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iPhone 5s Lightning Connector Replacement

Remove the Lightning connector/headphone jack assembly from your iPhone 5s.

  • Author: Sam Goldheart
  • Time estimate: 1 - 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Use this guide to replace a nonfunctioning Lightning connector assembly, including headphone jack, cellular antenna, and microphone.

You can also use this guide for reference when replacing the following parts:

  • Headphone Jack Interconnect Cable
  • Microphone Gasket

The video below includes a few extra steps, including removal of the logic board. Follow the guide steps below it for the updated, shorter procedure.

Step 1 Lightning Connector  ¶ 

Remove the following four Phillips #000 screws:

Step 1 Lightning Connector  ¶ 

  • Remove the following four Phillips #000 screws:

  • One 3.1 mm screw

  • One 2.9 mm screw

  • One 1.5 mm screw

  • One 3.4 mm screw

Step 2  ¶ 

Use a spudger to pry the Lightning connector cable up from its socket on the logic board. Use a spudger to pry the Lightning connector cable up from its socket on the logic board.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the Lightning connector cable up from its socket on the logic board.

Step 3  ¶ 

The Lightning connector data cable is held to the logic board and rear case with mild adhesive. Use an opening pick to slowly separate the cable from the logic board.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • The Lightning connector data cable is held to the logic board and rear case with mild adhesive.

  • Use an opening pick to slowly separate the cable from the logic board.

Step 4  ¶ 

Continue prying with the flat end of a spudger. Continue prying with the flat end of a spudger. Continue prying with the flat end of a spudger.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Continue prying with the flat end of a spudger.

Step 5  ¶ 

Continue prying with an opening pick to separate the Lightning connector assembly from the rear case. Be sure to separate all parts of the assembly from the rear case, including the Lightning connector, headphone jack and home button cable socket. Be sure to separate all parts of the assembly from the rear case, including the Lightning connector, headphone jack and home button cable socket.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Continue prying with an opening pick to separate the Lightning connector assembly from the rear case.

  • Be sure to separate all parts of the assembly from the rear case, including the Lightning connector, headphone jack and home button cable socket.

Step 6  ¶ 

Remove the Lightning connector assembly. Examine your replacement part, and your original cable carefully to be sure they match. Your replacement Lightning connector assembly may be missing certain components that need to be transferred from the original.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the Lightning connector assembly.

  • Examine your replacement part, and your original cable carefully to be sure they match. Your replacement Lightning connector assembly may be missing certain components that need to be transferred from the original.

  • Components that commonly need to be transferred include a clip routed along the left and top edges of the headphone jack, the rubber microphone cover, and the bracket for the Touch ID cable connector.

Step 7  ¶ 

There are several spacers loosely placed on screw posts under the Lightning connector assembly. While not essential to phone function, you should replace these washers where you found them when reassembling the phone. Spacers may vary between devices, this unit has spacers as follows: One bracket One C washer

Step 7  ¶ 

  • There are several spacers loosely placed on screw posts under the Lightning connector assembly. While not essential to phone function, you should replace these washers where you found them when reassembling the phone. Spacers may vary between devices, this unit has spacers as follows:

  • One bracket

  • One C washer

  • Two small washers

  • If you are removing more components, take these pieces out and set them aside for safe keeping.