Repairing iPhone 4 dust mesh

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DIY replacement of iPhone dust mesh. Replacing a iPhone speaker dust mesh on the front of an iPhone would require disassembling the whole phone. There is an easier and much cheaper workaround for this...

  • Author: aiwo
  • Time required: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

DIY replacement of iPhone dust mesh.

Replacing a iPhone speaker dust mesh on the front of an iPhone would require disassembling the whole phone. There is an easier and much cheaper workaround for this...

Relevant Parts

Edit Step 1 Dust Mesh  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Dust Mesh  ¶ 

  • Left image shows iPhone with missing front dust mesh

  • Right image shows dust meshes on bottom

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Cut out a piece of stainless steel mesh of the tea filter using a pocket knife

  • Trim the piece of mesh using a pair of scissors to a size of approx. 3x9 mm

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Fold the piece of mesh longways using the plastic tip

  • Use a pair of tweezers to insert the folded piece of mesh into the hole above the speaker

  • Put piece of mesh into place using plastic tip

  • That's it - see the result on the images

For more information, check out the iPhone 4 device page.

Required Tools

iFixit Tech Knife

$2.95 · 50+ In stock

Tweezers

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Tweezers

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Tweezers

$4.95 · 50+ In stock

Utility Scissors

$6.95 · 26 In stock

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Comments Comments are onturn off

This may work fine for most dirt, but with the original design there is also a cloth mesh behind the metal mesh that helps to keep finer particles out of the speaker.

This is definitely a much much much easier way to get some sort of protection in there at least. :)

Rene Jeddore, · Reply

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