iPhone 11 Screen Replacement
iPhone 11 Screen Replacement

The iPhone 11 Pro, like all modern smartphones, is a marvel of technology. But even marvels have their vulnerable points. If the touch functionality of your iPhone 11 Pro is acting up, it could be a problem with the digitizer. Let’s dissect what the digitizer is, and how to go about replacing it.

Understanding the iPhone 11 Pro Display

The iPhone 11 Pro’s display is a combination of multiple layers:

  1. Outer Glass: The first protective layer you touch.
  2. Digitizer: Located just beneath the outer glass, this component senses touch and sends the data to the phone for processing.
  3. OLED Panel: This is what actually displays the visuals.

When touch is unresponsive or erratic, it’s often the digitizer that’s at fault.

Symptoms of a Damaged Digitizer

  1. Unregistered Touch: Parts of the screen or the entire screen don’t respond to touch.
  2. Ghost Touches: The screen behaves as if it’s being touched even when it’s not.
  3. Visible Damage: Cracks on the screen can sometimes damage the digitizer below.

DIY Replacement

If you’re technically inclined and have the tools, you might consider replacing the digitizer yourself:

  1. Gather Necessary Tools: Screwdrivers, spudgers, tweezers, a new digitizer, and a suction handle are commonly needed.
  2. Turn off the iPhone: Before starting, always turn off the device.
  3. Open the iPhone: Using the appropriate screwdriver, remove the screws next to the charging port. Use the suction handle to gently lift the screen, revealing the internals.
  4. Detach the Old Display: Carefully disconnect the cables connecting the display to the motherboard.
  5. Replace with the New Digitizer: Connect the new digitizer and secure it in place.
  6. Reassemble the iPhone: Reconnect the display cables, reposition the screen, and replace the screws.

Professional Replacement

For most users, visiting a professional is the most sensible option:

  1. Apple Store: Apple provides genuine parts and expert service. If your iPhone is under warranty or AppleCare+, this might even be free or available at a reduced cost.
  2. Authorized Repair Centers: There are many service centers authorized by Apple that can replace the digitizer without voiding the warranty.


While the iPhone 11 Pro is a sturdy device, accidents happen. If you’re faced with a faulty digitizer, weigh the pros and cons of a DIY fix versus professional assistance. Remember, while DIY might be cheaper, one mistake could end up costing more in the long run.


  1. How much does a digitizer replacement for iPhone 11 Pro cost?
    • Prices vary based on location, service provider, and warranty status. It’s best to consult Apple’s official website or your local repair center for a quote.
  2. Is it safe to use an iPhone with a damaged digitizer?
    • If only the touch functionality is compromised, it’s generally safe but inconvenient. However, if there’s visible damage, like cracks, be cautious of potential injury from glass shards.
  3. How long does a professional digitizer replacement take?
    • Typically, if the parts are available, Apple Stores and authorized repair centers can replace it on the same day.
  4. Can I just replace the digitizer and not the entire screen?
    • The digitizer and OLED display are fused together in the iPhone 11 Pro. So, even if only the digitizer is damaged, you’ll likely need to replace the entire screen assembly.
  5. Will replacing the digitizer void my warranty?
    • If done through Apple or an authorized center, no. However, third-party repairs or DIY fixes might void the warranty.
Eric Chan

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