iPhone 4S Dock Connector

$19.95

Product code: IF115-010
Apple Part #: 821-1301-05, 821-1301-06, 821-1301-A

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iPhone 4S Dock Connector

$19.95

Product code: IF115-010
Apple Part #: 821-1301-05, 821-1301-06, 821-1301-A

Product Overview

Stay Connected!

  • If your phone is no longer recognized via USB cable, it may be time to replace the dock connector.
  • Replacing the dock connector should fix charging and connectivity issues.
  • Paying someone else to replace the dock connector can cost between 100 and 200 dollars.

Compatibility

Identify your iPhone

  • iPhone 4S

Product Details

  • Contains: Dock Connector, Primary Microphone
  • Connectors: Home Button, Speaker Assembly Contact

$19.95 Black / New

 
 

Condition:

New

$19.95 White / New

 
 

Condition:

New

$14.95 Black / A-Stock

 
 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

$14.95 White / A-Stock

 
 
 

Condition:

Used, fully tested

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Compatibility

iPhone 4S
16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
 

Stories

My Problem

Phone took over 24 hours to charge and would only hold the charge for a couple hours.

My Fix

The fix went really well but after I got it all put back together the microphone didn't work, I pulled it all back apart and there was a tiny plastic film over the microphone that is part of the Dock Connector, put it all back together and it works better than when we first got the phone from Verizon.

My Advice

Make sure when your installing the parts that you remove all protective films from the parts, there are a lot of them. :-)

My Problem

Realized the back glass was broken, don't know how it happened, but it was. So I looked up what to do and found your site. Then I decided to also replace the dock connector because I when I used my phone I had to put the other person on speaker or they couldn't hear me. The sweet girl at the Apple store had told me the only solution was to replace the phone with the latest $$$ model.

My Fix

Replacing the back class was easy, although one of the screws was striped. I sent a question in, but then I found three solutions and between the three, I finally got that li'l bugger screw out. so while I had it open I went for it and followed the guide to replacing the dock connector. I had trouble understanding what part was what:

the battery

battery connector from the socket (what socket)

loudspeaker enclosure

pressure contact

speaker enclosure assembly

home button ribbon cable ZIF socket.

And that is where I got into trouble. Those ribbon cables and how to put them out of the way while I'm working. Was worried as to how delicate they were so apparently I didn't move the home button ribbon far enough out of the way and as soon as I moved the dock connector, the home button ribbon tore. So now I have placed my order for that.

My Advice

All in all it was a good experience. I am having to wait on the home button ribbon part, but I was able to do something I believed was difficult. Your instructions made it easy.

My suggestions:

1. maybe a picture with part names just for us idiots. the warning on working with the small parts such as ribbons; how far to pull out of the way or not pull. A picture of that small part.

2. instructions just say: To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order....well that's not necessarily true.

A. The new part doesn't have a retaining flap on the home button ribbon cable ZIF socket.

B. There are parts that have protective plastic covering (on the dock connector part and the back glass as well). Some of us may not realize where they all are and some may not even realize it needs to be removed.

Suggestion to an inexperienced person attempting the dock connector replacement or anything in that area of the phone: Before each step, check the step comment icon at the top right of each step. They will give you a heads up on problems and solutions before you make a mistake.

My Problem

My iPhone 4S stopped taking a charge, from any source. I couldn't complete an iCloud back up before the phone died. I couldn't save 3072 photos and videos, precious memories. I danced with my cell carrier. I danced with Apple. I even danced with Apple's only third party choice for data retrieval (RIP OFF artists!). This scam of a company wanted to charge me $1400.00 to pull my photos off my phone. $1400.00!

My Fix

My coworker recommended purchasing a dock connector from Ifixit for $20.00 before giving in to the lunacy of spending $1400.00 to some shysters in lab coats from California. He tackled the task of replacing the dock connector and had it installed in less than an hour. I held my breath as my phone slowly but surely began to charge. I was in tears. Precious memories were given back to me- for $20.00 plus shipping.

My Advice

Always do your research, ask your tech contacts questions, because the solution may not have to cost you a small fortune.

And never panic. It solves nothing.

I am definitely disappointed in Apple for not offering this option and I am disgusted with the third party company for attempting to rob me in order to restore my sentimental memories. But that's another story/rant, to be written SOON.

Back up your phone, not only to the cloud, but to your computer and an external hard drive. My coworker even recommended pulling photos onto a dvd. Guess what I'll be doing this evening?

Thank you ifixit, thank you, thank you, thank you!

My Problem

My iPhone 4S wouldn't charge. I tried using different outlets, different cables, different computers, none worked. I cleaned out the lint and that seemed to work, but only for a few hours. I learned that in the car my partner had dribbled some water on it while it was plugged in. I couldn't see any damage to the dock connector or any signs of water damage inside, so I bought and installed a new battery (also with help from iFixit). The phone still wouldn't charge. I figured I would try replacing the dock connector since it was cheap and looked easy.

My Fix

I bought a used (A-stock) dock connector rather than new to save $5, which was 25% less. I'm a big fan of recycling and repurposing. Plus, the mining, manufacturing, and shipment of electronics such as these are one of the biggest sources of negative environmental impacts, so keeping one more new item on the shelf until it's actually needed was important to me. I also used to work in a business that sells used auto parts. I've learned how good of a job a quality-controlled used part can do. I followed the guide forwards and backwards and ended up with a working phone again! Easy.

My Advice

The steps to disconnect the battery cable are confusing. The cable plugs down onto 4 pins and the piece that pulls up has an overhanging lip around the outside that makes it easy to pry up with little force. There is a small contact plate (black with a copper nub) that is visible, but half of it is under the cable plug around the top screw. It is only held in place by that screw and friction between the cable plug and the components beneath it. Don't worry when this piece comes loose because it is not attached to anything, just keep track of it.

Be very careful with the ribbon for the home button. The ribbon slides horizontally in and out of the connector and the locking tab that holds it down is hinged (it flips up and down like a roller coaster bar). If you've ever taken apart a laptop you'll be familiar with these. When you reinstall it, don't twist it side to side, but rather tilt the back of it up (vertically) until the tip of the ribbon rests on the entrance to the connector then tilt it down so it slides in. This is much easier to do with two hands, using small tipped tools. I don't think using tweezers is necessary.

Read the full description, including alerts, on each step before starting the work. Also check the comments for problems that other people have run into.

Work on a brightly lit surface and use a hands free magnifying glass if you have bad vision.

I recommend wearing latex gloves to keep the oils from your hands off the electronics. I also used 91% Isopropyl Alcohol and cotton swabs to clean all the metal contacts.

Keep track of those screws! I used a small ceramic tray and taped them down with scotch tape. I kept track of where each screw belonged with notes on a sticky note.

Try not to work in a room with carpet or a dirty floor. If you do drop a screw, here are a couple tips: 1) Hard floor: turn off all the lights and lay a flashlight on the floor; the angle of the light will cause even small items to cast longer shadows and be easier to see, 2) Carpet: put a nylon leg hose or other fine filter over the attachment wand on your vacuum and use it to sweep along the floor; this saves you the hassle of searching the dusty vacuum compartment, 3) Any Floor: a strong magnet.

My Problem

I was trying to take the back off because it was cracked. I did not have the proper tools and I just made it worse.

My Fix

This was so easy to repair after I received the tools and parts from IFIXIT!

My Advice

Don't brake your son's phone!

My Problem

Was having intermittent charge and sync issues with My 4S Doc Connector.

My Fix

Repair was easy with the pictorial repair guide from the website. 1 hour or so is all it took. This was my first repair for this phone.

My Advice

Lay out and tape a big piece of white paper (24" x 24" )to a flat work surface. The tape is so you don't have to worry about catching the paper and shifting all the little screws around by accident. As you take the parts out write on the paper size Ie 1.2mm Phillips etc. and description of part. There is plenty of room to keep the parts separated to help ease any confusion of similar looking screws.

dgood's Story Photo #502294

My Problem

After having fixed the battery and speaker issue, ( https://www.ifixit.com/Story/12618/iphon... ), I had noticed that even when plugged in, every now and then, the iphone 4S would just suddenly start discharging, as if it were not plugged in. Also, when I replaced the speaker in my previous repair, I did notice that there was some warpage of the old speaker assembly, as if that part of the speaker assembly got excessively hot. From those two things, I assumed there was a possible short in the dock connector assembly.

My Fix

The repair went quite smoothly. That iScrews iPhone Screw tray comes in handy for the repair process, in making sure I know where every screw I removed went.

I delayed writing this success story, to verify that the intermittent discharging while plugged in problem was no longer present, and the problem is indeed fixed. Darned good thing I did buy the dock connector assembly even when I thought I didn't previously need it.

My Advice

Replacing that rubber spacer can be rather tricky. Just take your time, and get a good light source.

My Problem

Docking connector had a chunk missing and bent pins. Also my phone would die in about two hours of non use or less than an hour of use, so I had to carry my charging cable and an external charger everywhere.

My Fix

Fantastic! My phone can now sync to a computer and charge with any cable. I had to have a specific cable that used the pins I had left to charge it. My phone can also go all day without being plugged in with moderate use.

My Advice

Step 4 of the battery/docking connector removal and replacement was almost disasterous. The screwdriver from the iFixit toolkit didn't have the correct size and started stripping one. Luckily the screwdriver from the Liberator Kit fit perfectly.

Also Step 16 of the docking cable replacement was kinda vague, and I kinda stumbled on the retaining flap by accident. It was hard to tell what exactly I was opening from your pictures. I was actually prying on the metal for the docking port for a bit before I stopped afraid I was going to break it. I was just looking at it with the spurger when it hooked the flap accidentally. Then I picked up along like nothing happened, lol.

But putting it all together was the easiest part and after a soft reset my phone picked up the surrounding towers and had the correct time and date. Total success!

My Problem

After 3 years, my iphone 4s dock connector finally got too damaged and the phone would no longer charge or connect to itunes for backup. Of course it became very dead.

My Fix

The repair went well by following your almost perfect online instructions - with one exception described below. My iPhone works perfectly again and even though the phone was COMPLETELY dead, all my information was still there once it charged (thank you flash memory!).

My Advice

This is the reason I'm telling my story. The instructions are very good, except the part about the microphone! Step 18 details removing the mic from the phone case. Step 21 has a secondary sub section about the mic case and reassembly, but it's not a "step" so I somehow missed it, and it doesn't have the necessary detail anyway. Therefore I didn't realize the rubber "case" holding the microphone was a separate piece until I had already put the new dock assembly in the phone. It would be SO much easier to put that rubber case on the mic BEFORE installing the dock in the phone! IMHO this should be a separate and last step, because it is important to a successful project and isn't (at least to me) obvious. You DEFINITELY want to install that rubber case onto the mic chip before you put the new dock in the phone because the mic chip has a glue strip to hold it in place within the rubber case, and it's rather difficult to get the mic aligned correctly in it's case with the glue strip sticking as you slide it in, all while working within the very tight confines of the phone case. I did it the hard way, because I didn't want to remove the just installed new dock assembly, thereby weakening the glue strips that hold it in place. My mic seems a little muffled compared to before, but I'm not sure. If there is a difference in quality, this is almost certainly the reason, as I couldn't tell if the mic "hole" on the chip was lined up with the hole in the mic case from the angle I had to work at with the dock in the phone case. For ADD people like me who don't necessarily read every word and like pictures, please add a separate step for the mic case installation at the end of your otherwise great instructions.

My Problem

Phone won't turn off, loss of sounds

My Fix

Took about 2 hours total, fixed the problem phone works normal

My Advice

Line up all the parts removed for easier reassemble