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Apple Watch Force Touch Sensor Replacement

Replace or repair the Force Touch sensor/front gasket on your Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, opening up your Apple Watch may damage the Force Touch sensor, which also serves as a gasketing seal. The sensor is made up of two layers, glued together. These layers may separate when you open your watch, compromising its seal after reassembly. If this happens, you'll need to repair or replace the sensor before reassembling your watch.

Be sure to follow our Apple Watch Klebstoff erneuern guide when you're done.

Schritt 1 Force Touch Sensor  ¶ 

Remove the single triwing screw securing the Force Touch sensor connector cable. Tri-point Y000 Screwdriver Bit

Schritt 1 Force Touch Sensor  ¶ 

  • Remove the single triwing screw securing the Force Touch sensor connector cable.

  • Tri-point Y000 Screwdriver Bit

  • This screw is very small and strips easily, take care to operate at a proper angle and push as you turn.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

Use a plastic opening tool to flip the Force Touch sensor cable connector straight down, disconnecting it. Use a plastic opening tool to flip the Force Touch sensor cable connector straight down, disconnecting it.

Schritt 2  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to flip the Force Touch sensor cable connector straight down, disconnecting it.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

Microwave your iOpener for another 30 seconds, and apply it to the front of the watch case to soften the adhesive securing the Force Touch sensor.

Schritt 3  ¶ 

  • Microwave your iOpener for another 30 seconds, and apply it to the front of the watch case to soften the adhesive securing the Force Touch sensor.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

Use a plastic opening pick and tweezers to remove the Force Touch sensor from the case. Use a plastic opening pick and tweezers to remove the Force Touch sensor from the case. Use a plastic opening pick and tweezers to remove the Force Touch sensor from the case.

Schritt 4  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening pick and tweezers to remove the Force Touch sensor from the case.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

Use tweezers to peel up any adhesive left behind on the lower case. Also remove any adhesive that stuck to the Force Touch sensor. You may want to use an alcohol-soaked q-tip to clean any residue off the case. Be sure to let it dry before proceeding.

Schritt 5  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to peel up any adhesive left behind on the lower case. Also remove any adhesive that stuck to the Force Touch sensor.

  • You may want to use an alcohol-soaked q-tip to clean any residue off the case. Be sure to let it dry before proceeding.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

Use tweezers to peel the outer ring off of one of the adhesive strip pads.

Schritt 6  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to peel the outer ring off of one of the adhesive strip pads.

  • Be sure to get both the double-sided adhesive and the brown backing paper.

  • Be very careful not to fold, bend, or stretch the adhesive tape, as this will make it too thick to seal the screen without a ridge between the screen and the case.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

Lay the backed adhesive tape down on the case, around the edge where the screen rests. Start in a corner with the tape as close to the corner wall as possible.

Schritt 7  ¶ 

  • Lay the backed adhesive tape down on the case, around the edge where the screen rests.

  • Start in a corner with the tape as close to the corner wall as possible.

  • Press on the brown backing paper with a plastic opening tool to secure the adhesive around the entire perimeter.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

The following steps detail repairing a Force Touch sensor with separated layers. If you're replacing your Force Touch sensor with a new part, ignore these steps. The remaining adhesive sticker backing makes a great work surface. Open the gap between the two layers, but do not peel apart any more of the original adhesive.

Schritt 8  ¶ 

  • The following steps detail repairing a Force Touch sensor with separated layers. If you're replacing your Force Touch sensor with a new part, ignore these steps.

  • The remaining adhesive sticker backing makes a great work surface.

  • Open the gap between the two layers, but do not peel apart any more of the original adhesive.

  • Apply super-glue to the lower half of the sensor and press the upper half down into the glue. Press hard to squeeze out any excess glue and make the sensor as thin as possible.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

Before the sensor gets glued to the paper, lift it up and let it complete its drying in the air. You will likely have a few small extrusions of glue—once they've dried, you can break these off with tweezers.

Schritt 9  ¶ 

  • Before the sensor gets glued to the paper, lift it up and let it complete its drying in the air.

  • You will likely have a few small extrusions of glue—once they've dried, you can break these off with tweezers.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

Peel the backing off of the adhesive you applied earlier.

Schritt 10  ¶ 

  • Peel the backing off of the adhesive you applied earlier.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

Set the Force Touch sensor on top of the adhesive, back in the case. Be sure to properly orient it, with the connector in the lower left corner, facing up. Use a plastic opening tool to press it against the adhesive and make a tight seal. Use a plastic opening tool to press it against the adhesive and make a tight seal.

Schritt 11  ¶ 

  • Set the Force Touch sensor on top of the adhesive, back in the case. Be sure to properly orient it, with the connector in the lower left corner, facing up.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to press it against the adhesive and make a tight seal.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

Use tweezers to fold the Force Touch sensor cable connector back up onto its socket. Then use a plastic opening tool to press the cable connector into the socket. Then use a plastic opening tool to press the cable connector into the socket.

Schritt 12  ¶ 

  • Use tweezers to fold the Force Touch sensor cable connector back up onto its socket.

  • Then use a plastic opening tool to press the cable connector into the socket.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

Replace the triwing screw securing the Force Touch sensor connector cable.

Schritt 13  ¶ 

  • Replace the triwing screw securing the Force Touch sensor connector cable.