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To find out how to remove the screen assembely for an iPhone 3GS please go to Installing iPhone 3GS Display Assembly.

Removal of the original ribbon is a bit tricky. I use an automotive type of pick tool to remove the existing ribbon bracket. Read on for details on this repair.

NOTE: Many vendors online sell defective units, and these ribbons damage easily. When buying, buy a few because you may go through 3-4 before you get a good one.

For more info about me and my repairs, check out my blog. I do a lot of microsoldering repairs and what not.

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  1. iPhone 3GS Proximity Sensor Ribbon Replacement, Proximity Sensor Ribbon: paso 1, imagen 1 de 1
    • Remove the screw that holds this bracket in and put it in a safe place.

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    • Use an automotive pick tool to lift the bracket up on the side of where the speaker lies. Slight upward pressure, do not force or pry.

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    • Do the same with the other side and on the bottom of the bracket. This is held in with tension on fingers that clip into the screen midframe.

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    • Once the bracket is loose, you can pull it up carefully maneuvering it up and around the LCD and digitizer connectors.

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    • Peel the old ribbon from the bracket, note the orientation.

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    • Peel off the adhesive backing protectors from the new ribbon, and line up the holes in the ribbon with the ones on the bracket as so.

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    • Use a small screwdriver's shaft to conform the new ribbon to the bracket's contour. Light pressure is only needed.

    • At the top of the ribbon, note that there are two small holes. Align them with the two holes in the metal piece for a perfect fit.

  8. iPhone 3GS Proximity Sensor Ribbon Replacement: paso 8, imagen 1 de 1
    • Lift the digitizer and LCD connectors and snap in the bracket/ribbon combo to finish it off.


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

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Thanks for this. I ruined the proximity sensor cable when I was repairing another part on my wife's phone (!)

Your guide helped me get her phone back in perfect working order.


Tyler Faile - Contestar

I used this guide to replace my speaker + proximity cable since I damaged the cable when I replaced the iPhone battery. Worked like a charm and all is good again, thanks for this guide it helped me out big time!

timverbist - Contestar

No problem, thanks for the comment!

hectordtruong -

I did not have a automotive pick, but I found that a straight pin from a sewing kit made it pretty easy to pop this module off.

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