iPhone 5 Liberation Kit

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Product code: IF118-023

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iPhone 5 Liberation Kit

$9.95 Was $19.95
You save $10.00!

Product code: IF118-023

Product Overview

  • Replace your iPhone 5's pentalobe screws with Phillips screws.
  • Show the world that you don't tolerate oppressed iPhones.

Contains:

  • 2 Phillips 3.6 mm iPhone 5 screws
  • 2.5" Phillips Driver
  • 2.5" Pentalobe Driver

Compatibility

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  • All iPhone 5 Models (Not iPhone 5s or 5c)

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Why Liberate My iPhone? ¶ 

Removing the Pentalobe screws on the bottom of the iPhone and replacing them with Phillips screws accomplishes two tasks.

  1. It future-proofs your iPhone. In the unfortunate event that your iPhone needs repair, you will be all set to make any repair necessary. Phillips screwdrivers are widely available, whereas Pentalobe screwdrivers are not. In situations where getting the battery out of the iPhone as quickly as possible—such as after dropping the iPhone into water—you will be all set.
  2. It sends a message. When people see your iPhone in all its liberated glory, they will know that you don't stand for restrictions on your hardware. You believe that repair choices should be up to that owner, that repair should be easy, accessible, and affordable.

What's a Pentalobe Screw? ¶ 

A Pentalobe screw head is similar to a Torx—except that the points have a rounder shape, and it has five points instead of six. Apple’s service manuals refer to them as “Pentalobular” screws, contrary to what some folks may say, this is not a security Torx screw. Security Torx have a post in the middle. Apple would never use a real Torx security screw with a post for two reasons: they’re ugly, and the posts break off easily with screw heads this small.

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Why is it in my iPhone? ¶ 

Pentalobe screws are unique to Apple's hardware. In the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, they are used only on the outside of the phone, and they have one clear purpose: to keep you out of your iPhone.

So, don't be fooled into thinking that you have to let Apple lock you out of your iPhone! Install these Phillips screws today, and look forward to a brighter, happier, liberated tomorrow.

 

Compatibility

iPhone 5
16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
 

Stories

My Problem

My daughter dropped her iPod, denting the corner and shattering the screen.

My Fix

Used the iFixit guide for this repair and ordered the replacement front panel assembly. I took my time and reviewed the guide steps multiple times. Once I got the broken panel off, I took a break and basked in my success thus far. Installing the new assembly went smoothly.

The only two downsides were 1) the home button did not work post-repair (or maybe it was already a problem?). Luckily the iPod "assistant" function was on, so the Home functionality still lives. 2) The drop dented the metal corner of the case. The new glass didn't want to easly fit within the case. But some additional adhesive and overnight gentle pressure fit things together.

My Advice

1. Take your time.

2. Read, re-read, and review the guide as you go along.

3. Be gentle. The ribbon cables and micro connectors are delicate.

4. The wifi antenna in the upper left corner is held by a screw and a foam adhesive pad. The adhesive pad became unstuck or torn. But after reassembly, wifi works fine.

5. The doublesided tape strips provided by the kit were a bit lacking. I carefully used a very small bit of silicon adhesive glue along the outer edge.

My Problem

My friend was offered $38 for his iPhone 4S because the (+) volume button and the power button were broken. After $50 in parts/tools, he received $220 for the fixed phone. In addition, I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile three months ago with my unlocked CDMA iPhone 5, originally purchased outright in 2012. Since T-Mobile is on the GSM network, I purchased an unlocked GSM iPhone 5 on eBay for $250. The buttons barely worked and the screen was very scratched, so I swapped the screens and buttons with my CDMA phone. I now have a GSM iPhone 5 in amazing condition, and sold the CDMA iPhone 5 for $220 to a third party buyer.

My Fix

The repairs were both flawless. They were both time consuming (2-3 hours each), but this was also my first time.

My Advice

Please make the guides clearer about the specific tools required. Sometimes the tool list jumps into two columns, and this makes it hard to look at as a "check list." I missed the fact that I needed a flathead screwdriver for my repairs and had to improvise with a flat hair clip.

My Problem

iFixit suggested pentalobe screws are evil for my iPhone so I swapped to the free philips screws sent to me at no cost. I conducted the swap using the included pentalobe screwdriver, sent to me without charge and the included philips screwdriver (which wasn't free but not charged for)

My Fix

Screw screwing was successful using the included screwdrivers and screws.

My Advice

I suggest using the included screwdrivers for screwing in your new screws and removing the old pentalobe screws with the included free pnetalobe screwdriver. The philips screwdriver will not fit the philips screws. Have no attempted unscrewing pentalobe screws using philips screwdriver however and I thereby render this advice inconclusive. Dear reader, please return with the outcome of such an attempt.

My Problem

My friend needed easier access to his iPhone and didn't want to always need to go looking for a Pentalobe screwdriver, (which he doesn't own) each time.

My Fix

The change of screws is very easy, just unscrew the Pentalobe ones, and screw in the new Phillips ones.

My Advice

If you have the 54 bit driver kit, it can make it a little easier, but the provided screwdrivers work well and are actually good for small field jobs or if you can't be bothered carrying a full bit set around for a quick fix and are definitely worth keeping.

My Problem

My iphone 4 dock connector stopped accepting charges with the message "This accessory may not be supported". And that was with Apple cables and chargers. All attempts to clean the dock connector yielded no results.

My Fix

It was fairly straight forward, just keep a paper, pen, and tape handy to identify and secure screws at each step.

My Advice

I had to redo the procedure because my home button didn't work the first time. You really could use a magnifying glass for this process. I managed to seat the home button cable properly the 2nd time, then everything worked.

My Problem

Pentalobe Screws, The Bane Of All Apple Fan's Existences.

I Liberated My iPhone To Future Proof It.

My Fix

It Was As Easy As The Turn Of A Screwdriver, Literally.

My Advice

Go Slow And Use The Right Bit, This Will Ensure You Don't Strip The Screws.

My Problem

Because I didn't want the freedom to repair my own device curtailed by Apple's proprietary pentalobe screws.

My Fix

Lickety-split and easy as pie.

My Advice

Very small and easily lost screws, so make sure your work surface is clean and uncluttered.

My Problem

Son and friends broke their screens

My Fix

I'm not sure due to them taking my fix it kit and went to their room and fixed all their screens.

My Advice

I'm sure it works because I haven't heard amy bad news from the boys

My Problem

My soda burst in my purse and leaked everywhere. Yes, including my IPhone too. Sadly, my phone was soak and sticky. Clean it up and everything was still working after that my IPhone speaker wasn't working and now I'm trying to fix it with ifixit free tool sample kit. Finger cross.

My Fix

My husband couldn't do anything because these tool are for IPhone 5/5s kind. All of the IPhone 4S free sample kit tool were gone and was hoping these will do the trick. So far not good.

My Advice

Wish there was more IPhone 4s free sample kit tool when I first sign up for ifixit free sample kit. Thanks.

My Problem

Nobody can tell me what kind of screws to have in my phone!

My Fix

As smooth as a veal cutlet.

My Advice

Do it. You know you want to.