These are some common tools used to work on this device. You might not need every tool for every procedure.
Background and Identification
Released on June 29, 2007 the first iPhone blew up the idea of the cell phone, putting a personal computer/phone/assistant at your fingertips at all times, and pioneering the push to the modern era of the smartphone. Since its initial release in 2007, there have been many iterations of the iPhone, released (mostly) on an annual cycle. Each rendition has added new features, faster processing, and improved graphics.
Each iPhone model has a different level of repairability: the 3GS's front glass is replaceable separate from the display assembly (glass panels in later models are not), while the iPhone 4 provided easier repair of the rear panel and battery. Newer iPhones like the iPhone 11 have rear glass panels that are notoriously difficult to repair, but their screens are among the simplest to replace in the industry. With each new design iteration, new iPhone repair challenges arise and old ones are remedied.
Though Apple may tell you otherwise, all of these devices are user-serviceable with the help of our repair guides, found in each of the device pages above.
- What to do when your iPhone won’t turn on
- Troubleshooting 'Incorrect Voicemail Password' on iPhone
- Diagnose and repair screen backlight issues with our iDevice Backlight Troubleshooting Page
- Wikipedia: iPhone
- EveryMac: iPhone Specs
- Apple: iPhone Products
- Back Market: Used & Certified Refurbished iPhones
This page is the hub for complete how-to and replacement guides for the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. In case you’re counting—yes, that’s all 24 iPhones.