Introduction

Remove the rear panel to access components inside your iPhone 4.

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Image 1/2: Your phone's rear cover may have two #000 Phillips screws '''or''' Apple's 5-Point "Pentalobe" screws. Check which screws you have, and ensure you also have the correct screwdriver in order to remove them. Image 2/2: Remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe or Phillips #000 screws next to the dock connector.
  • Before disassembling your iPhone, be sure it is powered off.

  • Your phone's rear cover may have two #000 Phillips screws or Apple's 5-Point "Pentalobe" screws. Check which screws you have, and ensure you also have the correct screwdriver in order to remove them.

  • Remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe or Phillips #000 screws next to the dock connector.

  • During reassembly, we recommend you replace the 5-point screws with equivalent Phillips screws. Our Liberation Kit provides the tools and screws needed to replace the Pentalobe screws with Phillips screws.

  • The 5-Point Screwdriver should only be used once, as it has the potential to strip the screws.

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Image 1/2: The panel will move about 2 mm. Image 2/2: The panel will move about 2 mm.
  • Push the rear panel toward the top edge of the iPhone.

  • The panel will move about 2 mm.

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Image 1/1: Be careful not to damage the plastic clips attached to the rear panel.
  • Pinch the rear panel with your fingers, and lift it away from the iPhone. Alternatively, use a Small Suction Cup .

  • Be careful not to damage the plastic clips attached to the rear panel.

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Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

Step 1 says the screwdriver should only be used once. Is this correct? Or should it read the screws should only be used once?

Andrew Stevenson - Reply

Took less than 10 minutes! Works perfect. Thanks ifixit!

bsterlin - Reply

Super simple and easy! done i less than 5 minutes!

Gine - Reply

This was a remark made in the products section for the rear glass panel on the Verizon CDMA, "The instructions don't tell you to make sure that you remove the plastic lens from the front facing camera." It is referring to the protective plastic film on the new rear panel that protects the new lens. This should definitely be included in the instructions for replacement of the back panel.

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