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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!
February 26, 2014
I maintain a small herd of iPhones for my family and friends. My daughter kept having very short battery life. I replaced it a second time thinking I had installed a bad replacement battery. I asked how she charged her phone. She would run it completely down until it threatened to shut down then, charge for a very minimum amount of time. She gave it just enough charge to get going again. Then out the door she went.
The mailman delivered her phone USPS Priority mail from South Carolina. I swapped the battery out, repacked it in the same Priority mail package, printed a new Priority Mail label and handed it back to him as he was delivering mail on the othe side of the street. Not bad I thought, about a ten minute turn around. So if we do the math that cost me $22 dollars in Priority Mail postage. I sent the spare to her with a prepaid return label, she sent me hers, I returned hers with a prepaid label to return the spare back to me.
I didn't want to give my daughter who is a grammar school teacher that has a masters degree a lecture on battery chemistry and the really boring facts from a high school graduate. I explained it in simple terms her fifth grade class would understand. If you get in your car to go on vacation think of your battery as a fuel storage tank. If you only put in a few gallons it will get you to the next town before you need more fuel. If you completely fill the fuel tank before you leave town then you will make it to your destination with fuel to spare. If you charge your iPhone just long enough to get the battery indicator to show 100% the tank is not actually full! You can still get a trickle from a partially filled tank, but it will soon run dry. The battery in the phone charges very quickly at first then slows down to prevent over heating but then keeps slowly filling the tank until it reaches full capacity then quits. Instead of trying to charge it for a few minutes in the morning before rushing out of the house. My recommendation is to always charge overnight. When you get ready for bed please put your iPhone to bed too, plug it in! The best battery charging practice is slow, low and long. My daughter replied "oh that's why it always seams to be dead”. My van has a thirty five gallon fuel that I never let get below a half tank. The younger generation wants just enough for now and does not have the patience to fill the tank and don’t want to put their cash in the gas tank either.
February 25, 2014
The Sleep/Power button on my iPhone 4s suddenly stopped working.
It was a bit tricky keeping track of all the different screw sizes. Took me a good amount of time and focus, as it seemed the switch I was replacing was the first part to go into the phone. This meant I had to take practically everything out of the phone first before I could get to it.
Keep track of all the screws. Be careful not to strip the tiny ones. Work patiently as to not damage the fragile parts inside.
February 18, 2014
After dropping my phone multiple times and kicking it (accidentally) across the Magic Kingdom, the screen finally gave up and shattered. On top of that, my phone was dying when the battery was at 20%, 30, or even 50%. The Apple store told me how much it would cost to repair it. I said: "Screw that, I'll do it myself!"
The repair when pretty smoothly. Since I was doing 2 repairs at once, I did the battery first and then the display assembly. Had some trouble getting the battery out. The edges bent a little, but the plastic didn't tear so I count that as a win. That adhesive is STRONG! Getting all the components off the display assembly was easy. The guide could provide some details about getting the front camera bezel out without breaking it. I did. It's not a huge thing. I put it in my new assembly, my front camera just slides around slightly now. And there was a tiny little black piece, seriously small. I think it has something to do with the proximity sensor. It just kind of fell out, so I didn't see where it came from. I thought I found where it goes, but then I couldn't get it to stay when I put the front camera assembly in place on the new display. Seems to work fine though. My wife had to help getting the 3 ribbon cables reattached (smaller hands). Over all I'm extremely happy, it feels like having a new phone again.
Be careful when removing the front camera bezel from the old display. There aren't instructions in the guide, and if you just pry it off you'll break it. And buy the magnetic mat...trust me. Some of these screws are as small as grains of sand, they WILL get lost if you don't have a safe place to keep them.
February 13, 2014
My power button slowly became less and less responsive until it stopped working all-together.
The repair was tedious (took apart the entire phone) but fun. The power button worked perfectly for a few days, but has since become slightly less responsive. Still much better than before though.
The power button itself is such a simple part it probably doesn't need to be replaced. I think taking apart the phone and re-seeding the connections is what helped most.
February 4, 2014
January 22, 2014
I had two issues.
First my battery was bad (confirmed at the Apple Store). My iPhone 5 would randomly shut off between 20 and 60 percent and I couldn't get through a whole day on a charge.
Second my lock button would only work if I pushed on it really hard on the very left side.
The battery repair would have been pretty easy but getting the audio control and power button cable out was a huge pain. You have to take almost every single connector and screw out! While I was taking everything out I thought there was no way it was going to come back together but when I got to the end and started to reassemble it was actually pretty quick. I used the magnetic mat to write each step and then draw little circles labeled with the screw sizes so that kept everything really organized.
BE CAREFUL WITH THE BATTERY! I figured I was replacing it anyway so I started prying it out with a screw driver. I barely got the screw driver under the battery and flames started literally jetting out! The casing of the battery is extremely thin so be careful like it says in the instructions. Luckily it didn't melt anything important.
January 18, 2014
The power button on a handed down iPhone 5 was not working. Also the batter needed to be replace. To be sure, I ordered the Audio Control and Power Button Cable to make sure I covered all aspects of what may be wrong.
The repair took allot of time as I was being ginger with opening the iPhone and the battery removal. Opening was successful, then I met with a very stuck battery. I watched the battery removal video and was convinced I was not using enough force to remove the battery. I did get it out and continued with the repair.
I even took the advice of another user by using a soldering iron on the mute switch plastic pins to get them to fuse and sit properly in the housing. Everything went smoothly on way back out. Closed the iPhone with care and then found that be power button was not working which was the point of half of my repair. After plugging it in to get the phone to turn on, I was met with a dysfunctional home button which worked previous to the repair.
Upon talking with iFixit who were very helpful and diligent, I was sent out a replacement cable. Again attempted the repair in case it might have been a faulty cable and perhaps the gold pins to the home button were bent. After a successful physical replacement of the cable and check of the pins, the iPhone's power and home buttons were still not working.
Doing research I did a restore of the iPhone which yielded no success. I also found an article about small jumpers on the motherboard being damaged after a battery repair. Looking at the area the damage can occur I know I used the plastic tool to pry up the battery at that location while moving up the length of the battery to free it. At this time I think it was that process which damaged the motherboard in the area responsible from power and home button control. I feel awful as I could have had a functional iPhone 5, but at the same time learned allot about servicing them. It looks like at this point I will have to go with a $229-$279 out of warranty repair/replacem
Talk to iFixit if you run into trouble, they're really willing to help and find solutions to assist you with the process of repair. If working on an iPhone 5 in regard to a very adhered battery, be very careful along the left side of the motherboard. Find pry points against screw housings or use the pointed end of a spudger like a lever to slowly bring the battery up without touching the motherboard, that should remove the chance of damage. If you are in doubt about a step, take your time and be careful. Otherwise my physical repair of the button went well, just functionality was lost due to damage.
January 4, 2014
My Power/Lock button stopped working about a year into having the phone. I finally decided, with the upgrade to iOS7 and loosing my jailbreak, that I would attempt to fix the problem.
I followed the steps listed in the guide slowly, labeling all the screws and taping them down to paper. I did not have any problems with following the guide. Still not sure if just changing the metal button or having to change the button inside with the ribbon connection and the metal button at same time is best. So far the change in the metal button has worked, but still does not feel like it works the same as new.
Tape down and label all the little screws to paper.
Look into changing the Audio and Power Cable at the same time, might have better results than just changing the metal button.
Look into changing the battery as well. For $25, I'm sure its worth having a better battery that your original iP5 battery.
December 26, 2013
I couldn't read what was on my phone screen. I knew I had to repair it.
The repair went very well thanks to the tools provided by IFIXIT.COM
I suggest never settle to buy tools based on low prices. At IFIXIT.COM you have the luxury to purchase sets like the PRO TECH TOOL KIT. I recommend this tool kit for anyone who is going to repair multiple devices. If you buy quality your repair is quality!