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4-inch iPhone released in March 2016 with similar hardware specifications to the 6s. Available in Silver, Space Grey, Gold, or Rose Gold with 16/64 GB storage options. Model A1662 and A1723.

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Can't connect antenna cable back to logic board!

I am trying to reconnect the antenna cable to the logic board. It will not connect no matter what I do. I have tried so many times.

It is the original cable and logic board which I removed to clean after water damage.

I think I got the antenna connected a couple of times but it just pops back out. What should I do?

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Just to confirm this is the antenna connector that is located near the battery connector near the edge of the board right?

If yes, the problem might be that the gold ring or the dot in the gold ring is bent or damaged. When that happens it does not let the antenna cable plug in and will keep popping up.

The recommended way to get this fixed is to get the connector replaced on the board. If it’s the cable connector on the antenna cable itself that is damaged then either the charging port assembly needs to be replaced or another antenna cable soldered onto there.

Might want to post some photos of it here so we have a better idea of what we are looking at:

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Thanks Ben. Yes this is the antenna connector that is located near the battery connector near the edge of the board.

I added pictures of the ring and antenna cable to my question.

Not sure what a good ring looks like but looking close up at the antenna cable — is that the issue?

Appreciate your help.

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@Seth Kaplan I would be more concerned about the red indicator signalling liquid ingress. A dock replacement is quite inexpensive and an easy repair..if it doesn't fit, that's the first step to try in my opinion..unless you have a microscope you won't be able to really see a 0.1mm damage preventing fitting.

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Arbaman, please add your comment as an answer ("Add Your Answer" is at the bottom scroll down) so I can give you reputation credit. I think this was the best answer. Thanks everyone for your input!

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Your antenna connector doesn’t seem to have any drastic damage, although it is a bit hard to see. These connectors typically give me a lot of grief, so my usual way of dealing with them is to carefully position the female above the male with tweezers and push down with a spudger or another pair of tweezers. You should feel a bit of a click or give. To make sure it’s properly seated, give it a bit of a nudge on the side.

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Hello Seth!

As i can see your antenna cable connector has been damaged and need to be replaced.


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Are you sure? I thought it looked damaged but then I looked at the replacement picture and it kinda looks the same?

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I can’t be 100% sure, because I don’t have it on hands, but in each case when this happened, the connector was bent. Sorry the image quality isn't good, it seems that the central gold ring is damaged.

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