How to Replace The Display of Microsoft Surface Pro 4

How to Replace The Display of Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has a stunning display but if you want to replace it with a new one, follow our easy step by step guide and get a new replaced screen

Laptops have indeed come a long way over the years – they are now more accessible, powerful, and advanced than ever. But truth be told, you can face a number of issues with your laptops, and one category of these issues deals with screen related problems. However, display related issues in laptops should not be a cause of concern since they can be easily fixed to get your device back in optimal condition. The best part is that you can fix a majority of these issues yourself without any professional help.

In today’s article, we will teach you how to remove and replace the display of your Microsoft Surface Pro 4. This one-of-a-kind laptop comes in 2 versions, both of which feature different displays. Version 1.0 flaunts an impressive Samsung display with a 25-pin connector, whereas Version 2.0 features a gorgeous LG display with a 32-pin connector. Both of these types are not compatible with one another, so it’s advisable to determine which connector your old display has and buy a new display accordingly.

Words of Advice


Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has a lithium ion battery that can explode or catch fire if not handled properly. Hence, it is advised to turn off the laptop and handle the battery with care during the replacement process and discharge it to at least 25% of its maximum capacity before you start dissembling the device. Moreover, use a heat gun with caution as overheating can permanently damage the display as well as other components of your laptop. If the laptop screen is cracked or shattered, it’s advisable to cover it with tape to ensure that you are not injured during the screen replacement process. Also, the screen glass is quite thin, so applying excessive force can break it.

Separating The Display From The Body      


Step 1: Separating The Display From The Body      

  • The display is securely fixed to the laptop’s frame using a strong adhesive, and to remove it, the adhesive bonds need to be broken. For this purpose, apply heat on the edges of the frame using a heating gun, blow dryer, or a heating pad. Maintain this temperature while making sure the laptop is not overheated.
  • Secure a suction cup towards one of the edges of the screen. You may need to glue it to the screen in case the screen is broken. An ideal location is the top left or right edge, where it is relatively easier to insert an opening tool.
  • Hold the frame with your hand and pull the suction cup towards you to create an opening between the laptop frame and the glass screen.
  • Slide an opening tool, such as an opening pick, in this small gap and slide it to the slides to cut through the adhesive. You may need to apply more heat to cut through the adhesive easily. You can also use 98% isopropyl alcohol to weaken the bonds of the adhesive.
  • The adhesive width is quite narrow at the bottom edge, so make sure not to push the opening pick too far on that side to prevent any permanent damage.
  • Separate the top edge at the end since some important antennas are placed there, which can get damaged if care is not taken.


Step 2: Detaching The Connecting Cables

  • 2 display cables connect the laptop frame and its display, and you need to detach them to completely remove the display.
  • The cable on the right side can simply be removed by inserting the opening pic under the connector and pulling it upwards.
  • The cable on the left side can be slightly difficult to remove since a metal casing covers it. To remove it, you will need to use a thin spudger to pry around its edges and pull it upwards when it becomes loose.
  • Disconnect this cable to detach the old screen from the laptop body.

Removing The Old Display


Step 3: Removing The Old Display

  • With the display removed from the body, you can now mount the new display to your laptop and secure it in place.
  • Before doing so, check if any components need to be transferred from the old display to the new one.
  • The chances are that you might need to remove the NTrig board from the old screen and place it on the new display.
  • You can remove the NTrig board by disconnecting the cables attached to it and using heat and gentle force to separate it from the screen.
  • Then, you can adhere it to the new display and connect the cables in the right places.

Step 4: Replacing The New Display

  • Now is the time to place a gorgeous new display on your laptop.
  • Remove the residual adhesive from your laptop frame.
  • Apply isopropyl alcohol to a lint-free cloth and wipe it on the frame to clean it
  • Peel the cover from one side of a double sized adhesive tape and secure it along the edges of the frame of your Microsoft Surface Pro 4. If the tape is not aligned properly, you can pull it back and place it again.
  • Push on the tap to make sure it had adhered to the frame.
  • Peel the cover from the other side of the tap to expose the adhesive.
  • Connect the left and right cables to the new display screen
  • Place the display on the adhesive tap while aligning the screen edges with the edges of the frame.
  • Push back the screen gently along the edges to make sure it has securely adhered to the frame.
  • And Voila! You have successfully replaced the display of your Microsoft Surface 4 on your own.

So now you don’t need to rely on any repairing service to come to your rescue if your laptop display is damaged. Following this step by step guide, you can remove your old display and replace it with a new one in literally no time.

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