How to Replace a Glass Screen on a Mobile Phone
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Find out how to replace the glass screen on a mobile phone. Here are general steps to replacing your phone front glass screen using RepairPartsPlus Repair Kits. We suggest viewing a repair video on YouTuber prior to installation.
What You Need to Replace a Glass Screen
With our phone repair kit, you get the glass screen part and the specialized tools and adhesive for this repair. Here are additional household items that will help to have on hand.
- Scotch tape
- Hair dryer or heat gun
- Wire or dental floss (or putty knife for iPad)
- Playing card
- Microfiber cloth
More professional item that you can use are a heating plate.
- Watch a repair video on YouTube prior to attempting any repair. Videos »
- Review how to use tools in tool kit (if purchased) - includes different screwdriver heads and it is important to use the right one as to not strip the screw heads.
- Many screws will be removed and then re-installed when replacing the screen. These screws are of different size and length.
Mark each screw and related assemble with number so that you can recognize them easily. If you put a screw into a wrong place, your phone could be damage.
- Keep all pieces organized and numbered and work on a well lit white paper base so that you can see any little pieces that might go missing.
- To prevent equipment damage, make sure you start your repair in a static-free environment.
Use a rubber mat - one designed for anti-static or just a household table place mat. You can avoid electro-static by using proper grounding techniques such as wear anti-static bracelet.
Step 1: Preparing the Phone or Device for Repair
Before doing any repair work on a phone, switch off the phone and take out the battery. It's also a good idea to take precautions to prevent the broken glass from shattering when the old screen is removed from the phone. Apply Scotch tape over the broken glass can help to hold the shards together when the glass is removed.
Step 2: Loosening the Phone Glass
The glass screen is held in place by strong glue. Apply heat to the glass, using either a hair dryer or a heat gun, to melt the adhesive so that the glass can be removed. The heat must be directed at the edges of the glass until it starts to loosen. Once the adhesive loosens, slide the plastic prying tool (or playing card) between the top of the glass and the frame of the phone. Next, take the wire or floss (or for larger ipad / tablets a putty knife) and slide it into the gap that the plastic tool opens up. When the glue has sufficiently softened by the heat, the wire will easily slide from the top of the phone to the bottom, separating the glass screen from the LCD. Insert the picks as you go to keep the screen separated. This may take a few attempts so be patient.
Tip: Do not force or pry your screen apart. Heating the adhesive allows the screen to be separated. Using extreme force to pry the screen off can damage LCD and digitizer. A Full LCD Touch Screen is the easiest DIY repair.
Step 3: Cleaning and Preparing the LCD
Lift up the glass screen, revealing the LCD beneath. You will need to clean this display to remove any dust or traces of adhesive. Use microfiber cloth, goo gone or essential oils to remove the glue and tape from the last display. Once the LCD is completely clean, strips of double-sided adhesive tape should be applied to each edge. This tape will hold the new glass screen in place.
Step 4: Applying Adhesive
You need specialized double-sided adhesive for the repair. This is very thin and fits perfectly around the edge of the replacement glass screen. If you are using the 2mm adhesive, just pull off a each strip with tweezers and cut if need and apply until all edges covered. Also apply strips to the middle of solid parts of screen at top and bottom. This tape will hold the new glass screen in place. Note: the adhesive may be pre-installed if an iPad glass digitizer.
Here is a link to a YouTube video showing how to use double-sided adhesive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55_l6lYMHIc
Note: Replacement screens can be secured using adhesive tape strips or UV glue. While the UV glue provides a stronger, longer lasting bond, the adhesive strips are a much safer solution. Use of UV glue requires a curing lamp and can result in damage to a device if too much is used and it seeps into other parts of the phone. We don't recommend glue for first time DIYers. UV glue and curing lamp can be purchased separately if desired.
Step 5: Fitting the New Glass Screen
The final step in this repair process is to remove the protective plastic covering from the new phone glass screen and place it onto the phone. Press down firmly on each edge of the screen can help to create a firm seal between the glass and the adhesive tape.
Watch a repair video on YouTube prior to attempting any repair.
Many screws will be removed and then re-installed when replacing the screen. These screws are of different size and length.
Mark each screw and related assemble with number so that you can recognize them easily. If you put a screw into a wrong place, your screen could be damage.
Keep all pieces organized and numbered and work on a well lit white paper base so that you can see any little pieces that might go missing.
How to Buy a Replacement Screen
Find out which part is right for you - glass screen or LCD. Get the right part by checking your model number. We offer help with both of these under our Guides section.