The light kits all use an exposed conductor on the back of the screen to borrow some of the power that the screen is getting to light up the small LED we’ve placed in the place of the Apple logo on the back. (No this doesn’t drain the battery in any significant way, LEDs use such little power and it’s so small grabbing such a minute amount of power off the screen’s current power).
The issue here is that the back of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus’ screen isn’t connected to the motherboard of the phone in quite the same way so the existing kit for the 6/6 Plus doesn’t fit. Thankfully though, a solution has been found and – oddly enough – the installation process is actually a bit easier than the previous kit.
Here’s how to use the light kit to make the back of your iPhone 6S and 6S Plus light up like a Macbook.
Before You Begin
You are doing this at your own risk and I am not responsible for your actions.
This will also void your warranty if you still have one.
The kits are all tested one by one before being sent out, so if you have an issue with installing it chances are it’s the installation. This is not the easiest process so please just keep that in mind before beginning.
Make sure to purchase the one for your specific model of iPhone.
Install the Light Kit on the iPhone 6S/6S Plus
Once the kit arrives, here’s how to install it.
Open the Phone
Turn off the phone.
Using the provided pentalobe screwdriver from the kit, unscrew the two screws at the bottom of the phone on either sides of the charging port.
Using the suction cup from the kit, put it on the lowest part of the screen you can and pull up on it. This will create a small gap under the screen at the bottom of the phone. Put the pry tool into that gap and slowly turn it to separate the screen from the casing.
Once it is separated, pull the screen back to 90 degrees (don’t go past that as it’ll break the cables that are holding the phone to the motherboard.
Remove the Screen (OPTIONAL)
Since so many people had issues with their screens that were due to improperly reconnecting them to the motherboard, I’m doing this tutorial without removing the screen as I think it’s worth the risk to do it that way instead. If you would like to remove the screen and are confident with putting it back then here’s how:
Unscrew the screws holding down the metal plate over the screen’s cables and set these aside. I use a white piece of printer paper and put everything down so I know exactly where it goes back (some of the screws are slightly different sizes so keep that in mind)
Remove the metal plate and set that aside as well.
Using the pry tool or your fingernail, disconnect the cables and then the screen will disconnect and you can set that aside.
Removing the Battery and Apple Logo
Remove the screws holding down the metal plate near the bottom right of the device that is over the cable connecting the battery.
Remove the metal plate and set that next to the screws.
Disconnect the battery by pulling the two black tabs at the bottom of the battery directly out (as in down towards the charging port of the phone) until you pull the glue out from under the battery (think of it like a Command hook removal if you’re familiar with those).
Once you finally do that (again, be patient, it’ll take a while), remove the battery and set it aside.
Using the pick or your fingernail, remove the two pieces of tape holding down the metal Apple logo under the battery.
Using one of the screwdrivers, pry up the edges of the metal logo bit by bit until you can peel it away. Set this aside as we can reinstall this if we ever want to undo the light kit.
Connecting the Light Kit
Insert the light kit so that the LED is placed into the new Apple shaped hole left by the metal logo. Make sure it’s snug.
Put the two pieces of tape we removed earlier back on to just help hold it down.
Pull the small piece of electrical tape on the left side of the earpiece to reveal the conductor we will use to connect the LED to.
Slide the top of the LED under the metal plate on the back of the screen (I go in diagonally as I find that’s easier than straight in).
With the top of the LED still under the metal, slide it so that it fits up against the earpiece and is completely covering the metal conductor so that you can see the conductor through the LED connector.
Take the two included pieces of sponge and place them on top of one another to create a thicker sponge.
Place this new thicker sponge on the back of the LED connector so it completely covers it.
Take one of the included pieces of electrical tape and place it over the back of the sponges so that it firmly holds them down by taping one side to the back of the screen and the other to the raised metal part of the earpiece section. Make sure to tape one side down first then pull it taught over to the other side. We need all the pressure we can get to hold the LED firmly down on the back of the screen.
Take the other small piece of electrical tape that is included and place that across the top of the LED connector so that it is all covered and, again, make sure it is snug.
Reconnect the Screen (if you removed it)
At this point, we need to reconnect the screen if you removed it in the steps above.
Reconnect the cables from the screen to the motherboard.
Replace the metal plate on top of them and screw that back down.
Replace the Battery
Set the battery back inside the phone.
Reconnect it to the motherboard.
Place the metal plate back on top and screw it back down.
Close the Phone Back Up
Put the screen back down and carefully and slowly press on the sides to snap it back into the casing (be careful not to crack the screen).
Put the two screws back into the bottom of the device to close it back up.
Turn on the phone and check to see that the Apple logo lights up. You can also adjust the brightness of the screen on the phone to change the brightness of the LED as well.
Enjoy! Let me know if it worked for you below in the comments!
Here’s a video that might help those with issues getting it to light up!
Issue #1: I broke the battery while trying to remove it.
Solution: Again, this has also happened to me when I’ve gotten a little too impatient with the glue. If this happens, just order a new one from here. They aren’t expensive but it just means you have to wait until the battery arrives before you can use the phone, of course.
Issue #2: There are lines all over my screen what do I do?!