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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Only front display replacement or full LCD Touch Digitizer Screen?

Hi,

Today my iPhone 4 fell for the first time and my front glass broke immediately leaving an ugly mark...

I can still use the iPhone like nothing happened, so there's probably no internal damage. Can I just replace the glass itself, leaving the LCD (I assume the LCD didn't take any damage from the fall)? I don't know if the glass is glued to the LCD or if something similar would prevent this repair.

I have found someone on eBay that is selling the Front panel glass separately, for $62 compared to $148 for the LCD Touch Digitizer Screen Full set

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So I can just replace the front screen on my iPhone 6 4.7 without having to buy the LCD touch digitizer

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Please email me any helpful answers to lilkendall83@hotmail.com thank you

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You cannot replace the glass and LCD separately, please do not fall prey to people of eBay trying to offload useless replacement front panels that they bought before the phone was announced.

Unfortunately Apple constantly makes decisions in design that makes repair difficult. Here they decided to glue the LCD and the front panel together to remove the issue in older iPhones of dust getting behind the glass.

Sorry for the bad news, we really wish it could be done. You can see in our original teardown's main image that we tried to separate them. (look at the scarring on the lower left corner of the screen)

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So do you suggest I get a full front panel set including the LCD ?

Do you know a trustworthy shop where I could buy such front panel ?

Preferably the same original front panel that comes with the iPhone4 ...

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Sound advice +

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My question is if I buy the Parts separately will it work? I crack the digitizer a lot and the LCD is never damaged but I end up paying for one anyway. So again can I buy them separately and just replace the digitizer when I break it.

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If you have a white iPhone you can replace just the glass but the black iPhone have a different kind of bond so it's very hard to just replace the glass you can watch a video on utube on how to change the glass you need a hair dryer to loosen the glue bond next time I do one I will post the video

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This is purely not true. I replace front glass on iphone 6 6+ 5 5c 5s all of the time. It is not as easy and carefree as the whole display assembly but it is certainly possible and there are many websites that sell the front glass. Do you work for apple?

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As far as I know, separating the LCD from the front panel is extremely difficult at best. We here at iFixit tend to think it's not possible but a few rumors around the net indicate that it it is. We don't sell the front panel for that reason. I'll try to get someone who took apart the phone to explain it more in detail.

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Thx, that would be awesome !

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There are lots of Electronic on http://www.keepingtouch.com , You can email sales@keepingtouch.com to take one

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There is no physical, intelligent, or magical way to separate the digitizer from the lcd without breaking them. Once they have been broken apart and no longer function properly or are independent of each other, they will never work again. go ahead at that point and take them out to the trash bin. These parts that are factory fused to work in cohesion with each other, are created to perform one way and that one way is fused together. If you come across an add that sells these parts separate, veer very far away because its just some moron trying to take your cash from its nice secure living place which is in the pants pocket or wallet and make you break it away from its security to buy his ever damaged, never to work again, garbage collection of iphone 4 parts. step away...step away...go now...go now to the land of fused digitizers and LCD's where honesty abounds and you can get an honest deal on the set. If it looks too cheap and true...it &^$# sure is!

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i have removed the digitizer from the led pad and hookit back up to the logic board and turned on my iphone and watch the led pad glow very ezzy to do

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While i appreciate that this thread is old, i have managed to repair many iphone 4 models with both lcd & digitizer 1 part versions and also just the digitizer only. I have also replaced the digitizer without surround bezel which is also quite difficult. There are many EBay sellers who supply factory bonded digitizer and lcd units but my advice is to buy what you can afford but buy genuine as the copies do not last very long and end up displaying white screens then you end up doing the job twice having paid for 2 parts & 2 fittings of course!

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good advice Jay.

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where do you find original Apple screens though, there doesn't seem to be any supplier offering oem lcd and oem digitizer?

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If you don't heat it up you're going to crack it.

Just because you guys can't doesn't mean none can.

I repaired countless IPhones and none of which have i broken.

They are not factory fused or some magical thing apple does to kill the phone in case you break it.

You can just remove the assembly take out the freakin' logic board.

Heat the front casing corners and sides with blow dryer or heat gun then just stick a small flat screwdriver between the digitizer and the front casing to seperate them. Then replace it. Put some adhesive before placing it back and that's about it.

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Its not possible to replace only glass, u need to get compleet original front screen panel. Replacement is also difficult it takes 60 minutes. I had same problem but I fixed mine with complete screen unit.

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I have done approximately 200 iphone4 repairs..the entire digitizer /lcd unit..I have tried very unsuccessfully on about 25 of the damaged units to remove the LCD..I have tried various methods..from heat to razor knives..and even a chemical bond breaking agent..nothing worked..I didnt do this to reuse the Lcd..I wanted to test the rumour that it could be done..I have discoved that it cannot be done, and is not worth the effort to try..it is so much simpler to replace the entire unit..there is no risk of cutting your fingers with glass shards either..they are very painful..btw...and the entire unit on Ebay can be had for about 40 bucks..not alot for what you want..just make sure you follow the instructions closely and carefully..and put the screws in the order you took them out..there are 26 to be removed after all..and all different sizes..take your time and this is just about an hours work for an experienced tech..or 2 hours for a first timer..good luck..

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The digitizer CANNOT BE EFFECTIVELY SEPERATED FROM THE LCD...this is for those who are not understanding the thread responses. Anyone who claims it can be done..PLEASE..POST THE VIDEO OF YOU DOING IT..make sure when you buy your part, it is an oem part..that is the big issue..i had a customer who bought it off Ebay..they paid 50 dollars and the part didnt fit..if the ad doesnt say OEM..avoid it..the average price now has dropped to about 27 dollars..for the i4..and 35 for the i4s...save your time and money and get the right part..

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i have done it lite up the led pad after seperating it from the digitizer

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Maybe a few years ago it was impossible to remove the digitizer from the LCD, but in this day and age, most things are possible.

If you know where to look, you will be surprised.

Please note that this option to REMOVE A CRACKED/NON-WORKING digitizer from the LCD is NOT for everyone. I say this as the costs to remove a single cracked digitizer isn't worth the cost of the machine.

But if you're in the business, and you didn't realize that such a machine exists (to remove digitizers from lcds), then you shouldn't imply that such a machine does NOT exist.

PROOF: (YouTube Link)

http://youtu.be/MyU4E50QX5c - iPhone 4s digitizer removal and testing

http://youtu.be/0r7hacgrIO8 - Samsung G S3 digitizer removal - no testing :(

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Boom. They are separable:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yu6JybC6...

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Do you know whear l am baying lg 4g digitizer

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heat gun seperated the digitizer from my glass screen and you can buy moulds to re glue them back on in the correct place

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I am Kedis from Partsun Corporation .We are engaged in all kinds of mobile phone and smartphone spare parts(iPhone,Samsung,HTC,blackberry,Nokia,LG,sony etc.)

including all original/OEM/aftermarket LCD Display, Touch Screen/Digitizer, Housing, Flex Cable etc.

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Email: partsun001@partsunchina.com

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buy the original parts the copy screens are really low quality. have a look at some pics her of how to tell the difference between copy and original

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Do you know where to find original apple screens? I've searched long and hard and all I've found is replica sellers.

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Yes you r login eby

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we sell original screens, our suppliers procure the original parts and assemble them in house so in effect its original parts + 3rd party assembly (as opposed to being assembled at Foxconn in China). See our profile for website link as we are not allowed to post promos in comments.

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see sony xperia z3 d6603 much thin , very thin , impossible to be separated safely , and i did it :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofL5RbwE...

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much more on the chanel :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBRcXTb...

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Fart on it. Then quickly sniff it up real good. Best if you react badly to something and consume it first for extra large, rank farts. The glue will melt like butter and you'll revel with the scent of the essence of apple from your very own butt. Be sure to first stand out your front door for three days then throw a few thousand dollars in the trash bin in order for it to be OEM.

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So it's best for me to replace the whole front touch digitizer if I dropped my iPhone 4s and it stopped responding to my touch on the entire right side?

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My vivo v3 has fallen and screen has crackes whether i havr to replace touch or both touch and display olss clarify e

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