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This is a prerequisite-only guide! This guide is part of another procedure and is not meant to be used alone.

  1. For your safety, discharge the 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. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions. Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
    • For your safety, discharge the 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. If your battery is swollen, take appropriate precautions.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 6.8 mm-long pentalobe P2 screws at the bottom edge of the iPhone.

    • Opening the iPhone's display will compromise its waterproof seals. Have replacement seals ready before you proceed past this step, or take care to avoid liquid exposure if you reassemble your iPhone without replacing the seals.

  2. Heating the bottom edge of the iPhone helps soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.
    • Heating the bottom edge of the iPhone helps soften the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

    • Heat an iOpener and apply it to the bottom edge for two minutes.

    • A hair dryer, heat gun, or hot plate may also be used, but be careful not to overheat the iPhone 13 mini—the display and internal battery are both susceptible to heat damage.

  3. This step demonstrates the iSclack. If you aren't using an iSclack, skip to the next step for an alternate method. Position the suction cups near the bottom edge of the iPhone—one on the front, and one on the back. If your display or back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may help the suction cups adhere.
    • This step demonstrates the iSclack. If you aren't using an iSclack, skip to the next step for an alternate method.

    • Position the suction cups near the bottom edge of the iPhone—one on the front, and one on the back.

    • If your display or back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may help the suction cups adhere.

    • Don't try to completely separate the display; a small opening along the bottom edge is all you need.

    • Press both suction cups firmly into place. Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to slightly separate the screen from the rear case of the phone.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap under the display on the lower edge of the iPhone.

    • Skip the next two steps.

  4. If you're using a single suction handle, apply it to the bottom edge of the phone, as close to the edge as possible.
    • If you're using a single suction handle, apply it to the bottom edge of the phone, as close to the edge as possible.

    • If your display is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may allow the suction cup to adhere. Alternatively, very strong tape may be used instead of the suction cup. If all else fails, you can superglue the suction cup to the broken screen.

  5. Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case. Insert an opening pick into the gap.
    • Pull up on the suction cup with firm, constant pressure to create a slight gap between the front panel and rear case.

    • Insert an opening pick into the gap.

    • The watertight adhesive holding the display in place is very strong; creating this initial gap takes a significant amount of force. If you're having a hard time opening a gap, apply more heat, and gently rock the screen up and down to weaken the adhesive until you create enough of a gap to insert your tool.

  6. Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner and along the right edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place. Don't insert the opening pick too far underneath the front panel, or you may cause damage to internal components. Don't insert the opening pick too far underneath the front panel, or you may cause damage to internal components.
    • Slide the opening pick around the bottom right corner and along the right edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Don't insert the opening pick too far underneath the front panel, or you may cause damage to internal components.

  7. Re-insert your pick at the bottom left corner of the iPhone. Slide the opening pick around the lower left corner and up the left edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place. Don't insert the pick very far, or you may damage the display cables along this side of the iPhone. Insert it only a few millimeters, or about the width of the display bezel.
    • Re-insert your pick at the bottom left corner of the iPhone.

    • Slide the opening pick around the lower left corner and up the left edge of the iPhone, slicing through the adhesive holding the display in place.

    • Don't insert the pick very far, or you may damage the display cables along this side of the iPhone. Insert it only a few millimeters, or about the width of the display bezel.

  8. The top edge of the display is secured with both glue and clips. Insert your pick into the right edge of the phone. Slide it around the top-right corner and across the top edge. Don't insert the pick more than a few millimeters—about the width of the display bezel—or you may damage the front panel sensor array.
    • The top edge of the display is secured with both glue and clips.

    • Insert your pick into the right edge of the phone. Slide it around the top-right corner and across the top edge.

    • Don't insert the pick more than a few millimeters—about the width of the display bezel—or you may damage the front panel sensor array.

    • Gently pulling the front panel assembly towards the bottom edge of the phone simplifies this step a little.

  9. Pull on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.
    • Pull on the small nub on the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

    • If you used an iSclack and it's still affixed to the iPhone, remove it now.

  10. Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the right side, like the front cover of a book. Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.
    • Open the iPhone by swinging the display up from the right side, like the front cover of a book.

    • Don't try to fully separate the display yet, as several fragile ribbon cables still connect it to the iPhone's logic board.

    • Lean the display against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • During reassembly, lay the display in position, align the clips along the top edge, and carefully press the top edge into place before snapping the rest of the display down. If it doesn't click easily into place, check the condition of the clips around the perimeter of the display and make sure they aren't bent.

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

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