Introduction

Connects the iPhone to a computer or charger via iPhone cable.

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Image 1/3: Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered. Image 2/3: This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display. Image 3/3: Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.
  • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

  • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

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  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the dock-connector end of the iPhone.

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Image 1/1: Be very careful when opening the iPhone so that the cables under the display are not severed.
  • Remove the metal handle from the suction cup. It's easier and safer to grip the suction cup's base instead of the metal handle.

  • Be very careful when opening the iPhone so that the cables under the display are not severed.

  • There is a rubber gasket between the silver front bezel and black display assembly. A bit of force is required in this step to separate the iPhone's display assembly.

  • Use a small suction cup near the Home button to gently pull up the bottom portion of the iPhone's display assembly.

  • If the display assembly is too damaged to allow the suction cup to adhere, tape with a strong adhesive such as duct tape maybe used.

Be careful here. In my 3G device I found cables attached to the main board on both ends. In the pics above you do not see the cables.

Rams - Reply

Rams is right on here.

The cable labeled 4 in step 3 may have adhered to the back of your LCD. Mine ripped when I opened the phone. Now the dock connector needs to be replaced as well.

postnospam - Reply

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Rams is right on here.

The cable labeled 4 in step 3 may have adhered to the back of your LCD. Mine ripped when I opened the phone. Now the dock connector needs to be replaced as well.

This is exactly what happened to me!!.. found the dock connector online for $20 (ebay)

Josh bello - Reply

I didn't have a suction cup so I used the windscreen sucker attachment from my sat nav which gave me a lot of control using the fitting part as a handle, and made it quite easy. Given the force required to get the screen off mine I think I'd have struggled with a small suction cup.

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Image 1/1: Rotate the display assembly up until it is at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.
  • The display assembly is still connected to the iPhone by three cables, so don't try to remove it entirely just yet.

  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.

  • Be careful. Sometimes cable 4 can stick to the back of the display assembly and can be pulled off and/or torn as you remove the display assembly.

For me, the ribbon cable 1 became disconnected when lifting the screen to ~45 degrees. Nothing tore at least, it just popped up/out.

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Image 1/1: Start from the ribbon and work your way towards the outside edge of the case.
  • Continue to hold the display assembly with one hand, and use your other hand and a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "1."

  • Start from the ribbon and work your way towards the outside edge of the case.

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Image 1/1: Use a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "2."
  • Rotate the display assembly up until it is roughly vertical. This will allow easier access for disconnecting the remaining cables.

  • Use a spudger to disconnect the black ribbon cable labeled "2."

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Image 1/1: Slide the black ribbon cable out of its connector, and remove the display assembly from the iPhone.
  • Use a spudger to flip up the white plastic tab holding the remaining ribbon cable in place. The white tab will rotate up 90 degrees, releasing the ribbon cable.

  • Slide the black ribbon cable out of its connector, and remove the display assembly from the iPhone.

I found that the tab I needed to flip up was black not white. There is a white piece of plastic that the ribbon slides under but it's the black piece of plastic it slid into that I needed to lift up. I found it quite tricky re-assembly this part, I thought I needed to slide the ribbon in further when in actual fact it was already in far enough.

Joe Fleming - Reply

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I found that the tab I needed to flip up was black not white. There is a white piece of plastic that the ribbon slides under but it's the black piece of plastic it slid into that I needed to lift up. I found it quite tricky re-assembly this part, I thought I needed to slide the ribbon in further when in actual fact it was already in far enough.

Wow wow wow... wait a minute: DO NOT TRY to flip up the black part (the thingy on the north side of the phone) but the WHITE PART (on the south side)!!! I almost wrecked that connector trying to pry up the black part! It's definitely the white, tiny tab that flips up!

Sawatzki - Reply

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Wow wow wow... wait a minute: DO NOT TRY to flip up the black part (the thingy on the north side of the phone) but the WHITE PART (on the south side)!!! I almost wrecked that connector trying to pry up the black part! It's definitely the white, tiny tab that flips up!

Ok, just to clear this up: It seems that at Joe's iPhone, the colors of the parts were different than on mine and the one in the picture.

To get this crystal-clear: the part that flips up is the one facing AWAY FROM THE CABLE. Imagine the cable being on the NORTH SIDE of the connector, the tab to flip up is ON THE SOUTH SIDE.

Sawatzki - Reply

Be very careful when removing and reinstalling Ribbon #3. Do not bend it with your fingers or use mechanical means or installation or you will damage it (I had to replace mine). Ideally, hands off. This ribbon controls the light sesnor and earpiece. When you reinstall, gently slide it in by holding the screen assembly only. It will go in about 65% of the way, which is as far as it is intended to go.

Frank Benson - Reply

ARRRGH. OK, wish I had read the notes before trying this. I tried to move the black part as described & broke the connector. Now I'm SOL. I actually fixed the antenna connector which is the reason I opened it in the first place but now it's useless as a phone because I can't hear audio from calls through the speaker anymore. Can't someone please add a note like this to the original guide instead of hoping people will look at the notes??!!! If it had been there, I'd be happily using a repaired phone right now instead of looking at a broken one.

Chris Scott - Reply

Image 1/1: Press down on the tool until the SIM card tray pops out.
  • Insert your SIM eject tool or a paper clip into the hole next to the headphone jack.

  • Press down on the tool until the SIM card tray pops out.

  • Grasp the SIM card tray and slide it out of the iPhone.

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "4."

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  • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "5."

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Image 1/2: If you have an '''iPhone 3GS''', refer to picture 2 and use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "7." Image 2/2: If you have an '''iPhone 3GS''', refer to picture 2 and use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "7."
  • Use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "6."

  • If you have an iPhone 3GS, refer to picture 2 and use a spudger to disconnect the ribbon cable labeled "7."

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  • Carefully peel up the small sticker labeled "Do not remove."

the little sticker "do not remove" is very fast, very broken ....ups ;)

Werner Rachmann - Reply

That sticker sticks like !@#$. Could only scratch it gently away from the screw it covers.

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Image 1/1: Five 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws with partial threads securing the logic board to the rear panel.
  • Remove the following 8 screws:

    • Five 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws with partial threads securing the logic board to the rear panel.

    • Two 2.3 mm Phillips #00 screws with full threads securing the logic board and camera.

    • One 2.9 mm Phillips #00 screw from beneath the "Do not remove" sticker.

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  • Use a spudger to gently remove the camera retaining clip, (formerly secured by the removed screw) and gently pry the camera up and out of its housing in the rear panel. The camera cannot be removed entirely yet because it's connected to the bottom of the logic board.

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Image 1/1: There is a small golden grounding tab on the logic board adjacent to the 'Do not remove' sticker. Be ''very'' careful this does not snag on the side of the case when prying up the logic board; it breaks easily! If you have signal problems after removing the logic board, check this ground tab.
  • Use a spudger to gently pry up the end of the logic board closest to the dock connector.

  • There is a small golden grounding tab on the logic board adjacent to the 'Do not remove' sticker. Be very careful this does not snag on the side of the case when prying up the logic board; it breaks easily! If you have signal problems after removing the logic board, check this ground tab.

  • If the board won't lift up, double check to make sure all 8 screws securing the logic board have been removed.

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  • Slide the logic board towards the dock connector and out of the iPhone.

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Image 1/1: Two 1.5 mm Phillips #00 screws, one on either side of the dock connector.
  • Remove the following 3 screws:

    • Two 1.5 mm Phillips #00 screws, one on either side of the dock connector.

    • One 2.4 mm Phillips #00 screw near the ribbon cable labeled "4."

Take a look at the small spacer just below the "4" connector. Some dock connectors out there do not have the small spacer. I experienced a couple of times that the (4) cable had popped out of the connector after using the phone for some days. The cable is a little stiff. The small spacer helps press down the cable onto the connector so it doesn't jump out.

asle - Reply

Image 1/1: When inserting the new assembly, ensure the screw holes of the assembly rest ABOVE the bezel's holes.
  • Lift the dock connector assembly up and out of the iPhone.

  • When inserting the new assembly, ensure the screw holes of the assembly rest ABOVE the bezel's holes.

I broke my speaker and the mic. Don't you have further steps how to disassemble the dock connector from the speaker and mic? Thank you

Szabo David - Reply

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I broke my speaker and the mic. Don't you have further steps how to disassemble the dock connector from the speaker and mic? Thank you

Hi David, you can buy the part as one, I bought the following... http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V...

Joe Fleming - Reply

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Hi David, you can buy the part as one, I bought the following... http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V...

Oh great, thank you! Don't you know whether it fits the iphone 3GS? Are these parts same for iphone 3G and 3GS, I cannot find on ebay one for iphone 3gs.

David

Szabo David - Reply

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Oh great, thank you! Don't you know whether it fits the iphone 3GS? Are these parts same for iphone 3G and 3GS, I cannot find on ebay one for iphone 3gs.

David

iPhone 3GS Complete Dock Charge Port Connector Assembly...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/iPhone-3GS-Complet...

Joe Fleming - Reply

I did need to do a reset of my iPhone once installed since my Photos app wasn't launching. Might be unrelated to new hardware, but it's most likely recommended to do an iPhone reset after installing.

mikedalehite - Reply

The whole walkthrough was pure money. I tore the ribbon cable off the dock connector while seperating the whole assembly but the replacement went in without an issue and this walkthrough was pure MONEY!!!!

THANKS AGAIN!

Matthew Case - Reply

If the replacement dock connector assembly doesn't have the foam pad over the connector (labeled "4" on the original part), carefully transfer it to the new assembly, lifting as much of the adhesive off with the foam pad as possible.

Thomas Enders - Reply

If the replacement dock connector assembly doesn't have the wire mesh pad on the flex circuit (close to the connector labeled "4"), carefully lift it off with a knife or other thin tool, taking care to keep as much adhesive as possible with the mesh pad. Then transfer it to the same spot on the new part.

Thomas Enders - Reply

all done.

Jonh - Reply

Be very careful with the screws. Please be sure not to misplace them

Jonh - Reply

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Hm, swapped the docking assembly, but now my phone will only show the apple logo for a few seconds, then goes black. Switched back to my original dock connector, but I have the same problem. Tried the power+home trick, but no dice. Don't think the battery is short cirquited, but not sure, tried to measure it, only got about 3.6 volt, but unsure where which og the pins to measure on.

I was able to boot the phone before swapping out the dock (wanted to swap it because I had no sound from the speaker plus no wifi antenna due to a ripped cord) but not after swapping back. I've gone over all connections and I am fairly sure everyting is hooked up as it should.

Stuck.

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