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April 15, 2014
Earpiece speaker had not worked for several months, screen was broken from a recent fall that caused a crack dead center from top to bottom of the front glass.
Removing the battery proved a challenge, the spudger did not do the job properly. I eventually broke the plastic tab that should have assisted me in removing the battery. Instead I started by removing the motherboard, then removed the battery using a credit card.
Replacing the earpiece speaker was no easy task compared to replacing the screen. After I had replaced the earpiece I had difficulty installing the power button, now the button feels quite stiff and takes more force to press than before. However it is working and I see no reason to tear the phone apart to fix that small of an issue.
If your battery is especially stuck to the case, do not use excessive force trying to remove it with the spudger. It is entirely possible to remove the motherboard before removing the battery if you are careful. Using a credit card to pry the battery from the case did no damage at all.
I managed to strip what looked like 2 resistors or capacitors from the motherboard, this was caused by my trying to pry up the battery with the spudger. I do not know what they do (or rather did), but the phone has been functioning perfectly for nearly a week now so I am not concerned.
Also be careful when removing the power button, I get the feeling I missed something when disassembling it causing my problems during reassembly.
March 11, 2014
February 26, 2014
Display had shattered on a relatively new, 64GB, iPhone 4S. My father-in-law dropped his 64GB, iPhone 4S and it shattered. He replaced it with an iPhone 5. He decided to give it to my son to use essentially as an iPod Touch. Given that it was 64GB, I felt like it was worth $100 to try and fix it given that a 64GB Touch is $400. So I ordered the kit, including the tools to make the repair.
The process went great. I used a blank piece of paper and taped down the screws/pieces for each step. It took me a couple of hours but it went great. You guys are awesome! A couple of the steps I had to figure out the notes you guys listed, but all in all it was straight forward and everything works. I really appreciate it!
I have a 4S where the power button doesn't work. I ordered replacement parts for this as well. I will tackle this tomorrow. But, if you have a cracked case, these directions worked like a charm and saved about $300 to get an equivalent iPod! Thanks again - iFixit!
January 23, 2014
The power button didn't work.
First I just ordered the power button, but the problem was the Power and Sensor Cable. I had to pay twice for S&H. (About $70 USD, I live in Mexico city).
The guide is not very clear after step 28. I broke the old Power and Sensor cable because the guide is not clear. Anyway, I was replacing this.
If you need to replace the power button because it doesn't work, it is not the power button, it is the Power and Sensor cable. Buy additionally the Earpiece Speaker if you don't want to have additional problems. The adhesive is useless once you take it from the old Power and Sensor cable.
December 23, 2013
Fumbling it out of my pocket, I lost my grip on faithful 4S - my first phone since the 'peanut' era. In my confused and shocked attempts to catch it (this is all happening in slow motion, dear reader), I discovered too late that it was not to be. I made contact, and it was sweet, for a moment.
Before I knew it, 4S was on the cold, hard sidewalk - having been launched at it all the harder by my confused and shocked attempts to save it.
Though I was unaware at the time, this was the last straw for my earpiece speaker. It would henceforth only talk to me in a tiny and barely audible voice. I'm ashamed to say that I was repulsed by the behavior of 4S. Though I had caused it, I could not reconcile my differences with 4S. I... had to end it. 5C was a gold digger and I knew it, but 5C was new and exciting... I realized too late that I'd been a fool.
So I'm stuck with a 5C that I hate (because I had to spend money on it, a general fear of mine), but my girlfriend's 4 (no 'S', eegad!) was now a sore (slow(iOS7)) subject with her so I thought I'd try to make it up to 4S by giving 4S a new life partner. For Christmas.
Smooth sailing. It was much, much easier than I'd anticipated. Even after having read through the DIY several times (I saw itsy bitsy electronics and feared they might not survive my tutelage).
Not really. It was exactly like the DIY said. I ordered an extra set of plastic opening tools as per previous commenters' recommendation, I only used the smaller of the two types and yes I did need a second one because the forward facing camera retainer is a sharp and surprisingly stubborn piece of work.
December 16, 2013
My 15 month old thinks my phone is a chew toy. Drool does horrible things to the insides of an iPhone. The earpiece speaker and one of the two stereo speakers stopped working. So, if I wanted to use the device as an actual phone, it needed fixing. I have 8 months to go till the contract is up and I can get a new one, so I had to limp this thing along until then.
The repair went alarmingly well. I say this because I was harassed by my cat the entire time and I forgot to put in my contacts. It took about 2 hours to replace both start to finish. This is with a pee break, then a snack break. I got to the end of the putting-things back together phase and the back wouldn't go back on. After reviewing the repair guide, I had the spacer that holds the speaker enclosure UNDER the actual speaker... dont know how that happened, but it did. Once that was remedied, the back slid on like a champ. Once the back was on I fired it up and noticed that it took forever to find the AT&T network. I thought I was going to have to run to the AT&T and have to plunk down 600 bucks for a new one. I went into settings, reset, and reset the network only. Once I did that it found the network right away.
What I did to keep track of all the various screws is to actually print out the guides, in color, and as parts and screws were removed, used various highlighters on the page where parts and screws were removed, I taped the item to the page next to its corresponding color. This way when I came to putting things back, you knew which part went where in device.
December 11, 2013
My girlfriend spilled a McShake on my iphone plugging the earpiece.
I haven't repaired it yet. Waiting on the screw replacement kit. And will start the repair in the near future.
Order all the parts first.
December 4, 2013
I could barely hear people through the earpiece and battery ran down way too quick.
For the most part it went well. My power/lock switch fell apart and wouldn't stay together. So I put it back together best I could. But it doesn't work now. The earpiece and battery work well though. So it was somewhat of a success.
Use patience and be gentle with the connectors
June 11, 2013
Power lock button didn't work any more.
GREAT! Had to back up/undo the reassembly part way through for I forgot to install the position sensor. After that all went well.
Wish y'all would put the reassembly steps in the guide step by step for better flow of the project.
This is a very tedious fix, should only be attempted by persons with patients and an eye to details.
Sorry no picture the IPhone is my only camera