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March 3, 2014
Charging only worked while holding the lightning-connector in the right angle.
60 Minutes sunday lazy afternoon work. Since it was my first iPhone-repair I felt quite unsure. Here the video was a great support. Unfortunately not every single screw is shown (e.g. step 19, step 24 or step 31 - rubber-micro-casing). Here came the photo-guide in.
Thanks to ifixit-crew for great support (video and step-by-step-guide)!
Buy magnetic map to organze parts and screws.
March 1, 2014
My lightning charging port was damaged. It would have costed me around 118$ to fix it, if anyone else had done it for me.
I got the parts after 1 ½ day. I replaced it right after i got the parts. It still works, and i have not had and doesn't think i will get any problems with it.
Follow it step by step. Go slow, and compare the old and new part. It's important that the new part is like the old one.
February 28, 2014
The iPhone 5 quit taking a charge
Quite a bit of disassembly, but all went smoothly following the guide and using proper tools. All works great now.
Take your time and do not mix up any of the tiny screws. There are lots of screws with different lengths. Use a small flathead screwdriver on the standoff screws.
February 20, 2014
My iPhone was only charging intermittently - it would take five minutes each day to find a position in which my phone would charge. This led to my phone running out of battery and my becoming a social pariah. I fixed it because my phone was out of warranty and I didn't want to pay Apple. I'm also a bit reckless when it comes to tech - my fingers never break electronic equipment.
Well, the first thing that happened was that I managed to break the camera out of the phone using the phone screen as a lever. That was pretty worrying. After much disassembly and worry when it came to the battery, I managed to put the new stuff in. I hadn't kept the screws sorted and in fact lost one, so now my screws are in position by the maxim 'if it fits, it's ok' and there's one too few holding the screen connector bracket in place. I'm sure it'll be fine.
Segregate your screws by size so you know where to get them. Don't cheap out and do buy magnetic screwdrivers. There's a big magnet in the camera and reinstalling screws near it with a non-magnetic screwdriver is just a pain in the neck, takes ages and all kinds of 'noooo i'm breaking my phone!!'
January 27, 2014
My friend said his phone was broken, that he'd had to pick up a new one. "Broken? Broken how?" I asked him. He said he'd butchered the dock connector with an off brand charging cable. "You want it? It's f#@&ed!" "You're not going to be mad if I get it working are you?" "Ha! No, but good luck!"
The part arrived really quickly. I love just looking closely at the new part - even the seemingly simple bits are such wonders of miniaturization
Go slow, have a good system in place for keeping your screws organized, and try not to curse Steve Jobs too harshly for all the glue on the battery - I'm sure it wasn't his decision!
Other advice: it took me a few tries to get the new dock connector piece to seat properly in the phone - not a bad idea to practice getting this in place before you remove the glue backing.
December 16, 2013
IPhine 5 would not charge anymore, I suspect the connector was damaged by a car phone holder putting lateral pressure on it.
Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself: I am an Electrical Engineer with over 30 years of experience designing (and reparing) electronics.
I found the dissasembly guides clear and easy to follow, however, there are a few steps out of order or completely missing. For example, rule #1 is to always disconnect all sources of power before touching anything else, and likewise, power should be the last to be restored. Your instructions have users disconnect the display connectors with the phone live! while it may be convenient from an ergonomic point of view, it is very dangerous. A slip of the screwdriver or a loose screw could easily land on an exposed connector and "let the magic smoke out".
Second, there is no guidelines regarding ESD. That's rule #2. A $5 wrist strap could prevent a spark that ruins a $700 phone.
Also there are missing steps: the microphone rubber boot needs to be moved and the entire re-assembly process needs to be documented. it's a lot easier to take something apart than it is to put it back together. Cables have to be routed correctly, assemblies have to be put in the correct sequence, glue strips have to be peeled at the right time, etc.
Telling users to follow the instructions backwards is a lazy way out.
- Read all the user's comments before starting
- Buy and use a wrist strap
- Disconnect the battery FIRST and reconnect it LAST
- move the mic rubber boot
- when the repair is done and the phne is closed, don't despair because it won't power up. You need to hold both buttons down for 30 seconds to reboot the phone.
- ask iFixit for the rest of the guide
To iFixit: complete the darn guide! you only take us half way through and leave it to the user to figure out how to do the most difficult part.
November 21, 2013
A tini bit of wood that was hiding in my pocket, got stock in the Lightning Connector! I didn´t observe it at first, and therefore managed to drive it in quite a bit with the contact. :(
Perfect, no problems what so ever! :)
Print out the guides from Ifixit!
Read the "be ware of" comments carefully, and make sure that You have indentified the components mentioned!
November 14, 2013
The original problem came from using a Lightning adapter on an old 30-pin docking station/radio as the phone would not rest against the docking stand. This seems to have distorted the connector and as a result, the charger cable would make an unreliable connection to the phone.
The guide is excellent, but especially the first time was a long slog. Prying loose the screen, finding all the relevant screws, dealing with the standoff screws (little !@#$%^&...) and knowing when to pull on what bit. Alas, a few more times of opening it all up were needed. It turned out, after another couple of taking everything out and putting it back, that the microphone on the replacement part was faulty: though Siri would hear me and the speaker phone would also work, but regular phone calls were impossible. Thanks to iFixit for a speedy shipment of a new replacement part, I've just closed the phone up for (hopefully) the last time! But if I were to have to open it up again, at least now I can manage the unscrewing and re-screwing in about 45 minutes.
1) Stick to the guide!
2) Keep your screws in order: a magnetic mat is likely best, but drawing boxes on a piece of paper for each step and type of screw also does the trick (though having a curious cat around is a riskier factor).