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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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|iPhone 4 Verizon|| |
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December 5, 2013
home button sometimes works but not always?
Many small screws to keep track of? organize your space and keep track of all the pieces for replacement.
Great pics and instructions!
Bee patient, take your time, enjoy the experience ... it's worth the repair.
November 27, 2013
My lense on my camera was really scratched and foggy.
The screw driver worked great for taking the back off my phone. I heard a from a lot of reviews on the internet that it's hard to find a screwdriver that actually fits in there. And this one fit perfectly!! I took out the screws, slid the back off, cleaned the lense and it works great now!! Fantastic product to have at home in case you need to get in there for anything else!!
Get this product because it works great and fits the screws perfectly!
November 25, 2013
November 21, 2013
All the volume buttons, mute switch and home button went wrong after two years of proger usage.
I fixed both the iPhone 4 Headphone Jack & Volume Control Cable and Home Button Assembly by replacing both two parts. I also replaced the bottom screws for philips screws for easier future repairs or battery replacement.
Everything works fine! I can only advice to read everything in these guides and pay close attention to which screws goes to where! Do number them to know which goes where!
November 15, 2013
I sprayed a little deoxit into charger port and some of it got behind the touchscreen.i took it all apart and cleaned all excess residue off the back of touchscreen but it did not help with the bubbles I still see on my screen.however, your tools worked perfectly and it was a positive experience.
I took it all apart and reassembled it with no problems.replac
Don't spray deoxit or any other contact cleaner into your charging port.it gets up and behind your screen and looks look little bubbles when viewing your display.however
November 10, 2013
Was in Kona Hawaii plug iPhone in little bit smoke came out Dock port,iPhone started losin power wouldn't charge take to Mac/Apple shop in Kona $50 chrg. They Said it was Battery replaced it supposedly still nothin! I get back start lookin online
For symptoms of my problem figure dock was it but taken apart
Ends up burnt home button so iPhone works and hold a charge
Teardown time being careful using online guide
Inst. time being careful and using online guide
1 1/2 hr.
Take yur time don't let things distract U.
Plenty of Light and good vision or specs
November 7, 2013
The connector was bad. Battery would not charge and Itunes would not recognize that it was plugged in.
Fantastic. The tools were perfect, the guides exceptional, and the Youtube videos were spot on.
Before starting any repair, always research the tear down procedure. Making a mistake from rushing a project can become very costly. Use their site and you will have a fixed device instead of a paperweight.
November 5, 2013
I dropped my 4S and when I picked it up the screen was black. there was absolutely NO damage to the outside of the phone that I could see. Even after trying a hard reset and powering down for an hour, it still didn't come on. But I still could hear it ring, text alerts, email alerts and alarms. So I figured something was up.
So, I looked online and found IFIXIT website and did some research. I guessed it was possibly something to do with the display data cable. I decided it wouldn't hurt to try taking it apart and trying to repair it.
I pulled up the tutorial on Replacing the display assembly. I ordered the Liberation Kit. After it came in I printed off all the pages of the tutorial. I started in and everything I took off the phone, I taped to that page's instructions. That way I knew I couldn't lose any pieces and also that each screw went back in the exact spot. I made it to step 17. When I was removing the 5 cables at the top of the logic board, I noticed the display data cable was already popped loose. That would make sense if it was loose and why my screen was black. So I popped it back on, reassembled the phone and gave it a try. It turned on the second I hit power button and has been working perfectly now for almost 2 weeks. I was THRILLED!!!
I am NOT a technical person. This was the first time I had EVER torn apart a cell phone of any kind. I now feel like I can take on other issues my phone might throw at me. I also am going to try taking apart my former 4S that had water damage 6 months ago and never restarted. I would like to see if I can get my pictures off that phone. At least maybe I can use it for parts if nothing else.
October 31, 2013
The inevitable battery deterioration.
Went as planned. Was easier than I expected, except removing the OEM battery. It had a LOT of adhesive on the back and got bent out of shape during removal. I did the R&R in about 10 minutes, but had some trouble after powering up the phone.
When we powered the phone back on, it kept saying it was "Searching". I took it apart three more times to verify I had everything lined up. After consulting Google, it was just a matter of setting the time & date and it was back to normal. Also, would have liked to have known to expect to bend the old battery if it has a lot of adhesive. It took a fair amount of force to get an end up and peel off by hand from there. And the plastic tools would have been nice to own, but got by without them.
July 2, 2013
My bottom speaker was blown in my 4s, I suspect it was caused by humidity in the bathroom while showering.
The repair went pretty smooth. I ordered the plastic opening tools, replacement speaker, and liberation kit for my phone. I got the two pentalobe screws out no problem. Replacing the speaker was pretty easy. The only parts that worried me was peeling up the dock connector cable (which came up very easily) and peeling up the battery (which I decided to just leave in like other uses have stated doing). Peeling the antenna off the speaker had me worried too, but by working it slowly I was able to get it off without breaking it. The only real problem I ran into was in my Liberation kit, it came with one phillips and one pentalobe screw. I emailed iFixit and they promptly sent me a new liberation kit with two phillips screws. Great customer service on their part!
My advice is to not take out the battery, however you still do need to disconnect it from the logic board to disconnect the cellular antenna. The battery is really glued into the phone and I felt like I was going to either destroy the battery or my plastic opening tool.
Another tip, when you slide the back glass up, you need to use a bit of force to make sure when it is slid up, it comes apart from the phone easily. The first time I slid it up very gently and it wasn't enough to come away from the phone.
Be sure to keep track of what screw goes where, I like using little magnetic dishes to make sure I don't lose any. And if you're having trouble getting a screw to back where it needs to go, just run the tip of your screwdriver over a magnet a few times, that way your screw should stick the the screwdriver.
My final bit of advice is to take your time and read steps twice.