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May 1, 2013
My iPhone 4S loudspeaker stopped working completely one day. I thought it was a software bug as some people have reported. Iniitially sound was very feeble and I tried things like blowing into loudspeaker, cleaning connector, etc. Sucking air from headphone jack and loudspeaker worked once!! Yes sounds weird but it did. But then there was some static and things stopped working again same day. Tried everything - like even jail breaking my iPhone and deleting some files etc as posted on some apple support blogs. Nothing helped.
Finally decided to change the speakerphone.
Perfect. If the various software solutions posted online dont work for you.. your speaker is probably broken. Sad but true. Anyway, its been a few days and my new speaker is working as new. Oh, how I missed hearing my iPhone's sound ;-). Maybe using it in shower broke it (steam). Not sure.
Anyway, I was a bit skeptical at first but it just worked.. It's not difficult.. Yep, go for it! I'm defintely more confident of doing some more complex "procedures" on my iDevices now.
1. Don't do this in a hurry. Do it on a weekend perhaps.
2. Don't allow kids into your room. Seriously, they like tinkering with stuff and you don't want to lose any small part.
3. Take a plain white or light color bedsheet etc. and operate on that. Sometimes a small piece/screw might just jump out and disappear otherwise.
4. When you take out screws and other pieces, put then in an order in some flat container. So that when you fix things back, you know where to put what.
5. Don't worry but be gentle. If something isn't happening as you thought it should, double check in the guide.. Or search for some ifixit videos as well to get a better idea. It's easy but if u don't pay attention, you can ruin ur iPhone.
Wish you good luck!
Wish I kept photos.. Just forgot.
April 17, 2013
April 9, 2013
Although super happy with my Iphone experience, I had picked an Iphone 4 with a loosy mic. People won't hear me well and I had to either yell at my phone or use headphones.
The repair required opening the Iphone and changing the dock connector, where the main mic is. I decided to change the battery as well to give my phone a bit more juice.
The repair was very smooth. All I really needed was to follow the video. One bit of advice that is missing in the video is that you need to remove the microphone rubber enclosure and put it on the new dock. That info is only on the step by step html guide.
WARNING : I don't recommend this repair to people that have no experience in precision work. Some parts are VERY fragile.
One thing, don't forget to pull up the home button flex connector when installing the new dock connector.
Otherwise you will have to remove the dock you just installed.
April 8, 2013
The main microphone in my iPhone 4S (at the bottom of the iPhone) didn't pick up the sound during regular phone call or using Apple Voice Memo App (unless I shout!).
Since the main microphone is part of the dock connector, so I replaced the dock connector (follow the instruction from iFixit). Everything is working fine now.
Be careful at the "Step 17" in the instruction since the part is supper tiny. Also, at the "Step 18" you might need a magnifying glass(+good lighting) to help you see the tiny socket when you reassemble the "home button ribbon cable."
April 2, 2013
I drop my iPhone 4S manny times but nothing never really broken nothing in it. A couple of weeks ago I drop the phone at work (I'm a professional barber) and when I picked it up I was relieve until I turn the phone and the LCD screen was blanked. I didn't want to take it no were because I know it was going to cost a lot of money. I talk to one of my customer and he told me about ifixit. So I decide to take the challenge and go for it.
It was really frustrating at first and to make it worst on me the screen that I had order didn't slide but it turn on and off and the home button work but not the touch screen. I Call ifixit and and there customer service was really cool and with no questions ask sent me another one. I got it after 4 days and before I took the phone a part I check it and it work I was really happy and after taking the phone apart 4 times this was a pice of cake. Know my phone is black and white is really cool know.
Make sure you have patience and have experience on taking things apart and have the right tools. DO YOUR HOMEWORK and see at lease 2 or 3 different videos on how to take the phone apart
March 25, 2013
Had the dock connector fried by a power outage.
Stressful but was able to successfully fix the phone. Was very proud of myself.
Make sure you have some way to organize what you pull out and which screws go to where. Also make sure you won't lose the screws either.
March 11, 2013
My iPhone 4's home button would occasionally not register hits. Double clicks would turn into single clicks. It was very hard to control the phone.
The repair went well. The only major problem I had was removing the wifi receiver screws in Step 13. Two of the 1.6mm screw heads stripped when trying to unscrew, so I had to use a very small flat head to remove them. Putting the logic board back was a pain and took me a little bit of extra time. I also used latex gloves so I wouldn't have to clean the metal contacts as stated in the repair steps.
Read other stories and note them going in. I had no problems other than the stripped screws and replacing the motherboard. My main concern was ruining the gold thing, but with some careful work I got it done.
February 26, 2013
The home button of my iphone 4 was unresponsive.
The battery had become inefficient with time.
The repair went perfectly well. iFixit's guide was easy enough to follow.
Just make sure that you have the the necessary tools iFixit recommends for e.g. the iPod opening tool etc. They are a boon. In addition quite a deal of mental concentration and steady hands is necessary. Also make sure to keep track of the screws, they are very easy to lose. I almost lost one.. phew !!!
February 21, 2013
The home button on my iPhone 4 was unreliable, and while I'd upgraded to the iPhone 5, I wanted to see if I could fix it. I replaced the battery while I was at it.
I did run into trouble with this repair. On step 13, when removing the wi-fi antenna, I couldn't unscrew the 1.4mm screw. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the part it screws into was not attached to anything, and was rotating freely. I wound up going to my local Micro Center and picking up a pair of ultra-fine-point tweezers, with which I was able to get a grip on the recalcitrant part and unscrew the screw. Once I did that, the rest of the repair went without incident.
The whole project took me about six hours, not including the time spent shopping for tweezers.
When you run into trouble, stop and think. Sleep on it, if necessary.
Also, I would have been happier if I'd had two sets of plastic opening tools.