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August 25, 2015
The phone got dropped - on asphalt - twice - resulting in broken front and back panels.
The repair went fine. It was a little more difficult than expected, due to the size of the parts involved. Screws were very difficult to tell apart. It took a bit of fiddling, but the end result was fine. The phone looks great, and worked perfectly on the first try. The instructions were generally very clear and the photos excellent.
Be very, very careful with the screws! If you do something dumb, like, hypothetically speaking, jostling your work surface and getting the screws mixed up, it will be very, very difficult to sort it out. Very. Difficult.
August 23, 2015
Broken screen and back cover
Easy. Parts we of the highest quality
Make sure you have your glasses. Screws are very small.
August 11, 2015
My battery was failing , the speaker wasn't working too well, and my back panel was shattered. I decided to fix all 3 at once!
I did it I did it I did it!!! Looks like it mostly went off without a hitch..one of screws attaching the battery got stripped but I was able to disconnect the battery and just attached the battery with the top screw. let's hope it works!
Get a Phillips #0, 00, and 000 and test each carefully to see which works best for you.
August 3, 2015
Kara dropped her Grandma's iPhone and the back glass shattered. Kara felt very bad, but I told her we can fix Grandma's phone. When the IFIXIT repair kit arrived she was very excited. It took about 30 minutes, counting video and picture-taking time. Kara was very happy and Grandma and Grampa were very proud! ;-D
Kara did a great job with just a little bit of help from Grandpa!
Very easy repair. Even a four-year-old can do it.
sorry, the pictures would not upload. Here they are: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joe_a/sets...
July 30, 2015
My granddaughter dropped Grandma's iPhone and the back glass cracked. She felt really bad about it but I told her not to worry we would fix it.
A few days after ordering the replacement parts and tool kit from ifixit.com Kara was ready to fix the iPhone. With minimal help from Grampa she essentially repaired the phone by herself. Everyone was happy and proud that our little 4-year-old Granddaughter could make the repair. Here is the story: https://youtu.be/Vmy1sFDEqN8
When we were putting the screws back in, we should have placed the phone on something raised with the button raised from the tabletop to prevent the phone from turning on while we worked on it. But noting bad happened. Everything went smoothly.
July 21, 2015
My iPhone 4s rear panel was damaged when the phone was knocked loose from my hand.
Very easy. Took less than a minute with the iFixit tools.
As always, small electronic parts work require steady hands, good eyesight, good light, trays to organize parts, and clean floor in case you accidentally drop something.
For this rear panel replacement, I wasn't sure if I'd screwed in the liberation screws completely. Running my finger across the bottom surface of the phone, I could tell they weren't in completely. A few more turns were needed. A slight snap sound occurred as each screw was tightened completely.
July 6, 2015
I dropped my iPhone and cracked the front and rear glass panels.
The repair went fine but took longer than expected. It took me a little over two hours to replace both panels. The instructions were very well written and easy to follow. If I have to do it again I'll be back!
The screws are really small, make sure that there is a method used to place all the screws/parts removed so that they can be put back in the same location. I used a white paper towel and positioned everything removed so that it was easy to assemble.
June 23, 2015
Broken front screen and back glass panel.
This is my 2nd time replacing the screen...LOL!! Easy fix, no problems or issues. Screen works well!!
1st time users, take your time or you'll lose parts.
May 17, 2015
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.
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:
battery connector from the socket (what socket)
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.
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.
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.