How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen

Rick Jul 22, 2021

Today we will share how to fix an iPhone XS with an unresponsive touch screen.

First of all, let’s check the motherboard. The motherboard is not deformed or water damaged.

How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen

 

Then we install the motherboard to test. Connect the display and battery. Turn on the phone. The touch screen is not working.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Next, we measure the touch connector. Pin 21 of the connector is found to be open-circuited, which indicates that the circuit connected to pin 21 is faulty.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Open the bitmap. Pin 21 is connected to resistor R5842. R5842 is a safety resistor, so the two ends are connected. We need to measure the resistor to see if it is damaged.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Attach the motherboard to the holder. Heat with Hot Air Gun at 260 °C and airflow 2 to remove the black adhesive.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Measure with the multimeter. The resistor is found to be good. It can be judged that the fault is not caused by the resistor. The fault should be in the circuit of the middle layer.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Then we separate the motherboard. Put the motherboard on the 160 °C Heating Platform to heat. After about one minute, remove the logic board and signal board with tweezers. It can be seen that the motherboard has been separated before.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Open the bitmap. The other end of the resistor is connected to the power IC through the middle layer. Therefore we need to measure the circuit on the logic board firstly. The value of resistance is normal.

 

How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen

 

Then we measure the circuit between the signal board and the touch connector. The value of resistance is 1


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


The circuit is open-circuited. Then we repair by jumping wire. Apply some Paste Flux to the resistor. Solder the copper wire to the resistor with Soldering Iron at 360 °C. 

 

How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen

 

Because the two ends are too far apart, we need to fix the copper wire in the first place. Apply some Solder Mask. Solidify with UV Lamp. Check if the solder mask is solidified with tweezers. Next, fix the remaining copper wire with Solder Mask.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Cut the copper wire. Solder one end of the copper wire to the signal board. Measure with the multimeter. The value of resistance is 0, which indicates that the circuit between the touch connector and signal board is connected. Solidify pads on the signal board with Solder Mask. Scrape to show the pads. Clean the bonding pads with PCB Cleaner.

 

How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen

 

Then we recombine the signal board with the logic board in a direct way. Put the signal board on the 160 °C Heating Platform to heat. Apply some Paste Flux to the bonding pad. Put the logic board in position. Press gently with tweezers during heating. After about a minute, remove the motherboard.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


Measure pin 21 of the connector after the motherboard has cooled. The value of resistance returns to normal. Install the motherboard to test. The touch screen works well.


How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen

How to Fix iPhone XS Unresponsive Touch Screen


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