Articles Blog

Want a BLACK screen on your RED iPhone 7?

Want a BLACK screen on your RED iPhone 7?


Today Apple released a brand new iPhone 7. This goes hand in hand with their (PRODUCT)RED
line that donates a portion of their profits to AIDS and HIV programs with the hopes that
eventually we will have an AIDS free generation. Charity is always a good thing, especially
from one of the largest businesses in the world. When you buy the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone, it comes
with a white screen. And while that does look pretty darn good,
I think a black combination would look even more dope. Let’s give it a try. [Intro] I turn the phone completely off and then remove
the bottom two silver pentalobe screws. While I don’t recommend attempting this
project yourself, since it is pretty difficult, I will be linking all the tools and replacement
parts that you might need in the video description. As we know, the iPhone is water resistant
which means there is a thin band of adhesive running around the edge under the screen. I’m going to use a heat gun to warm up the
glass until it’s just barely too hot to touch. Then I’ll use a large suction cup to lift
up the edge of the screen enough to slip my thin metal pry tool between the plastic edge
of the screen and the blood red metal body of the phone. Now this part is kind of tricky. It’s where most people will damage their
displays. There are some very fragile ribbon cables
along the right side of the phone, so as you are cutting through the adhesive, it’s important
to keep the tool from penetrating too deep inside of the phone and slicing that important
stuff. You also can’t lift the bottom edge of the
screen very high or it will put stress on the ribbons as well. You’ll see what I’m talking about in just
a second. The screen comes away from the device by pulling
away ever so slightly on the display to release the top clips and then the whole thing folds
open like a little book…a very good looking red book. I think the inside of this thing looks better
than the outside. The anodized red colored coating is all throughout
the device and not just the exterior. I’m definitely a fan. For the next step I’ll switch to my wide
triple zero bit since Apple likes to use weird screws inside of their phones. There are 4 screws holding down the metal
plate over the battery connector, fingerprint connector and LCD ribbon connector. I’ll set that off to the side next to the
screws to help keep them organized. Now we need a Phillips head double zero screwdriver
for the top screws next to the earpiece and front camera. If you think it’s weird that Apple has 3
separate screw types inside of their phone, you’re not alone. I think it’s pretty strange as well. After the two screws on the top bracket are
off I can unclip the front camera and the earpiece ribbon, and the screen is free from
the iPhone body. Now depending on where you get your screen
from there might be a few more steps. If you buy the replacement screen linked in
the video description, you’ll have to transfer over your earpiece, back metal plate, and
home button to your new screen. I show that in my iPhone 7 screen replacement
video. For the sake of time though for this video,
I’ll be using a screen and home button that I pulled off a fully functioning matte black
iPhone 7. It’s already got all the components attached
to it so it’s a direct swap and slightly easier. I’ll start by plugging in the ribbon cables
from the black screen. There are two down by the battery and then
one more up at the top. Each of them will clip in like a little Lego. Make sure to plug the battery cable in very
last; it’s safer that way. The two metal plates go over the top of the
cable connection. And then the 6 screws hold everything tight. Remember each screw is different so keep them
organized and put them back in the same hole they came from. The phone will fold shut just like a very
expensive book and then the top edge of the screen gets tucked up into place before the
rest of the display clicks down. I’m going to use the black screws that I
pulled from my other black iPhone 7 for a cleaner look. Replacement screws are also pretty easy to
find. I’ll link some below the video as well. And it’s time to turn our ultra good looking,
one of a kind cell phone on. And here is where we run into the first problem. Apple has this thing where if you ever need
to fix or replace your home button, they just kill the functionality of it altogether. It’s incredibly frustrating from a repair
perspective, but that’s a story for a different day. Apple claims it’s for security reasons,
which is valid, but there are other ways to protect your device besides killing functionality. The last warning that popped up was to tell
me that I have to use the on screen home button now instead of the physical button, and that’s
kind of annoying. While I love the look of the all black on
red, I’m not about to lose functionality solely for aesthetics. It’s time to reinstall the original home
button – the white one. See, iPhones and their home buttons are paired
at birth and remain together for the entire duration of their lives like some kind of
weird National Geographic documentary instead of a cell phone. To remove a home button there are 4 screws
and then the home button unsticks from the plastic frame and drops out from the front
of the phone. Then all I have to do is tuck the white home
button back up into place on the black screen, and then use the same screws to hold it in. And that’s it for the home button. It’s still definitely white, but this time
it’s functional and there are no error messages. Now one way around this would be to take the
main board from the black iPhone and plop it into the red frame. That way the black home button would remain
paired together with the black screen. But I would recommend against that because
the more components that you remove from the phone, the higher chance you have of something
breaking and going wrong and it never working again when you put it back together. I might compare this project to Legos during
the video, but it’s slightly higher risk than that. The simplest solution is to just get a small
black skin and put it over the white home button; incredibly inexpensive and at least
the skin isn’t covering the whole display. Now I don’t have any skins at the moment,
but I know a guy who does. I’m going to send this phone over to MKBHD
to let him work his magic on that home button. The phone is his to keep or giveaway…totally
up to him. What color combination do you think looks
best? Do you like the white screen, or do you think
Apple should have made a black and red iPhone variant? Let me know in the comments. Luckily I was able to grab two of these red
phones. I’ll be testing the scratch resistance of
the new color in my next video, so if you haven’t subscribed, now would be a good
time. My Twitter followers got the inside look of
this phone as it was happening. So follow me over there to stay ahead of the
curve. And thanks for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 thoughts on “Want a BLACK screen on your RED iPhone 7?”

  1. Hi sir. What do you do with these phones that’s you reviewed or test . If you sale that phone on eBay or amazon. Please give me link. Where do you sale that phones. Because I want to buy phones.

  2. I watched a video a few months back where the guy explains how to reprogram the iPhone so you can use any home button you want in your phone, I can link you the video so in future projects you can explain how to do this and also do it for yourself.

  3. MY GOD ..
    MY APPLE…

    DISCOVERED,,,,,, COLOURS….

    SOON,,,, ALL OTHERS WILL COPY…
    APPLE SO CLEVER….

    Allez Salut

  4. Can U gift that phone please i have android and with that android I edit my videos i need i phone more powerful.

  5. 2017- red iPhone 7 is cool

    2019-blue red orange yellow blue/purple color and more iPhone XR btw I’m classic so I how the white XR

  6. Don't use tge old white home button, just replace the motherboard of the black iPhone 7 with the one of the red iPhone, the home button always is related ti it's motherboard, because there is the touch id that it's saved into the memory of the original motherboard

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *