Content Creator, Photographer at iFixit
Hi, my name is Dominik and I've been working at iFixit since 2016. My journey at iFixit began with a one-week temp job in the shipping warehouse. Thanks to my photography and editing experience, I was asked if I might enjoy working on the EU content team. So I transitioned from shipping to the content department where I now create guides and work on teardowns for devices like the iPhone 12 mini, the Apple TV 4K 2021, and the Nothing ear (1). With my graphic design background, I'm always trying to make guides and teardowns look even better by giving them a little bit more magic.
After graduating from school, I studied communication design at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany for 8 years and got my university degree there. During my studies I was involved in graphic design, editorial design, illustration, photography, printing, bookbinding techniques, and typography. The Adobe Creative Cloud is therefore my constant companion. In addition to my job at iFixit, I have worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator since 2019.
Prior to my permanent position, I worked at iFixit Europe for almost 5 years as an intern, creating guides and teardowns. Along the way, I worked with my team to continuously improve the quality of our content. During my time at iFixit I have authored over 400 guides and teardowns and contributed to more than 2,000 on our website.
My favorite fix is an ongoing project, as I'm currently busy restoring and rebuilding my dad's 1974 Hercules MK3M without any prior knowledge.
Aside from that, I was insanely proud to open and reassemble my shared flat’s washing machine after I thought it was a good idea to wash a shower curtain without first removing the hanging hooks (don’t do that!). One of the hooks disappeared into the depths of the washing machine, leaving me with a horrible noise as the drum spun. Since I had only dealt with tiny electronics before, this repair, which is rather simple in itself, took away my fear of disassembling and repairing large appliances. These experiences have shown me that really anyone can repair and should have the right to do so and I am happy to contribute to the process of making repair more accessible and easier for everyone!
More About Me
Besides my work at iFixit, I'm currently doing a lot of illustrations, both freelance and personal. I'm a sports enthusiast and during the summer you can usually find me outside playing table tennis, frisbee, or something similar. My biggest passion — which accompanies me all year round — is bouldering. There are few things that leave me with a better feeling than finally solving a bouldering project after many sessions. I am a big experimental cooking fan, I read books from time to time (preferably Haruki Murakami) and daydream about my distant future dog!
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Answer to "I put the Sim card ejector tool through the top microphone port"Hello Weirdlooking, sorry for the late response, I didn't see your question earlier. Usually because of the design of smartphones these days, this is nothing to worry about. If I'm correct you mean the microphone opening on the top edge of the phone. Behind this opening sits the earpiece speaker assembly which you can see on the first photo. You insert your SIM opening tool into the round opening with the red rubber gasket around it. However this opening is nothing more than an L-shaped "tunnel" with a second opening at the bottom of the assembly. This is where you can see the white fabric-like material. The earpiece speaker assembly sits on top of a small part of the motherboard (second photo) with an other opening in it. Underneath this opening sits the actual microphone. I tried to point at it with the bottom arm of my tweezers. This build protects the microphone with the motherboard, the protective cloth within the earpiece speaker assembly and with that L-shape tunnel. Most likely your SIM tool was...
Answer to "Tic Watch Pro battery?"Hi Guillermo, the Capacity is: 415mAh/1.6Wh and cut-off voltage 4.4V. The size is about 28.3 mm wide and 26.6 mm in height. I added a close up of the battery and hope it helps to find one.
Answer to "6s and 7 plus screws"Hi Emily, almost every screw in the iPhone 6s is different to the counterparts in the 7 Plus. However the bottom screws next to the charging port are the same. You can get the full screw Set for the 6s here and the set for the 7 plus here.
Answer to "Screen is black but I can feel it vibrate"Hello Zero, if you opened the phone, there‘s the possibility that the display connector isn’t plugged in properly or you damaged the display by accident during the opening procedure. Try to open it another time and control if the connector is plugged in properly. You can check if the display is working before reapplying the back cover with anew adhesive. In case I didn‘t get you right, and you did not open the phone, it is likely that your display is broken because of water damage or similar. In this case, you need to replace the screen. The vibration motor is still working because it isn’t connected to the display but to the daughterboard.
Answer to "I inserted the pin in the left bottom microphone"First image shows the two bottom holes in the frame in yellow. The gaskets for the microphones are marked in red and sit on top of the holes in the frame. In the second picture you can see the two microphones (marked in orange) which sit on top of the two small daughterboards. Under the microphones there’s a small hole in the daughterboards which connects to the gasket. Because of this build i don’t think it’s possible to puncture the gasket or the microphones.
Answer to "I inserted the pin in the left bottom microphone"Hello Enrico, I just opened the Mate 20 Pro and what i can say is this: There are two microphones at the bottom end of the phone. I can’t tell when which one is in use but both of them sit on top of small daughterboards. So the gasket for water- and dust proof isn,t placed at the end of the small holes but on top of it. The rear end of both holes should be plastic of the mid frame. In my opinion I don’t think it’s possible to break one of the gaskets by entering a pin in one of the holes but i can’t give you a guarantee for that.
Answer to "Huawei Mate 9 PRO's screen is broken and looking for ways to replace"Hello White Butler, usually it is less expensive to replace the display on your own. Regarding to your question on the screen and touchscreen digitizer - it depends. What is exactly broken? In some cases the touchscreen and display both still work and only the front glass is broken. In this case it is enough to replace the front glass but you will need new adhesive for it and i can become complicated to repair and not to damage the display itself while doing so. There is danger to get bubbles between display and glass as well. But overall the front glass on its own is a lot cheaper than the display and or touchscreen of course. If you want to go with the display or with the display with frame, it depends as well on what exactly is broken. If you want to replace the display without frame, usually you just need to take the battery out before you can replace the display. If you want to install a new display with frame, you need to transfer every component of the old phone to the new frame (motherboard,...
Answer to "Cannot hear any Sound on my phone"Can you hear any other sounds on your device e.g. from videos or something? If not it seems like your microphone works but your loudspeaker is broken and needs to be replaced.
Answer to "Battery percentage stalls when plugged in"At first you can reopen the smartphone and make a double check if the battery is connected correctly. Same goes for the LCD (another issue could be the connection of the charging board to the mainboard - you can check this as well). It also can happen, that you damage the interconnect flex cable between charging and main board, whilst removing the battery, in this case the phone wouldn't charge as well).
Answer to "Why does can't I sigh in in youtube and play store?"First thing to try is to reinstall the apps. If they're pre installed and you can delete them try a default reset of the phone after saving all your data. Do your usual Updates afterwards.