OnePlus 3 screen replacement guide

The screen is broken or remains black.

  • OnePlus 3
  • 29 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this repair guide, we show you how to replace your OnePlus 3/3T defective display unit. You need this repair if the glass is cracked, the touchscreen no longer responds to touch, or the LCD remains black or flickers.

Required tools

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

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

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • 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
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Torx T2 screwdriver

    Torx T2 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing Torx T2 screws.

    €13.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

29 steps
  1. Switching off your device

    OnePlus 3 - Switching off your device 01
    OnePlus 3 - Switching off your device 02
    1. Turn off your OnePlus 3 completely to avoid damaging it during the repair. Press and hold the standby button until the switch off button appears.
    2. Tap the button and confirm again to switch off the device.

    If the touch screen of your OnePlus 3 no longer reacts, you can also press and hold the standby button for 10-15 seconds to switch off your device.

  2. Removing the back cover screws

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the back cover screws 01
    • 2 × 2.5 mm Torx

    You need a torx screwdriver (T2) to open the OnePlus 3.

    1. Remove the two torx screws from the lower edge of the back cover. They are to the left and right of the charging port and the audio port. Place the screws in the same box of the magnetic pad.
  3. Removing the SIM card tray

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the SIM card tray 01
    1. You can use the SIM tool or a paperclip to remove the SIM card tray. Press the tool into the small hole on the SIM card try and pull it out.
  4. Removing the back cover

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the back cover 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the back cover 02
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the back cover 03
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    1. Put your OnePlus 3 on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the display, you need a suction cup, a hard plastic pick and a heat gun. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with a strip of packing tape before you continue.
    3. The screen is glued to the frame. Use a heat gun to heat the outer edges of the display to about 60°C (140°F).
    4. Place the suction cup over the Home button (if possible) or next to it. While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic pick between the aluminum frame and the display frame and press down the aluminum frame. Because the display’s glued on, you have to slide the pick all around the iPhone between the aluminum frame and the display frame.
    5. The display is latched into the back cover at the top end (above the earpiece). Use a pick to press the display towards the home button and lift it out of the display.
  5. Disconnecting the battery

    OnePlus 3 - Disconnecting the battery 01

    Before starting the repair, disconnect the battery contact to prevent short circuits and avoid accidentally turning on your device during the repair.

    1. Now carefully pry off the battery connector by carefully sliding a spudger under it.
  6. Removing the flex cables

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the flex cables 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the flex cables 02
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the flex cables 03
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the flex cables 04
    • 1 × 2,8 mm Phillips
    1. Remove the bracket plate over the two flex cable connectors, which is secured with a Phillips screw.
    2. Disconnect the two connectors of the flex cables on the mainboard (on top) and the connector on the lower circuit board using a spudger.
    3. Now remove the disconnected flex cable.
  7. Removing the battery

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the battery 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the battery 02
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the battery 03
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the battery 04
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the battery 05

    The battery is glued into the display.

    1. First remove the adhesive strips on both sides of the battery. The strips hold the cables of the standby/volume cables in place.
    2. Bend the flex cable of the lower circuit board to the side and make sure not to damage the cable when taking out the battery.
    3. Grab the tab on the battery and pull on it slowly but with force. Press down the display frame and try pulling out the battery far enough so you can slide your fingers underneath and lift it out.

    If the tab rips, you can slide a flat, blunt plastic tool under the battery to remove it.

    Don't bend the battery too much and don't use a pointed or sharp tool, since this could damage the battery.

  8. Removing the logic board

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the logic board 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the logic board 02
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the logic board 03
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the logic board 04
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the logic board 05
    • 3 × 2.7 mm Phillips
    • 4 × 2.8 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    • 1 × Antenna
    1. Unplug the large connector.
    2. Remove the 7 Phillips screws that secure the logic board. A moisture indicator is attached to one of the screws. Carefully remove it, so you can reattach it later.
    3. The screws have different lengths. Make sure you don’t mix them up.

    4. Also unplug the antenna contact.
    5. The logic boardis clipped in at the top edge. Insert the spudger here and pry up the logic board to remove it from the device.
  9. Removing the speaker / charging port / headset

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the speaker / charging port / headset 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the speaker / charging port / headset 02
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    OnePlus 3 - Removing the speaker / charging port / headset 04
    • 2 × 2,8 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 5 × 2,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Carefully remove the antenna’s plug using a spudger. Make sure not to damage the socket on the circuit board or tear down.
    2. Remove the 7 Phillips screws; they have different lenghts.
    3. Disconnect the two connectors of the control keys and the home button.
    4. Remove the circuit board.
  10. Removing the antenna

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the antenna 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the antenna 02
    1. Pull the antenna from its holder.
  11. Removing the earpiece

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the earpiece 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the earpiece 02
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the earpiece 03

    The earpiece is slightly glued into the display.

    1. Slide a tool under the earpiece and pry it out.

    Use hot air to remove the glue, if the earpiece is hard to remove.

  12. Removing the standby/volume cable

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the standby/volume cable 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the standby/volume cable 02
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the standby/volume cable 03
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the standby/volume cable 04

    The cable for the standby/volume keys is slightly glued.

    Heat the display with a heat gun to soften the glue.

    1. Slowly remove the connectors for the standby/volume keys on both sides of the device.
    2. Now slide a flat tool under the entire cable and the field with the four connectors to remove the display from the device.
  13. Removing the holders

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the holders 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the holders 02
    • 2 × 1,5 mm Phillips-Schraube

    The two metal holders are secured with Phillips screws.

    1. Remove the screws and take out the holders.
  14. Removing the fingerprint sensor

    OnePlus 3 - Removing the fingerprint sensor 01
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the fingerprint sensor 02
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the fingerprint sensor 03
    OnePlus 3 - Removing the fingerprint sensor 04

    The fingerprint sensor is glued pretty hard. Heat it with hot air to remove the glue more easily.

    1. Pull off the adhesive strip using tweezers.
    2. Press the fingerprint through the display from the bottom and take it out.
  15. Preparing the new display

    OnePlus 3 - Preparing the new display 01
    OnePlus 3 - Preparing the new display 02
    OnePlus 3 - Preparing the new display 03
    OnePlus 3 - Preparing the new display 04
    1. Check the new part and and transfer any small parts, such as plastic holders or thermal pads.
    2. There’s a transparent adhesive film over all stickers of the new display. Remove the protective film before you start assembling your device.
  16. Connecting the fingerprint sensor

    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the fingerprint sensor 01
    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the fingerprint sensor 02
    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the fingerprint sensor 03
    1. Now put the fingerprint sensor back in its hole and press it in a little to make it sit.
    2. Attach all adhesive strips to the display again.
  17. Connecting the standby/volume cable

    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the standby/volume cable 01
    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the standby/volume cable 02
    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the standby/volume cable 03
    1. Place the standby/volume cable back in the display.
    2. Press in the connectors for the standby/volume keys on both sides of the device.
    3. Press in the cable to make it stick.
  18. Inserting the earpiece

    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the earpiece 01
    1. Put the earpiece in its opening and press it in a little.

    Make sure the earpiece is aligned correctly. The two metal contacts have to be on top.

  19. Inserting the antenna

    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the antenna 01
    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the antenna 02
    1. Put the antenna cable back in its holder.
  20. Inserting the speaker/charging port/headset

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    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the speaker/charging port/headset 02
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    • 2 × 2,8 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 5 × 2,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Insert the lower circuit board. Make sure that no flex cables or the antenna get stuck under the circuit board.
    2. Screw in the circuit board using the Phillips screws.
    3. Connect the two plugs of the antenna to the board.

    Use tweezers when connecting the antenna. Position the antenna correctly over the socket and carefully press it on.

  21. Installing the mainboard

    OnePlus 3 - Installing the mainboard 01
    OnePlus 3 - Installing the mainboard 02
    OnePlus 3 - Installing the mainboard 03
    OnePlus 3 - Installing the mainboard 04
    OnePlus 3 - Installing the mainboard 05
    OnePlus 3 - Installing the mainboard 06
    • 3 × 2,7 mm Phillips-Schraube
    • 4 × 2,8 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Reinstall the mainboard. Make sure that no flex cables or the antenna get stuck underneath. Press in the mainboard so it clicks in at the top. Make sure the front camera is positioned correctly.
    2. Screw in the mainboard using the Phillips screws and attach the moisture indicator again.
    3. Reconnect the display contact and the antenna to the mainboard.
  22. Inserting the battery

    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the battery 01
    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the battery 02
    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the battery 03
    1. Slide the battery under the flex cable and position it so that there's a small space on both sides.
    2. Press in the battery so it sticks.
    3. Stick the adhesive strips to the connectors of the standby/volume cables again.
  23. Connecting the flex cables

    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the flex cables 01
    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the flex cables 02
    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the flex cables 03
    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the flex cables 04
    • 1 × 2,8 mm Phillips
    1. Connect the top flex cable to the mainboard.
    2. Insert the second flex cable and connect both ends.
    3. Use some pressure to click in the connectors. If it doesn't work right away, take off the connector again and try again.Don't slide the connector over the socket sideways. This could damage the connector.

    4. Put the bracket back on. Latch it in on one side and fasten the screw.
  24. Installing the holders

    OnePlus 3 - Installing the holders 01
    OnePlus 3 - Installing the holders 02
    OnePlus 3 - Installing the holders 03
    • 2 × 1,5 mm Phillips-Schraube
    1. Insert the two holders on the sides of the device and screw it in.
  25. Connecting the battery

    OnePlus 3 - Connecting the battery 01
    1. Reconnect the battery by pressing it on the mainboard with your finger.
  26. Attaching the back cover

    OnePlus 3 - Attaching the back cover 01
    OnePlus 3 - Attaching the back cover 02
    OnePlus 3 - Attaching the back cover 03

    Put the display back into the back cover.

    1. The display latches in at the top end. Start here and then gradually fold the display into the back cover.
    2. Press down the display all around the edges, until it sits flush in the back cover.
  27. Inserting the SIM card slider

    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the SIM card slider 01
    1. Inser the SIM card slider and any cards back in the device. Make sure it's positioned correctly.
  28. Inserting the back cover screws

    OnePlus 3 - Inserting the back cover screws 01
    • 2 × 2.5 mm Torx
    1. Screw in the two torx screws on the left and right at the bottom end of the device.
  29. Testing the display

    OnePlus 3 - Testing the display 01
    OnePlus 3 - Testing the display 02
    1. Start the OnePlus 3.
    2. Select an app and drag it all around the display. If the app follows your finger, the display is ok.
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