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Why Liberate My iPhone? ¶
Removing the Pentalobe screws on the bottom of the iPhone and replacing them with Phillips screws accomplishes two tasks.
- It future-proofs your iPhone. In the unfortunate event that your iPhone needs repair, you will be all set to make any repair necessary. Phillips screwdrivers are widely available, whereas Pentalobe screwdrivers are not. In situations where getting the battery out of the iPhone as quickly as possible—such as after dropping the iPhone into water—you will be all set.
- It sends a message. When people see your iPhone, in all it's liberated glory, they will know that you don't stand for restrictions on your hardware. You believe that repair choices should be up to that owner, that repair should be easy, accessible, and affordable.
What's a Pentalobe Screw? ¶
A Pentalobe similar to a Torx—except that the points have a rounder shape, and it has five points instead of six. Apple’s service manuals refer to them as “Pentalobular” screws, contrary to what some folks may say, this is not a security Torx screw. Security Torx have a post in the middle. Apple would never use a real Torx security screw with a post for two reasons: they’re ugly, and the posts break off easily with screw heads this small.
Why is it in my iPhone? ¶
Pentalobe screws are unique to Apple's hardware. In the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, they are used only on the outside of the phone, and they have one clear purpose: to keep you out of your iPhone.
So, don't be fooled into thinking that you have to let Apple lock you out of your iPhone! Install these Phillips screws today, and look forward to a brighter, happier, liberated tomorrow.
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March 6, 2014
The Mic went dead and we figured trying the repair/replacem
We ran into a fit problem with the dock connector itself. Although the old part slipped in and out the new part was a little off - enough that the internal mounting screw holes were not aligned with the part. I cleaned a bit of flashing from the connector and using a small jewelers file opened the holes on the part slightly. From that point all was good and well worth the effort!
Don't forget to remove the protective film on the adhesive - got to use that stickum!
March 3, 2014
Wife's phone. After several years of use, the motor seems to have given out. Tried a few apps (ie. ivibe) first that turn on the motor manually, which only produced a weak vibration that gave out after 1/2 a minute.
After reading the guide and reviews, it took all of 10 mins to complete the repair. A very easy fix.
As the reviews say, it is not necessary to take out the battery to replace the motor. Be careful with the very small screws used to screw the motor in (in particular the one on the right (nearest the side of the case). They can be particularly troublesome to get back on.
February 21, 2014
The front screen was broken at the bottom left corner and the back was shattered at the bottom center.
Smooth as silk ! The step-by-step instructions with pictures were spot on and very helpful ! Great job, iFixIt !
Have a container for the myriad of tiny screws ! I numbered spots to correspond with the step in the tutorial to help me remember which screw went where.
February 18, 2014
I have replaces my iPhone 4 with an iPhone 5, but I want to start developing Apps. My 4 makes a perfect test bed.
The repair went great, except that Apple used so much adhesive on the battery I broke one of the two opening tools. Overall a very easy process,coming from someone who has never opened an electronic device. The screwdrivers magnetized, so my over sized American hands were no issue with the freakishly small Asian screws!
Make the opening tools out of stronger plastic (of course for $2.95, should I even complain?!?)
January 24, 2014
I wanted to open my iPhone, to check the screws on the WiFi antenna. WiFi isn't working anymore and loose screws is one of the possible causes.
Opening the iPhone was really easy. The repair itself didn't work out because there probably is another reason. I guess I'll have to replace the motherboard, so this liberation kit is no bad buy.
January 18, 2014
Battery not holding charge
Was very Easy!
I started at Batteries Plus. The battery was twice as much as iFixit, but that's where I started. It did NOT come with the pentapainintheb
January 4, 2014
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 9, 2013
Some time ago, I dropped my iPhone 4S and the volume up button never worked again. I was able to work around that, especially when iOS 7 came out, but it was annoying.
Having opened several i-devices before without messing anything up, I felt confident I could do so again and, with the excellent guides, this was easy for me. It turned out the volume up/down buttons have a small disk on the back of the button and the one on the volume up button had slipped slightly out of place, interfering with the button. Once I slipped it back into place and re-installed everything, the phone works flawlessly again.
Take your time. Keep track of those tiny screws and use a magnetic screwdriver with them. It helps keep them from falling where you don't want them. When in doubt, re-read the guide. Use a lighted magnifying glass; it really helps.
December 6, 2013
I needed to replace the battery. The kit did not have the 00 philips that I needed. I ended up ordering your 54 driver bit kit. It should have all the sizes I need.
Still waiting for the 54 driver kit
Make sure you look at the full path you will need to take before you order.