Fourth generation iPhone. Repair is straightforward, but the front glass and LCD must be replaced as a unit. GSM / 8, 16, or 32 GB capacity / Model A1332 / Black and White.

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Small metal ring dropped from logic board.

While following the guide to replace the earpiece speaker, step 19, removing the logic board, a tiny silver ring dropped from somewhere (see image). Have no idea where this goes. Put the phone back together without it. Phone is working well. Should I worry about this ring?

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This is the screw threads piece of the lowest screw on the so called WiFi Plate, plate that covers many connectors at top of iPhone. It is not a necessary part. It is held in place by the Y shaped metal piece and the screw. When you removed the screw it slipped out of place.

The location for this part is below the yellow circled screw:

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Oh how interesting! When I first went through the steps to tear down my iPhone and got to that screw, I wasn't able to unscrew it. It was turning but wouldn't come up, had to take a flat driver and push it under the screw head to remove it. When I put the screw back in, all I had to do was to "drop" it in its hole, no screwing needed. Now it makes sense.

Should I worry that this screw might come out of its hole by itself, or is the free space small enough that it will stay in place?

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