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If your iPhone XR screen is cracked, not responding to touch, or not showing a picture when your phone is powered on, use this guide to restore your iPhone to working order with a new screen, a.k.a. display assembly.

This guide is meant to be used with complete replacement screens only. The replacement screen should come pre-mounted on a frame and have a thin metal LCD shield pre-installed on the back. If that LCD shield is missing, follow this more in-depth guide to replace the screen while keeping your old LCD shield.

The combined earpiece speaker + sensor assembly affixed to the back of the display is paired to your individual iPhone from the factory, so you must transfer it from your old display to your new one during any display replacement. It contains the flood illuminator, which is part of the biometric Face ID security feature. If it is damaged or replaced, Face ID will cease to function, so take extra care not to damage any of these components during this procedure. If damaged, only Apple can restore Face ID function.

Note: True Tone functionality is disabled after a screen replacement, even when using an original Apple screen.

  1. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: passo 1, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the pentalobe screws: passo 1, imagem 2 %32
    • Before you begin, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 6.7 mm-long pentalobe screws at the bottom edge of the iPhone.

    • Opening the iPhone will compromise its waterproof seals. Have replacement seals ready before you proceed past this step, or take care to avoid liquid exposure if you reassemble your iPhone without replacing the seals.

    • There's a black rubber gasket just beneath the head on each pentalobe screw. For maximum protection against dust and liquid, check the condition of the gaskets or replace the screws during reassembly.

    One of my gaskets was as shown in your second photo, the other had been worked into the threads (as if smeared) probably from the factory and was completely unusable.

    In place of replacements (unsure of where to purchase) I just used a clear silicone caulking on both screws upon reassembly to offer at least some water seal. I wish these gaskets were included with the gasket waterproofing sealant kit!

    Erica - Responder

    Is there any place to buy these screw gaskets? I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere but one of mine was pretty much chewed up. Silicone should work but I’d prefer the oem solution.

    Chilinh Nguyen - Responder

    I found a place on Amazon that sells them. It's cheapest to get a full set of screws than to get just these. $5-$6 USD.

    J Olin -

  2. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Tape over any cracks: passo 2, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Tape over any cracks: passo 2, imagem 2 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Tape over any cracks: passo 2, imagem 3 %32
    • If your iPhone has a cracked screen, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping over the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

    • If the broken glass makes it difficult to get a suction cup to stick in the next few steps, try folding a strong piece of tape (such as duct tape) into a handle and lifting the display with that instead.

    How to detect my Iphone what screen it is, OLED or LCD?

    sabrihakulii - Responder

    It’s OLED. You can find the specs here,

    When you find your phone, at the bottom of the description click on, See the tech specs…

    mcr4u2 -

    The included suction cups were stiff and worthless. They would not lift the screen. Also, I tried every type of tape on the screen to help the suction cups stick without success. Heavy duty suction cups were for my bathroom also failed. However, I had an old GoPro mount with some preapplied double sided 3M VSB tape and stuck that on the screen near the bottom. Magic! This method had the added bonus of being able to use a GoPro attachment as a handle to lift the screen, and propped up the screen like a kickstand in step 12.

    Tawan Khamapirad - Responder

    Very cool! Thanks

    Antonio -

    My screen was pretty stuck… would not budge. Heated, super glued the suction cup, tried gorilla tape. Ended up doing the GoPro mount with 3M VSB tape method mentioned. Worked great. That 3M tape is the bomb.

    Rich Wachtel - Responder

    The included suction cup took a few tries but ended up working for me.

    charlotte - Responder

    If you have flat feeler gauges (for adjusting engine valve tappet clearance, ignition points … old school) the .003 thick goes right in. Work your way up until you can get the pick or supplied pry tool in.

    William Olstad - Responder

    where can I buy 3M VSB plis!!

    gerardo artigas cuellar - Responder

    3M VHB tape is at auto stores and other big box stores, or online.

    nicO Gurney -

    I used the tweezers that came with the replacement screen and jammed one of them into the glass and that eventually worked. Heating with a blow dryer is also important. The suction cup was helpful in loosening the adhesive for sure, but just not enough to get the display to come out.

    J Olin - Responder

  3. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Heat up the screen: passo 3, imagem 1 %32
    • Heating the lower edge of the iPhone helps soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

    • Use a hairdryer or heat gun, or prepare an iOpener and apply it to the lower edge of the iPhone for about a minute in order to soften up the adhesive underneath.

    An alternative to the Iopener or heat gun is to heat water to EXACTLY 80 degrees F (cooking thermometer is great for this) and pour into a reinforced ziplock type bag. Leave the bag on the screen, but be sure that none of the hot water rests on the zipper portion, as the water is hot enough to soften that seal and leak out on to your device! This meat had is my personal favorite as the heat is distributed very equally and precisely as compared to a heat gun, but is more accessible than the Iopener.

    Colin Wylie - Responder

  4. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Apply suction cup(s): passo 4, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Apply suction cup(s): passo 4, imagem 2 %32
    • The next two steps demonstrate the iSclack, a handy tool that we recommend for anyone doing frequent repairs. If you aren't using the iSclack, skip down two steps for an alternate method.

    • If the plastic depth gauge is attached at the center of the iSclack, remove it now—it's not needed for larger phones like the iPhone XR.

    • Position the suction cups near the bottom edge of the iPhone—one on the front, and one on the back.

    • Press both suction cups firmly into place.

    • If your display or back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may help the suction cups adhere. The iSclack also includes two pieces of tape for this purpose.

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    • Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to slightly separate the screen from the rear case of the phone.

    • Don't try to completely separate the screen; a small opening along the bottom edge is all you need.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap under the display on the lower edge of the iPhone.

    • Skip the next two steps and continue to step 8.

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    • If you're using a single suction handle, apply it to the bottom edge of the phone, while avoiding the curved portion of the glass.

    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

  7. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: passo 7, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: passo 7, imagem 2 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Lift the display slightly: passo 7, imagem 3 %32
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, apply more heat, and gently rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you create enough of a gap to insert your tool.

  8. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: passo 8, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: passo 8, imagem 2 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: passo 8, imagem 3 %32
    • Slide the opening pick around the lower left corner and up the left edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Don't insert the opening pick too far into the iPhone, or you may cause damage to internal components.

    I think it's important to note that depending on how a screen was damaged, make sure to insert the pic under the black bezel directly under the actual screen. This bezel is a frame around the digitizer. I unknowingly inserted the pic between the bezel and the screen, and separated them both. I did this all the way around the phone. So I basically had to struggle to keep together two different sections of the display assembly because of this mishap, until I removed all the ribbon connectors. It made things much more difficult.

    Dave - Responder

    An edit to my above comment: by digitzer, I mean the LCD shield. My apologies.

    Dave - Responder

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    • Re-insert your pick at the bottom edge of the iPhone, and slide it up the right side to continue separating the adhesive.

    • Don't insert the pick very far, or you may damage the display cables along this side of the iPhone. Insert it only a few millimeters, or about the width of the display bezel.

    My replacement screen for the XR has a black rim but it looks pink. Is that normal?

    Irwin Cantor - Responder

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    • The top edge of the display is secured with both glue and clips.

    • Slide the opening pick around the top corner of the display, while gently pulling or wiggling the display down in the direction of the Lightning port.

    • The clips will break if you use too much force. Work carefully and be patient.

    • Again, don't insert the pick more than a few millimeters—about the width of the display bezel—or you may damage the front panel sensor array.

    • Slide the pick to the opposite corner and cut any remaining adhesive securing the display.

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    • Pull on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

    • If you used an iSclack and it's still affixed to the iPhone, remove it now.

  12. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: passo 12, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: passo 12, imagem 2 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Open the iPhone: passo 12, imagem 3 %32
    • Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the left side, like the back cover of a book.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.

    • Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • During reassembly, lay the display in position, align the clips along the top edge, and carefully press the top edge into place before snapping the rest of the display down. If it doesn't click easily into place, check the condition of the clips around the perimeter of the display and make sure they aren't bent.

    sure looks like the "hinge" is on the right hand side to me.. not left...!

    Doug Trout - Responder

    • Remove three 1.2 mm Y000 screws securing the battery connector cover bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your iPhone.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your iPhone and test all functions before you seal the display in place. Be sure to power your iPhone back down completely before you continue working.

    Definitely make sure all three lobes of your tool are aligned before use (it’s a little harder to tell with this style of bit) and apply even and adequate pressure to ensure it grabs as you spin the driver to prevent disfiguring the lobes/slot of the screw head.

    Unfortunately my Y000 tool was perhaps not the best fit (tolerance a bit off) in these screws and I ended up stripping out the heads of all three of these. I started to panic but after I sanded the tip of my Y000 bit down a little with super fine grit (1000CW-C) sand paper to flatten the domed tip (visible with macro lens) and give it a bit more bite I was able to remove and reinstall without issue—in fact I had to remove and install them twice since I forgot my adhesive tape during reassembly, so the screws survived and the sanded bit worked.

    Erica - Responder

    +1 to above comment. I bought a cheap kit from Amazon and the Y000 screw driver is not good for this job. I’m concerned that I may have disfigured the heads and i type this comment in the midst of my fix :D Be gentle and assess if you can remove at least one screw with your driver before rummaging through all three and other similar screws holding display connector as well.

    Shan Potti - Responder

    Update to above comment. I got hold of a Y0.8 screw driver bit (lucky to find an ORIA screw driver kit in my office) and it works like wonders :) Now back to work…

    Shan Potti - Responder

  13. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 14, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the battery: passo 14, imagem 2 %32
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry the battery connector straight up out of its socket.

    • Try not to damage the black silicone seal surrounding this and other board connections. These seals provide extra protection against water and dust intrusion.

    • Bend the connector slightly away from the logic board to prevent it from accidentally making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone during your repair.

  14. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Unscrew the display connector cover: passo 15, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Unscrew the display connector cover: passo 15, imagem 2 %32
    • Remove the two 1.2 mm Y000 screws securing the display connector bracket.

    • Remove the bracket.

  15. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the digitizer: passo 16, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the digitizer: passo 16, imagem 2 %32
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the digitizer cable.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

    • If any part of your screen doesn't respond to touch after your repair, disconnect the battery and then re-seat this connector, making sure it clicks fully into place and that there's no dust or other obstruction in the socket.

  16. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 17, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the display: passo 17, imagem 2 %32
    • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the display cable connector.

    The new display cable isn’t snapping in but I was just able to snap in the old one. Did I break the new one somehow?

    Andrew Pierson - Responder

    Same it is really frustrating, just keeps slipping up and its bound to get damaged

    Daniel Maldonado - Responder

  17. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Unscrew the logic board connector cover: passo 18, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Unscrew the logic board connector cover: passo 18, imagem 2 %32
    • Remove the five screws securing the logic board connector bracket to the rear case:

    • One 1.3 mm Phillips #000 screw

    • One 1.5 mm Phillips #000 screw

    • Three 1.2 mm Y000 screws

    • Remove the bracket.

    • Be careful not to lose the smaller bracket clipped onto the edge. It's secured with a small clip and is easy to accidentally knock off of the larger bracket.

    Phillips screw 1.3 mm on last step is not working. The small clipped bracket has been damaged. This screw perhaps should be the first, before 1.2 Y000. - To be confirmed by others.

    Dmitri - Responder

    I’m not sure it makes much if any difference, but we went ahead and swapped the order for you guys. Thanks for your comments!

    Jeff Suovanen - Responder

    I just repaired another XR, and you are right! It doesn’t make any differnerce in the order these screws come out. I still damaged this fragile piece. As I work on more of these, I’ll figure out a way to remove this screw without damaging the clip. For now everyone, just use extra caution when removing the 1.3mm phillips screw! Thanks Jeff

    fabianowens -

    I’ve now done at least 6 of these so far and I have fairly consistent good results by taking the 2 Philips head screws out first, then doing the Y screws.

    Stow -

    Is this piece important for the repair if broken? I have broken it on a home repair. What is it used for? Is it a grounding connection or is it completely unimportant. More information needed please

    Squishy Horses - Responder

    I’m wondering that too. Is this piece important?

    Phillip Gross -

    My clip broke too! on iphone XR. Any word on necessity?

    Beth Buer - Responder

    I can confirm that taking out the 1.3 mm screw first then the 1.5 mm screw works the best. If done correctly, you should be able to to remove the rest of the screws and pull the panel off with the clip still attached to the panel. For reassembly, start with the 1.5 mm screw then the 1.3 mm screw.

    Carlos Oulman - Responder

    I don’t remove the small screw at all. I just slide out the metal cover plate and slide back in to reassemble.

    Kyaw-Zin Win - Responder

    I too broke this shield. In looking over this problem I believe it’s best to loosen, but not remove, either screw first then the other. To be clear, loosen the red or yellow screw but only just to break it free, then the second screw. Then remove both and the others and the shield should remain in one piece. I put it back with the broken part (on the red screw) and made sure the two are in contact so there’s conductivity as these shields serve a purpose other than just holding in connectors. My phone works fine with this fix.

    pgrobin - Responder

    Is this small bracket important if broken??

    Phillip Gross - Responder

    Mine is broken and my apple pay doesn’t work. Something to do with NFC antenna this little clip??

    Marcos Fernández - Responder

    On the 1.3 mm screw I actually chose not to remove it. I broke it loose then used the tip of the spudger to simply twist the bracket out of the way, with the screw still attached. Then I could remove the larger bracket.

    mpalma - Responder

    Kyaw-Zin is right because the shield contains of two tin parts. But there is another option:

    1. Unscrew the yellow and orange screws first.

    2. Lift the shield gently that it can turn about 20° anticlockwise.

    3. Open the red screw and let the shield turn with it the first degrees.

    Daniel Brehm - Responder

    The first time I did this repair, I didn’t see the comments ahead of time and broke the bracket, even removing the 1.3mm screws first. The second time I did the repair, I was prepared and being extra careful, but the simple act of turning the 1.3mm screw head was enough to break it. If I ever have to do this repair again, I’ll just leave the screw in and try to slide the plate out with the screw (and bracket, hopefully) still in tact, as per Kyaw-Zin Win.

    Debbie Thompson - Responder

    None of the screw driver bits I got fits the 1.3mm and 1.5mm screws. How do I remove them?

    Jonatious Joseph Jawahar - Responder

    Same issue as above. The bits provided in the kit do not work with the 1.3mm and 1.5mm screws

    Graham Hammell - Responder

    Further to above comment about bit not working. Had to go and purchase another PH000 from Home Depot and that worked

    Graham Hammell - Responder

    I’ve broken that little bracket attached to the red screw. Is it important and can I get a replacement????? Thanks all

    steve.arfa - Responder

    Broken the clip. Is this important??

    kyledrumtutor - Responder

  18. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: passo 19, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: passo 19, imagem 2 %32
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the front sensor assembly connector up from its socket.

    During testing, make sure your proximity sensor is not on upside down, as it’s easy to connect upside down. Your phone will boot loop if it’s on incorrectly.

    Tristan England - Responder

  19. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the display assembly: passo 20, imagem 1 %32

    unclear if this is where screen removal ends

    Daniel Maldonado - Responder

    I had the same question, but the answer is yes. Steps 21-30 are removing parts from the original screen that need to be reattached onto the new screen. You are no longer working inside the frame, but on the back of the screen itself.

    amclean78 - Responder

    I apologize for missing these comments initially, but yes that’s correct, the screen is removed now and the rest of the guide goes on to other parts, either in the phone or on the back of the screen. Good luck with the repair!

    Adam O'Camb -

  20. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Unscrew the earpiece speaker: passo 21, imagem 1 %32
    • Remove the four screws securing the speaker/sensor assembly to the back of the display:

    • Two 1.6 mm Phillips screws

    • One 2.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 1.2 mm Y000 screw

    Do you really need to do step 21-30, because it says to replace, do it in reverse. Which means you are taking the components off and putting them back on without touching the screen? sorry if this is a dumb question, i’ve never done this before.

    ExplodingRage - Responder

    Good question! It depends on which guide you are completing. If you are replacing the screen, you do need to complete steps 21-30, in order to remove the front assembly and transfer it to your replacement screen. The front assembly contains the Face ID hardware, which is biometrically linked to the logic board.

    Now, if you are completing other guides, you may not need to remove the front assembly. Guides should have the steps slotted in only if they are pertinent to the procedure.

    Arthur Shi -

    I had the same question, but the answer is yes. Steps 21-30 are removing parts from the original screen that need to be reattached onto the new screen. You are no longer working inside the frame, but on the back of the screen itself.

    amclean78 -

    Im reassembling and notice there are no threaded screw holes to secure the speaker/sensor assembly on the new display. no way to secure it at all. Do i not need to secure it?

    Ashley Fitzgerald - Responder

    Hi Ashley,

    There should definitely be screw holes to secure the assembly to the new display. If you purchased the part from iFixit, please contact our customer support, and we will sort things out for you!

    Arthur Shi -

    Same. No screw holes. Now what?

    M Schmidt - Responder

    Please contact our customer support and we will get the issue resolved!

    Arthur Shi -

  21. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Flip the speaker over: passo 22, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Flip the speaker over: passo 22, imagem 2 %32
    • Using tweezers, gently flip the speaker assembly over—down and away from the top edge of the display.

    • The speaker remains attached via a very thin flex cable. Be careful not to strain or damage the cable.

    I don’t understand. It clearly appears that one should stop disassembling after this step. Peeling off the tape here should provide access to the solder connections. Why remove a bunch of other adhered parts? ESD concerns?

    Of course, taking care not to transmit heat to the screen assembly below would be prudent. But it’s unlikely much if any heat would conduct even without using any sort of insulating spacer, assuming one’s soldering technique is acceptable. With a thermal mass that small, overheating the connection is the big concern. Especially since it is lead-free solder.

    (It has a high melting point. If you didn’t already know that, this is definitely not the best project to develop your soldering skills! You can still do it, but should def practice on similar connections until you feel proficient. Lifting a pad or overheating a nearby component are both dangers. Yet, the cost of the part is low enough you could buy two (just in case) and still come out ahead of Apple’s fee. Use flux or you’ll struggle!)

    Ryan Lewis - Responder

    Hey Ryan,

    You are right in that after this step, you could de-solder and replace the earpiece individually, if you choose to do some careful de-soldering and soldering. Alas, not everyone has the background and skill to do so! By instructing users to replace the complete assembly, we bypass the need to solder, and allow a wider audience to successfully complete the repair.

    Arthur Shi -

    When reassembling or placing the whole sensor module on a replacement screen, make sure to gently rock the speaker back into place. There is a rubber gasket lip around the speaker that must be seated all of the way against the screen and speaker grill to function properly. You should feel a gentle click when is goes in. If is not seated correctly it still easily can be screwed in making it difficult to tell if the speaker is in correctly.

    Colin Wylie - Responder

  22. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Heat the front sensor strip: passo 23, imagem 1 %32
    • Use a hairdryer, a heat gun, or a heated iOpener applied to the top front of the display for about a minute, in order to soften the adhesive securing the sensors.

    Review steps 24-29 prior to doing this. Step 27 shows removing ambient sensor. It is attached….barely…to the rest of this assembly. I thought I was being overly cautions, and it still broke. Don’t be afraid to use heat. Do not force. Any resistance, do not force it.. Heat it up and then try. Other than that, sound and camera works fine, and it appears that FaceID works. Not my phone, so I can’t test that part without unlocking customer’s phone. No error messages appeared, so Im assuming all is good. With the touch home button on older models, if touch wouldn’t work, you’d receive a message as soon as you booted the phone up. OK.. That’s enough. Just be careful over the next 5 steps..

    Shawn Bailey - Responder

  23. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Pry up the microphone: passo 24, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Pry up the microphone: passo 24, imagem 2 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Pry up the microphone: passo 24, imagem 3 %32
    • Carefully slide the flat edge of a spudger underneath the flex cable below the microphone.

    • Twist gently to separate the microphone, while being careful not to strain or damage the flex cable.

    • If needed, use the point of the spudger to finish separating the microphone from its notch in the front panel. If the microphone remains difficult to separate, apply more heat.

  24. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Pry up the proximity sensor: passo 25, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Pry up the proximity sensor: passo 25, imagem 2 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Pry up the proximity sensor: passo 25, imagem 3 %32
    • Working left to right, slide an opening pick beneath the flex cable and underneath the proximity sensor + flood illuminator module.

    • Gently wiggle and lift to separate the module from its notch in the front panel.

    • It's helpful to lift and hold the speaker out of the way for access. Just be careful not to pull on the thin flex cable while you work.

    what happens if the metal plate from the sensor separates from the flood illuminator module?

    Yeison rodriguez - Responder

    At this point I thought looking at the image that I was lifting the speaker away and tore off the thin cable completely unaware. Please read and view the next two instruction stages before doing this one and then come back and ensure you keep the speaker very close to the screen as you do it.

    Sally-ann - Responder

  25. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the ambient light sensor bracket: passo 26, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the ambient light sensor bracket: passo 26, imagem 2 %32
    • Use tweezers to slide the small bracket straight up and off of the ambient light sensor.

    I tore the ribbon cable that connects to the light sensor, what do I do? will the phone work even if the sensor doesn’t?

    wittyahole - - Responder

    When you are putting this clip on, you can practice without putting the light sensor on it. It takes some practice. I also may not stay on tightly but it's not a big deal.

    J Olin - Responder

  26. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Lift the ambient light sensor: passo 27, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Lift the ambient light sensor: passo 27, imagem 2 %32
    • Use tweezers to wiggle the ambient light sensor and lift it from its notch in the display.

    • If the sensor does not wiggle free after a few seconds, apply more heat and try again.

    • The sensor remains attached to the rest of the sensor assembly via a very thin flex cable. Be careful not to strain or damage the cable.

    On picture two, the thin transparent thread between the sensor and the display is not the “very thin flex cable” they are talking about but just some glue remains. In my case this thread of glue was sticking onto the sensor in the exact same way which made me suspicious at first.

    Konstantin - Responder

    The top part of the ambient light sensor easily breaks off from the bottom part. In that case do not despair. Pry the stuck part from the old display and transfer it to the new display. Put the assembly back together without glue. It should hold together just fine. Usually the auto brightness feature will still work.

    Heiko Quant - Responder

    I broke the flex cable from the light sensor that connects to the rest. Anything I can do?

    Matias Bedoya - Responder

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    • If you successfully removed the entire ambient light sensor, as shown in the first photo, continue to the next step below.

    • If the white diffuser strip is detached and remains embedded in the display, as shown in the second photo, you will need to carefully lever it out along the top edge using a thin blade or pry tool. Re-applying heat first may make this task a bit easier.

    • During reassembly, install the diffuser into the display first, making sure it faces the right direction (the front-facing side is shown in the first image, and the rear-facing side is shown in the third).

    • Then, set the ambient light sensor on top of the diffuser. You will need to hold the sensor in position while installing the screws securing the earpiece/sensor assembly. Once the screws are tightened, the sensor will stay in place and work normally.

  28. iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the speaker + front sensors: passo 29, imagem 1 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the speaker + front sensors: passo 29, imagem 2 %32 iPhone XR Screen Replacement, Remove the speaker + front sensors: passo 29, imagem 3 %32
    • Remove the earpiece speaker and front sensor assembly.

    • During reassembly, check the position of the black plastic module containing these components:

    • Proximity sensor

    • Flood illuminator

    • The module must be positioned so that these components are not obstructed by any adhesive.

    To replace just the earspeaker, you will have to re-use the the flex assembly which is soldered to the earspeaker…….

    the 2 solder connection are hidden under a tiny piece of thin black tape, on the underside of the speaker.

    Alan Sears - Responder

    forgot to mention to take the clear plastic mold off from the old screen!!

    BKimc - Responder

    Before attaching the sensor module to your replacement screen, ensure there is nothing blocking the earpiece screen on the new screen part. Mine had a mfg defect or something where there was a black foam like film on the outside of the speaker grill that I couldn’t remove with tape or sticky putty. I had to blow through the back of the grill with a computer duster compressed air can. Otherwise the call volume via the earpiece is extremely low, even when turned to max volume.

    Colin Wylie - Responder

    Hey there, if I have an iPhone bit damage and I remove the top speaker and sensor and put it on my other iPhone XR. Will it work? It is original iPhone XR and please let me know

    Nash G Krish - Responder

    The Face ID hardware is paired to the logic board and will not work if you transfer the front sensor assembly. Everything else should work.

    Arthur Shi -

    Are you suposeted to do it backwards when your done

    hewi fewi - Responder

    super gemacht , danke der olli

    schlüppi punkstrumpf - Responder

    The iPhone XR Screen Replacement Kit comes with an adhesive replacement on a blue plastic sheet. I didn’t know what this was and thought it was just protection for the screen during shipping.

    Don’t throw it out - At this step 29 remove the old adhesive using this guide -> Substituição de adesivo de tela para o iPhone

    Don’t be dumb like me.

    Toby BC - Responder

    I would definitely add a step at the end –
    30) Replace the adhesive seal -> iPhone Display Adhesive Replacement.

    Steve Koontz - Responder

    How do I configure True Tone on the new screen?

    Armando - Responder


Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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Man, you guys have the best jobs. You get to take apart electronics and make outstanding repair guides for a living!

[deleted] - Responder

Where I can buy the screen?

Slava Slava - Responder

Hi, you can buy the screen here in our store! Good luck with your repair!

Adam O'Camb -

What about the half dozen other steps of removing the back plate, transferring components and reassembling the device?

Conrad - Responder

We put those steps into a separate guide, since not everyone needs them! If you need the more in-depth version, look here.

Jeff Suovanen -

My screen is replaced, but the small bracket straight from the ambient light sensor (step 26) is broken. Is this or will it become an issue?

hnsclmns - Responder

Has anyone Noticed the LCDs on the X series replacement screens crack very easily or is it more than likely I’m just receiving cheap parts?

Zach Grangroth - Responder

Any idea if you will be selling the iPhone XR Display Assembly Adhesive, Item code: IF408-008? If not, any recommendation for where to get this? Thank you,


james tullbane - Responder

@jtullbane It’s available again—not sure why we had the product disabled. Thanks for asking!

Jeff Suovanen -

Thanks for the write up. I just replaced my screen with your kit and I’m unable to use FaceID. I’ve reset it it but I am unable to set it up fresh as the system can’t detect my face during the setup wizard. What is interesting though is that Animoji are correctly projecting my face. Does anyone’s have any tips for further debugging before I take it apart again

Andrew Matheny - Responder

In my experience this is usually a hardware rather than a software issue. Double-check the tips in the final step. Make sure there’s no dust or fingerprints on the Face ID lenses and projector. Make sure nothing was damaged during the repair, particularly those thin flex cables. Reseat the connectors, reassemble, and test again. If all else fails, try reinstalling the old screen and see if you get Face ID back—in theory, a defective coating on the new screen could interfere with the Face ID hardware. Good luck!

Jeff Suovanen -

When you buy the screen, does the necessary screwdrivers come with or do you have to purchase them separately?

Cody Kowalski - Responder

Hi Cody,

If you purchase from iFixit, you have the option of buying either the replacement part by itself, or in a kit with all the necessary tools and adhesives. As of now, we don’t have a kit built for the screen, so you would need to supply your own tools.

Arthur Shi -

what is the small bracket for in step 18?

yhwhelrey0 - Responder

Why caméra icône on the screen is gray

valayrih - Responder

any know what the small bracket is for in step 20, that @iFixit tells us not to lose

Griffin - Responder

Awesome repair guide. I just finished with my screen replacement and am amazed at how relatively simple it was. I only have one critique and that is to add a bit driver to the tools required. I didn’t realize that the ph000 and the y000 were thinner than regular bits so it took a little bit more time for me. All that said I am happy with my repair and thank you guys for the fight for the right to repair. You all are awesome

Eugene Rodriguez - Responder

The adhesive for the XR is only available from the US store but I need to get it in the EU one. Is there a link for it in the EU store not the US one?

chris mccooey - Responder

Does the part you sell have the lcd shield included?

also what is the thermal paste on this model….other sites say “thermal paste pre installed” what does that mean?

mamashannon4u - Responder

Hi! The part we sell is only the LCD panel and digitizer only. It does not have the shield—you will have to transfer the part over. I’m not sure about thermal paste other sites are speaking off…it may be a poor translation to mean screen adhesives?

Arthur Shi -

I have an two iphone xr red, one donor and one to repair, the screen works on the donor vice versa but doesnt work on the other one(touch screen work on bottom half only…) you guys know why?

Antoine RD - Responder

How do I fix my iPhone XR screen? Just the glass part though & I don’t have cutting wire to separate the glass screen from the lcd pls help me

Aleha - Responder

tried it step by step, and my phone won’t cut on..

jj imel - Responder

I am not a seasoned technician by ay stretch of the imagination, though I have tinkered with many things over the years. I followed the guide step by step, and took my sweet time. So far, the phone and all of it’s peripherals work like and look new, face recognition included. I highly recommend the iFixit Mako Driver kit for this project, but I suppose that as long as your tools are of a high quality, you won’t have many if any issues. I used a cheap low wattage heat gun, but after completing this project, I have drawn the conclusion that I really wish that I had the iOpener and am going it order soon. I also could have used a few high quality spudgers and prying/seperator tools. This was a great step by step guide, and I believe that a budding professional could likely take any advice that they can find on iFixit. Excellent work.

Ryan Kennedy - Responder

I recommend buying the magnetic project pad or be well prepared to organize the screws and parts. The screws are tiny, so you might consider a head-mounted magnifier if your vision isn’t perfect. Excited to have this repair under my belt and not have to run to the genius bar for cracked screens any longer.

Jean-Paul Cozzatti Cozzatti - Responder

When you buy a new screen are you buying a new LCD thingy ma bob, or do you have to buy that separately? If it’s all together I should be good to just follow these steps right?

Leah - Responder

Hi Leah!

The LCD is just another term for the screen, so yes, all screen kits should come with it. However, iPhone screen kits get a little confusing. Some kits come with more components pre-installed than others. Our kit currently requires you to transfer the LCD shield from your existing iPhone, so it will require a few additional steps. Here is the proper guide for the part we sell.

Arthur Shi -

Im not an idiot and have done repairs to MacBooks and even replaced batteries on two iPads. I preface what I am about to say with that so if it’s simply user error, I no longer should be allowed to use an iPhone much less repair one.

I am on step 13 and I cannot for the life of me get the screws out for the battery piece. I have no less than 4 iPhone repair kits so that’s a minimum of 4 screwdrivers that should fit. Nope. They aren’t stripped (yet). I don’t know what help you can provide other than confirm that it’s possible that I was multiple kits for iPhone repair that simply don’t have the correct screwdriver gauge needed for an iPhone XR?

Cary Serrano - Responder

Do you need to have the new screen reprogrammed from the old screen to keep true tone?

Jeremy Jett - Responder

Great job. I would like to ask what speaker is it when you voice text? Thank you

Billy Ferguson - Responder

I replaced my screen and lighting connector port assembly and now I dont have Airplay anymore. What did I do wrong and how do I fix that.

Wynand - Responder

Thanks guys!! Helped me a lot!

A nice thing would have been to include removing the plastic “guides” for the earpiece, speaker and cameras. I couldn’t line mine up so I just went without it. Still works perfectly fine but for someone to whom this may be important, would have been a nice inclusion.

All in all, thanks for your help!!

tw1st3d - Responder

Did this today. Happy with the new screen. Most difficult steps 27-29 and of course screwing little screws back. Took 2hrs.

Gary - Responder

This guide helped me execute my screen replacement flawlessly! Thank you!

Mike Ross - Responder

Will Face ID work? Or will it be bricked completely with a replacement screen. Will it work if I clone the data using the chip cloner?

Ethan V - Responder

Hi Ethan,

If you successfully transferred over the front-facing sensor assembly to the new screen, Face ID will work!

Arthur Shi -

Thanks for the write up. Helped me to replace the screen on my partner’s phone.

Neil - Responder

I have to say that I went into this one feeling pretty pessimistic, but figured I could live with a busted phone and an additional $120 for a display as my worst case scenario. So, when I turned it on and everything worked as new? Well howdy doo! These instructions were excellent. THANK YOU!

J Olin - Responder

What kind of screwdriver I need for the 2 screws in the front

colin17harris - Responder

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