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June 3, 2015
Shattered glass, fell on its edge. I looked into just replacing the digitizer, but removing and gluing back the display appeared too much pain.
You need lots of light and parts are very tiny. Take your time, I would recommend two hours. If you did it before, you can probably do it in half an hour.
Watch the little plastic spacer that is under the metal speaker holder. I took the speaker off, and somehow the little spacer got lost. You can assemble it without the spacer, but the metal holder will be slightly kinked because it presses down where the spacer would go. The spacer must be like a washer that is about half a millimeter thick, and a 1x1 millimeter square.
May 18, 2015
Had a broken screen. ordered new one from Ifixit.com.
Watched the video online. very delicate work! It was the first repair I did on a phone. I was nervous to say the least. I was praying that the little connectors were back where they should be. They were. It worked out well. Phone is working good. Thank you, Andy K.
Be very careful and do not loose any screws, they are VERY tiny!! Patience, good lighting and a magnifying glass help.
May 14, 2015
My phone's battery had gotten so terrible that I bought a battery case for it. Without the extra juice, the phone barely lasted 6 hours. I didn't want to upgrade yet and thought I'd suffer through. A few months later, I dropped the phone for the umpteenth time and the screen shattered. I still didn't want to upgrade, given that the iPhone is mid-cycle. I was also going to be travelling for the next 2 weeks and needed a quick solution. Instead of trying to find a reputable repair shop in an unfamiliar town and spending a ton of money, I turned to iFixit and had the replacement parts shipped overnight to my hotel.
The whole process took about an hour. The suction cup did not work well on a shattered screen. I tried taping it up, but the suction cup wouldn't attach to the tape either. The other part I struggled with was prying up the battery.
I didn't pay enough attention to the orientation of the home button when putting the screen back together, so I had to re-open the phone (much easier with an intact screen), and rotate it to correctly align with the contacts.
May 3, 2015
The glass on the front panel cracked after the iPhone met the floor in a clumsy drop early one morning.
Opening and the front panel is the hardest thing.
I wish I had the iSlack opening tool, but spending that much wouldn't have made it worth it. Four hands was the solution, a friend helped out by holding with one hand, and using another opening tool while I used a suction cup and another opening tool.
After that the screws were easy to remove and didn't lose a single one. Followed the rest of the instructions in reverse since the guide ends at putting on the new front panel and doesn't go into closing the phone back up again.
I wish I knew that some of the internal parts to remove were extremely small once you get inside the case and not to be too squeamish about using force on the small ribbon cable for the home button.
April 30, 2015
Without a hitch, even a novice can do it
Follow the guides
April 27, 2015
The front glass cracked, and I could not see the display, so had to replace the glass. I did that successfully on an iPhone 4, so decided to give the iPhone 5 a shot.
On the face of it... it looks simple. But I guess you have to have surgeon's hands to get this one right. I was able to put everything back together, but it left me with a couple of issues. the big one: the ear speaker wont work anymore. I cant hear anything in a call. So I have to put the phone on speaker or use a headphone.
The second one: Sometimes, the touch decides to lose accuracy on its own. It always types 'h' and does not give any proper touch response. So much that I cant even power the phone down. The work around would be to press the power button once and home button.
Play games requiring high dexterity before attempting this repair.... As things are getting smaller... I can't imagine repairing iPhone6 myself!
April 22, 2015
Friend's broken iphone
I had a little trouble following directions because the display I got required transferring the home button and earpiece cable (and little clips), none of which were in the display replacement guide I was looking at. Thankfully it wasn't too hard anyway
Make sure you have the guide with ALL the steps you need, and also be prepared to transfer microscopic pieces of tape, or superglue pieces into place
April 21, 2015
I dropped my iPhone and damaged the screen. There was no crack, but vertical bars would appear on the screen and there were areas irresponsive to touch. The iPhone was too old to be worth spending the $150 at the Apple Genius Bar just to get it operational. I decided that I either find a cheaper solution or just buy a new iPhone. By a friend's recommendation, I visited ifixit and saw that I could buy the part with the necessary tools for ~$70 (after adding tax and shipping.) It was a bit over what I was hoping for. It wasn't that I found the parts overly expensive. I just was hoping to pay less for an old iPhone. Finally, I decided that because I'd get the tools and get the experience of repairing my iPhone, it was worth it. So, for me, it was more about the experience.
It went well. I thought the tools were good quality. It took me about an hour to do the whole replacement. It certainly was a delicate process and required my full attention.
There is another version of the product I bought that also includes a home button and camera / sensor / ear piece. I should have bought that, but I hadn't paid enough attention when placing my order. It's only $10 more, and it would be well worth it. I had to remove the above-mentioned pieces, which are very delicate, from my old front panel to the new one. Not only did it quadruple the time I had to take to do the repair (I could have finished the whole process in 15 minutes had I bought the other product), I am sure with my tools and a lack of adhesive I can't have possibly placed those pieces completely right. I can see, for example, that the front facing camera isn't quite centered. But more to the point, I could have easily damaged the pieces while moving them. Bottom line, I recommend paying the extra $10. What you get for that is worth much more.
April 16, 2015
it was broken.
It went well but had to resort non iFixit source to get better instruction. The ear camera piece was the hardest to replace. The tools and suggestion on how to get the broken screen out using packing tape worked very well.
If you are not that adventurous buy the part that includes the mic, camera and home button if you have an extra $30. Then it would be a breeze to replace.
April 10, 2015
So...there I was..just bein'stoopid, and left my iPhone on top of my car while doing other very important things. Drove away, as people do, and it fell off about 200 yards away,on a fairly busy street. I realized I didn't have it within minutes, but failed to remember the car roof thing, and
thought I left it in the gym , where I had just been increasing my stoopid apparently...a half hour search and rampant intrusion into the lives of anyone I saw would yield nothing...so on to work and a computer to the "Find my iPhone" app..( so wonderful an app..do use it !!!) and it found it where I previously stated...sent my on spring break son to find it..(why do we have kids? Exactly..) While dodging various cars to get it, he witnessed a Semi (fer Gawd's sake!) run over it..found the
phone and case separated by 20 ft and the front was shattered..as one would expect...when I got home that night, amazingly, it was still functioning although I could not make a call or anything really as I value the skin on my fingers.
SO...on to AT&T where they told me there was insurance on my son's phone...not mine...why? Who knows... Iphone 6..lookin good!!!...yes..but
they wanted to "give" me one for a mere $32 a month for the rest of my life (well..) OR $399 now and a new 2 year contract where I would lose a $25 discount and be stuck with them again..forever...(well..)
So....I am notoriously cheap and said "I'm gonna fix it myself" to the sly smiling babe who was sort of helping me... She said, "Hmm...I dunno sir..)
I asked her out for coffee anyway...no luck.(another story)
Enter iFixit.com... TaDa!!
I'll be quick with this other small bit of stoopid...
#1... Online ordered the front assembly for iPhone 5s..(I happen to own an iPhone 5...)
#2.. Have it shipped next day air ($19)
#3.. It arrives,...at somebody else's house as I supplied the wrong address!
#4..Call the company and tell them...very nice guy BTW...he sends me a return authorization,if it shows up!..AND..pays for the replacement Next Day Air shipping!!! Unbelievable!!
#5..It arrives at my place (yea)..I follow the guide and take the destroyed faceplate off after taping it with packing tape so the suction
cup will work..and I find, to top off an obviously stoopid week...that I have ordered the wrong part..5s instead of 5 as I'm sure you remember...
#6..This isn't very quick is it..? Anyway..I call again..very nice guy again..sends me another Return auth...
#7..The correct part arrives the next day...
The repair went really well..the guide was great and it told me to tape it so the glass wouldn't go everywhere..had a little trouble getting it off
as it was so badly shattered the suction cup couldn't get a grip..but as in everything, persistence is key!
The rest was just being careful and not stoopid..not easy for me apparently..but it worked and when I put it all together again..Glory Be...everything was functional...and I was HAPPY!..Like a room without a roof..
Advice??..from me?? I don't think so, in light of all told before..! The best advice
is to just do it! Really..if I can ..YOU can! Having a magnifying light
as I do will really help...