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The Taptic Engine produces your iPhone's vibration and haptic feedback functions. This guide shows how to remove and/or replace the Taptic Engine in an iPhone 13 mini.

You’ll need replacement adhesive to reattach components when reassembling the device.

  1. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the screws: step 1, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the screws: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Heat the bottom edge of the iPhone: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Create a gap: step 3, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Create a gap: step 3, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Create a gap: step 3, image 3 of 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.

    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Apply a suction handle: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 5, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: step 6, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: step 6, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Separate the screen adhesive: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 7, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 7, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Slice the adhesive: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the suction cup(s): step 9, image 1 of 1
    • 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. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Open the iPhone mini: step 10, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Open the iPhone mini: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • 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.

    • Remove the 1.2 mm-long Y000 screw securing the battery and display connector cover.

    • Throughout this repair, keep track of each screw and make sure it goes back exactly where it came from to avoid damaging your iPhone.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your iPhone and test all functions before you seal the display in place. Be sure to power your iPhone back down completely before you continue working.

  11. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the cover: step 12, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the cover: step 12, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the battery and display connector cover.

  12. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Disconnect the battery and the OLED display cable: step 13, image 1 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Disconnect the battery and the OLED display cable: step 13, image 2 of 3 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Disconnect the battery and the OLED display cable: step 13, image 3 of 3
    • Use a spudger to pry the battery and OLED panel cable connectors up from their sockets on the logic board.

    • Try not to damage the black silicone seal surrounding this and other board connections. These seals provide extra protection against water and dust intrusion.

    • Bend the connector slightly away from the logic board to prevent it from accidentally making contact with the socket and providing power to the phone during your repair.

    • 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.

  13. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Unscrew the front sensor connector cover: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three screws (securing the front sensor assembly cover):

    • One PH000 1.4 mm-long screw

    • One Y000 1.8 mm-long screw

    • One Y000 1.2 mm-long screw

  14. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the cover: step 15, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the cover: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the front sensor assembly connector cover.

  15. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Disconnect the front sensors: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the front sensor assembly cable connector.

  16. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the display assembly: step 17, image 1 of 1
  17. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Unscrew the Taptic Engine: step 18, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the three Phillips screws (securing the Taptic Engine):

    • One 1.5 mm-long screw

    • One 2.1 mm-long screw

    • One 1.9 mm-long screw

  18. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the cover: step 19, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the cover: step 19, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the Taptic Engine connector cover bracket.

  19. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Disconnect the Taptic Engine: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Disconnect the Taptic Engine: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger to disconnect the Taptic Engine flex cable by prying it straight up from its socket.

  20. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Unscrew the standoff screw: step 21, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 3 mm-long standoff screw.

  21. iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the Taptic Engine: step 22, image 1 of 2 iPhone 13 mini Taptic Engine Replacement, Remove the Taptic Engine: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the Taptic Engine.

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Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order. Apply new adhesive where necessary after cleaning the relevant areas with isopropyl alcohol (>90%).

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

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our iPhone 13 mini Answers community for help.

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