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If you have to use speakerphone to get audio in a phone call, you may need to replace your earpiece speaker. Use this guide to replace a dead or dying earpiece speaker in your iPhone 6.

You can also use this guide to replace the following parts:

  1. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Pentalobe Screws: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before disassembling your iPhone, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 3.6 mm-long P2 Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

  2. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, iSclack Opening Procedure: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • The next three steps demonstrate using the iSclack, a great tool for safely opening the iPhone 6 that we recommend for anyone doing more than one repair. If you aren't using the iSclack, skip down three steps for an alternate method.

    • If the plastic depth gauge is attached at the center of the iSclack, remove it now—it's not needed for larger phones like the iPhone 6.

    • Close the handle on the iSclack, opening the suction-cup jaws.

  3. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Place the bottom of your iPhone in between the suction cups.

    • Position the iSclack's upper suction cup against the display, just above (but not covering) the home button.

    • Open the handles to close the jaws of the iSclack. Center the suction cups and press them firmly onto the top and bottom of the iPhone.

    • If your display or back glass is badly cracked, covering it with a layer of clear packing tape may help the suction cups adhere. The iSclack also includes two pieces of tape for this purpose.

  4. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to separate the suction cups, pulling the front panel up from the rear case.

    • The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone just enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage the display cables.

    • Peel the two suction cups off your iPhone.

    • Skip the next three steps and continue on to Step 8.

  5. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Manual Opening Procedure: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • If you don't have an iSclack, use a single suction cup to lift the front panel:

    • Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.

    • Be sure the cup is pressed securely onto the screen to get a tight seal.

    • 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.

  6. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel assembly from the rear case.

    • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The display assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.

    • Using a plastic opening tool, begin to gently pry the rear case down, away from the display assembly, while continuing to pull up with the suction cup.

    • There are several clips holding the front panel assembly to the rear case, so you may need to use a combination of the suction cup and plastic opening tool to free the front panel assembly.

  7. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the plastic nub to release the vacuum seal on the suction cup.

    • Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.

  8. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Opening up the phone: step 8, image 1 of 3 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Opening up the phone: step 8, image 2 of 3 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Opening up the phone: step 8, image 3 of 3
    • Open the iPhone by swinging the home button end of the front panel assembly away from the rear case, using the top of the phone as a hinge.

    • Several clips along the top edge of the front panel form a partial hinge.

    • During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case.

  9. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 3 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 3 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 9, image 3 of 3
    • Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • In a pinch, an unopened canned beverage works well for this.

    • Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables.

    • Remove the following Phillips screws from the battery connector bracket:

    • One 2.2 mm screw

    • One 3.2 mm screw

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

  10. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the metal battery connector bracket from the iPhone.

  11. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Disconnecting the battery connector: step 12, image 1 of 1
    • Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Take care to only pry up on the battery connector, and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.

  12. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Removing the front panel assembly cable bracket screws: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following five Phillips screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket:

    • Three 1.2 mm screws

    • One 1.7 mm screw

    • One 3.1 mm screw

    • Incorrect placement of these screws during reassembly will cause permanent damage to your iPhone's logic board.

  13. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.

  14. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 15, image 2 of 2
    • In the next four steps, take care to pry up only on the cable connectors, and not on their sockets on the logic board.

    • Use a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable connector.

  15. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the home button cable connector.

  16. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 17, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cable in this step.

    • Use a spudger or a fingernail to disconnect the display data cable connector.

    • When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off its connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.

  17. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 18, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 18, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the digitizer cable connector.

    • When reconnecting the digitizer cable, do not press the center of the connector. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage.

  18. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Separating front panel assembly and rear case: step 19, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

  19. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement, Earpiece Speaker: step 20, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following Phillips screws from the earpiece speaker/front-facing camera bracket:

    • One 2.3 mm screw

    • One 3.0 mm screw

    • One 2.2 mm screw

  20. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the earpiece speaker/front-facing camera bracket from the front panel.

  21. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 22, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 22, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the front-facing camera out of its recess in the front panel.

  22. iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 23, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6 Earpiece Speaker Replacement: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Holding the front-facing camera out of the way, remove the earpiece speaker from the front panel.

    • Try not to touch any of the contacts on the speaker or the cable—skin oils can damage them and interrupt the connection. If you touch them by mistake, clean them with a little isopropyl alcohol and give them a few moments to air dry.

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

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Holy crap, ordered the replacement speaker and the $24 tool kit, followed this website and in 15 minutes (plus a baby diaper change in the middle) my wife's iphone 6 was working through the ear piece again! Super informative instructions - I like the color code on the screw sizes so I could sort them in trays during removal. Thank you ifixit! You saved me hundreds of dollars! The hardest part was snapping the cable connectors back in, I was very cautious not to force them in but other than that it was a breeze.

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What kit would you recommend me?

ceaggar -

My husband dropped his iPhone 6 in a glass of water. He immediately pulled out, dried it and put it in a glass with rice. He tried to arrest him but did not work. He opened it and had water. it dried, he reassembled but did not detect the SIM card. The phone works but is not heard nothing.

Ivonnne - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I just changed the ear speaker on my iphone 6. The damage was caused by water. After thr replacement and a full factory reset the ear speaker is still not working. I read that it could be the cable however the camera, proximity sensor and everything else seems to be working, only the ear speaker still doesnt work.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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Hey. I'm a technician.

I bought an iPhone 6 that the receiver (ear piece) and headphone jack didn't work. Replace the two parts about 2 times. I'm sure the problem is in the logic board.

Is there any way to fix it ?

Thanks

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