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Use this guide to replace the upper component cable, a.k.a. audio control cable. It includes the volume control buttons, silent switch, true tone flash, microphone, and sleep/wake button in an iPhone 6s.

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

  1. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable 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 3.4 mm P2 Pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the iPhone, next to the Lightning connector.

  2. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, Opening Procedure: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Optionally, apply mild heat to the lower edge of the iPhone using an iOpener or hair dryer for about a minute.

    • Heat softens the adhesive securing the display, making it easier to open.

  3. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Opening the display on the 6s separates a thin strip of adhesive around the perimeter of the display. If you prefer to replace the adhesive, have a set of new adhesive strips ready before you continue. It's possible to complete the repair without replacing the adhesive, and you probably won't notice any difference in functionality.

    • Apply a suction cup to the lower left corner of the display assembly.

    • Take care not to place the suction cup over the home button.

    • 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.

  4. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 4, 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.

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

    • Pulling too hard may damage the display assembly. Apply just enough pressure to create a small gap between the display assembly and the rear case.

    • If you have any trouble, heat the front of the iPhone using an iOpener, hair dryer, or heat gun until it's slightly too hot to touch. This will help soften the adhesive securing the edges of the display.

  5. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • There is a notch on the underside of the display, just above the headphone jack. This is the safest place to begin prying the phone open.

    • Place the flat edge of a spudger into the gap between the screen and rear case, directly above the headphone jack.

  6. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Twist the spudger to widen the gap between the front panel assembly and the rest of the phone.

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    • Insert the flat end of the spudger on the left side of the phone, between the display assembly and rear case.

    • Slide the spudger up the side of the phone to separate the adhesive and pop the clips free.

  8. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the spudger and reinsert it on the bottom edge, where you pried the phone open.

    • Slide the spudger to the right, along the bottom edge of the phone.

  9. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Slide the spudger up the right side to continue separating the adhesive and popping the display clips free from the iPhone.

  10. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 10, image 2 of 2
    • Use the suction cup to open the display, breaking the last of the adhesive.

    • Don't open the display more than 90º, as it is still connected at the top by three cables that may break if stretched.

  11. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 11, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 11, image 2 of 2
    • Pull up on the nub on the top side of the suction cup to remove it from the front panel.

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    • Gently grasp the display assembly and lift it up to open the phone, using the clips at the top of the front panel as a hinge.

    • 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.

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

    • In a pinch, you can use an unopened canned beverage to hold the display.

    • Remove two Phillips screws securing the battery connector bracket, of the following lengths:

    • One 2.9 mm screw

    • One 2.2 mm screw

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

  13. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 14, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the battery connector bracket from the iPhone.

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    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the battery connector by prying it straight up from the logic board.

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    • Push the battery connector away from the logic board until it stays separated from its socket, so as to avoid any accidental connection to the battery while you work.

  16. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, Front Panel Assembly: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following four Phillips screws securing the display cable bracket:

    • Three 1.2 mm screws

    • One 2.8 mm screw

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    • Remove the display cable bracket.

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    • Use a spudger or a clean fingernail to disconnect the front camera flex cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

  19. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 20, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 20, image 2 of 2
    • Disconnect the digitizer cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

    • 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.

  20. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 21, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 21, image 2 of 2
    • Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cable in this step.

    • Disconnect the display cable by prying it straight up from its socket on the logic board.

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  22. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, Rear Camera: step 23, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, Rear Camera: step 23, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear camera from its socket on the logic board.

  23. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 24, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following two Phillips screws over the rear camera bracket:

    • One 1.6 mm screw

    • One 2.0 mm screw

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    • Remove the camera bracket.

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    • Insert a spudger to the side of the camera, between the rear case and the camera module.

    • Gently pry up on the camera to nudge it out from its housing.

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    • Remove the camera.

  27. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, SIM Tray: step 28, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, SIM Tray: step 28, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray.

    • Press to eject the tray.

    • This may require a significant amount of force.

  28. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 29, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the SIM Card tray assembly from the iPhone.

    • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray.

  29. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, Logic Board: step 30, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 2.3 mm Phillips screws securing the upper component cable connector bracket.

  30. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 31, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 31, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the upper component cable connector bracket.

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    • Remove the following five Phillips screws securing the top left Wi-Fi antenna:

    • Two 1.5mm screws

    • One 2.3 mm screw

    • One 1.9 mm screw

    • One 2.0 mm screw

  32. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 33, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 33, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the top left Wi-Fi antenna.

  33. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 34, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 34, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the audio control cable from its socket on the logic board.

  34. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 35, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 35, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from its socket on the upper right corner of the logic board.

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    • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable from its socket on the lower left corner of the logic board.

  36. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 37, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 37, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the Lightning connector ribbon cable. Lift up to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

  37. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 38, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 38, image 2 of 2
    • Gently pull up on the antenna cable to de-route it from the two clips on the right side of the logic board.

  38. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 39, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 1.3 mm Phillips screw securing the NFC bracket to the logic board.

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    • Remove the NFC bracket.

  40. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 41, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 41, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the following two Phillips screws:

    • One 2.5 mm screw at the top of the logic board

    • One 1.4 mm screw set into the upper edge of the rear case

  41. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 42, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 42, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the plastic clip.

  42. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 43, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the final three screws securing the logic board to the rear case:

    • One 1.9 mm Phillips screw

    • One 2.5 mm hex nut

    • One 1.8 mm Phillips screw

  43. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 44, image 1 of 3 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 44, image 2 of 3 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 44, image 3 of 3
    • Insert an opening pick below the lower edge of the logic board, between the board and the loudspeaker.

    • Use the opening pick to gently lift the logic board out of its housing.

    • Remove the logic board.

  44. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, Upper Component Cable: step 45, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement, Upper Component Cable: step 45, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the two 1.5 mm Phillips screws holding the Taptic Engine in place.

    • Remove the Taptic Engine.

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    • Use tweezers to peel up the tips of the battery adhesive strips at the lower edge of the battery.

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    • Try not to wrinkle the strips during this procedure—they will become very difficult to deal with and will not straighten out again.

    • Pull one of the adhesive strips straight out, towards the bottom of the iPhone.

    • For best results, pull the strip at a 60º angle or less.

    • The strip will stretch to many times its original length. Continue to pull steadily, re-grabbing the strip closer to the iPhone if necessary.

    • Continue pulling until the strip is fully removed.

    • If the battery adhesive tabs break off at any point during the removal process, use your fingers or blunt tweezers to retrieve the remaining length of adhesive, and continue pulling.

    • If one of the adhesive strips breaks under the battery during this procedure, and cannot be retrieved, remove the remaining strip, and then skip to Step 48.

  47. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 48, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 48, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the previous step for the second adhesive strip.

    • Use one hand to hold down the battery as you remove the second strip, or the strip may fling the battery from the phone once it separates from the rear case.

  48. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 49, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 49, image 2 of 2
    • If you successfully removed all three adhesive strips, move on to the next step. Otherwise, you will need to pry the battery from the rear case.

    • Prepare an iOpener and apply it to the back of the rear case, directly over the battery. Alternatively, you can apply heat using a heat gun or hair dryer.

    • After about a minute, flip the phone over and use a plastic card to break up any remaining adhesive behind the battery.

  49. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 50, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the battery.

    • When installing the battery, refer to this guide to replace your battery's adhesive strips.

  50. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 51, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 51, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the single 1.3 mm Phillips screw securing the flash bracket.

    • Remove the flash bracket.

  51. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 52, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 52, image 2 of 2
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the flash out of its housing in the rear case.

  52. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 53, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 53, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the following five Phillips screws:

    • Two 2.5 mm screws set into the left edge of the rear case

    • One 2.1 mm Phillips #000 screw set into the left edge of the rear case

    • Two 2.1 mm screws set into the right edge of the rear case

    • If you overtighten these screws during reassembly, your power and volume buttons may not click properly. Check the clicking action on each button before you continue with reassembly.

  53. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 54, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 54, image 2 of 2
    • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to gently separate the microphone from the rear case.

  54. iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 55, image 1 of 2 iPhone 6s Upper Component Cable Replacement: step 55, image 2 of 2
    • Slide an opening pick between the upper component cable and the rear case.

    • Gently separate the cable from the rear case.

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    • Continue pushing the opening pick under the cable until it fully separates from the rear case.

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    • Remove the upper component cable assembly.

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    • If your replacement part did not come with the mute switch cover, you will need to remove the switch cover and transfer It.

    • Use the flat end of the spudger to press down and hold the old bracket firmly in place.

    • Use tweezers or your fingers to carefully rock the switch cover such that the switch cover pins swing out of their clips.

    • Lift the switch cover straight up.

    • To install the mute switch cover onto the new upper cable assembly, reverse the steps.

    • The pins are supposed to rest near the clip opening. Do no attempt to force the pins far into the clips. The switch cover will be held securely in place once you screw the bracket back onto the case.

    • The switch cover goes on in only one orientation. If you are having a hard time getting the switch cover onto the new part, try toggling the switch so that the black protruding lever is in a different position.

    • Before reassembling the phone, check all switches and buttons to see if they physically work.

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

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Does anyone know where the secondary cell antenna is located on the 6S, it's easily visible on the 6S plus.

Is it under the top wifi antenna, built into the board?

Or at step 41 removing a 'plastic clip' which I thought could be the gps antenna

Jeremy Dumitrache - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Great guide...very helpful.

mrctony - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I had a question about the last step. Mine Upper component cable appears to be attached to the brackets that hold it in place. They appear to have very small spot welds which i cannot remove. It looks like the new cable should wrap around the brackets with an adhesive but i cant seem to get the brackets off of the old cable. Why doesn't the new cable come with those brackets attached? Or was i supposed to order those as separate pieces?

Matt Harmon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

This instruction help me so much while fixing phone 6s every pictures in every steps are clear and better than watching video tutorial especially every screw size, thank so much

paulchai - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Good guide. Should have mentioned that buying the replacement cable WITH the brackets and switch attached is necessary . I bought a cable without and could not remove the mute button. Then went and bought a cable WITH the brackets and everything went together well. Phone works just fine.

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