Replacing the Xiaomi Mi 9 Screen

Replace the faulty screen of your Mi 9 with this guide

  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • 25 Steps
  • Medium
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

Replace the faulty screen of your Mi 9 with this guide

Required tools

  • Flache Plektren

    Flache Plektren

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

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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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  • iPlastix

    iPlastix

    Dein Smartphone zu öffnen kann eine sehr empfindliche Angelegenheit sein. Die Klinge des biegsamen aber stabilen iPlastix hat eine Dicke von nur 0,15 mm, sodass es auch in den kleinsten Spalten reinpasst, beispielsweise zwischen dem Display und dem Rahmen oder unter dem Logicboard. Das praktische iPlastix ist aus biegsamem Kunststoff und liegt gut in der Hand. Damit ist es der perfekte Helfer bei jeder Smartphone-Reparatur.

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  • iSclack

    iSclack

    Dein iPhone oder iPad kannst du erst reparieren, wenn du das Gerät aufkriegst. Das klingt vielleicht einfach, kann aber ein sehr heikler und komplizierter Vorgang sein. Wie soll man das Ganze festhalten, und wie kriegt man die unterschiedlichen Teile auseinander? Wie macht man das, ohne noch etwas kaputtzumachen? Mit dem praktischen Öffnungstool iSclack geht’s viel einfacher und sicherer. Zwei gegenüberliegende Saufnäpfe greifen Display und Rückschale fest. Mit dem zangenartigen Griff braucht man nur eine Hand, um die Beiden zu bewegen. Die beigelegten Abdeckfolien ermöglichen die Benutzung auch beim zersplitterten Display.

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

    €9.00 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

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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.

25 steps
  1. Switching off the Xiaomi Mi 9

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    1. Turn off your device by holding down the power button until the “Power off” option appears.
    2. Use your finger to confirm that you want to shut down your device and wait until the screen goes blank.
  2. Removing the back cover

    1. The back cover’s heavily glued to the chassis. Heat the device evenly with hot air to soften the glue. A temperature of 60 - 80°C should be sufficient. As a rule of thumb, you should still be able to touch your device without it being uncomfortably hot.
    2. The easiest way to loosen the back cover is to use a flat and flexible tool such as the iPlastix or iFlex. You will also need several picks to unstick the back cover all around.
    3. Heat the spot where you start and place a flat tool between the back cover and the frame.
    4. Use a suction cup to lift the glass if you can't find a place to insert your tool.
    5. With the iSclack, you can easily lift the back cover and then use a flat tool to loosen the glue. Put both suction cups on the display and the backcover and press the lever of the tool together like a pair of pliers.

    The iPlastix is made of plastic, so it won't scratch the device. On the other hand, it's very soft and tricky to insert. The iFlex makes it easier to get into the gap between the glass and the frame because it's made of very thin, stable metal. But it also makes it easier to scratch the frame of your device.

    Be extra careful, the back cover can break very easily. If necessary, apply the heat several times and try again. Removing the back cover might take half an hour. Take a little more time and work carefully to make sure you don't break anything.

    1. Once the tool is inserted, stick a pick into the gap to keep it open. Then run the tool around the entire edge to gradually loosen the glue.
    2. Then heat the next part and insert the picks one by one.
    3. Once the rear glass is unglued, you can lift it off.

    The covers of the cameras remain in the device and are not permanently attached to the back cover. Loosen the adhesive there as well and take care not to damage the flex cable of the covers.

  3. Removing the midframe

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    • 10 × 3,1 mm Phillips
    1. Loosen the Phillips screws that secure the cover. The wireless charging coil and NFC antenna are attached to the plastic cover.

    One or more screws may be covered with a sticker. Remove the stickers or pierce them with a screwdriver.

    1. The cover is hooked into the housing. Lever with a tool under the plastic frame and lift the frame upwards.
    2. Now you can remove the plastic cover together with the coil.
  4. Disconnecting the battery

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    • Battery connector
    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the battery contact from the motherboard.

    Always lever from a side where there are no small components on the motherboard. This avoids unintentional damage to capacitors or ICs.

  5. Removing the speaker

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    • 1 × 2,6 mm Phillips
    • 4 × 3,1 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 3,8 mm Phillips
    • Antenna connector
    1. Loosen the Phillips screws that secure the speaker.
    2. One of the screws is covered with a sticker. Remove the sticker first or pierce it with your screwdriver.

    The screws have different lengths. Be careful not to mix them up. The easiest way to do this is with an iDoc magnet mat. You can place the screws on it the way they are in the device and due to the magnetic adhesion the screws will not get lost.

    1. Then lever one side of the speaker with a spudger until it comes out of the device.
    2. There is one antenna connected on the back of the speaker.
    3. Loosen the antenna with a pair of tweezers by inserting them under the cable and then carefully lever it.
  6. Removing the battery

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    The battery in the Xiaomi Mi 9 is attached to the device with two adhesive strips. The adhesive strips have pull tabs, with which they can be easily loosened. This makes removing the battery quite comfortable and easy.

    1. First loosen the black tabs on the top of the battery.
    2. Now you have to pull out the adhesive strips very slowly. Keep the adhesive strips as flat as possible to prevent them from tearing.
    3. You can pull out the adhesive strips with your fingers and grab them repeatedly, or you can pull them out with tweezers and gradually wind them up.

    Hold the battery and the device firmly when pulling the last adhesive strip so that the battery cannot fall out of the device.

    If one of the adhesive strips tears, carefully lever out the battery with a wide spudger. Try to bend the battery as little as possible.

    1. If both adhesive strips are detached, you can remove the battery.
  7. Removing the mainboard

    • Antenna connector
    • Sub board connector
    • Display connector
    • 1 × 2,6 mm Phillips
    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the marked contacts from the motherboard.

    The safest way to release the antenna connectors is to grip the cable with a pair of tweezers and release the contact with a twisting motion. This way you don't risk damaging the circuit board by levering too much.

    1. Remove the Phillips screw.
    2. Take the SIM card holder out.
    3. Now you can carefully lever the mainboard with a spudger and then remove the mainboard. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on the connectors you already disconnected.
    4. Then set the board aside in a safe place.
    There's a small plastic pin in the opening of the SIM tray. Make sure it doesn't fall out.
  8. Removing the USB daughter board

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    • 1 × 2,6 mm Phillips
    • Fingerprint connector
    • Antenna connector
    • USB connector

    The USB-C socket and a microphone are attached to the smaller circuit board at the bottom of the device. There are also antennas and the fingerprint sensor connected.

    1. First disconnect all connectors and the white antenna. Loosen the antenna by twisting the tweezers and then remove the antenna from its guide.
    2. Remove the single black screw that fixes the board.
    3. The board is glued into the device. Heat it evenly to loosen the adhesive more easily.
    4. Then you can lever it up a little on the upper side until you can remove it.



  9. Removing the fingerprint sensor

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    The fingerprint sensor in the Xiaomi Mi 9 consists of a very small camera that is mounted directly under the screen.

    Be especially careful not to damage the sensitive flex cable when loosening the fingerprint sensor.

    1. Heat the flex cable evenly with hot air to make it easier to loosen.
    2. Then use a thin tool such as a steel spatula to carefully slide it under the cable and loosen it by levering it slightly.
    3. Also lever the camera module until it comes loose.
    4. When everything is loose, you can remove the fingerprint sensor from the device.
  10. Removing the vibration motor

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    1. The vibration motor is glued to the enclosure, too. Carefully detach the motor by inserting your tool between the enclosure and the motor.

    Do not lever on the side with the golden contacts, as these can easily break off.

  11. Removing the earpiece

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    1. The earpiece is glued to the enclosure. Carefully detach it with a flat tool like the steel spatula.

    You can use hot air again to loosen the glue more easily.

  12. Removing the antennas and the flex cable

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    In the last step the two antenna cables and the wide flex cable of the USB board have to be removed.

    1. Carefully remove the black and white antenna cables from their guides and remember how they are located inside the device so that you can reinsert them correctly later.
    2. Heat the black flex cable and gradually pull it out of the device.
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  14. Preparing the new display unit

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    1. Now compare your replacement display with the defective display. You may have to take over some small parts and adhesive pads. Remove everything from the old display that is not in the new display.
    2. These could be small adhesive tapes under the USB flex cable or under the vibration motor.

    Don't forget the small black plastic pen in the opening next to the SIM card holder! This must also be transferred to the new display so that you can remove the SIM card holder correctly later.

    1. Also check if the flex cables of the standby and volume keys are installed in the new display.
    2. Finally, remove any plastic film over the adhesive surfaces on the new display. There may also be adhesive surfaces under the display flex cable, on which the flex cable is then glued on.
  15. Installing the antennas and the flex cable

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    1. Replace the two antennas at the edge of the housing. Press them into their guides with a spudger.

    Make sure that they are inserted the right way around. You can also wait until the mainboard is installed before installing the antennas, then you can connect them directly.

    1. Also put the wide flex cable in place. The white arrow must point upwards inside the device.
  16. Installing the earpiece

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    1. Put the earpiece back in the case.

    Pay attention to the orientation of the earpiece. The golden contacts must point downwards.

    1. Press it on a little so the glue will stick better.

    If there is an adhesive surface in the new display, remove all old adhesive residue from the earpiece before inserting it.

  17. Installing the vibration motor

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    1. Put the vibration motor in the little round opening on side of the case.
    2. Use your fingers to press the motor firmly into place.
  18. Installing the fingerprint sensor

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    1. Reinsert the fingerprint sensor module into the device.
    2. Remove all adhesive around the camera opening if your replacement display has a new adhesive surface for the module.

    Make sure that there is no dust or dirt on the camera lens and inside the unit. This may cause the unlocking via fingerprint to not work correctly.

    1. Also position the flex cable underneath the camera correctly. A small nose in the device helps to position it there.
  19. Installing the USB board

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    • 1 × 2,6 mm Phillips
    • Fingerprint connector
    • Antenna connector
    • USB connector
    1. Insert the board with the USB socket back into the device.

    Make sure that you do not pinch any cables under the board.

    1. Slide it down so that the jack and microphone are properly seated in the lower edge of the housing.
    2. Reconnect the two connectors and the white antenna cable.
    3. The easiest way to connect the antenna is to position it over its contact with a pair of tweezers and then press it down with a spudger. Also push the antenna into its guide on the board.
    4. Screw the USB board in place with the single Phillips screw.
  20. Installing the mainboard

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    • Antenna connector
    • USB connector
    • 1 × 2,6 mm Phillips
    • Display connector
    1. Then you can put the mainboard back into the case. Take care not to pinch any cables or connectors under the board.
    2. Insert the SIM card holder. If it gets stuck, don't push it in with force. Then check whether the main board is correctly seated.
    3. Fasten the board with the marked screw.
    4. Now reconnect all marked connectors and antennas to the board.

    Loosen the glued USB flex cable again if it is not yet exactly right and reposition it.

    1. Use a pair of tweezers to connect the antennas.
  21. Installing the battery

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    1. Apply new adhesive strips to the back of the battery so that it lies securely in the device and cannot move.
    2. You can use iPhone 5/5s adhesive strips and shorten them to fit the battery. This will allow you to conveniently remove the battery later.
    3. Alternatively, you can use very thin double-sided tape to glue in the battery.
    4. Apply the adhesive only to the marked areas.
    5. Then insert the battery into the display unit.
    6. Press the battery firmly into the housing so that the adhesive can adhere better.
  22. Installing the speaker

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    • Antenna connector
    • 1 × 2,6 mm Phillips
    • 4 × 3,1 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 3,8 mm Phillips

    At the back of the loudspeaker an antenna has to be connected first.

    1. Put the speaker in position and connect the black antenna cable with a pair of tweezers and a spudger.
    2. Then reinsert the speaker over the USB port, press it tight and screw it into place.



    Make sure it sits flush at the bottom of the device.

  23. Connecting the battery

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    • Battery Connector

    Reconnect the battery.

    1. Position the connector over its socket on the main board and press it down carefully.
  24. Installing the midframe

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    • 10 × 3,1 mm Phillips
    1. Put the cover with the antenna back in the enclosure after hooking it onto the top of the enclosure.
    2. Then press the cover with your fingers until it clicks gently into place.
    3. Fasten the phillips screws.
  25. Testing the Xiaomi Mi 9

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    1. Turn on your device and test it before you finally close it.
    2. Drag any app across the entire screen. Drag the app once around the entire border and then in a zigzag across the screen. The app should always follow your finger.
    3. Then test the display brightness by dragging the brightness slider to minimum and maximum.

    Test especially all functions of the part you replaced.

  26. Attaching the backcover

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    1. Check the adhesive on the edges of the back cover. If it's mostly intact, you can use it again and don't need any new glue.
    2. Make sure that the adhesive lies flat and does not wrinkle. If this is the case, warm it up a little and correct it with tweezers.

    Also check the adhesive around the camera cover and correct it if necessary.


    1. If the adhesive frame is too loose or does not stick properly, use new adhesive.
    2. To do this, first remove all old adhesive residues from the back cover. Use hot air again to loosen the glue more easily.
    3. Then apply the new adhesive frame or thin double-sided tape to reglue the backcover.
    4. Position the back cover over the device and press it down when it is exactly in the center.
    5. Heat the glue one last time and press the backcover on. You can weigh the device down with books or use clamps to compress the glue as long as it cools down (about 10-20min).
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