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Apple Watch Series 2 Display Replacement—How To


I’m Alex from iFixit, and today I’m gonna
show you how to replace a display on an Apple Watch Series 2. For this repair,
you’ll need an iOpener, a curved razor blade, tweezers, a wide #000
screwdriver, and a couple of opening picks. I also recommend getting a force touch
gasket. It’s inexpensive, and it’s really easy to break, so it’s good to have it on
hand. And remember when it’s time to do your repair, make sure to follow the
step-by-step guide on ifixit.com. And we’re gonna start this repair by
removing these two bands so we have better access to the watch itself. To
release the band, press the band release button and slide it out of its groove.
Now that we have the bands off, we get our first real job, which is to loosen
the adhesive so we can take the display off. This adhesive is really tenacious to
help with the waterproofing, so it usually takes quite a bit of heat, but we
don’t want to burn the LCD, so we’re using our iOpener to get it to about 160°F, and then we’re gonna try to open it with
our curved razor blade so that we don’t damage the metal very much. When I’m
opening the Apple Watch I always want to make sure I’m coming in at the safest
possible side. For the Series 2, that’s gonna be the side across from the
digital crown. That’s because the display cables come in from the bottom of the
display, and the crown also holds a little bit of the antenna. So I’m gonna
stay as far away from those components as I can and open from the other side. So
you’ll notice that I use a metal tool which some people prefer not to use so
that’s to not scratch the watch, but as this a watch has never been opened, it’s
a little bit harder for me to get in. Now that we have this watch open, we’re gonna
switch away from the sharp blade and then we’re gonna switch to the pick so
that we minimize our chance of cutting the gasket. We really don’t be lifting
any of the black gasket, or cutting through and exposing any of the copper.
I’m going to be moving my pick all the way around the display, making sure to cut all
the adhesive without disconnecting the cables. Alright, so now that we have the
display completely off of the adhesive, we need to disconnect the display. And
the first step to doing that is removing this black adhesive that’s covering all
of our connections. With the adhesive out of the way, we now see our three ZIF
connectors that we’re going to open, and then remove the display. So now that we have the display off, the
thing we want to make sure is that we didn’t damage our gasket. The things to
look out for, as seen here, are exposed copper, or cut all the way through,
exposing the casing underneath. So in this watch, we’re probably gonna have to
replace our gasket. The first thing we’re gonna have to do is take this bracket
off, which is held in with this tiny little tri-wing. So we’re gonna get our
driver in there and remove this screw. With the screw gun, we can get these
tweezers in there and remove this bracket, exposing our first set of
connections. So our first connector that we’re
removing is this battery connection. Due to tight tolerances and because these
pointed tweezers are ESD safe, I’m going to go ahead and use these instead of a
plastic pick. With that connection out of the way,
we can lift this board that’s connected to the battery, and now we can see
further connections deeper down, including the force touch gasket. Now that the gasket is disconnected, we have to get it off of our casing. So I’m going
to use this pick, and slide it under our connections and wiggle it down, making
sure to get underneath the adhesive. Once I have it started, since it stays as one
unit, I’m just going to use these blunt tweezers to lift it off of the casing. Before putting your new gasket on, it
really pays off to clean this surface as much as possible. So I’m going to use
this q-tip and a little bit of alcohol to make sure that all that adhesive is
off of the case. Now that your case is ready for reapplication, we’re gonna take
our new gasket and just remove the rear adhesive cover. We’re going to reapply
this really carefully, making sure you’re getting into all the edges and seeing it
as best as we can. This is really important to make sure that our 3D touch
and just our touch work once the screens back on. All that’s left now is to
reassemble your Apple Watch. I recommend reconnecting your new
display, and making sure that display and touch work before actually removing the
top adhesive and sealing it down. Well that’s it for this repair. Make sure you
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