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June 11, 2013
My wife dropped her phone and cracked the screen. When replacing it I asked her what color she really wanted, and she said "white". Now she has a black back, black button, and white front.
I botched my first attempt - be careful with the display cables, they are fragile. iFixit made a Saturday delivery to get the second one (my expense since my fault).
The guide is very good for the repairs. It is not hard if you are patient and have good lighting.
The repaired phone looks fantastic with a matching black and white case. Looks slick and deliberate.
As you remove parts, place them on a cloth in the order removed (the cloth shields the very small screws from bouncing around if you jiggle your work table). Have good lighting, and be very careful when threading the cables on the new screen back through the frame.
May 20, 2013
I've been wanting to start a repair business for a long time. An opportunity came my way and I started up. I've been focusing on refurbing damaged iDevices and repairing customer units.
The guides on iFixit.com are awesome! It seems that anything that is missing I the guide is in the comments. This makes repairs go really smooth!
Participate! When you see an issue with a step in a guide, submit an edit - together we can help to make repairs even easier!
April 25, 2013
Previously on iFixit.com; I destroyed the screen connector when attempting to put the iPhone back together - after installing a new Home button.
So, this time around, instead of trashing the iPhone 4(Verizon) I decided to order the screen repair kit.
I took my time, was extra-double patient... picked at time when I knew I wouldn't be interrupted and I went slow... one step at a time.
This time the repair went perfectly.
However, a couple of notes related to the previous attempt at fixing the Home button.
#1) Previously, I got all three standouts in the wrong place. Plus, one of the standouts broke in half and got stuck in the mount and I didn't have a teeny tiny drill bit to drill it out - so this time around, I wasn't able to install the standout down by the speakers, and so I wasn't able to install the screw into that standout.
The moral of the story is to be very, very careful when removing the standouts and make extra-double sure you make notes about which standout came from which area on the iPhone.
There are three standout locations and two different sizes of standout.
#2) Previously, when attempting to reinstall the cellular antenna I pulled too hard and the connector came off the cable. So now there's no cellular antenna. This is no problem for me, because I'm using my iPhone 4 as an iPod and no longer use cell service for this device.
However, the moral to this story is; if a cable doesn't reach the connector... stop, look, listen. If nothing comes to mind... stop everything and call the iFixit and figure out why it doesn't reach and what you can do besides brute force pulling to make it fit correctly.
In the end of the end, the iPhone went back together and it works perfectly for what I need it to do.
The screen is clear and bright, swipes are zippy and accurate and the Home button works like the Home button should.
With delicate electronics brute force is almost never the answer... take a few extra moments to figure out why it doesn't reach or why it doesn't fit or why it won't come apart.
In most cases... there's going to be a reason... another screw, something not installed or seated correctly... once you find the cause of the hangup... you can repair it safely without causing further damage.
Time, patience, discipline, persistence ... success.