Phone is acting up after replacing the screen
Hi guys, excuse the long post but I am trying to give as much detail as possible and hope someone knows the answer to this.
So today I tried to replace the smashed screen on my buddy's iPhone 7 Plus. Mind you I am not a professional and don't have a business but like to dig around in technology. I did follow a guide very carefully and I am sure that I connected everything correctly and did not break anything in the process with the below exceptions.
Here are the exceptions- the issues in the process:
- the tri-wing screw that is dead center on the back of the home button holding it onto the little metal plate went bald immediately upon me trying to unscrew it. Because of that I carefully bent up the metal plate on both sides to make it fit through the hole in the front assembly (yes very unprofessional but I couldn't see another way since the screw would not come out, and since it is not connected to any of the electronics underneath but only protects them and holds them in place I did not think it would be an issue.
- there is a little sticker attached to the metal back plate of the screen that has a little cut out rectangle that on the original screen wrapped around the little grey rectangle on the ribbon cables that connect it to the body. On the replacement screen that grey rectangle on the ribbon cables was slightly bigger which made it impossible to wrap the frame sticker around it (not sure whether that sticker is only supposed to hold things in place or is of actual use)
Here are the things wrong with the phone upon reassembly with the new screen:
- the phone first of all needs about 5 minutes to boot and stays constantly on the apple logo during that time
- the phone works pretty much just fine on the lock screen but as soon as the phone is unlocked some clicks only register after like 10 seconds and opening apps can take forever.
- the home button is not recognized any more (which might be an issue on the side of the new screen since it connects through the screen to the body of the phone if I am correct and not necessarily due to me bending the metal bracket that it is attached to?)
- the status bar at the top of the phone with battery, time, network, etc. is sometimes there and then not
- phone and face time calls don't work (I believe texting works though)
- the back camera jumps around while taking videos. If I hold the phone perfectly still the video looks like I am shaking the phone around
Some clarification: All the issues above were nonexistent before disassembling the phone, only the glass on the screen was broken. I did reconnect all connectors and nothing changed about my issues described above. I can assure you that all connectors sit properly in place (I did not try rubbing them down with alcohol yet but I am not sure if that is really necessary in a less than one year old phone and I did not touch the contacts)
Here the questions. Can all these issues be due to a bad replacement screen? I would be fine with buying a new home button and back plate for it should that part really be screwed up (but I did see in a different thread that even when a new home button is purchased it will not work because it needs to be paired to the phone on a software route by Apple themselves or one of their carriers?). Also, how could the calls and the back camera be affected by a faulty screen since the antennas and the back camera are in the body and have in my eyes not much to do with the front of the phone?
My issue is that I don't know where to start and I am limited on my funds to buy new parts to see whether the existing ones are broken, even though the might not be. Does anyone know where to start on this or maybe even an "easy" fix without buying dozens of new parts digging around for the needle in the haystack?
Is this a good question?