How to Repair an iPhone Digitizer

While touch screen smartphones such as the iPhone have added to the functionality and ease of use of the phones, they have a decided flaw. The fact that the glass covering the phone is used constantly and subject to weather changes, being dropped and generally handled means that there is a small but existing chance of breakage. When the screen on an iPhone is broken, it renders the entire phone useless. Repairing the digitizer does not mean you have to be separated from your phone for ages. You can do this repair at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Small screwdriver
  • SIM tool
  • Digitizer replacement kit
  • Hair dryer


    • 1

      Take out the two screws on the bottom of the iPhone and remove the SIM card by poking the SIM tool into the hole in the top of the phone.

    • 2

      Press down the suction cup from the digitizer replacement kit onto the glass and firmly pull it up. Carefully lift glass up without pulling out the wires, keeping the back and front pieces attached.

    • 3

      Pull up the ribbon cable using a small screwdriver and separate the LCD from the back of the phone. Remove the small screws along the sides of the LCD frame.

    • 4

      Peel off the black gasket tape from around the LCD, behind the glass front. Run the metal tool between the LCD and the metal frame rails along the sides to allow you to pry the glass and LCD apart.

    • 5

      Set the LCD aside without touching the front with your fingers at any point. Place the glass panel, with the back facing up, down on the table.

    • 6

      Apply heat from a hair dryer around the edge of the glass and pry the frame off the glass. Start on the lower edge of the panel and slowly work your way around using the metal tool.

    • 7

      Peel off the stickers that came with your replacement digitizer and place them on the front of the frame, along the top and bottom. Make sure the stickers you put on each end fit the shape of the frame before pressing them down.

    • 8

      Remove the front adhesive from the new stickers and from the back of the new glass and digitizer.

    • 9

      Place the glass down on top of the frame with the stickers and press it down. The digitizer should go in through the middle of frame and stick out the other side when the glass is pressed down.

    • 10

      Set the LCD back into the frame with the new glass and digitizer and screw it together. Reconnect the ribbon cable and close the phone up before putting the screws and SIM card back into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Film yourself taking the iPhone apart so you can easily put it back together by watching what you did at each step.
  • Replacing your digitizer yourself will void your Apple Care if you have any.
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