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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.
- It future-proofs your iPhone. In the unfortunate event that your iPhone needs repair, you will be ready 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 matters—such as after dropping the iPhone into water—you will be all set.
- 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 the owner, that repair should be easy, accessible, and affordable.
What's a Pentalobe Screw? ¶
A Pentalobe screw 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 security Torx screw with a post for two reasons: they’re ugly, and the posts break off easily with screw heads this small.
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.
|iPhone 4 Verizon||
June 29, 2015
frequent glitches, frequently turned off, battery ran low quickly ( in 1-2 hrs)
the repair went very well. the online tutorial was helpful. The tools in the iphone 4 battery replacement kit worked well. The replacement battery works fine. Charge lasts all day now.
Yes. I ordered the iphone 4 liperation kit and the battery replacement kit, because I could not get an accurate description of the products and the online tutorial made it sound like you might need both kits if your iphone has the star headed screws. The battery replacement kit ended up having everything I needed and I spent 10 more dollars than needed for the liberation kit.
Overall - very satisfied to have a revived iphone
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.
May 4, 2015
My sink went rogue and started shooting water up to my ceiling. I was on the phone talking through the speaker and it was on the counter so I grabbed it to save it - wet hands, dropped phone, screen went black. Hours of trying to open my phone with nails and wires and earring posts - UGG - Ifixit to the rescue.
After I got my kit, I removed the screws and opened my phone without a hitch. Fixed my problem (thanks YouTube) and was able to reinstall the original screws - saving the extra screws for the next emergency; I wouldn't want to be in that situation again.
Don't waste time trying to dream up solutions that already exist. Don't bother driving 30 miles and waiting for the Apple store to open. Go to ifixit.com and find your solution, order it, relax and get your solution delivered to your door. Viola! Love ifixit.com!!!
April 2, 2015
The display broke when the phone was dropped.
The repair went okay thanks to the guide. It took about an hour and a half.
Follow the guide step by step and you won't have any problems.
March 26, 2015
The charging dock stoppped working on my son's iPhone 4s. Apple said they would exchange the phone for $199. I bought the dock and battery kit and replaced both. He also dropped it in the toilet. Not cool. While the parts were being shipped we kept the phone in rice.
The instructions and photos were incredibly helpful. The repair went very smoothly. I used a sturdy guitar pick to pry certain parts loose. No issues after the repair. It charges just fine now. Saved $150
Get some small containers and label from where you took which screws. Since there are at least 4 different size screws it is hard to keep them straight. have tweezers and a good light available.
February 18, 2015
the battery would go dead all the time and that made me late for work
repair went well except I dropped one of the new screws and was unable to find it so I had to re-use one of the five point screws.
Do the repair on a white paper towel and have a magnifying glass handy. And tweezers.
February 9, 2015
2 shattered screens and 2 underperforming batteries..
The first screen took a LONG time.. Mostly because it was my first time in the guts of the iPhone..
Second time went much quicker, and easier..
When you are at the step removing screws from the corners of the frame of the iPhone - just before you remove the display, go ahead and remove the headphone jack. Removing the jack makes replacing the corner screw next to it ever so much easier..
I also followed another users advice and used a separate small plastic container for each step of the process where something was removed, I then labelled the container so it was easy to go in reverse order to put back together.. The second screen, I already had labelled containers.
Lastly, get a good magnifying device , preferably mounted on arms,so you can more easily see all the tiny components you are dealing with.
wifi and bluetooth were not functioning properly
both were greyed out
went very well following the step by step directions and keeping the various screws and fasteners lined up and organized
Take the time necessary to follow the instructions very carefully and you will successfully get the the non functioning bluetooth and wifi curcuits working again.
Bluetooth and Wifi would not work.. reflow of the chip was necessary as there is a design flaw with the chip..or the assembly process
following the step by step was simple and easy well documented. Used a larger heat gun and thermally protected the other chips on the logic board
Take the time necessary and work precisely and the success and a fully functional IPhone 4s will be yours!
December 24, 2014
Very simple but not for folks with poor vision or shaky hands.. So don't attempt this with the DTs.
Use a magnifying loop!