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March 31, 2014
Had a shattered front glass on an spare, working 3GS that was being used as a perfect music storage device [via usb hookup into a JVC car stereo]. Wanted to fix the glass to use it as a phone in Europe, since the electronics were all operational in the phone. Touchpad worked fine through the shattered glass!
I was able to remove the front panel with the suction cup and unhook the cables w/o any problems. The display appeared to be a very tight fit and removal was a bit difficult, but all appeared ok at that point. iFixit directions were superb!
But it went downhill from there. It seemed to take forever to heat up and remove all the broken glass from the frame. Even cut myself (my fault). Removal of all of the glue residue was easy, and applying the adhesive strips went well. But after a frustrating time removing the adhesive covering, I took the new glass and began to line it up to attach it. What I had neglected to remove was a thin protective film covering on the glass. So of course, the glass and the frame lined up perfectly, and the adhesive cemented itself to the film covering, NOT the glass. (My fault - strike two). I had to redo everything using a spare adhesive kit which I happened to order not knowing the glass came with adhesive.
I put everything together carefully, snapped the panel back onto the phone body, and found to my horror that I must have damaged the 3GS display while prying it apart from the frame (see display discolorations in photo). The display now does not work. (My fault - strike three.)
So it goes...
- Should have ordered the panel with the frame already assembled (glass, button, etc) to save frustration which lead to mistakes.
- Should have been much more careful when prying apart the frame from the display.
- Should have just not attempted the repair and perhaps applied a screen protector over the damaged glass.
March 17, 2014
Wife had an old 3GS which ended up in her lunch bag along with a half full coffee travel mug. Mug leaked, phone was soaked. Bought the wife a Samsung 4G (which I now think she planned). Decided to fix the 3GS and give it to my 5 year old minus the SIM card.
Replaced the battery, home button switch which had been intermittent, and waiting on a new speaker assembly. Home button was a pain as the switch I received from another vendor was missing the tiny raised nub which contacts the button cap. Had to make this part out of epoxy. Worked out fine. Unfortunately ifixit did not stock the 3GS home button switch so I had to look elsewhere. The battery pull tab needed a little trim with an exacto knife as it was a bit too big. The main board would not sit properly. No big deal, modification took 30 seconds. Got the phone working only to discover coffee took its toll on the hands free speaker. The tools I ordered made things so much easier.
Take it slow and don't drop your screws on the carpet. Spent 10 minutes with a large magnet trying to recover 3.
December 16, 2013
I got hammered one night and tried to jump over a fence to impress a girl. Instead of landing on my feet, i landed on my phone and shattered the screen.
The repair went well, I highly recommend having the metal spudger handy when replacing the screen. The hair dryer i borrowed from the girl i was trying to impress worked remarkably well as a heat gun.
Be careful of the glass splinters and of jumping fences when your tanked.
June 4, 2013
My daughter dropped her (our old) iPhone 3GS and shattered the front glass. Her phone needed frequent charging so while I was repairing it, I decided to go ahead and get a new battery also. Took the opportunity to go ahead and order a new 4S rear panel for my wife's phone that was also cracked from a different drop.
The 4S rear panel is a snap! Anyone that can use a screwdriver can easily replace one in about 5 minutes.
Removal of the battery from the back of the 3GS case is a bit tricky, but it's not my first rodeo, so that went fine without incident. Replacement of the front panel took some time and patience, but it looks and works great. Thanks iFixit!
Go slowly when removing the battery. Highly recommend using a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive to minimize the chance of bending the old battery.
Replacing just the front panel on the 3GS is not for the faint of heart. Separating the glass from the frame was tricky and it was challenging to keep from bending the frame. Watch out for glass shards! Also, be diligent to remove all the glue residue to ensure a tight fit. Carefully align the two pieces before pressing them together as the adhesive strips do their job well. Slow and steady is the way to win this race.
May 23, 2013
screen broken and rear case with too much miles.
The on/off button doesn't work and there was no volume up/down button
Oh! And the battery was almost dead :)
Thanks to the guide, i had no trouble to make it work.
stick to the guide ;)
May 6, 2013
After several years, the battery just would not hold electrons correctly anymore.
Followed the step by step directions on this site and they are spot on. The notes on lifting connector 1 and the gold grounding are very important.
After a little struggle with the screw for the camera, the phone is fully operational with a full charge.
It was be very helpful if the screw drivers sold were magnetized to hold the screws while trying to get them back in the holes.
I used a refrigerator magnet that is the shape of the iPhone and placed the screws I removed to ensure I put them back in the correct order.
December 18, 2012
September 11, 2012
classic problem, shattered front piece of glass on 3gs. the replacement is cheap and the fix is pretty easy on this model. note that on newer models (iphone 4, 4s) this may not be the case since the glass is fused to the display.
this is the second time I've replaced the glass on my 3gs in about a year, so I didn't have to look at the repair manual. pretty easy.
watch the video and follow the guide. get a few shot glasses for the screws to keep them separated and in a safe place while you work. be careful when pulling the front and back apart and avoid damaging the ribbon cables. flat end of metal spudger is the way to go on a lot of the steps - use it to pry between front bezel when taking front and back apart and also to pop out the ribbon cable connectors. be gentle with the ribbon cables.
July 24, 2012
The plumber was just at my house about to install a new shower head in our bathroom. Naturally a part was cracked, so I had to go and replace it. The box wasn't correctly closed unbeknownst to me. So, as always, I'm in a hurry to get out the door and make it back so I can pick up my daughter from school. I have one hour. So me, with my newly injured right elbow, decide to carry a pocketbook, cell phone, sunglasses, keys and a bulky box, all in my left hand and arm. The boxflips open, Im trying to grab everything from falling, the cell phone goes face down on the tile floor and the box bounces off of it. All I think is OMG, my new phone....sure enough, I pick it up turn it over....shatter
I was not willing to pay $90 to have it fixed or $150 to replace it. For $42, I did it myself :)
Pretty smoothly. I followed a you tube how to.
I was worried it wasn't going to work because after I installed the screen, I got nothing except for the quick light up, but no apps. I troubleshot on google and discovered I had to hold down the home button and the button at the top. Once I did that, I was back in business. :)
Yes, hold down the 2 buttons when you're done. And watch those screws, they're sooo tiny. :)
March 29, 2012
The original problem was a shattered front panel.
The repair worked, but along the way one very small metal prong broke off and thus the "home button" doesn't work now. Argh... more work to do.
Be very careful, the iPhone 3GS is not very durable.