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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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Screws stripped, cannot replace back panel

I stripped my screws when attempting to repair my back panel of my phone and now I can't get them out at all. I've tried the rubber band method, the glue method, and I attempted to cut a small part of the screw to use a small flathead but I wasn't able to find anything small enough to cut it without damaging the phone, as you can see.

I've got the tools for it as well as new screws. The screws were the 5-star ones, I think those are pentalobe not 100% sure on that but I have both screws.

Below are images of how badly the screws are stripped. Do you guys think I'll be able to get it fixed?

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I would suggest looking in to purchasing a screw extraction set. Or if you're really desperate and don't plan on taking the device into a store to get replaced or fixed you could even use a drill bit just a little bit bigger than the screw driver needed and try to rotate the drill in the direction to try and catch to unscrew. Again that shoud only be used as a last resort.

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you can totally get those out.

Drop your screwdriver and get another tool, like a thin exacto knife blade. find some part of the stripped screw head that is not perfectly concave so that you can get some purchase. twist. repeat. cuss. repeat. x 10-20 times and it will turn a bit. then get some fine needlenose pliers and twist it the rest of the way out by hand.

You can also file off the stripped end of your pentalobe to try as well.

Tip: order the yellow iFixit P2 driver and you'll never be in this situation again.


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