If you think of your iPhone as an extension of yourself (and who doesn’t these days?) you take the issue of iPhone 6 screen replacement very seriously. It isn’t just that you put a lot of money into your purchase; it’s knowing how vulnerable the inner workings of the phone are once the screen is compromised.
Even small breaks or cracks will grow and affect the functioning of the phone. Larger breaks with pieces of glass missing are even more dangerous to your phone, and to your fingers. Replacing the iPhone 6 screen is always the right answer. The question is, should you do it yourself?
If you know anything at all about the limited warranty offered with the purchase of Apple products, you know that accidental damage isn’t covered. Most broken screens occur from drops and are not considered manufacturing defects. That means that even if you bought your iPhone 6 yesterday, a broken screen isn’t covered today.
If you paid the high price for Apple Care+, the extended coverage available for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus, you still have to pay $29 to replace the cracked or broken screen. Apple Care+ covers two iPhone screen repairs even if they happened due to drops.
You have two months from the time you buy your iPhone 6 to get Apple Care+. If you decide against the extended warranty and break your screen, it doesn’t matter if the phone is still under warranty or not. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your iPhone fixed at the Apple Store. They will still replace your screen at a cost of $129 for an iPhone 6, $149 plus tax for an iPhone 6S and $169 plus tax for a broken iPhone 6s Plus. These prices are subject to change and differ from various providers.
Is the Apple Store Really My Best Bet?
People tend to treat their iPhones like they do their cars. They think the dealership is the only place to get top quality maintenance and repairs. You do have other options than the Apple Store when it comes to getting an iPhone 6 screen replacement. One of the most affordable options is to do the job yourself.
Screen replacements are one of the most common types of repairs made. The fact that the screen is made from glass makes them vulnerable to damage from being dropped. The large size of the phones also makes them awkward for someone with average-sized hands to hold onto. As a result of high demand, screens and screen replacement kits can be found all over the internet.
Before you place your order, you need to assess the extent of damage to the iPhone. Depending on whether you have a cracked screen, shattered glass, or pieces of glass missing, the damage below the screen can vary.
If your phone is still functioning without any problems, you want to keep it that way. Skip to Step 2 below and cover the screen with a screen saver or clear tape to protect it from further damage.
If the phone isn’t working or is only partially functional, a DIY iPhone 6 screen replacement isn’t going to resolve all of the phone’s problems. Instead, it will need a professional repair from an iPhone repair specialist.
DIY iPhone 6 Screen Replacement
The first step is to make sure you get the right screen for your phone. It also helps if you have a knack with technology. The process is considered to be of moderate difficulty and it can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour to complete.
Before you get started, discharge the battery on your phone to below 25%. This prevents it from catching fire or even exploding if you should accidentally puncture it during the replacement process. Power the iPhone off and then get started!
Tools You Will Need
- #000 Screwdriver
- Wide Tape
- iSclack Opening Tool (See reference below before purchasing) or a small suction cup
- Plastic Opening Tool
Find the two Pentalobe scribes on either side of the lightning connector and remove them.
Use wide tape to cover the broken glass and prevent causing further damage to the phone. This also protects your fingers while you work. Use clear packing tape to cover the entire display. Also, use a piece of strong tape to create a ‘handle’ that you can use to lift the screen up and away from the phone.
The iSclack method of opening the phone is the simplest and it requires the purchase of a special opening tool. If you plan to do additional replacements in the future, you may want to invest in the tool to make the process easier. It’s available at lots of locations online, either sold separately or as part of replacement tool kids.
Using the iSclack Opening Tool
- Remove the plastic depth gauge if it is in the center of the tool. This attachment is used for smaller phones.
- Close the handle to open the suction-cup jaws
- Position the iPhone between the suction cups with the upper cup resting against the display just above the home button
- Open the handles so that the suction cups close, centering them firmly on the top and bottom of the iPhone
- While holding the iPhone securely in your other hand, close the suction cup handles of the tool of the iSclack so that the suction cups pull the front panel apart from the rear case just enough to separate the pieces
- Peel the suction cups off the iPhone
- Press the suction cup securely onto the screen right above the home button without covering it.
- Hold the iPhone securely in the opposite hand while pulling upward on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel and the rear case
- Use the plastic opening tool and suction cup to free the front panel from multiple clips holding it in place
- Pull the plastic nub on the suction cup to release it from the display assembly and remove
Without the iSclack Opening Tool
To open the phone, swing the end of the front panel assembly where the home button assembly is located away from the rear case using the opposite end as a hinge. The clips here form a hinge. When you reassemble the phone after the repair, align the clips below the top edge of the rear case. Slide the panel upwards until the top edge is flush with the top edge of the rear case.
Open the display at about a 90° angle and lean against a solid surface as support while you work on the iPhone. If necessary, wrap a rubber band around the display and the prop to keep it secured upright. This also alleviates some of the strain on the display cables.
Locate the 2.2mm and 3.2mm screws on the connector bracket and remove them.
Remove the metal battery connector bracket.
Using the plastic opening tool, pry open the battery connector from its socket on the logic board. Be careful not to pry up on the socket and risk breaking the connector.
While removing the following screws, place them in the order that they will go back into the phone during reassembly. Putting any of the screws in the wrong place will result in permanent damage to the logic board:
- Three 1.2 mm screws
- One 1.7 mm screw
- One 3.1 mm screw
Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket sitting on top of the logic board.
Using a spudger, disconnect the front-facing camera and the sensor cable connector. If you don’t have a spudger, use your fingernail. When removing this and any of the additional cable connectors, always take care not to pry up on the sockets. Also, confirm that the battery is disconnected before proceeding with the following steps.
Disconnect the home button cable connector.
Disconnect the display data cable connector. (Note: During reassembly, the display data cable might pop off the connector. This results in white lines or a blank screen when powered back on. If these signs occur, reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery connector).
Disconnect the digitizer cable connector without pressing the center. Press one end of the connector followed by pressing the opposite end. Pressing down on the center can bend the component, resulting in damage to the digitizer.
Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.
Remove two 1.9mm Phillips screws that secure the home button bracket.
Remove the home button bracket.
Use the pointed end of the spudger to push the home button cable connector up and away from the home button.
Gently push the upper left corner of the home button away from the front panel. Only free a corner of the button to give you room to pry it free. If the membrane feels as though it might tear, apply mild heat using a hair dryer or heat gun before trying to lift it again.
Use the spudger to finish peeling the home button loose from the display.
This time, use the pointed end of the spudger to separate the home button cable from the adhesive holding it in place to the front panel. If it doesn’t separate easily, apply heat again to soften the adhesive. Try again, being careful not to damage the cable.
Once you have successfully removed all of the adhesive, remove the home button. Check to see if there are glass shards stuck to it. Remove any glass fragments before transferring the home button to a new display.
To complete the iPhone 6 screen replacement process and reassemble the iPhone, follow these instructions in reverse order. Pay careful attention to any notes on the reassembly process.
If you completed the process with little trouble and your iPhone 6 is once again in like-new condition, congratulations! However, if you completed the screen replacement only to find the iPhone is not working, a number of issues may be at play. First, the phone may have already been damaged by whatever caused the broken screen. Even if your phone was previously partly functional, it doesn’t rule out problems with features you couldn’t use because of the location of the break in the screen.
Second, you could easily have damaged a component during the replacement process. Some of the components are highly sensitive and easy to damage. If your phone isn’t working, you have a number of choices about what to do next.
- Go online and do some troubleshooting. The chances are, whatever problem you have with your phone isn’t anything new. This might help you pinpoint the source of the problem and determine the best approach for your phone going forward. You don’t want to replace anything you don’t have to; especially the entire phone!
- Take the iPhone to an Apple Store. Keep in mind that they recommend replacements for some phone issues and not repairs. Apple doesn’t guarantee repairs for products that are no longer under warranty. If you don’t happen to live close to an Apple Store, be prepared to mail your iPhone into the company and wait while they evaluate the problem and determine if they can perform the necessary repairs.
- Take your iPhone to a third-party repair specialist for an evaluation. Finding a repair company that offers specialized iPhone repair service in your area gives you the advantage of fast, professional repair service.
Many people who take on the job of a DIY iPhone 6 screen replacement find the process more complicated than expected. The task offers challenges for getting into hard-to-reach and somewhat difficult-to-see places. If you aren’t confident in your skills at screen replacement, call the experts who make every effort to fix your phone and get it to you quickly!
Contact San Diego Tech Experts for experienced and skilled iPhone 6 screen replacement and get the best outcome for you and your phone. We make it as convenient and affordable as possible to get your phone working.