How do I replace my laptop screen?


I always get asked ‘How do I replace my laptop screen?’

Laptops are the main devices that people use at home and outside for work or school. They can also be used to surf the internet and play games on it if they have a good enough processor and graphics card. Most laptops today come with a screen protector, so when you drop your laptop, the only thing that would usually get damaged is the screen.

If you drop your laptop and the screen breaks, there are several things you can do to restore it back to its original state. You could try getting it repaired at an expensive rate, but the only other option is replacing the broken part with a new one. This can be done by buying a new screen for your laptop through any store that sells computer parts or by taking out the broken one and putting in a new one.

You can purchase laptop screens from eBay.

Here are the things you will need to do to replace the screen on your laptop:

1. Turn off laptop

The first step is to turn off your laptop, unplug it from all power sources, and take out the battery. If there are any screws that hold your laptop together, you need to take them out and put them in a separate area so that they don’t get lost. Some screws may be underneath your laptop’s keyboard, so pay careful attention while performing this step. After all of the screws have been removed, use your fingers or forceps to pry apart any parts that are stuck together because of accumulated dirt.

For example, if you have a plastic bezel surrounding your laptop’s screen, there is probably dirt and debris underneath it. You will need to use forceps or a thin knife to remove the plastic covering in order to get access to any screws that are still holding your laptop together.

2. Get rid of broken pieces and dirt

It is not uncommon for dust and other particles to end up between the outer casing of your device and the components inside. If this happens, then taking your device apart could become extremely difficult because the dirt and debris will prevent your hardware from coming apart easily. If you suspect that there is a lot of dust underneath the bezel, then you can try to use a specially designed compressed air duster to blow on all sides of your laptop’s casing before taking it apart. This might help loosen up the grime enough so that you can pull everything apart without having to pry or use forceps.

If this does not work, then it would be a good idea to take some time off from disassembling your device and clean as much as possible with an air compressor duster as described above. In most cases, you should only have one screw holding your screen in place because each component inside of the case will typically have its own mounting points. If this is the case, then you can skip to removing your motherboard or screen.

3. Take out screws

Once you have completely removed the bezel and revealed the screws that hold your screen in, go ahead and take out each screw before attempting to pry apart any pieces. Once all of these screws are removed, remove both pieces starting at either side so that they aren’t pressed together while being separated. This should help prevent scratching your device’s display when it is opened for the first time.

If there was only one screw holding everything together, then carefully pry apart each mounting point at either side using a flat head screwdriver or other thin object until everything has popped off of its mountings. The trickiest part will definitely be separating your device’s screen from the rest of the computer.

To do this, start by prying apart each mounting point on either side of your laptop starting at the top and moving your way down to avoid scratching. Then, slowly separate the two halves using a flat head screwdriver or similar tool from one end to another while holding both pieces in place . This is especially important when you get near to around where your device’s keyboard would be located because it must be lifted up enough so that you can slip a piece of cardboard or other non-marring material underneath. Once you have raised it high enough, placing some padding will keep your device safe while being able to slide across without difficulty.

4. Take out battery

Once all of these steps have been completed for both sides, you can now safely slide out the battery and any memory cards that might be in there. Then, you will need to take another flat head screwdriver or putty knife and start separating up the adhesive along where the screen meets the body of your laptop.

After it is separated sufficiently, you can then remove your damaged screen by sliding off any wires attached to it at this time . With any luck, most of them will not be too difficult to detach with enough force; if, however, they are stuck on there really well , run a sharp blade (just make sure it doesn’t scratch anything) between them with enough force until they come apart. If they don’t budge even after trying that for some time , move on to the next step…

Now that you have the monitor out of the way, inspect your laptop for any screws holding in your CD or DVD drive.  Most likely they are Phillips head screws, but before removing them see which holes on the underside of it match up to screw-holes in your laptop’s body .

5. Plug out ribbon cables

Once you have located these holes, remove all screws from around the drive and gently slide it out so that you can access its ribbon cables.

If the ribbon cables don’t easily come out, wriggle them around a bit until they do – you might have to play with the laptop’s power button while pulling on the cables .

Once all of these cables are unplugged, disconnect them from your laptop and remove the drive.

If there is one panel held in place by screws on your laptop , unscrew it from its hinges and set it aside once you’ve removed the screws . The metal plate beneath it houses most of your hardware, hold onto that too.

At this point , you can remove all of the screws that are holding your laptop’s chassis down. These include , but aren’t limited to, the battery, motherboard and keyboard. If you have a cooling pad or a docking station attached to your laptop , take it off as well.

6. Detach the old screen

Your laptop’s screen should be easy enough to detach. It will typically snap in place with two plastic hinges on its metal plate . Sometimes, these hinges may just need to be snapped off completely before the panel can be removed entirely . In this case, pry them loose from both sides with a flat screwdriver before trying to pop them off with pliers .

Afterward, go ahead and remove any internal components still attached within the metal plates beneath these hinges. Your hard drive, memory card and other pieces should be secured by two or four screws . These can be easy to find if you look for them , or you could always refer to the photo of your laptop’s motherboard earlier on if they’re not immediately visible .

Place all removed metal plates inside a safe place where they won’t get lost . You may need these items again once the process is complete, but before any testing can begin.


When all internal components have been safely stowed away, it’s time to vacuum out the dust from within your laptop. Be sure to work slowly and carefully as there may still be wires attached that could become caught in the fan blades during this process.

Before plug anything back in, we’ll need to make sure your laptop still works.

Unplug the battery and mains electricity supply from the wall socket, then press and hold the power button for 30 seconds. This will cause any capacitors that had previously been holding a charge to completely discharge.

Plug in the mains electricity supply and turn on your laptop. If it begins booting up as normal, you’re good to go!

A final note

If you do not feel confident with the idea of repairing your laptop yourself, it is often just as cheap to get a professional fix it for you!

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...