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July 3, 2015
didn't take long. The pictures didn't show the battery connector actually disconnected, so I got it mixed up with the little shielded connector up and to the left.
There was also a little part not in the picture, on the same place as the top left screw, a grounding tab to the back case.
The battery connector is the big one, not the little one on the top left that it looks like they are prying off in the picture with the plastic tool.
June 25, 2015
The power button in the iPhone 4S wasn't working and the earpiece speaker when I stopped working
both repairs failed. The button itself wasn't the issue it was the part that pushed up against it and the speaker didn't work out either. The button itself is just a hard piece of metal no issue with it and the speaker I don't know what's going on there.
save your money and just invested in the new phone
June 22, 2015
Replaced my dock connector because it became corroded and didn't function.
Everything went well except the screws holding the dock connector in were a BEAR! I tried not to, but ended up stripping them completely. I used a small flat head and a hammer to make notches in the screws and with A LOT of elbow grease finally got them out. In that process, the home button ribbon became damaged. Now my physical home button doesn't work, but Apple thought of everything, and under "Accessability" there's an option for a virtual home button. My phone works great now and I was especially happy to be able to get my honeymoon pics off it. Thanks ifixit!
Buy the driver kit because the phillips they sent doesn't fit the screws perfectly. Also, be very gentle with the home button ribbon.
June 11, 2015
speaker was not working.
It was mostly easy. Took me about an hour to do that. I could have done it in far less time, if I didn't strip one of the screws. I was able to do the replacement by skipping some steps.
1. The screws are very tiny. Work in a well lighted area, also use magnifier glass if possible.
2. Be careful when loosening the screws. If you strip a screw, you are screwed!
3. Keep track of each screw you open.
4. There is a tiny black triangular spacer underneath the speaker. I didn't notice it's layout, while I was taking out the speaker. I ended up leaving it out during reassembly. My phone still works fine without it. It would be nice if the instruction shows a picture of the spacer's layout.
June 8, 2015
My son got a new iphone because the home button fell off of his iphone 5. My husband had been thinking about switching from b-berry to iphone but I really didn't want to buy one and have him not like it and change his mind so I asked my son if we could have his broken one and I would get it fixed. I called a few places to see how much and it seemed pretty expensive to fix so I googled it and found ifixit. I checked out one of the guides and then priced out the list of things we would need and it was sooo much cheaper. My husband took a look a the guide and said he could do it so I ordered the parts. They came in perfect condition exactly as pictured.
It took my husband about 45 minutes to get the phone apart replace but button and get it back together using the guide. (There wasn't even any swearing!). He is currently using the phone and it is working just great! We had more problems with a faulty sim card then we did with the repair! Now he's tell the kids not to worry if anything happens to their iphones he can fix them!(He's gonna be walking around in blue shirt asking if he can help them any day now!)
Thanks so much ifixit, I have your site bookmarked and will always remember to check there first!
My advice, always check with ifixit! I have seen some step by step instructions before but nothing like this,these guides are made for real people not technicians. And the fact that they give you a list and you can get everything you need all in one place makes it effortless.
June 3, 2015
The battery in my iPhone 5 kept dying. I didn't really want or need a new phone. We purchased a new battery & the tool repair kit. Saved me $700 for a new iPhone 6, versus the $60 to replace the battery in my old phone.
It took my husband about 30 minutes to remove the old battery & replace it with the new!! No data was lost in the process! All the items in the repair kit were well worth the price of less than $30!!! No problems at all following the step by step instructions given on the website!! Thank you IFIXIT!!!
Only way to go, unless you really want a new phone. We thought the instructions were very clear. Definitely the best way to go, by ordering all the repair tools in a kit. It was nice to have the Antic-static tray also to keep the tiny screws separate. We highly recommend this product!!
P.S. Make sure when it says don't pull too hard, make sure & follow the advice!! Break a part & you will need a new phone!!
May 24, 2015
Screen has lines running on it, tells me the connection of the display module has problem
Perfect, iSlack is useful but still need help
Its very tight for iSlack to open in first trial, you need to still use the suction cup a bit, but be careful not to be too 'excited' on the opening process, once it shows movement, switch back to iSlack to prevent killing your precious Touch ID
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.
May 13, 2015
My phone was having trouble charging. Had to hold cable "just right".
Everything went well with the repair and my phone was fully functional afterwards. However the next day my touch ID stopped working and I haven't been able to figure out why. Not sure if it is related to the repair. Anyway, my phone now charges correctly.
Take it slow. Make sure you have something to hold the screws and small parts with. I used a piece of packing tape attached to a paper plate.