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This guide show the procedure for replacing the display of the Dell XPS 13. It requires opening the back case and removing the battery and speakers. The display is hooked up to the motherboard by six separate connectors, and cannot be removed unless the laptop is open. Use this guide if have a cracked or malfunctioning Dell XPS 13 display.

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  1. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.

  2. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.

  3. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.

  4. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.

  5. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the bottom cover.

  6. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Battery Disconnection: step 6, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Battery Disconnection: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • If the connector is stubborn, push a little at one side, then the other, to "walk" it out of its socket.

    • If you have trouble walking the connector out of the socket, use the point of a spudger to gently push on the connector indent to slide the connector out.

    • Do not pull up.

    • Open the display and press the power button for five seconds to drain any remaining charge from the system.

  7. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Battery: step 7, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Battery: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the four 3 mm Phillips #0 screws located on each corner of the battery.

  8. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • Do not pull up.

  9. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Peel up any tape securing the speaker cables to the battery.

    • You do not need to remove the speakers, only the tape, allowing the battery to be removed out under the speaker cables.

  10. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery.

  11. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Display Assembly: step 11, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Display Assembly: step 11, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement, Display Assembly: step 11, image 3 of 3
    • Pull the sliding touchscreen connector gently to the right and out of the motherboard.

  12. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingers to remove the sliding camera connector out from the motherboard.

  13. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Pop the coaxial antenna cables up from the wireless card with the flat end of the spudger.

  14. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 14, image 3 of 3
    • Using a spudger, pry up the press fit connector on the end of the left cable bundle.

    • Gently remove the sliding cable connector from its port to the left of the fan.

  15. Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 3 Dell XPS 13 Display Assembly Replacement: step 15, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the four, black 4.6 mm screws from the display mounts using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • The laptop needs to be open for the display to clear the cutouts of the bottom case, so you may find it easier to remove the screws while already in an open configuration.

    • Remove the display assembly.

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

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