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How to remove pentalobe screws without correct screwdriver?

I have an iPhone 4. I need to remove the pentalobe screws, but i don't have a pentalobe screwdriver right now. Is there any way to remove them with anything else?

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the only other screwdriver I've tried was a very small straight jewelers screwdriver. But you better make sure that it fits all the way in and does not slip since this could ruin your screws. You might want to wait and order the right set from here

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Guess I forgot to attach that link...thanks mayer.

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I was just wondering if there was any tricks to use a flathead or Phillips?

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You might want to try a sharp razor blade!But you have to be careful when using it though! It might not be good to tighten the screws! But pretty effective in removing the iPhone's external screws

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Tip of a pocket knife works also

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Here's what you need: P2 Pentalobe Screwdriver iPhone

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Unless you purchase a pentalobe screwdriver like mayer recommended, you run a high risk of stripping the screws. The pentalobe screws are already prone to stripping, even with the correct screwdriver. It's recommended you purchase replacement philips screws to put back in once you've removed the pentalobe screws from your phone. You can find both the replacement screws and screwdriver in iFixit's iPhone 4 Liberation Kit.

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you could try to use a sharpener blde it helped me

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This is a marvel of an idea, the sharpner blade to open a very minute worn out 'plus' screw! Just hold the blade with a thin handcurchif to avoid blister on fingers, put the screw assembly on a thin sheet of fabric, apply pressure with the blade but rotate NOT the blade but the fabric...screw just comes out! Hurray! Good luck!

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Genius. thanks

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'10 sec solution:'

1) X-acto blade

2) stab it on hard surface (choose wisely)

3) Stab again if not sized perfectly to fit inside

4) it should work

5) goodluck

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I took the smallest flat head I could find (still too big) and filed it to about a 30 degree angle and it surprisingly worked perfectly.

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A flat blade screw driver that fits between any two of the 5 "lobes" may work or between one out-pointing lobe and an opposite in-pointing lobe... unless they're in there too tight. The right tool (pentalobe screwdriver) is really the right choice. It puts the force basically equally on the right places of the 5 edges.

I tried a tri-lobe (security bit area) from Menards for the tri-lobe screw for the trackpad and it was too pointed to fit. A flatter tri-lobe is needed. I might have to spend the $$ and get the right sized tools as I plan on having to do some repairs. Then again, the tri-lobe from menards was only $2 so I might just try grinding down the tip with my Dremel.

For the trackpad screw, a small flat blade did work from one outer lobe to the left or right of the opposite inner lobe (depending if loosening or tightening), but it wouldn't work on the smaller tri-lobed screws on the keyboard side of the trackpad as they were just too small for the blade.

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ive succeded in opening them with a carpet knife. the top of the blade is sharp and thin enough to open them. so you not have to pay or wait for opening ur iphone4

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Thanks! i tried a kitchen knife tip after reading your comment, and it worked!!!

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take the end (black rubber part) of a bobby pin off and use the bobby pin ..it worked for me

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I took a box cutter blade. then scratched the tip fairly vigorously on my kitchen floor (I'm sure that this would be easier on cement or whatever).Till I guessed that it was around the right width do do the job easily. It was almost like it was designed to do the job. Worked first time

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used a razor blade off a back cutter. shaved just the tip. i just scrapped it slightly on the concrete. you will need a magnify glass if you have. it will help to see the screw i turned a few times. then just grabbed the head of the screw with my nails and turned it. screws are not in very tight at all. it worked easy.. 5mins. goodluck

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Ive tried all the above suggestions to mixed results.

Some absolutely sucked for me but one worked great but I used a different take on it.

I took a glasses repair kit screwdriver that typically comes with new glasses or glasses wipes/spray. I had been ordering so many glasses online I had a pretty hefty stock of these tiny (though not tiny enough) drivers.

I used a typical grinder bar and swiped the little flat-headed screwdriver on it for like 30-40 strokes until it was half the size tip it started with and it works flawlessly.

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how did u exactly swipe it , like just placing the flathead as is ?or on the sides

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I, too, used an eyeglass repair kit's flat screwdriver. Literally, two strokes against a sharpening stone at a 45 degree angle (so it makes the head narrower, not thinner). I had my iPhone open in about 2 minutes, start to finish.

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Important note by Brian that should be followed is while using a sharpening stone hold the driver at the appropriate angle as to avoid thinning the tip too much. Too thin an end will cause it to break off into the screw and then you must start over.

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http://www.kctoolco.com/Wiha-26761-Preci...

THIS IS THE SIZE AND CORRECT DRIVER FOR IPHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi, usually you need to buy the specific screw driver to remove these screws. But you can also remove them by using a sharp razor blade carefully, without scratching the iphone

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or use a silver slim/small nail

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