Introduction

Just like in the iPhone 4, Apple has done their best to lock you out of your phone with two 5-point "Pentalobular" screws on either side of the dock connector.

This guide will illustrate how to replace the Pentalobe screws with good ol' regular Phillips screws. Phillips drivers are much more readily available, and the screws are less likely to strip, making all of your future repairs and modifications much easier and more accessible.

Tools

No tools required.

Before we proceed, let's make sure you have the correct tools for the job.
  • 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!

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.
  • 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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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).
  • 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).

Insert the two 3.6 mm Phillips screws into the screw holes using the provided #000 Phillips screwdriver.
  • 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.

Conclusion

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

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