Sean Padilla


iPhone 4s Screws losing 5-point pentalobe

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i recently tried to replace my front glass panel and came to a major hault. i made the mistake of not buying your kit and instead bought a cheap screwdriver which resulted in one of the screws to lose its 5 point pentalobe turning it into a stripped screw head. i am now stuck with a screw i cannot remove in order to replace my front glass panel, is there any tool you would recommend beause ive searched but nothing seems to be thin or strong enough to grasp the screw.

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Andrew Optimus Goldberg



First, I would take a look at this list of the 12 best ways to remove stripped screws, to see if anything there can help (the rubber band trick is surprisingly effective).

Also, if the screw isn't stripped too badly, you might get lucky and still be able to get it out with one of our Pentalobe Screwdrivers. Since you're going to have to replace the broken screw anyways, it you might try the driver in our iPhone 4/4S Liberation Kit, which comes with two Phillips screws to replace those pentalobe screws for good.

As a last suggestion, iFixit also has a Precision Screw Extraction Kit that should be able to pull out the screw giving you trouble.

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P2 Pentalobe Screwdriver iPhone

Compatible with the type 5IPR fasteners used on the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5. Swivel top handle with precision tip driver. — 50+ available at 11.95 each.

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Precision Screw Extractor Set

Four different sized extractor tools to help remove fasteners or screws with stripped heads. Driver head is claw shaped for maximum grip. Sizes range from 1.1mm to 2.0mm. — 50+ available at 19.95 each.

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iPhone 4/4S Liberation Kit

All the parts and tools needed to replace the 5-point pentaobe screws on the bottom of your iPhone 4 or 4S with Phillips screws. This way, you won't need special tools if you have an iPhone repair emergency. Compatible with all iPhone 4 and 4S models. Inc — 50+ available at 9.95 each.

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