Fourth generation iPhone. Repair is straightforward, but the front glass and LCD must be replaced as a unit. GSM / 8, 16, or 32 GB capacity / Model A1332 / Black and White.

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Can I Replace the Digitizer without Replaceing the LCD?

I am trying to repair a black AT&T iPhone 4.

The front screen & rear glass panel are both shattered.

I know (thanks to iFixit!) how to replace the rear panel, but I'm stuck on the front panel: I've heard that it isn't possible to simply replace the digitizer on the iPhone 4 (because the LCD is permanently attached to the digitizer) but that you have to replace the entire display assembly. Online I have found iPhone 4 GSM digitizers for $30+, but the iPhone 4 GSM display assembly is $120. Can I simply replace the digitizer, or do I have to replace the whole display assembly?

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It is possible; However, you won't be happy with yourself. The reason is that the LCD is so thin that removing it without breaking it takes a ton of time and patience. Not to mention once it is reassembled it never looks quite the same since it won't line up properly with the frame.

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Definitely agree with that. Replacing the whole assembly is more expensive, but the only way to go to ensure a successful repair

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