iPhone 5s glass is shattered ¶ 

Oh no! Your iPhone's glass did not survive your unintentional drop test!

Broken front panel ¶ 

Take a deep breath and see if your iPhone will turn on and operate normally. In most cases, the iPhone is still functional but now a cosmetic disaster. Unfortunately, the iPhone 5s' front glass and LCD are fused together and must be replaced as one piece. You can follow the iPhone 5s display assembly replacement guide to install a new display.

You can purchase a new display assembly here.

iPhone is frozen or unresponsive ¶ 

Even after furious button mashing and screen smashing, your iPhone 5s doesn't respond.

Restart iPhone ¶ 

Sometimes all it takes is a restart for the iPhone to become responsive again. To restart your iPhone when it is unresponsive, press and hold the sleep/wake and home buttons until the Apple logo appears (~10 seconds).

Very low battery ¶ 

It is possible for an iPhone to become unresponsive if the battery drops to an extremely low level. Plug the iPhone into your computer or wall charger and allow it to charge for at least 20 minutes before using it again.

iPhone 5s will not charge ¶ 

Plugging in your iPhone 5s does not bring it life.

Bad cable connection ¶ 

Check the USB cable for damage and dirt, especially at the ends. Then try using the wall charger, as this will provide greater power input than the computer/USB.

Broken charger or USB cord ¶ 

Try using different chargers to see if you may have a problem with your charger or cord.

Obstructed/bad dock connector ¶ 

Inspect the Lightning connector at the bottom of the iPhone for dirt, lint, and damaged pins. Clean out the dock connector very carefully with a tooth pick or soft toothbrush. If the dock connector is broken, you will have to replace it. The iPhone 5s lightning connector replacement guide can be used to replace the dock connector. A new lightning connector can be purchased here.

iPhone will not turn on ¶ 

You cannot get your beloved iPhone 5s to turn on.

Drained/dead battery/bad charging port ¶ 

Plug your iPhone into your computer or wall adapter to charge. If it does not charge when connected to either of these, you probably have a dead battery or a bad charging port. Replace the battery (using this guide) with a partially charged one and see if it will turn on. If not, then it can be a power button or logic board issue. If it does turn on, plug it in and see if the charging indication comes on to rule out the charging port as the problem. If the phone isn't charging, you may have to replace the lightning connector. If the phone is charging, it is possible that there is a problem with the power button.

Bad power button ¶ 

If the power button appears to be faulty, plug the phone into the computer and let it charge. If the phone charges and starts, the power button may need to be replaced. A new power button can be purchased here.

Bad display ¶ 

It is possible that it appears nothing is happening because the display is bad. If the iPhone sounds like it is working properly but nothing is visible, it is possible the display is bad and must be replaced. Unfortunately, the LCD and glass panel are fused together, and must be replaced as one unit. An easy way to test this is to turn the phone on and listen for a sound. Also you can move the mute toggle switch back and forth to see if it vibrates. If it vibrates or you hear a sound but nothing displays on the screen, then that is most likely the problem. Try following the display assembly replacement guide to see if this solves the problem.

You can purchase a new display assembly here.

Bad logic board ¶ 

If nothing else works, your logic board is probably bad and needs to be replaced. Now it is time to either replace it or diagnose if and what components are bad on the board and replace them, using microsoldering techniques. That is a whole 'nother beast!

If you have interest in chip level repair, you can start your investigation here!

You can get the materials to practice microsoldering here.

"This accessory is not optimized for this iPhone" message ¶ 

An error message appears as if you have connected an unsupported accessory to your iPhone

Obstructed/bad dock connector ¶ 

Check the Lightning connector at the bottom of the iPhone for dirt, lint, and damaged pins. Clean out the dock connector very carefully with a tooth pick or soft toothbrush. High concentration isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%) and a cotton swab should be used to clean any debris that does not come off with a tooth pick or soft toothbrush. If the dock connector is broken, you will have to replace it. Use the iPhone 5s lightning connector replacement guide to replace the connector. A new lightning connector can be purchased here.

Dirty or corroded logic board connections ¶ 

After an iPhone has been submerged in a liquid, there may be some corrosion or debris on the logic board connections that cause this error message. Remove the logic board and clean all of the contacts with a soft cotton swab and high concentration isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%). You can remove the logic board with the iPhone 5s logic board replacement guide.

Weak or lost wireless connections ¶ 

You have trouble connecting to a wireless network.

Dirty antenna grounds ¶ 

If your iPhone has been disassembled before, it's possible that finger oils were left on the grounding locations for the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth antennas. These oils will cause grounding issues for the antennas, which could lead to a weak signal or no connectivity at all. Be sure to clean all grounding points with an electronics cleaning solution before reassembling your iPhone to prevent grounding issues.

No audio or distorted audio through speakers or headphones ¶ 

Your iPhone 5s turns on and appears to work, but when you plug in headphones or speakers, the audio doesn't play properly.

Bad headphones/speakers ¶ 

It's unlikely your headphones or speakers are bad, but it's worthwhile to eliminate these as the source of your problem at the beginning. Try your iPhone with another set of headphones or speakers just to make sure that the problem is with the iPhone.

Bad audio jack ¶ 

The most likely cause of audio output problems on iPhone 5s is a bad audio-out jack. If you have determined that the problem does not lie in your external speakers, you should replace the headphone jack. The headphone jack is found on the lightning connector, and can be replaced by following this guide. The lightning connector assembly that includes a new headphone jack can be purchased here.

Intermittent Blue Screen of Death ¶ 

During normal use, the iPhone displays a solid blue screen and reboots.

Incompatible or corrupted apps ¶ 

Some iPhone owners have reported seeing the “Blue Screen of Death” while using specific apps. In most cases this problem can be resolved by updating the app and the iPhone. If a specific app still causes the problem after an update, try uninstalling the app.

Corrupted iOS software or corrupted backup ¶ 

Many users have encountered the “Blue Screen of Death” on their iPhones after a recent iOS update or after restoring their iPhone from a backup. An error in the update or a corruption in the backup could easily cause this problem. Try updating the iPhone through iTunes, or restoring the iPhone to factory settings.

Consistent Blue Screen of Death ¶ 

After powering up, the iPhone displays a solid blue screen and continually reboots.

Damaged Home Button Cable or Proximity Sensor Flex Cable ¶ 

The Home Button Flex Cable or Front Camera and Sensor Cable may have been damaged due to an accident or during the course of a repair. Damage to either one of these cables may cause the solid blue screen. Use the front-facing camera and sensor cable and home button ribbon cable replacement guides to remove these components for inspection, and replace them if necessary.

The front facing camera and sensor cable can be purchased here.

The home button cable assembly can be purchased here.

Long screw damage ¶ 

The “Blue Screen of Death” in the iPhone 5s is often caused by mismatching screws during a repair. Many repairs on the 5s require the removal of the front panel assembly cable bracket (found here). The bracket has four screws: Two 1.7 mm Phillips #000 screws, one 1.2 mm Phillips #000 screw, and one 1.3 mm Phillips #000 screw. Accidentally using either the 1.3 mm or 1.7 mm screws in the bottom right hole of the bracket will result in significant damage to the logic board, causing the phone to no longer boot properly.

If the iPhone is showing the “Blue Screen of Death” after a recent repair, measure these screws and make sure that they’re installed in the proper locations; the phone may then boot properly. If the problem persists, the logic board may need to be repaired or replaced.

The guide to replace the logic board can be found here.

Red Screen of Death ¶ 

After powering up, the iPhone displays a solid red screen. The phone may continually reboot.

Damaged Front Camera and Proximity Sensor Flex Cable ¶ 

The most common cause of the “Red Screen of Death” is damage to the Front Camera and Sensor Cable. First, force restart the iPhone. If the problems persists, use the front-face camera and sensor cable guide to disconnect the flex cable from the logic board, and then reboot the iPhone. If the iPhone boots up without showing the red screen, go ahead and replace the cable. A new cable can be purchased here.

Touch ID nonfunctional after replacement ¶ 

Following a home button replacement, Touch ID features stop working.

Processor is paired to the original home button assembly ¶ 

As a security feature, Apple pairs the home button assembly of each 5s with the iPhone’s A7 processor. If the home button assembly is replaced, Touch ID features will cease to function.

Restore iPhone 5s ¶ 

Your iPhone is behaving erratically or displays the text "Use iTunes to restore" on startup

Corrupted software ¶ 

It isn't often that Apple gives specific directions about how to fix your problem! Restoring the iPhone 5s will erase everything on it, so make sure everything on the iPhone 5s is stored elsewhere prior to restoring. To restore, connect your iPhone 5s to a computer with iTunes installed. Click "Restore" on the iPhone 5s summary page (click on your iPhone icon on the left menu to find this page). Follow the directions to restore. If your iPhone 5s displays the text "Please wait. Very Low Battery," leave it plugged in. This charges the iPhone 5s enough to be able to restore. If the iPhone 5s hangs on this screen for long periods of time, you may need a new battery.

Force restore mode ¶ 

If your iPhone 5s is hanging with an Apple logo, or exhibiting some other software problem that prevents iTunes from recognizing it, you can force it into recovery/restore mode and then use iTunes to restore the software.

If the device is powered off, plug one end of your USB cable into the iPhone 5s and leave the other end disconnected. Press down on the Home button, and keep holding it down while you plug the USB cable into your computer. After 5-10 seconds, you should see a "Please Connect to iTunes" image on the iPhone 5s, and iTunes should prompt you to restore the software; follow the prompts and the instructions given above.

If the device is powered on, hold down both the power and home buttons until the device reboots and displays the "Connect to iTunes" image (generally, 5-15 seconds).

Error logs ¶ 

Error 1 or -1 ¶ 

Hardware issue that stops the update or restore from completing, probably the motherboard issue.

Error 1015 ¶ 

Message "The required resource can't be found."

Reasons:

  • Your version of iTunes is out of date. Get the latest version of iTunes, then try to update or restore again.
  • Your device has a beta version of iOS.
  • Downgrading - trying to install an earlier version of iOS
  • Jailbroken device - hard reset it before update

iPhone has water or liquid damage ¶ 

After an accidental spill or a drop in the sink, your iPhone no longer works correctly.

Liquid damage mitigation needed ¶ 

As soon as possible, perform the following:

  1. Immediately remove the iPhone from the liquid (if safe to do so). Minimize the length of time your device is in contact with liquid to prevent corrosive damage.
  2. Turn the iPhone off. (If it was off already, do not turn it on.)
  3. Skip the rice. Contrary to what you may have heard, rice is not an effective or lasting fix for water damaged electronics.
  4. Open the iPhone and disconnect the battery. (See your iPhone’s battery replacement guide for the correct procedure. You don't need to completely remove the battery; simply disconnect the battery connector from the logic board.)
    • Liquid damage may complicate disassembly. Beware of cables and connectors that may be "adhered" to other components in unexpected ways.

At this point, inspect the interior of your iPhone and try to determine the extent of the liquid damage.

  • If your iPhone's interior looks completely dry:
    1. Whew! You may have dodged a bullet. Check the water damage indicators, look around the ports and SIM card tray, and inspect the battery connector carefully for signs of liquid or corrosion.
    2. If you notice any sign of liquid intrusion, skip to the next section below.
    3. If everything looks bone dry, you might not need to do anything further. Give your phone a couple hours to air out, re-connect the battery, power it on, and test all functions. If you notice any problems, continue to the next section below.
  • If you see only a little liquid inside the phone:
    1. Follow the rear case replacement guide to begin removing components.
    2. As you remove each component, check it carefully for signs of liquid or corrosion damage. Wipe any liquid and/or corrosion away carefully with isopropyl alcohol and a clean, soft nylon brush, such as a toothbrush, and allow it to air dry.
    3. Continue disassembling until you no longer see any signs of liquid intrusion.
    4. When all components are clean and dry, re-assemble your iPhone with a new battery.
      • Do not attempt to re-use a battery that has been in contact with any liquid.
    5. Power on your iPhone and test all functions. If you notice any problems, continue to the next section below.
  • If the interior components are mostly (or totally) covered in liquid:
    1. Follow the rear case replacement guide to take your iPhone apart completely.
    2. Clean each component, cable connector, and socket carefully with isopropyl alcohol and a clean toothbrush.
    3. Submerge the logic board in isopropyl alcohol (or use an ultrasonic cleaner, if available). Allow it to soak long enough to loosen hardened residue, and to displace any remaining water or other liquid.
      • Use the toothbrush to scrub visible corrosion and residue from the logic board. Clean all connectors, chips, and fuses.
      • Repeat cleaning if necessary, or if traces of residue are still visible.
    4. When all components are clean and dry, re-assemble your iPhone with a new battery.
      • Do not attempt to re-use a battery that has been in contact with any liquid.
    5. Power on your iPhone and test all functions.
      • For any particular function that fails, replace the associated component with a new part, and then re-test.
      • If problems persist, a board-level repair may be necessary. We don’t yet have comprehensive guides for board-level repair, so you may wish to consult a microsoldering specialist for more options.

16 Comments

When I plug an USB cable, I can see the 'Charging' icon, but the battery actually doesn't charge. Thanks to a USB hub equipped with an ammeter, I can see that, sometimes, when I press the screen of my 5S, the electrical consumption jumps from 0,02A to 1A or so. Thanks to this trick, I've been able to recharge my 5S several times over last weeks.

abelphilippe - Reply

Hello Could you please look into my problem

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9AUz2MP...

I am having problem with 3G connection with my iphone 5s

inatosumi21 - Reply

I am not able to restore my iPhone 5s in recovery mode.. It is showing error code 47, Please help

inatosumi21 - Reply

My iphone5s does not notify me of a new incoming text

m k erickson - Reply

I'm not able to on the Touch ID button

anitarajkottapalli - Reply

hi i got a problem with my iphone 5s . i tried to update but got Error -1, and i restart my mobile but my mobile show apple logo for 10 seconds and again turn off. i tried to solve it with itune but no use ...

could anyone help me how to fix my iphone..

ahtashamafzal105 - Reply

Hello

I have an iphone with a cracked screen so i replaced the screen. When I turn it on it works but the screen does not turn on straight away. There is a scrambled image and after one or two seconds it comes good. I have checked the cable connections from the screen/glass to the main board, they're ok. Do I have a faulty new screen?

Jason Shah - Reply

My iphone 5s refuses to come up whenever the battery is down, but if we boost with a battery booster it comes up and start charging, but when the battery is low and goes off again it will not come up unless we boost with a battery booster. pls what is the solution? Thanks

Abdulmojeed Jimoh - Reply

I changed the back of my iphone, all normal, but I probably did something wrong in connecting the antenna, because I encountered problems like "no service" almost always. I ask for help to solve the problem.

Thanks, I hope you can help me.

Mattia Neri - Reply

my iphone 5s was on the charger on this long cord plugged in the wall what do i do if the plug started shocking and now my phone wont come on

brena williams - Reply

I have tried rebooting my phone, deleting apps and pictures but my messages app still crashes. I even switched my Mail account to only the ICloud account. I'm not sure what else to do. Please help!

-Ashley R.

Ashley Retzlaff - Reply

Hey!

Having trouble with my daughter's Iphone 5s. We have changed the screen before and now it broke again and almost immediately after the toutch function stop working. We replace the screen but the error returned. What could be wrong ?? Thank you for all the tips.

Mvh Jenny

Jenny Hill - Reply

Bri1987; I forgot my password and sign in account, how can I reset everything and create a new account. I have backed up my data.

Brian Shivanda - Reply

My iPhone 5S unable to receive any incoming call, but can make outgoing call. Have verified with network service provider, and confirm it is not simcard issue or telecommunication issue as well. What will be possible root cause and how to solve it?

Ong Tze Yih - Reply

Can you please look into this problem?

For a few days now, the phone itself has been acting odd. Sound has been fine, and the battery is always above 50%. Two days ago, however, it shut itself off. It took a few minutes worth of constant holding of the home and power buttons for it to hard reset, and when it did, it displayed the Apple logo, turned off, displayed the Apple logo again, and took about five minutes to start back up. Since then, it turns itself off every few hours, and it takes up to ten minutes to turn it back on. It’s been at 100% for a full day now, and I have noticed that it doesn’t turn itself off when the phone is unlocked. Sometimes it will become extra sensitive to touch in the upper-right hand corner of the screen, but otherwise, it’s fine. The Touch ID works fine, as does the camera. When I tried to force it into recovery mode, the screen wouldn’t display anything. Is this an issue with the software, the touch screen/display, or just the phone going bad?

Kaelan Griffin - Reply

i disassembled my iPhone and it won’t turn back on, even if the display/screen is broken the phone should vibrate right ?when i’m trying to switch it on?

yohansasia - Reply

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