Pi Zero

Install Headers to Pi Zero

The Raspberry Pi Zero ships with no headers installed on the GPIO. Insert the 2x20 (or two 1x20) headers into the GPIO like shown the photo. The black plastic bit should be on top of the PCB. 

Tack Headers to PCB

Use tape or mounting tack to hold the header onto the PCB. Then, secure the PCB to a pair of Helping Third Hands or a Panavise Jr. This will make it easier to solder.

Flip the PCB over and solder all of the pins to the GPIO.

Soldered Headers

Inspect each connection and ensure there are no cold solder joints. If you find it difficult to apply solder to the pins, try tinning the tip of the soldering iron.

This guide was first published on May 06, 2016. It was last updated on Nov 19, 2018. This page (Pi Zero) was last updated on Jan 06, 2017.