From iPhone 8 up until iPhone 11 pro max and later, Apple has added a glass back housing to these models due to some of the inner components they bear. Although Apple has assured that the back glass housing is durable and will not yield to mechanical damage easily, this is usually not the case with severe land crashing that can break the glass back housing.
The iPhone 11 pro max is no exception. Its glass back housing can be replaced but with a little bit of work. In this article, you’ll find out how to do that and all the tools you’ll need to carry out the replacement successfully without incurring more damage.
How To Replace iPhone 11 Pro Max Back Housing
Just so you know what you’re up for, the iPhone 11 pro max can get a little difficult to fix, this is because every component fastened on the back housing will have to be removed and replaced on a new housing.
To proceed with the fix, make sure you have your tools ready and a protective hand glove to prevent sustaining a cut from the broken glass fragments.
The below are the tools you should make ready;
- A set of screwdrivers including;
- P2 Pentalobe screwdriver for iPhone
- Standoff iPhone screwdriver
- Tri-point Y000 Screwdriver
- Philips #000 Screwdriver
- Heat gun
- Suction handle
- Opening picks
Ensure the iPhone 11 pro max is turned off before furthering with loosing off the back housing.
- Using the Pentalobe screwdriver, remove the 2 screws at the either sides of the charging port
- Use the heat gun and hover it on the surface of the screen for about 2 minutes so as to loose the adhesive holding the screen to the back housing. Keep the temperature at 60 degrees Celsius
- Place the suction on the screen. Placing it first at the bottom of the screen and using the plastic mediator to detach the screen from the casing. Use the mediator to go round the display until the screen is a good way off the back housing.
- Place the suction at the center and pull gently to the right to reveal the inside of the back housing.
- Disconnect the battery cable from the screen next, but first ensure you carefully remove the metal panel that is placed over it.
- Loose the three screws on the Antenna using the Pentalobe screwdriver. Remove the Antenna.
- Next is to remove the speaker. Use the hot gun after losing both screws on the speaker region to loosen the adhesive on the black tape, peel off the tape afterwards.
- Loose the other screws around the speaker and hover the hot gun over the speaker again. The speaker is glued to the back housing. Remove the speakers afterward.
- Using the Tweezers, gently remove the silicon tapes at the base and top of the battery. There are six of them.
- Remove the battery and set it aside
- Next is to remove the rear camera. Remove the metal bracket screws and its cable connected to the main board first.
- Remove and place aside the face ID module
- Remove the SIM card tray and disconnect the cable from the SIM card reader
- Disconnect the three remaining cables on the second metal panel. This leaves the main board empty and can be removed easily.
- Unstick the bracket at the bottom from the case and hover the heat gun over it to remove it.
- Loose the two screws on the charging port at the bottom of the case. Use the hot gun over the charging port and the cable, remove carefully with the tweezer and set it aside.
At this point everything has been removed from the main board except for the cable at the top and the wireless charging module.
In this guide, they’ll not be removed as the new back housing already has them pre-installed. I also recommend you go for a back housing with pre-installed cables, it will help you save so much time.
Do well also to take a minute or two break before getting back to the reassembly of the components on the new iPhone 11 pro max back housing, it will let you vent some heat. Here’s how to continue with the re-coupling;
- It’s basically the reverse of the detaching process. So first, you start off with the Charging port assembly. Be careful to have all the screws fitted on their right locations.
- It’s best to have the removed components labeled according to how they were removed to avoid the confusion of not knowing where each component should be replaced on the new back housing.
- After fixing the components at their right places, replace the adhesive that holds the display around the back housing.
- Properly connect back the display to the battery
- Couple the Display to the battery and replace the screws at the charging port.
- Turn on the iPhone 11 pro max and test it out to ensure everything is working fine.
Can I Replace The Back Of My iPhone 11 Pro?
Yes, back housing can be replaced on the iPhone 11 pro. It’s relatively a long process to complete. In replacing the iPhone 11 pro back housing, all of the components sitted on the main board in the broken iPhone 11 pro will be detached and moved one after another onto the newly purchased back housing.
To increase your chances of getting the fix right, my advice would be to purchase a back housing with some pre-installed components like the Top cables and the wireless charging module or better still patronize an Apple authorized professional.
Does A Cracked Back Affect Your iPhone?
Yes. Apart from the shattered back serving as a potential weapon that can cut your hand and finger, it’ll also cause costly damages to your phone. The glass rear of your iPhone 11 pro has a water resistant rating of IP68 which will immediately be nulled upon the glass cracking. A water resistant rating of IP68 means that the iPhone 11 pro will be safe in a water depth of 4 meters for about 30 minutes. This ability will be gone as soon as the glass cracks.
Also, the crack can worsen and become prominent enough for other foreign materials to easily find their way into your phone, and just like you’d expect, they’re in there to cause more problems.
Does AppleCare Cover Cracked Back?
AppleCare will not take responsibility for fixing a cracked iPhone. It’s true Apple care will extend your normal warranty for an extra two years as well as perform some fixes both freely on your iPhone. However, these fixes are only limited to those resulting from hardware failures and do not include accidental damages like cracking your iPhone back.
Only an AppleCare plus plan accommodates for hardware damages, although they’ll charge a fee, but it’s usually not more than $30 and that’s highly subsidized unlike the $400 plus Apple charges to fix a cracked back for users without an AppleCare plus plan.
An AppleCare plus plan for iPhone will cost anywhere from $129 to $199 and I’m of the opinion that you purchase it when you upgrade to a newer iPhone model, especially if your chances of dropping your phone is high.
While Apple will ask you to pay a fortune at the repair center without an AppleCare plus plan, you can still have your iPhone cracked back fixed at another repair center, only to make sure that they’re authorized. And if you are techy yourself, you can use the guide above to install a new back housing on your iPhone 11 pro max.