iPhone X Tear-down/Disassembling for Screen Replacement

Apple launched their 10th-anniversary edition iPhone X at Sep.12th and customers can receive their phones after Nov.3rd. Have you got your iPhone X now? Do you want to know what’s inside it? Now let's tear down it step by step and find out the difference from others.

Tools needed:

Heat gun

Suction cup separator

Phillips screwdriver

Tri-point screwdriver

Pentaloble screwdriver

Tweezers

Pry tools

Ejection tool

Step 1. Turn off the phone and take out the SIM Card Tray.

Press the Volume down and power button to turn off the iPhone X which is different from others.

1 Turn off the phone 副本

Take out the SIM Card tray with an ejection tool.

2 Take out the SIM Card Tray 副本

Step 2. Open the phone.

Undo 2 screws on the phone bottom with a Pentaloble screwdriver. The 2 screws are longer than before.

3 Undo 2 screws on the phone buttom 副本

Heating the phone screen with a heat gun then we can gap the phone with a Suction cup separator. Inset a pry bar into the gap and slide around the phone screen edge.

4 Heating the phone with a heat gun 副本

5 Gap the phone 副本

6 Slide around the phone edge 副本

The phone can be opened like others iPhone.

7 Open the phone 副本

Step 3. Remove the iPhone X LCD screen.

Undo 5 screws shown in the picture below with a triangle screwdriver then take out the metal retaining plate.

8 Undo 5 screws on the metal plate 副本

Release the battery/LCD screen/digitizer/ear speaker connectors with a spudger.

9 Release battery connector 副本

The screen was separated. The iPhone X display is a 5.8 inches Super AMOLED screen, it is different from before iPhones and there is only an ear speaker on the display.

10 Screen was separated 副本

Step 4. Remove the ear speaker.

Undo 3 screws on the retaining plate with a triangle screwdriver then remove the plate. Heating the ear speaker with a heat gun will make it easier to remove the ear speaker with a tweezers.

11 Undo 3 screws on ear speaker 副本

12 Remove the ear speaker 副本

Step 5. Remove rear-facing cameras.

Undo 2 screws shown in the picture below with a triangle screwdriver, release the cameras/flashlight connectors with a spudger then we can take out the rear-facing cameras.

13 Remove the rear facing camera 副本

Step 6. Remove motherboard.

Release all connectors on the motherboard with a plastic spudger.

Undo 3 screws on the motherboard shown in the picture below with a triangle screwdriver then we can take out the motherboard. Unlike other iPhones, the iPhone X motherboard is made of 3 small boards.

14 Undo 3 screws on the motherboard 副本

15 Remove the motherboard 副本

Step 7 Remove Loudspeaker and Taptic engine.

Remove 8 screws shown in the picture below with the Philip screwdriver/triangle screwdriver.

Release the connector with a spudger then we can remove the loudspeaker antenna flex cable.

16 Remove 8 screws on the metal plate 副本

17 Release connector 副本

18 Release metal retaining plate 副本

Undo 2 screws shown in the picture below with the triangle screwdriver/Philip screwdriver then we can take out the metal plate and the microphone retaining plastic. Release the loudspeaker connector then we can take out the loudspeaker and Taptic engine.

19 Remove the microphone undertaining 副本

20 Remove tapic engine 副本

Step 8 Remove battery.

There are two batteries in the iPhone X and they are welded together like an L shape. The iPhone X battery is 2716 mAh which is much larger than iPhone 8, a little more than iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 8 battery is 1821 mAh and iPhone 8 plus is 2691 mAh.

Pulling out 4 battery adhesives with a tweezers then we can remove the battery.

21 Remove battery glue 副本

22 Remove battery 副本

Step 9 Remove front-facing camera.

The front-facing camera and Face ID are installed in the back housing, not like the iPhone 8 which is installed on the back of LCD screen.

Heating the front-facing camera and Face ID flex cable with a heat gun will make it easier to remove it with a spudger.

23 Heating the front facing camera 副本

24 Remove front facing camera 副本

Step 10 Remove the charging port and antenna.

Remove 4 screws on the frame shown in the picture below with a Philip screwdriver then remove the metal retaining plate. Heating the charging port flex cable with a heat gun will make it easier to be removed with a spudger.

25 Remove 4 screws on the frame 副本

26 Remove metal fixtor 副本

27 Heating the charging port flex cable 副本

28 Remove charging port 副本

Step 11 Remove Wi-Fi antenna.

Undo 7 screws shown in the picture below with Philip screwdriver/triangle screwdriver, heating the flex cable with a heat gun then the Wi-Fi antenna and Bluetooth antenna can be removed easily.

29 Remove 7 screws on wifi antenna 副本

30 Remove wifi antenna 副本

31 Remove antenna 副本

Step 12 Remove power button flex cable.

Undo 3 screws on the frame shown in the picture below with a Philips screwdriver, heating the flex cable with a heat gun will make it easier to be removed with a pry tool. The flashlight cable and the power button cable are on the same flex cable. There is a rubber gasket under the flashlight cable.

32 Remove 3 screws on the frame 副本

33 Remove power button flex cable 副本

We don’t remove the wireless charging coil because it has a risk of damaging the wireless charge function. The volume flex cable is weld to the wireless charging flex cable, so we don’t disassemble it too.

iPhone X all parts here:

34 iPhone X full separated 副本

The iPhone X teardown tutorial is completed now and more details please watch our iPhone X teardown video.

Here is the video:

Any questions and suggestions about iPhone X, welcome to comment below.

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