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March 26, 2014
My oldest daughter had a rash of bumble fingers. She must have dropped her iPhone 10 times. It was a mess. The battery wasn't charging at full capacity and the screen began losing pieces each day. I began the 3 1/2-hour task of repairing her iPhone. She fell asleep waiting for me to get done. She woke up with her ringtone going off.
I knew going in to the repair would take some time. The guide says two hours, but I figured it would take me loner. Not only did I have to replace the screen but also the battery and home button.
The glued areas caused me some frustration and extra time to overcome. Persistence and patience are good virtues to own.
Read the little notes with each step. I learned a lot by doing this and avoided what could of become many pitfalls as well as lost and broken pieces.
Using the iFixit magnetic project mat really helped. I placed and marked each tiny piece with each step and location. I bought the magnifying flip-up head glasses to help me see what was going on.
Make sure you have enough lighting and a small towel or washcloth to place your phone on. This really helped me keep the phone from sliding and pieces from moving around.
Assembling all the parts back together took less time. Kind of like filling your pickup takes more time than unloading it.
Remember these things are fragile. Using a soft hand is a must to prevent mishaps and broken items. If something is not working, take a break and come back to it. Do not force anything. There's a reason it's not working. Just try to figure out why and you'll be OK.
March 20, 2014
The lightning connector was damaged and it was really difficult to place the cable and all the time I had to spend 10 minutes to try to find the correct position where my Iphone5 could charge.
I bought only the suggested tools to do this repair.
I was very scared at the beginning because, you know, I was repairing a 700 euros smartphone, but everything went very good.
It takes to me more than an hour to do the all fix, both because at the beginning you have to lift the screen and is quite difficult and because the screws are so so small.
I did not buy the mat, but it is for sure a good tool for organizing all the pieces, and in particular the screws. Instead I used very small boxes, one for every different size of the screws.
Don't be scared to use you strength when you lift the screen because it is very well fixed.
March 12, 2014
A number of annoying purple spots were beginning to pop up in all my photos. After a bit of Googlery, I found out that it's a hardware issue that a few people solved (without taking their phone back to Apple) by replacing the camera.
All in all, it went well. I read all the little available comments (some helpful, some not) and did what needed to be done. It was slightly OH-NO-WHAT-WILL-BECOME-OF-THIS-HORROR?! at a few points, but I succeeded in the end. Purple spots are gone.
Do all the steps. A few commenters suggested skipping most of the steps. In following all of them, I realized how easily I could have made a mistake if I'd listened to the skippers. Also, keep track of the pieces you remove. I simply took a piece of paper, and every time I took out a screw or a piece, I put it on the paper, drew a circle around it, and wrote the step number down. It was really easy to get everything back together in the end.
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.