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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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Earpiece sound is fuzzy after screen replacement.

I recently replaced the screen in my iPhone 5s. The repair went smoothly, thanks to iFixit's excellent guide. However, now the sound in the earpiece is very fuzzy. The speaker function works fine, just the earpiece. Any ideas as to what I might have done to cause this upon reassembly, and any thoughts on a fix. Might have I damaged the earpiece speaker and need to replace it?

Thanks in advance.


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It is possible that the ear speaker was damaged. It could also be misaligned with the contacts on the proximity flex. This has happened to me a handful of times and sometimes replacing the ear speaker fixes it. Assuming that it has no water damage.

Try these first:

-Take screen off and look at the top where the contacts meet the gold springs of the ear speaker. Sometimes if your eyes are good enough you can see if they are making good connection and have no corrosion present.

-You can try to loosen the screws of the metal ear speaker plate just a little bit and try the ear speaker (this happened all the time on the iPhone 5) without actually putting the screen back in the housing. Of course be very careful not to over extend the screen flexes.

-If none of that works source a new ear speaker and install.

-If that doesn't work then it could be a prox flex-but i feel it is one of the above answers.

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I just stuffed a ball of blue-tack into the hole and it stopped. ;d

There's your botched repair if you'd like.

Make sure it goes inside of the hole, not covering it so sound travels through.. the ball of blue-tack will nullify the excess vibration on the speaker making the voice sound clearer.

Just don't use too much. ;d

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