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The Apple iPhone 5s was announced on September 10, 2013. Repair of this device is similar to the previous models, and requires screwdrivers and prying tools. Available as GSM or CDMA / 16, 32, or 64 GB / Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.

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Screen not responding/has a mind of it's own when typing after repair

Basically, I dropped my phone, screen-first, onto a hard floor. It cracked really badly. I thought to myself, "I successfully repaired an iPhone 4S screen many a time, and as that involved taking the phone to pieces, how hard can a 5S be when you remove the screen from the front, right?"

Wrong.

I watched the iCracked YouTube tutorial (I didn't buy my screen from them, I got it from Htechy). I realised you had to replace the button (which the hole didn't line up with on the screen, despite the screen being a more expensive one) and the camera and speaker and all that jazz. I did it all, put it back together and it seemed to work fine. Home button was a bit sketchy with the placement of, but it worked completely fine. The ear-speaker and front-facing camera worked too. I thought "Brilliant!". But after a few minutes, the screen would not respond to my touch or would type by itself (i.e. spam a key. usually on the left side such as E and D), but only for a second. After a few hours, the same problem kept happening worse and worse, but I would just lock my screen and unlock it and it would work pretty fine. But now, 2 days later, I can barely use it because:

  • It types by itself
  • It scrolls by itself or rejects my swipes (i.e. to close apps after a double tap of the home button)
  • It won't pick up my touch

I don't know what's wrong with it and I don't know how to fix it. I can try fixing it if I know the issue. I doubt any phone shop would touch it now I've done it, either.

Thanks.

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Hi Louis! I have the same issue as you, and it even emerged after I had my screen fixed. Did you find a definitive solution? If so, could you please share on the thread? Thank you!

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have you tried to do a hard reset on the iPhone? (Hold down power and home button but don't swipe to power off and let go once the apple logo appears again)

If that doesn't work then make sure the iPhone is running the latest IOS and restore it through iTunes (just make sure you backup your data first)

Let us know how you get on :-)

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I have hard reset it, multiple times, yes. And it also seems to get worse after it's been charging, especially if I've been using it whilst it's been charging.

Hate to be a nuisance, but how would a backup and restore fix it haha

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Tbh it's the only option I can think of unless you take apart the phone and put the components back together. If that doesn't work then might be the display that is faulty.

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Hi Louis, I have fixed many iPhone screens and have come across a few iPhones that have had the touch issue your having. I would try the hard reset first that Sam mentioned. If that doesn't work then I would open the phone back up and check all the display assembly connections and make sure there all snug. Sometimes the problem is as simple as a lose connection that is not fully snapped on tight.

This guide should help you out. iPhone 5s Screen Replacement

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