The Apple iPhone 5c 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 / 8, 16, 32 GB / White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Green.

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No vibrate and no wifi signals after rebuild


Phone was dropped, screen was smashed.

Replaced screen, and tried to replace battery, but broke the volume/vibrate/ribbon ribbon cable trying to do that. Broke top antenna connector off the wire. Re-soldered it back on.

Reassemble, powers up, but no vibrate. Phone connects to wi-fi, makes calls. Screen has a defect, but operates.

Disassembled, replace battery, replace vibrator, replaced another new screen assembly.

Reassemble.. powers up, still no vibrate. Gets cell reception, but not picking up any wifi networks now.

Any ideas?

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You just said: "volume/vibrate/ribbon ribbon cable" Did you replace the whole cable for that?

The top antenna connector wire is most likely for the wifi. Soldering back on may not always work.

I know that the iPhone 5C and newer iPhone batteries are very hard to take out sometimes.

You can use the tab at the bottom if used correctly to pull out the white adhesive that glues the battery to the housing of the phone.

Remember to always lift up the battery but never use any prying near the top left of the battery as that is where the volume, vibrate flex cable is.

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