iPhone X Screen
iPhone X Screen

The iPhone X, with its beautiful OLED display, is an impressive piece of technology. But like all phones, it isn’t immune to accidents. If you’ve cracked or damaged your screen, don’t fret. Replacing it is feasible, whether you’re considering a DIY approach or seeking professional help. This guide will provide insights on both.

Understanding the iPhone X Display

  1. OLED Technology: Unlike previous models, the iPhone X employs OLED, offering better contrast and black levels.
  2. Integrated Display: The iPhone X’s touch layer and display are fused, requiring the entire screen assembly to be replaced if damaged.

Gathering Essential Tools

If you’re considering self-replacement:

  1. Replacement Screen: Purchase a high-quality and compatible screen for the iPhone X.
  2. Screwdrivers: A Pentalobe and a Y000 screwdriver are essential.
  3. Opening Tools: Plastic spudgers, suction cups, and opening picks.
  4. Heat Source: A heat pad or hairdryer to soften the adhesive.

Replacing the Screen: The Process

Always backup your device before any repair.

  1. Power Off: Begin by shutting down your iPhone X.
  2. Remove Screws: There are two Pentalobe screws flanking the Lightning port. Carefully remove them.
  3. Heat and Open: Apply heat around the screen edges to soften the adhesive. Using a suction cup and plastic pick, gently pry open the phone, starting from the bottom edge.
  4. Detach Cables: There are several connectors linking the screen to the phone’s body. Carefully disconnect them using a spudger.
  5. Screen Removal: Once all cables are detached, the screen should come off easily.
  6. Install the New Screen: Connect the new screen’s cables and ensure everything fits as it should. Secure any screws and gently press the screen into place, ensuring a firm adhesive bond.
  7. Power On and Test: Once everything’s in place, switch on your device and check for touch responsiveness and display clarity.

Professional Help: The Safer Route

DIY methods might save money, but they can be risky:

  1. Warranty Implications: Self-repair can void your Apple warranty.
  2. Professional Expertise: Repair shops have experienced technicians who can replace the screen without causing collateral damage.
  3. Warranty on Repairs: Many professional repairs come with their warranty, offering peace of mind.


Replacing an iPhone X screen requires precision, patience, and the right tools. While the DIY method can be more cost-effective, entrusting your device to professionals ensures the longevity and functionality of your iPhone.


  1. How much does an iPhone X screen replacement cost?
    • Prices can vary based on the region and repair shop, but Apple’s official cost can be found on their website. Third-party repairs might be cheaper but verify their credibility.
  2. Can I just replace the top glass layer of the screen?
    • Due to the integrated design, replacing just the top glass isn’t feasible. The entire screen assembly is typically replaced.
  3. What if my touch works but the display doesn’t after replacement?
    • This suggests a connection issue or a faulty replacement screen. Recheck all connections or consult a professional.
  4. Does screen replacement affect Face ID?
    • Yes, if not done correctly. The Face ID components are closely integrated with the display, so care is needed during replacement.
  5. What about water resistance after replacement?
    • DIY replacements might compromise the iPhone’s water resistance. Professional repairs usually maintain the original seal.
Eric Chan

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