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Use this guide to replace a broken, cracked, or defective display on your Apple Watch Series 2.

Make sure to update your Apple Watch to watchOS 5 or later (and the paired iPhone to iOS 12 or later) to avoid pairing issues after a display replacement.

Replacing the display can cause issues with Apple Pay. If possible, to reduce the likelihood of problems, delete all your ApplePay account info before the replacement, and then re-enter it with the new display installed.

  1. Prepare an iOpener, and heat the display to soften the adhesive securing it in place.
  2. Always keep your fingers completely clear of the knife. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this might cause the knife to slip and cut you, or damage the watch. Place the edge of a curved blade into the thin gap between the display and the outer case.  Start at the short side of the display, closest to the digital crown. Insert only the thin edge of the blade into the gap, and then tilt the blade towards you to widen the gap and lift the display slightly open.
    • Always keep your fingers completely clear of the knife. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as this might cause the knife to slip and cut you, or damage the watch.

    • Place the edge of a curved blade into the thin gap between the display and the outer case. Start at the short side of the display, closest to the digital crown.

    • Insert only the thin edge of the blade into the gap, and then tilt the blade towards you to widen the gap and lift the display slightly open.

    • Do not insert the knife more than 1/16th of an inch (~2 mm).

  3. Once a small gap has been created with the curved blade, remove the blade and insert the thinner edge of an opening tool into the gap. Push the opening tool into the gap, using your thumb as a pivot to lift the display open a bit farther.
    • Once a small gap has been created with the curved blade, remove the blade and insert the thinner edge of an opening tool into the gap.

    • Push the opening tool into the gap, using your thumb as a pivot to lift the display open a bit farther.

    • Do not try to open the display all the way. The Force Touch gasket may stick to either the display or body, and will tear if forced.

  4. Insert an opening pick under the display and carefully separate the Force Touch gasket from the display. Make sure you get right underneath the display. If the the Force Touch gasket splits when lifting the display, or if you separate the gasket layers, you'll also need to replace the Force Touch gasket itself. Slide the pick around the display to separate the adhesive between the Force Touch gasket and the display.
    • Insert an opening pick under the display and carefully separate the Force Touch gasket from the display.

    • Make sure you get right underneath the display. If the the Force Touch gasket splits when lifting the display, or if you separate the gasket layers, you'll also need to replace the Force Touch gasket itself.

    • Slide the pick around the display to separate the adhesive between the Force Touch gasket and the display.

    • Don't insert the opening pick deeper than 1/16th of an inch (~2 mm).

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  6. To avoid straining the display cables, don't open the display all the way yet. Open the display to about a 45° angle, and use tweezers to peel off the adhesive between the display and the Force Touch gasket. Thread the adhesive around and behind the display cables to get it off completely, and press the gasket down to re-adhere to the case.
    • To avoid straining the display cables, don't open the display all the way yet.

    • Open the display to about a 45° angle, and use tweezers to peel off the adhesive between the display and the Force Touch gasket.

    • Thread the adhesive around and behind the display cables to get it off completely, and press the gasket down to re-adhere to the case.

    • If the Force Touch gasket itself comes loose and won't stick back down, you should replace both the adhesive underneath the gasket and between the gasket and the display.

  7. Remove the Tri-point #000 screw securing the metal battery connector cover. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the cover.
    • Remove the Tri-point #000 screw securing the metal battery connector cover.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the cover.

  8. Disconnect the battery by prying its connector straight up with the edge of a spudger. Bend the connector up slightly to make sure it does not make contact by accident.
    • Disconnect the battery by prying its connector straight up with the edge of a spudger.

    • Bend the connector up slightly to make sure it does not make contact by accident.

  9. Use a pair of tweezers to peel off the tape covering the display cable connectors. Start from the bottom right of the tape and carefully work your way towards the connector in the middle.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to peel off the tape covering the display cable connectors.

    • Start from the bottom right of the tape and carefully work your way towards the connector in the middle.

  10. On the leftmost connector is also a conductive foil which will most likely tear when taking off the tape. If it tears grab it from the bottom left to remove it completely. This way the opposed one on the display will stay unharmed. If it tears grab it from the bottom left to remove it completely. This way the opposed one on the display will stay unharmed.
    • On the leftmost connector is also a conductive foil which will most likely tear when taking off the tape.

    • If it tears grab it from the bottom left to remove it completely. This way the opposed one on the display will stay unharmed.

  11. Use the tip of a spudger to unlock the three ZIF connectors by flapping the small black part on the connectors open. Use the tip of a spudger to unlock the three ZIF connectors by flapping the small black part on the connectors open. Use the tip of a spudger to unlock the three ZIF connectors by flapping the small black part on the connectors open.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to unlock the three ZIF connectors by flapping the small black part on the connectors open.

  12. Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the display flex cables by gently pulling them out. Walking the connectors out in a left-to-right-motion while pulling helps unplugging them. Walking the connectors out in a left-to-right-motion while pulling helps unplugging them.
    • Use a pair of tweezers to disconnect the display flex cables by gently pulling them out.

    • Walking the connectors out in a left-to-right-motion while pulling helps unplugging them.

  13. Remove the display.
    • Remove the display.

    • Before reassembling the new display use the guide linked in the conclusion to apply new adhesive.

Conclusie

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order. Don’t forget to apply new adhesive before putting the display back on.

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Job done….With a smashed screen remember to apply clear scotch tape to hold the screen together. Continue to heat the remaining stuck shards when the main bulk of the glass comes out. Pick them out carefully, and not to raise the gasket. Use a strong magnifying glass. the ifixit heat gel pack and tweezers helped me. Ensure that all tiny bits of glass have been removed form the body. Just turn it upside down, give a couple of gentle taps with something plastic. Pick out if necessary, taking care around the components. For a smashed screen, needs a good hour or more.

pep073 - Antwoord

Congratulations on the successful repair. And thanks for your comment and additional hints.

Tobias Isakeit -

This one was tough…and I’ve been doing various repair for years. Thank you iFixIt for top notch tutorials and instructions (and the progressive photos). I had a broken display and an iCloud locked watch for parts. Getting the display off the broken iWatch was easy…getting the replacement/good display off the other iWatch was very difficult. I keep at it and eventually it released, but I think I chipped the display edges slightly. If I have to do this one again, I may think twice. I’d say use plenty of heat. I used the iRemover, which helped a lot, it gets plenty hot and holds the heat for job. Once you’re inside, you’ll need that every so special 000 tri-lobe bit for the battery (for this I bought the iFixIt Pro toolkit…worth it to have a solidly made set of disassembly tools). I don’t think it’s worth breaking down the iWatch for repairs much further than the display or battery. The water resistant seal is compromised enough as it is with the display removal.

Erica Rogers - Antwoord

Just wondering are the ion x glass and sapphire crystal screens interchangeable because I have a broken series 2 aluminum case and it comes with the ion x glass but I want to get the sapphire crystal glass instead to make it stronger

Jacob Gerhart - Antwoord

Displays of the same Series, model and size should be compatible.

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