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Follow this guide to remove and replace the screen and digitizer assembly for the OnePlus 3. Use this guide for screens that come pre-mounted on a frame.

Do not use this guide if you are attempting to replace the screen only. If you start by trying to remove the screen itself, you will most likely tear the capacitative button flex cable. You must open the phone from the back and disconnect multiple cables before removing the screen.

This procedure requires significant disassembly, battery replacement, and parts transfer from the old part to the replacement part. The hardest part is getting the frame clips free.

If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

For your safety, discharge your battery below 25% before disassembling your phone. This reduces the risk of a dangerous thermal event if the battery is accidentally damaged during the repair.

  1. Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or straightened paperclip into the hole located between the SIM card slot and the power button. Press firmly to eject the SIM card tray. During reinstallation, make sure that the SIM card tray is properly oriented. It fits in only one direction.
    • Insert a SIM eject tool, bit, or straightened paperclip into the hole located between the SIM card slot and the power button.

    • Press firmly to eject the SIM card tray.

    • During reinstallation, make sure that the SIM card tray is properly oriented. It fits in only one direction.

  2. Remove the two 2.6 mm T2 screws from the bottom edge of the phone.
    • Remove the two 2.6 mm T2 screws from the bottom edge of the phone.

  3. There is a high risk of damaging the display panel if this opening procedure is improperly followed. The following three steps show how to pry the rear case from the plastic frame. Read through the steps first before attempting the procedure. There are two different seams between the screen and the body of the phone:
    • There is a high risk of damaging the display panel if this opening procedure is improperly followed.

    • The following three steps show how to pry the rear case from the plastic frame. Read through the steps first before attempting the procedure.

    • There are two different seams between the screen and the body of the phone:

    • Display panel seam: This seam is part of the display assembly. Do not pry at this seam, or you will separate and damage the display panel.

    • Frame seam: This is where the plastic frame meets the back cover. Only pry at this seam.

    • There are fourteen clips that hold the frame against the rear case. Be aware of their location as you pry the back cover off in the following steps.

  4. As you work, try not to accidentally power on the phone. If you do, turn the phone off before resuming disassembly. Place a suction cup near the bottom edge of the display. Pull on the suction cup with strong steady force.
    • As you work, try not to accidentally power on the phone. If you do, turn the phone off before resuming disassembly.

    • Place a suction cup near the bottom edge of the display.

    • Pull on the suction cup with strong steady force.

    • Press the edge of an opening tool straight into the frame seam near the suction cup until the edge wedges between the plastic frame and the back cover's lip.

    • Due to tight tolerances, this will take substantial force. Using a new opening tool with an unmarred edge will help with this step.

    • Do not use metal tools, as they will most likely crack the screen.

  5. Once the opening tool's edge is wedged in position, carefully slide the tool along the bottom edge of the phone. Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam. Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam.
    • Once the opening tool's edge is wedged in position, carefully slide the tool along the bottom edge of the phone.

    • Carefully guide the opening tool around the left corner of the phone while keeping the tool's edge within the seam.

  6. Continue sliding the opening tool along the long edge, releasing the clips along the way. The last clip in the top-left corner near the alert switch is recessed and can be difficult to release. Take your time and use the flat end of a spudger or an opening pick to help.
    • Continue sliding the opening tool along the long edge, releasing the clips along the way.

    • The last clip in the top-left corner near the alert switch is recessed and can be difficult to release. Take your time and use the flat end of a spudger or an opening pick to help.

    I found I had to use a couple of those “guitar picks” to get the screen off, left the first one inserted on the bottom and then went around the side of the phone with the second.

    C McIsaac - Replica

  7. With the bottom and left edge of the phone freed, gently wiggle the frame to release the top and right edge clips. Lift the screen up and remove it. During reassembly, pause here to test your phone's functionality before securing the back cover.
    • With the bottom and left edge of the phone freed, gently wiggle the frame to release the top and right edge clips.

    • Lift the screen up and remove it.

    • During reassembly, pause here to test your phone's functionality before securing the back cover.

    • To reinstall the back cover:

    • Align the top edge of the frame to the back cover and ensure that the top clips slip into place.

    • Squeeze along the long edges of the phone to snap the remaining clips into place.

  8. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket, located above the top right corner of the battery pack. Bend the connector away from the socket to prevent accidental contact.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the battery connector from its socket, located above the top right corner of the battery pack.

    • Bend the connector away from the socket to prevent accidental contact.

    • To re-attach press connectors like this one, carefully align and press down on one side until it clicks into place, then repeat on the other side. Do not press down on the middle. If the connector is misaligned, the pins can bend, causing permanent damage.

  9. Remove the 3 mm Phillips screw securing the cable bracket. Remove the cable bracket.
    • Remove the 3 mm Phillips screw securing the cable bracket.

    • Remove the cable bracket.

  10. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the motherboard, which is located above the battery. Repeat the process to disconnect the daughterboard flex cable from the motherboard. Repeat the process to disconnect the daughterboard flex cable from the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the motherboard, which is located above the battery.

    • Repeat the process to disconnect the daughterboard flex cable from the motherboard.

  11. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the daughterboard, which is located below the battery. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the daughterboard, which is located below the battery.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the interconnect flex cable from the daughterboard, which is located below the battery.

  12. Remove the interconnect flex cable. Carefully bend the still-attached daughterboard flex cable away from the battery.
    • Remove the interconnect flex cable.

    • Carefully bend the still-attached daughterboard flex cable away from the battery.

  13. Use the opening tool to push any adhesive tape holding the battery to the edge of the plastic frame. There should be at least one on each battery side. Be careful not to puncture the battery pack with the tool.
    • Use the opening tool to push any adhesive tape holding the battery to the edge of the plastic frame. There should be at least one on each battery side.

    • Be careful not to puncture the battery pack with the tool.

  14. Peel the clear pull tab up from the battery.
    • Peel the clear pull tab up from the battery.

  15. Brace the phone frame against the table. Using a strong, steady force, pull the clear pull tab upwards until the battery loosens from its recess. If you are having a hard time, apply some high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol along the battery seam to help weaken the adhesive.
    • Brace the phone frame against the table.

    • Using a strong, steady force, pull the clear pull tab upwards until the battery loosens from its recess.

    • If you are having a hard time, apply some high concentration (over 90%) isopropyl alcohol along the battery seam to help weaken the adhesive.

    • Swing the battery completely out of its recess and pull off of any remaining adhesive.

    This step was the hardest for me - my battery was really stuck in there and I didn’t have isopropyl alcolhol. The old battery came out bent.

    C McIsaac - Replica

    I found (once I had bent the old battery removing it) that there is a film around the battery which would come away much more easily. I suggest this step is updated:

    Peel back the four black sticky tabs which say “Position 1” (one at each corner of the battery) and the peel back the black sticky film connected to the tabs. Now pull the clear pull tab upwards and the battery should come away.

    Pete Gibbs - Replica

    • Remove the battery and any remaining adhesive residue on the frame.

    • Do not reuse the battery after it has been removed. Reusing a battery that is bent or otherwise stressed is a potential safety hazard.

    • If your replacement battery did not come with a pull tab, you can transfer the old tab to the new battery to help with subsequent replacements.

    • While installing a new battery, temporarily connect the battery to the phone to ensure proper battery alignment.

    • To install a new battery onto an existing frame, remove some adhesive strips from a pre-cut adhesive card, or cut some strips from a roll of Tesa tape, and stick them in the highlighted area.

    • If you are installing a battery onto a new screen and digitizer assembly, be sure to peel off the orange adhesive liner to expose the battery adhesive for the new battery.

  16. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the capacitative buttons connector from its socket on the daughterboard, which is located below the battery. Repeat the process to disconnect the fingerprint scanner connector from its socket on the daughterboard. Repeat the process to disconnect the fingerprint scanner connector from its socket on the daughterboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the capacitative buttons connector from its socket on the daughterboard, which is located below the battery.

    • Repeat the process to disconnect the fingerprint scanner connector from its socket on the daughterboard.

  17. Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable and pry up, disconnecting it from the daughterboard. Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable and pry up, disconnecting it from the daughterboard.
    • Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable and pry up, disconnecting it from the daughterboard.

  18. Remove the seven Phillips screws securing the daughterboard to the frame:
    • Remove the seven Phillips screws securing the daughterboard to the frame:

    • Two 3 mm black screws

    • Five 2.9 mm silver screws

  19. The daughterboard is still held in place by two plastic clips. Slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the loudspeaker vent and gently twist the spudger until the daughterboard is freed from its clips. Slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the loudspeaker vent and gently twist the spudger until the daughterboard is freed from its clips.
    • The daughterboard is still held in place by two plastic clips.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the loudspeaker vent and gently twist the spudger until the daughterboard is freed from its clips.

  20. Remove the daughterboard.
    • Remove the daughterboard.

    • To reinstall the daughterboard, place one of the side edges to the phone, the press the other side down until the daughterboard clicks into place.

    • If the daughterboard does not easily click into place, make sure there are no flex cables or antenna cables trapped underneath it.

  21. Slide the edge of an opening tool underneath the fingerprint scanner cover near the bottom edge of the frame and pry up. Remove the fingerprint scanner cover. Remove the fingerprint scanner cover.
    • Slide the edge of an opening tool underneath the fingerprint scanner cover near the bottom edge of the frame and pry up.

    • Remove the fingerprint scanner cover.

  22. Use a finger and firmly push on the fingerprint scanner from the front of the display until the fingerprint scanner dislodges from its recess. Use a finger and firmly push on the fingerprint scanner from the front of the display until the fingerprint scanner dislodges from its recess.
    • Use a finger and firmly push on the fingerprint scanner from the front of the display until the fingerprint scanner dislodges from its recess.

  23. Peel the fingerprint scanner along with its tape from the frame.
    • Peel the fingerprint scanner along with its tape from the frame.

    • Remove the fingerprint scanner.

  24. Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable located at the bottom left corner of the motherboard. Pry up and disconnect the antenna interconnect cable.
    • Slide the point of a spudger underneath the antenna interconnect cable located at the bottom left corner of the motherboard.

    • Pry up and disconnect the antenna interconnect cable.

    Connector may go oval, push with spudger to make circular again

    Caidan Whittaker - Replica

  25. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display connector from its socket on the motherboard. Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display connector from its socket on the motherboard.
    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and disconnect the display connector from its socket on the motherboard.

  26. Remove the seven Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the frame:
    • Remove the seven Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the frame:

    • Four 3 mm black screws

    • Three 2.9 mm silver screws

    • Some of these screws may be covered by stickers. Remove the stickers to access the screws.

  27. Make sure you have ejected the SIM tray before performing this step. The motherboard is still held in place near the top by clips. Slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the top left corner of the motherboard.
    • Make sure you have ejected the SIM tray before performing this step.

    • The motherboard is still held in place near the top by clips.

    • Slide the flat end of a spudger underneath the top left corner of the motherboard.

    • Twist the spudger and pry up to release the motherboard from its recess.

    I find it easier to pry from the opposite side, where the antenna cable connector are as it required less force to release the motherboard.

    Munir Ibrahim - Replica

  28. Remove the motherboard.
    • Remove the motherboard.

    • During reinstallation, be careful not to trap any flex cables or antenna cables underneath the motherboard.

    • Try not to tear the black tape pieces so that you can reuse them during re-assembly. If you do tear the tape, replace them with pieces of electrical tape.

    • Use the point of a spudger to pry up and remove the black tape covering the volume buttons on the right edge of the phone.

    • Repeat the process with the black tape covering the power button on the left edge of the phone.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently push the volume button board away from the frame.

    • If the volume button board begins to bend significantly, stop and pry from a different angle.

    • Continue prying until you loosen the volume button board from the frame.

    • To reinstall the volume button board, cut a small piece of adhesive from the pre-cut adhesive card or a roll of Tesa tape, and use it to stick the board back onto the frame.

    • Use the point of a spudger to pry and loosen the power button from the left edge of the frame.

    • To reinstall the power button, cut a small piece of adhesive from the pre-cut adhesive card or a roll of Tesa tape, and use it to stick the button back onto the frame.

  29. Squeeze the tweezer tips together and insert the point underneath the rectangular contact pad near the top left edge of the frame. Pry upwards to loosen the contact pad from the frame.
    • Squeeze the tweezer tips together and insert the point underneath the rectangular contact pad near the top left edge of the frame.

    • Pry upwards to loosen the contact pad from the frame.

    Sometimes this rectangular contact pad is glued with very strong glue to the pad! Consider getting a replacement part here because you may destroy this component.

    Salmontuna - Replica

  30. Lift the volume flex cable upwards from its position, removing it from its groove. Remove the volume and power button assembly.
    • Lift the volume flex cable upwards from its position, removing it from its groove.

    • Remove the volume and power button assembly.

    • If you are transferring the assembly to a new screen and digitizer, remove the blue adhesive liner on the replacement frame and press the cable onto the exposed adhesive.

  31. Squeeze the tweezer tips together and insert the point under one of the earpiece speaker clips. Pull the tweezer point up slowly to pry the earpiece speaker out of its recess.
    • Squeeze the tweezer tips together and insert the point under one of the earpiece speaker clips.

    • Pull the tweezer point up slowly to pry the earpiece speaker out of its recess.

    • If the earpiece speaker clip begins to bend upwards, stop, remove the tweezers, and try the other clip.

  32. Remove the earpiece speaker.
    • Remove the earpiece speaker.

    • To reinstall the earpiece speaker:

    • Be sure that the earpiece speaker is correctly oriented in its recess such that the gold contacts point upward.

    • Place the earpiece speaker into its recess and firmly press it into place with your finger.

    • If you are transferring the earpiece speaker onto a replacement frame, be sure to remove the earpiece speaker adhesive liner on the replacement frame to expose the adhesive.

  33. Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws holding the frame grounding clips.
    • Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws holding the frame grounding clips.

    This was the most difficult step for me. For some reason the screw of one grounding clips is stuck. It just kept spinning and spinning in place. I couldn’t find a thin enough object to go under the screw head to wedge it out. I even tried a razor blade, much to my terror. In the end i just left it there and reassembled my phone with just one grounding clip. I don’t know how important that thing is and if it will affect my phone. But it’s been a couple of hours and my phone seems to work fine. Wifi and data reception didn’t suffer. I don’t know about calls yet. I guess we’ll see.

    Cris Garcia - Replica

  34. Remove the two frame grounding clips and transfer them to the replacement assembly.
    • Remove the two frame grounding clips and transfer them to the replacement assembly.

    • Note that the clips are directional. Install them in the proper orientation.

  35. Remove the antenna interconnect cable from its groove and transfer it to the replacement assembly.
    • Remove the antenna interconnect cable from its groove and transfer it to the replacement assembly.

  36. The bare screen and digitizer assembly remains.
    • The bare screen and digitizer assembly remains.

    • Transfer all of the parts you removed in the previous steps from the old assembly to the new one.

    • Carefully inspect your new part and compare it with your original. Transfer any missing pieces, such as the LED bracket, to the new part.

Conclusione

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For optimal performance, calibrate your newly installed battery: Charge it to 100% and keep charging it for at least 2 more hours. Then use your device until it shuts off due to low battery. Finally, charge it uninterrupted to 100%.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our OnePlus 3 Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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Yeah I've done one of these and am literally about to do the 2nd one. Easy as you like :D

Be sure to purchase the LCD with frame as it's much quicker.

drunkenmenace - Replica

Hi,

May I kindly ask, both oneplus 3 and oneplus 3T are the same screen? I'm about to buy a screen with frame and digitizer, and all sellers name their products "oneplus 3/3T LCD screen".

Noémi Dupertuis -

It is sure that Oneplus 3 lcd screen is compatible with Oneplus 3T.

Witrigs -

if the touch still works and it is only the screen to be cracked is there another procedure to follow? Do I need to replace the whole LCD?

Paolo Di Lorenzo - Replica

Yes, because it is really difficult to replace front glass screen only, I prefer you take the whole screen with lcd + front glass+ middle frame.

Witrigs -

I have bought the LCD with Frame assembly ....how do I install the two capacitive buttons from the original damaged phone into it?

carlos - Replica

I did this repair on my phone, but is cracked the screen on the last step... first pop in the top of the phone and than the bottom into the aluminum back!!! And when doing the teardown remove the sim tray first!

Marcell Harmaci - Replica

I made this mistake as well, everything else worked fine though.

Gabriel LaMore -

Be careful during this replacement, because it’s easy to break the earpiece speaker when moving it from the broken screen to the new piece.

Benjamin Hollway - Replica

the touch still works and it is only the LCD cracked is there another procedure to follow? Do I need to replace the whole LCD? And Rainbow pattern or color-blocks shows on some areas of LCD screen..

Airyn Ayryn - Replica

So, I have done it and everything seemed to be fine until I switched off the screen. Although the hardware buttons work, the screen is totally unresponsive. I men the screen works during start up and the entire phone works fine, but when the screen goes black it won't respond.

The only thing I did wrong: I put in the cable that was labeled “sub” and “main” in the wrong way. Could that be the problem? Anyone an idea what I can do?

lordchristoph - Replica

Same here. In my case I had to switch off all gestures and then the replacement screen worked normally. Works OK with my original screen though. Not sure why is this happening, maybe because of low quality ebay crap. But the seller agreed with the return and refund.

lubos -

So what, I need to buy a new battery as well, just to change the screen? I'm so poor

Tara Satana - Replica

Hi Tara,

Unfortunately, with how the OnePlus 3 is designed, you should change the battery also. The lithium-ion battery is easily damaged from any bending occurred when it’s pried out. Replacing it will prevent a lot of future problems.

Arthur Shi -

Will not using adhesive when putting in a new battery be a problem. There is adhesive on my new assembly but I’d like to be able to easely replace my battery in the future. There is adhesive on the new frame with a protective layer you are supposed to peel off, is it ok if you leave that there? Won’t this cause thermal problems? Also, what is the point of removing the battery from the original phone. If you need to get a new battery anyway this shouldn’t be needed right? I mean, isn’t it a little bit stupid to bend a battery if you don’t need to, it is always nice to try to prevent battery fires wherever possible right?

TT-392 - Replica

Hi TT-392,

You are right in that you do not need to remove the battery from the original phone. Removing the battery makes removing the flex cable near the top of the battery easier, but it can be done with the battery in place.

The battery should be held down by at least some adhesive in the phone. The plastic will not cause overheating issues, but you do not want the battery to move in the phone. You can choose to expose some of the battery adhesive so that it will be an easier task to replace it in the future.

Arthur Shi -

So I managed to replace my screen and came across a few things that might help others. I wasn’t able to open the screen from the bottom so I tried the side. In the process of doing this I pulled the screen from the display and broke parts of it. This wasn’t a problem because I was replacing the display+frame. After a few times of opening and closing the phone I have realized that it is a lot easyer to open the phone by pushing the screen out from inside of the sim slot. This could probably damage the sim slot but that is a lot less likely than breaking the screen, at least if you are unexperienced. A friend of mine did damage the back cover by doing this with a metal screwdriver so I would advise a plastic spudger. Also, my buttons ended up acting funny because I replaced the tape with electrical tape, It worked fine after I salvaged some of the old tape. Maybe something other than electrical tape is better.

TT-392 - Replica

I achieved to replace my OnePlus 3 Screen thanks to this tutorial. Thanks !

Côme M - Replica

my glass is a little cracked but display touch is half working and half black. can it be fixed?

sartaj jr - Replica

Hi Sartaj,

If you replace the screen and digitizer, that should solve the problem.

Arthur Shi -

Yes, unfortunately you cannot just remove the screen by itself for the OnePlus 3. You have to disconnect things from the back before attempting that. It looks like the capacitative button connector wasn’t disconnected (step 17), and tore. However, if your replacement part came with the capacitative button connector, you’re fine!

This guide is made for screen and frame replacements. It should not be used for screen-only replacement. I will edit the introduction to emphasize that.

Arthur Shi -

This guide worked well for my OnePlus3T. I even used a OnePlus3 screen (or possible a generic) instead of a 3T screen (You can tell because the top corners are rounded and not square. There were only two issues during the process, the first being that when reinstalling the fingerprint sensor I had to put multiple layers of tape between it and the cover for the sensor to be flush with the new screen, and the second being that when reinstalling the motherboard I bent in the clip (which is located at the top of the frame) because I wasn’t sure where it was/how it worked. I’d recommend highlighting the clip in the guide. Otherwise fairly pain free, took a while but nothing was crazy fragile or difficult.

Mathboy 19 - Replica

I’m glad it worked out for you! Thanks for the suggestions—I’ll edit the steps to incorporate your suggestions.

Arthur Shi -

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