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Introduction

Apple has substituted the two bottom Phillips screws near the dock connector with 5-point "Pentalobular" screws.

This guide will illustrate how to replace the Pentalobe screws with good ol' regular Phillips screws.

Image 1/1: iFixit's [product|IF182-019|iPhone 4/4S Liberation Kit] includes:
  • Before we proceed, let's make sure you have the correct tools for the job.

  • iFixit's iPhone 4/4S Liberation Kit includes:

    • One 5-Point Pentalobe screwdriver

    • One #000 Phillips screwdriver

    • Two 3.6 mm "Liberation" Phillips screws

  • Are you ready to break the shackles of hardware oppression and liberate your iPhone? Let's rock!

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Image 1/2: The 5-Point Pentalobe screwdriver should only be used a limited number of times because it has the potential to strip the screws. Image 2/2: The 5-Point Pentalobe screwdriver should only be used a limited number of times because it has the potential to strip the screws.
  • Use the Pentalobe screwdriver to remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws near the dock connector.

  • The 5-Point Pentalobe screwdriver should only be used a limited number of times because it has the potential to strip the screws.

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Image 1/2: Both the Phillips and Pentalobe screws are really small. How small? See for yourself (highlighted in the second picture). Image 2/2: Both the Phillips and Pentalobe screws are really small. How small? See for yourself (highlighted in the second picture).
  • Peel and remove the two 3.6 mm Phillips screws from the iPhone Liberation Card.

  • Both the Phillips and Pentalobe screws are really small. How small? See for yourself (highlighted in the second picture).

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Image 1/1: Huzzah! Your iPhone is now liberated from those pesky "Pentalobular" screws.
  • Insert the two 3.6 mm Phillips screws into the screw holes using the provided #000 Phillips screwdriver.

  • Huzzah! Your iPhone is now liberated from those pesky "Pentalobular" screws.

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Conclusion

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

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