iPhone 4S Rear Panel Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace a cracked rear panel on your iPhone 4S.

  • Author: Walter Galan
  • Time required: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

Remove the rear panel to access the internal components of your iPhone.

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Relevant Parts
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Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Rear Panel  ¶ 

  • Before disassembling your iPhone, be sure it is powered off.

  • Remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • Push the rear panel toward the top edge of the iPhone.

  • The panel will move about 2 mm.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Pull the rear panel away from the back of the iPhone, being careful not to damage the plastic clips attached to the rear panel.

  • Remove the rear panel from the iPhone.

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

For more information, check out the iPhone 4S device page.

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If you have trouble removing the back after sliding it, do not force or pry it. You didn't push it far enough. Gently push it further and it will come off easily!

Stephen Foskett, · Reply

On the iPhone 4S Mirrored Rear Panel there was a clear plastic covering on the INSIDE side of the Panel that covers a jagged black area. There is also a small plastic covering over the camera lens, also on the inside side of the Panel. The iFixIt step-by-step instructions do not include any information about whether to remove these or leave them. I chose to peel them off and it appears everything works okay. But there probably should have been a mention about what to do with these "stickers."

jlinder1, · Reply

Thanks! I didn't notice the scuff covers until we noticed the poor quality of the photos. After I took the back off and removed the film covers, the photos are back to the original quality. Thanks again for your comment. The covers should have an obvious tab on them for easy removal

David Bergum,

www.partoflaptop.com/iphone-4s-repair-parts_iphone-4s-rear-panel-replacement.html

li ma, · Reply

there are many kinds of iphone 4s rear panel from this site:

www.partoflaptop.com/iphone-4s-repair-parts_iphone-4s-rear-panel-replacement.html

li ma, · Reply

I had problems with the fit of the mirrored back . Some of the tabs on the new back did not align with the 4 S - so rather shipping back the part I tried to make it fit - cut of 3 of the tabs that did not align and then it fitted and works . It is slightly thicker than the old one and the external body-glove cover fit is a bit of a squeeze but make do .

Seems that some of these generic part are made for a few models ans do not exactly fit . Knowing this now I probably would have gone for the real apple back than the generic one . I would also have expected that ifixit should have mentioned it .

Now for the hard drive replacement in my Mac Mini - hope that one goes easier :-)

Carel, · Reply

There is plastic covering the camera lens on the inside. After finding my pictures cloudy I removed the back and carefully removed the thin plastic covering. The pictures now look great again.

ljkhansen, · Reply

I have completely disassembled a iPhone 4S that was dropped in a puddle. So I am very familiar the phone. But today I tried to replace a cracked back with a iPhone 4S Revelation Kit. The original cracked back would slide on and off with no issues. In an effort to get the new back to fit in the phone I broke one of the screw tabs. I could never get the top of the back to fit flush with the phone. I am ordering a new one, but is there any trick to get the replacement back to fit? I ordered a 4S kit, but what i got was 4/4S kit. Is there any difference between the 4 and the 4S back?

ershler, · Reply

I have the same problem. And when I tried to push the new panel get the top it just couldn't fit. Finally I succeeded but the glass panel was a bit broken, too. I think the problem should be that the middle bayonet because I found its round corner was a little bigger than the original one. I'm not sure if your problem have the same reason but I suggest you to check that round corner of the middle bayonet.

hyunynara,

What does this mean Anyone?????????????????????????? The 5-Point Screwdriver should only be used once, as it has the potential to strip the screws.

Amanuel, · Reply

Could not have been an easier repair. Total time 3 minutes.

jsfrye, · Reply

Great product and super easy install. Took about two mins. Highly recommend. Thank you iFixit.

thomasadamk, · Reply

Two minutes. Seriously. Two. Dear effing dog, why didn't I do this 1-1/2 years ago?

meanderwithme, · Reply

The Liberation Kit just stripped the screw. Now what.

nimpsy, · Reply

Had local iPhone repair shop remove the screw. Repair complete!

nimpsy,

I left the battery in and everything above the middle, using a pen knife to flex the logic board, I had plenty of room to else the old out and the new in.

Worked well and saved a lot of time.

Keith M, · Reply

After reviewing the steps I decided to follow this guy's advice and left the battery in.....one less item to possibly foul up. I don't know if it made it any faster (first time to open my phone, so nothing to compare it to) but I can say that my phone is charging for the first time in 6 months :D

Jennifer,

BEFORE YOU START:

1) This is doable but not easy, quick or without risk.

2) If this is your 1st time, the whole process can take >2 hours (half of it reading this fixit manual and notes, which I highly recommend!)

3) I highly recommend placing a large, thin clean white cloth on the table. This prevents screws from rolling around and you will clearly see anything falling out.

4) If you have them, use tight surgical (latex) gloves. This prevents you from greasing up contacts.

5) Have e.g. a big old egg box ready, so you can place the screws in order (and maybe write step/screw size on the side).

6) I bought my display from "Generic" on Amazon ($20.36). Screen works fine and tools were ok but not great (screw drivers do not withstand force needed to unscrew some).

7) I had my own 2mm Phillips screw driver and a 2.4mm flat (for the big screws).

8) Have a nice cold beer by your side! Good luck!

superedu111, · Reply

Sounds like this comment relates to a screen replacement, not a rear panel replacement. No way a rear panel replacement would take 2 hours - can be done in 2 minutes!

Jonathan Deamer,

I was paranoid about stripping the pentalobes - I used the ifixit pentalobe screwdriver TOGETHER with a layer of Glad Wrap (cling film or saran wrap for the non-Aussies) over the pentalobe holes - absolutely no problems. Guess it helps the driver head gain purchase?

Anyway hat tip to this guy:

http://modmyi.com/forums/hardware/806092...

jimforbes, · Reply

After seeing the comments about trouble finding the carrier, I shut down the phone, did a soft reset (by holding the power and home buttons until it started and then shut down and stayed off), and removed the SIM. After the repair, I replaced the SIM and plugged it in to the charger. It started up and found the carrier (Verizon, as it happens) immediately. I would guess that only the soft reset made a difference, but I did both.

DavidLewis, · Reply

I pried one end of the back off only to find 2 funny little screws holding the other end on so I took my Dremel, like Jack said, and ground those suckers out. Once I had the back off I loosened all the screws then turned it upside down and shook the crap out of it. The screws went flying everywhere and fell on the floor. Its my moms house so of course she's got gross brown carpet. How am I supposed to find my screws in that? I get the vacuum out and go over every inch of the floor to suck up all them screws. Then I dump the bag on the table and all I find is a bunch of hair and gods knows what else, but no screws. When I look for my phone I see its covered in all that stuff that came out of the vacuum. I mean, what's up with that? How can I work on my phone if its covered in dirt? Nobody said anything about that, did they? The average guy's gonna screw up his phone big time if he follows these instructions and nobody warns him about all the dirt that's gonna end up in his phone. Are you kidding me!! Now what?

Marv, · Reply

Here's a little vacuum trick for anything small: put nylons/panty hose over the end of the hose and then you don't have to dig thru the bag contents.

paul,

Marv you a first class pleb! Please don't try and fix anything again. Tool

ticklejahfancy,

my screws are stipped and i am going though the front glass to get to the logic board could some one give me a guide on how to get to the board please... thanks

Caleb Croft, · Reply

all you need to do is remove the clip over the wifi antenna and the one that actually attaches the wifi antenna to the iphone two steps to do this job...

Ray Leahy, · Reply

how can i take out the screw if it is stripped

Manny Chaidez, · Reply

with a small driller, but I guess it is very difficult. Never attempted that myself on an iPhone.

lantzero,

There is no screw in Step 2?

Is the screw stripped or the head stripped?

I have used superglue on the screwdriver to remove a stripped screw, it would turn but not come out, with superglue I could turn and pull the screw out. May also work on a stripped head.

Trevor,

If you are careful, use a Dremel tool and a micro drill bit (sold where Dremel tools are purchased) to drill it out. Last resort kind of thing, good luck.

Jack, · Reply

Why isn't it moving? I removed my screws.

Thomas The Train, · Reply

I pried one end of the back off only to find 2 funny little screws holding the other end on so I took my Dremel, like Jack said, and ground those suckers out. Once I had the back off I loosened all the screws then turned it upside down and shook the crap out of it. The screws went flying everywhere and fell on the floor. Its my moms house so of course she's got gross brown carpet. How am I supposed to find my screws in that? I get the vacuum out and go over every inch of the floor to suck up all them screws. Then I dump the bag on the table and all I find is a bunch of hair and gods knows what else, but no screws. When I look for my phone I see its covered in all that stuff that came out of the vacuum. I mean, what's up with that? How can I work on my phone if its covered in dirt? Nobody said anything about that, did they? The average guy's gonna screw up his phone big time if he follows these instructions and nobody warns him about all the dirt that's gonna end up in his phone. Are you kidding me!! Now what?

Marv, · Reply

I didn't see any extra screws holding the back in place. I had to use the included pry tool to get the back off. Just start at the bottom and pry gently...if you just "pull" like the guide says it won't work.

Brian, · Reply

On reassembly, be sure to clean the metal plate at the place of contact with the tiny pressure contact mentioned in step 4.

Harald Brandt, · Reply

I pried one end of the back off only to find 2 funny little screws holding the other end on so I took my Dremel, like Jack said, and ground those suckers out. Once I had the back off I loosened all the screws then turned it upside down and shook the crap out of it. The screws went flying everywhere and fell on the floor. Its my moms house so of course she's got gross brown carpet. How am I supposed to find my screws in that? I get the vacuum out and go over every inch of the floor to suck up all them screws. Then I dump the bag on the table and all I find is a bunch of hair and gods knows what else, but no screws. When I look for my phone I see its covered in all that stuff that came out of the vacuum. I mean, what's up with that? How can I work on my phone if its covered in dirt? Nobody said anything about that, did they? The average guy's gonna screw up his phone big time if he follows these instructions and nobody warns him about all the dirt that's gonna end up in his phone. Are you kidding me!! Now what?

Marv, · Reply

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