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iPhone 3G LCD / Display Replacement Guide

Steps

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Step 1 — Display

  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the dock-connector end of the iPhone.
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Step 2

  • Remove the metal handle from the suction cup. It's easier and safer to grip the suction cup's base instead of the metal handle.
  • Be very careful when opening the iPhone so that the cables under the display are not severed.
  • There is a rubber gasket between the silver front bezel and black display assembly. A bit of force is required in this step to separate the iPhone's display assembly.
  • Use a small suction cup near the Home button to gently pull up the bottom portion of the iPhone's display assembly.
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Step 3

  • The display assembly is still connected to the iPhone by several cables, so don't try to remove it entirely just yet.
  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.
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Step 4

  • Continue to hold the display assembly with one hand, and use your other hand and a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "1."
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Step 5

  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is roughly vertical. This will allow easier access for disconnecting the remaining cables.
  • Use a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "2."
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Step 6

  • Use a spudger to flip up the black plastic tab holding the remaining ribbon cable in place. The black will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.
  • The plastic tab may be white (instead of black) on some iPhone models.
  • Slide the ribbon cable out of its connector, and remove the display assembly from the iPhone.
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Step 7

  • Remove the single Phillips #00 screw from the corner of the display assembly.
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Step 8

  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the right side of the display assembly.
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Step 9

  • Turn the display over, and carefully peel up the thin strip of black tape on the edge of the display assembly.
  • Keeping the tape from sticking to itself can be tricky. We recommend placing the tape on a wax-coated piece of paper (any sticker backing will do).
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Step 10

  • Remove the three Phillips #00 screws from the left side of the display assembly.
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Step 11

  • Carefully insert a metal spudger between the two metal rails along the edge of the display assembly. Gently rotate the spudger to lift the LCD up from the glass.
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Step 12

  • Turn the display assembly over and again carefully insert a metal spudger between the two metal rails along the edge of the display assembly. Gently rotate the spudger to lift the LCD up from the glass.
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Step 13

  • Separate the LCD and glass by sliding the LCD panel away from the ribbon cables on the glass.

Congratulations!


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