudger and put it aside.
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  11. Removing the SIM card tray

    iPhone X - Removing the SIM card tray  01
    iPhone X - Removing the SIM card tray  02
    iPhone X - Removing the SIM card tray  03
    Used tools

    Before you can remove the logicboard, you have to remove the SIM card tray.

    1. Use a SIM tool or a paperclip to go into the opening next to the SIM card tray and then remove it.


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  12. Removing the logicboard

    • 1 × 2,8 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2,1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,1 mm Y-Type
    • Lightning connector
    • Camera flash connector
    • Speaker connector
    • Front-facing camera connector
    • Wi-Fi antenna connector
    • Wireless charging connector
    1. Use a spudger to carefully disconnect all connectors from the logicboard. This includes the Lightning connector, flash light, FaceTime camera and volume buttons.
    2. A connector is located under the flex cable of the FaceTime camera. Bend the cable carefully to the side to be able to detach the connector.

    If the connector cannot be released immediately, you can also remove the FaceTime camera first.

    1. Loosen the screws that keep the logicboard in place.

    One of the screws fixes a small metal component.

    1. When all screws and connectors are loosened, bend the flex cables carefully to the side and take out the logicboard.





  13. Installing the logicboard

    • 1 × 2,7 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2,1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1,1 mm Y-Type
    • Lightning connector
    • Camera flash connector
    • Speaker connector
    • Front-facing camera connector
    • Wi-Fi antenna connector
    • Wireless charging connector
    1. Bend all loose flex cables a bit to the side before you put the logicboard back into the back cover, so that none of them gets jammed.
    2. Put the small metal cover back in its original position and screw it in place.
    3. Fix the logicboard with the remaining screws.
    4. Now attach all connectors.



  14. Installing the SIM card tray

    iPhone X - Installing the SIM card tray  01
    iPhone X - Installing the SIM card tray  02
    1. Slide the SIM card tray back into the frame of the back cover.

    You shouldn't feel any strong resistance when inserting the SIM card tray. Otherwise the logicboard might not be properly seated.

  15. Installing the iSight camera

    • Camera Connector
    • 1 × 1,9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2,2 mm Phillips

    Before inserting the iSight camera, make sure there are no dust or fingerprints on the camera lens or inside the camera cover.

    1. Place the iSight camera back into the respective opening of the enclosure and gently squeeze it in.
    2. Attach the connectors of the two cameras.
    3. Place the metal cover next to the iSight camera and upright on the rear case.
    4. Fold it over so that the screw holes are aligned correctly.

    Make sure the small metall eyelet lies above the metal cover.

    1. Secure the cover plate with the two screws.
  16. Attaching a new adhesive frame

    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 01
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 02
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 03
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 04
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 05
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 06
    iPhone X - Attaching a new adhesive frame 07
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    Verwendete Ersatzteile

    After applying a new adhesive strip, the iPhone is again protected against dust and splash water, but it is not 100% waterproof.

    1. To ensure that the new adhesive frame fits properly everywhere, you must first remove all remaining adhesive residue on stainless steel and display frames.
    2. Align the adhesive frame correctly and then pull off the protective film from the underside of the adhesive frame.

    The corners of the adhesive frame are different and will help you align it correctly with your device's frame.

    1. Place the adhesive frame only on one edge of the frame at first and press it down firmly as you go.

    You can use the plastic spudger to press it down so that the frame is as smooth as possible.

    1. Then pull off the middle part of the protective film.
    2. Finally, remove the remaining protective film from the edge of the housing so that only a transparent adhesive film remains.

    You can leave the remaining protective film on the edge of the housing until you have connected the display and attached the cover plates. This prevents anything from sticking to the adhesive frame beforehand.




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    Verwendete Ersatzteile
  17. Connecting the display

    iPhone X - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 03
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 04
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 05
    iPhone X - Connecting the display 06
    Used tools
    • Display Connector
    • Earpiece Connector
    1. To prevent the sensitive flex cables from being overstretched when connecting the display, place the display on the side of the frame of your iPhone X and lean it against a stable object.
    2. Connect the three display connectors by gently pressing them until you feel them click into place.

    You may need to press the lower connector with the spudger to make sure it is properly seated.

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  18. Connecting the battery

    • Connector
    • 1 × 3,0 mm Y-Type
    • 3 × 1,0 mm Y-Type
    • 1 × 3,6 mm Y-Type
    1. Reattach the battery connector.
    2. Then put on the bracket plate and fix it with the Y-Type screws.
  19. Installing the display

    iPhone X - Installing the display 01
    iPhone X - Installing the display 02
    iPhone X - Installing the display 03
    1. Take the display in both hands and carefully fold it over.
    2. Press it down along the frame one by one.

    Test the display and other functions of your iPhone before gluing it in place.

  20. Fastening the back cover screws

    iPhone X - Fastening the back cover screws 01
    iPhone X - Fastening the back cover screws 02
    • 2 × 6.8 mm Pentalobe
    1. Screw the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the Lightning connector tight.
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