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The 4s had a cracked screen.
The repair went fine following the steps on ifixit.com. After powering up, I noticed a slight dim spot a little bigger than a pencil eraser. That was a slight bummer for a $40 product.
Follow the instructions and you should be g2g.
My son badly cracked the screen on his iPhone 4S. Originally it was just ugly but it became progressively worse until I was afraid he would cut his face when answering the phone.
It worked! But that was a total surprise. You can get the screen on an iPhone 4S replaced at booths in malls for $55.
If I had known how difficult this repair was I would have waited for them to get the part back in stock and left them to it.
I had previously repaired a 3GS phone and this was far, far worse. You have to completely disassemble the phone to take the screen out. Battery, logic board, speaker, it all has to come out. And everything it held in place with screws that:
a. Need an electron microscope to be seen
b. Are different sizes every time
I completed the repair with 3 screws left over and knowing that one screw went in the wrong place and never came out.
Despite that THE PHONE WORKS! I was surprised. If it had not turned back on I would literally have replaced the phone rather than attempt that again. The whole process took well over an hour.
I love repairing things myself but, for this one, unless you are into self flagellation you should take it to one of the third party repairers and let them do it.
I tried to take it to two different repair places in New York. They charged between $45 and $55 but were out of stock of the screens. If I known what I know now I would have waited for them to get the parts.
The iPhone leapt from my hand one day and smashed on the ground: the screen was completely shattered. I like the design of the 4s--it looks steampunk to me--so I wanted to try to repair it if I could.
It took about two hours, and the iFixit instructions were invaluable: they showed me exactly what to expect. I couldn't have done it without them. I'm very happy with the result.
There is a red adhesive backing stuck to the reflective surface on the inside of the display unit, but the reflective surface is not adhered to the unit: it falls right out if you're not careful. It's challenging to get the backing off the reflective surface without getting fingerprints all over it, which I assume is not something you want to do. It would have been good to know in advance about this: I might have had a pair of vinyl gloves on hand.
The screen on our old iPhone 4S was shattered, and we wanted to repair it for one of our kids to use as an iPod.
I followed the iPhone 4S Display Assembly Replacement Guide, and it took me about an hour to disassemble the phone one evening. Then, I received the new display a couple of days later, and it took me about an hour to re-assemble the phone following the guide backwards. Everything appears to be working after re-assembly.
Print out the guide, and create some method to keep all of the little screws and pieces associated with the appropriate steps when doing the disassembly. Several of the screws look similar, but are different, so keeping them organized with the disassembly instructions is important for putting it all back together correctly.
Fantastic all went to plan. Great job. All due to your guide. Works like new. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Take your time.
My son in law's phone fell and the screen completely cracked.
So decided to help him and ordered the part from IFIXIT
Installed following guide as always, have done it many times, but always follow the guides ,like pilots follow their checklist before taking off no matter how many flight hours they have.
After powering up, success ,the display looks brilliant but when trying to scroll the phone will not respond.
Went over again the install and verified each connection meticulously.
NADA.. So decided to check the connectors more closely.
Used my BAUSCH & LOMB 7X Measuring Inspection Magnifier No. 81-34-35 and found that the Digitizer connector had what looked like a solder blob .Seems a fluke from the factory.
Called IFIXIT in and spoke to Chris. Explained situation and after that he will send a new Display and I will send back the one with the defect.
Excellent service from Chris .I sent him also a photo of the "offender"
As soon the new one arrives will inspect and install.
The saga continues LOL.
Thank you IFIXIT for your service and respect.
Well, I can say that will inspect using my BAUSCH & LOMB 7X Measuring Inspection Magnifier No. 81-34-35 before installing any part just in case to trap any possible part flaw..
Would be a very good preventive action.
power level @<20%, and when switching from cellular to WiFi connection, phone shuts down
was a breeze, took 10'
be careful to slide out gold tabbed pressure connector after taking out two battery connector screws
The display on my Iphone 4s broke from skateboarding. I tried to upload some before and after photos but the page keeps timing out.
The repair went great. I love IFIXIT! I utilized the pro tech toolkit. Unfortunately I fell again though guys so I will be doing this repair again, and the back as well. I'm even repairing some music equipment with this toolkit. Thanks IFIXIT!
Roll with IFIXIT!
I appreciate your giving me the opportunity to discuss the progress of my repair with you.
I gather that the time required for a fairly skilled technician to perform this task – replacing the screen on an iPhone 4S is about an hour or so. After about eight hours I have now managed to get the phone re-assembled and working – in a manner of speaking. I have been able to navigate around the interface somewhat and successfully make phone calls. There remain three or four issues which are unacceptable.
I should begin by saying that the duration of my job was due to no small degree by mishaps arising from my physical limitations. Firstly, I am 72 years old and have rather large hands with a bit of a tremor, and found it hard to manipulate some of the screws even with tweezers. Often they would pop from my hands, and even though I was working on a doubly-confined tray with doubly-adhesive layout map, the Brownian movement seemed enough to make them arc onto the carpet, where it would take half an hour to find them again. This is practically a clean-room job.
My old eyes are not the best, either. I did most of the work with reading glasses and a Bausch-Lomb 3x loupe. But, without a 10x compound jeweler’s loupe I could scarcely distinguish the smallest Phillip’s head from the Pentalobe head. I am still not convinced that my authentic Pentalobe drive had a symmetrical foliate form. Often it seemed that only one orientation in 360 degrees would function, and that only with a lot of force. This was to have later consequences, as it turned out.
I would say there was one source of confusion in the several instruction videos I consulted. This has to do with the pair of doubly-tapped screws or “two screws in one place”. It took a bit to for me to catch onto the fact that one screw hade a female tapping in its own head to receive the male that was screwed in from above. This lead to another problem, I think, as I will get to near the end of my narrative.
Reading over the experiences of other DIY adventurers, I noticed that a couple of them complained about a new “Home” button not being provided with the screen. I was forewarned when it came time to recover the original Home button from the wreckage of d old screen. As delicately as possible, I pulled the black tape holding it to the back of the old panel, and the two pieces immediately fell apart from each other. It seems that the original adhesive was crumbly and unsuitable for attaching it to the new screen. There were bosses on both the molded tape and the plastic button, so the orientation seemed clear enough.
But how to re-affix the old tape and button (no new ones having been supplied)? It looked like plastic electrical tape and a plastic button. I was almost done, I thought. Surely a little Borden’ rubber cement would do the job. Wrong. As soon as the cement hit the tape, it shriveled up. Working furiously, I managed to get it oriented. It seemed firm enough. [Fast forward to power up test…] Wrong. It was loose, danced around, and seemed not to produce the proper response, except by chance. But at least the phone lighted up and I could dial out.
I had put in a new battery, and every thing else seemed tickety-boo. So I decided to close up the phone. ALAS. I had one Pentalobe screw left and one Phillips, almost the right size. Also I noticed that the vibrator did not work.
So, I think here is where things stand. I’ll have to open it up again. Perhaps I put the missing Pentalobe into the flange that holds down the vibrator. Swap this with the incorrect Philips in the frame. Maybe – just maybe – that’ll kill two birds with one stone. Then I have to figure out the correct way to secure the Home button.
There are other problems seeming to have to do with the fact that I swapped SIMs with another iPhone 4, but that’s probably just software stuff. It is also tricky to make sure the backups don’t get confused.
So, I guess I’m about 75-8% done and still mildly optimistic.
Even the map was not enough. Triple check the provenance and identity of every component.
Although my daughter's TARDIS iPhone 4S case looks cool, it offers NO glass protection whatsoever. So of course, the inevitable happened, and the screen shattered after a solid drop to the pavement.
The repair went well for the most part. I purchased the 4S display repair kit, and it did come with all the necessary tools, although I also used a pair of tweezers which did not come with the kit, but were extremely handy.
I followed the guide and each step had great instructions, notes, and advice for not only the disassembly, but the reassembly as well.
The only hitch was that the 7mm clear plastic ring surrounding the front-facing camera on the new display was ever-so-slightly misaligned and so the display would not fit flush with the device. I tried to remove it to re-align it, and it broke. Using tweezers, I removed the remainder of the ring that was glued to the display, and VERY carefully removed the old ring from the original display, and aligned it with the camera, and then reattached the new display, which now fit perfectly.
I would definitely recommend taping each part down to a piece of paper or card stock, and label each accordingly. The various screws are incredibly small, and this was an ideal way to keep everything organized in one place, especially for the reassembly.