iPhone 5s/SE Screen Replacement
Screen Replacement Guide
15 – 20 Min.
Use the following picture guide to easily change the display on your iPhone 5 and iPhone SE. You should make a backup of your iPhone before changing the display and then turn it off.
Step 1: Remove Pentalobe screws
First, remove the two pentalobe screws on the bottom of the iPhone.
Step 2: Lift up screen
Now you make good use of the suction cup or the thin metal spatula in order to lift the screen out of the frame.
Step 3: Detach screen from frame
Drive the plectrum between frame and screen. Be careful not to insert it too far into the device in the area around the home button. Slowly lift up the whole screen assembly.
Step 4: Remove home button clamp
The first thing you see when opening the device is the connection between the home button and the logic board. Remove the little metal clamp securing the connector to the logic board. Use the tip of the plastic spatula to carefully pry it off.
Step 5: Detach home button connector
Now you can disconnect the cable itself. Carefully bend open the screen a little further.
Step 6: Detach cover
Open the screen just enough so you are able to reach these four philips head screws securing the metal cover.
Step 7: Detach connectors
Hidden underneath are three connectors, which link the screen to the logic board. Remove them carefully using the plastic spatula.
Step 8: Transfer home button
Therefore, you have to transfer your home button into the new screen. To do this, you need to loosen this screw first.
Step 9: Remove home button cover
Bend the cable out of your way a little, remove these two screws and the metal cover they secure.
Step 10: Detach Touch ID connector
Delicately scrape off the cable starting from the top right corner using the plastic spatula. It is pretty tough, but be very careful nonetheless!
Step 11: Pay attention to connector-eyelet
Take care not to damage this little loop, as it is responsible for holding the home button cable in place.
Step 12: Remove home button
Gently press against the home button from the front of the screen until it starts to come off the rear. Now you can remove the whole package — button, cables and all.
Step 13: Insert home button in new screen
Grab your replacement screen and put the home button in the same place from where you removed it earlier. Match up the loops with the little nubs on the rear side of the screen. When everything fits nicely, gently press down on the rubber part around the actual button with the plastic spatula.
Step 14: Attach home button cover
Put the metal cover back and secure it with two screws.
Step 15: Attach home button cable
Gently press the cable back in place so it sticks to the back of the screen. Fold it back down and secure it with the remaining screw.
Step 16: Attach connector
Grab your new screen, remove the protective film from the rear and attach these three connectors to the logic board.
Step 17: Attach metal cover
Biege Watch out for loose connections. Don’t bend the screen too far back and reattach the metal cover with our screws. Gently apply a bit of pressure to the cover while doing so in order to keep the connectors securely fixed to the logic board.
Step 18: Attach home button connector
Put the connector for the home button back in its place on the logic board and secure it with the little metal clamp. This shows which way around the clamp goes onto the connector.
From now on, make sure not to open the screen further than this. Otherise you might damage the home button cable.
Step 19: Insert new screen
Press the screen into the frame of the device. Start with the top near the FaceTime-Camera and work your way down towards the home button. Keep checking if everything is flush and that there are no gaps.
Step 20: Fix new screen
Last but not least put the two pentalobe screws back in their places next to the dock connector on the bottom of the device.