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April 27, 2015
The front glass cracked, and I could not see the display, so had to replace the glass. I did that successfully on an iPhone 4, so decided to give the iPhone 5 a shot.
On the face of it... it looks simple. But I guess you have to have surgeon's hands to get this one right. I was able to put everything back together, but it left me with a couple of issues. the big one: the ear speaker wont work anymore. I cant hear anything in a call. So I have to put the phone on speaker or use a headphone.
The second one: Sometimes, the touch decides to lose accuracy on its own. It always types 'h' and does not give any proper touch response. So much that I cant even power the phone down. The work around would be to press the power button once and home button.
Play games requiring high dexterity before attempting this repair.... As things are getting smaller... I can't imagine repairing iPhone6 myself!
April 22, 2015
Friend's broken iphone
I had a little trouble following directions because the display I got required transferring the home button and earpiece cable (and little clips), none of which were in the display replacement guide I was looking at. Thankfully it wasn't too hard anyway
Make sure you have the guide with ALL the steps you need, and also be prepared to transfer microscopic pieces of tape, or superglue pieces into place
April 21, 2015
I dropped my iPhone and damaged the screen. There was no crack, but vertical bars would appear on the screen and there were areas irresponsive to touch. The iPhone was too old to be worth spending the $150 at the Apple Genius Bar just to get it operational. I decided that I either find a cheaper solution or just buy a new iPhone. By a friend's recommendation, I visited ifixit and saw that I could buy the part with the necessary tools for ~$70 (after adding tax and shipping.) It was a bit over what I was hoping for. It wasn't that I found the parts overly expensive. I just was hoping to pay less for an old iPhone. Finally, I decided that because I'd get the tools and get the experience of repairing my iPhone, it was worth it. So, for me, it was more about the experience.
It went well. I thought the tools were good quality. It took me about an hour to do the whole replacement. It certainly was a delicate process and required my full attention.
There is another version of the product I bought that also includes a home button and camera / sensor / ear piece. I should have bought that, but I hadn't paid enough attention when placing my order. It's only $10 more, and it would be well worth it. I had to remove the above-mentioned pieces, which are very delicate, from my old front panel to the new one. Not only did it quadruple the time I had to take to do the repair (I could have finished the whole process in 15 minutes had I bought the other product), I am sure with my tools and a lack of adhesive I can't have possibly placed those pieces completely right. I can see, for example, that the front facing camera isn't quite centered. But more to the point, I could have easily damaged the pieces while moving them. Bottom line, I recommend paying the extra $10. What you get for that is worth much more.
April 16, 2015
it was broken.
It went well but had to resort non iFixit source to get better instruction. The ear camera piece was the hardest to replace. The tools and suggestion on how to get the broken screen out using packing tape worked very well.
If you are not that adventurous buy the part that includes the mic, camera and home button if you have an extra $30. Then it would be a breeze to replace.
April 10, 2015
So...there I was..just bein'stoopid, and left my iPhone on top of my car while doing other very important things. Drove away, as people do, and it fell off about 200 yards away,on a fairly busy street. I realized I didn't have it within minutes, but failed to remember the car roof thing, and
thought I left it in the gym , where I had just been increasing my stoopid apparently...a half hour search and rampant intrusion into the lives of anyone I saw would yield nothing...so on to work and a computer to the "Find my iPhone" app..( so wonderful an app..do use it !!!) and it found it where I previously stated...sent my on spring break son to find it..(why do we have kids? Exactly..) While dodging various cars to get it, he witnessed a Semi (fer Gawd's sake!) run over it..found the
phone and case separated by 20 ft and the front was shattered..as one would expect...when I got home that night, amazingly, it was still functioning although I could not make a call or anything really as I value the skin on my fingers.
SO...on to AT&T where they told me there was insurance on my son's phone...not mine...why? Who knows... Iphone 6..lookin good!!!...yes..
they wanted to "give" me one for a mere $32 a month for the rest of my life (well..) OR $399 now and a new 2 year contract where I would lose a $25 discount and be stuck with them again..forever.
So....I am notoriously cheap and said "I'm gonna fix it myself" to the sly smiling babe who was sort of helping me... She said, "Hmm...I dunno sir..)
I asked her out for coffee anyway...no luck.(another story)
Enter iFixit.com... TaDa!!
I'll be quick with this other small bit of stoopid...
#1... Online ordered the front assembly for iPhone 5s..(I happen to own an iPhone 5...)
#2.. Have it shipped next day air ($19)
#3.. It arrives,...at somebody else's house as I supplied the wrong address!
#4..Call the company and tell them...very nice guy BTW...he sends me a return authorization,i
#5..It arrives at my place (yea)..I follow the guide and take the destroyed faceplate off after taping it with packing tape so the suction
cup will work..and I find, to top off an obviously stoopid week...that I have ordered the wrong part..5s instead of 5 as I'm sure you remember...
#6..This isn't very quick is it..? Anyway..I call again..very nice guy again..sends me another Return auth...
#7..The correct part arrives the next day...
The repair went really well..the guide was great and it told me to tape it so the glass wouldn't go everywhere..had a little trouble getting it off
as it was so badly shattered the suction cup couldn't get a grip..but as in everything, persistence is key!
The rest was just being careful and not stoopid..not easy for me apparently..but it worked and when I put it all together again..Glory Be...everything was functional...an
Advice??..from me?? I don't think so, in light of all told before..! The best advice
is to just do it! Really..if I can ..YOU can! Having a magnifying light
as I do will really help...
April 6, 2015
I had two iPhones that were working ok and both had 64gb storage so worth repairing. One had a broken screen, and the other a terrible battery life.
For the first fix I chose to do the screen. The guide was great, and I got to the step of removing the home button and cable and came to a grinding halt because I did not have a heat gun or iOpener with me. I put this aside and then went for the second Fix.
The iPhone battery replacement was simple and clear and I replaced the battery (Similar steps to screen replacement) in under 10 minutes with no issues. The battery was hard to remove with the glue but as I was replacing it I used a bit more force than normal.
Back to screen replacement. Once I got my hands on my heat gun (Not at work), I was able to remove the home button cable and home button easily and then all that was required was to put it all back together which took about 5 minutes.
Make sure you have an iOpener or heat gun for the screen replacement. Other than that the guides are great, and both were simple repairs.
The guides also make it easy to get the correct screw in the correct hole with screw size included in the guide.
April 6, 2015
Wife's iPhone 5 with cracked display and kids' 3GS with dead battery. Life had become very difficult for these device-dependent females. Rather than buy full replacements for everyone it was time to roll up the sleeves (with a little help from iFixit of course).
As stated many times by other reviewers, watch the iFixit videos as well as others on YouTube to familiarize yourself with the procedures. I spent a number of years early in my career repairing PCs so I had a bit of confidence going in but these are doable for anyone with patience. Devices are good as new and my family thinks I'm a genius. Thanks, iFixit!
I stress patience as it is required for working on anything small scale. Be sure to have very good lighting and, for far-sighted folks like me, very good glasses. Take your time and keep screws organized as you remove them. Although tiny they are not all the same size. I have small-to-medium sized hands and can see how larger hands would struggle handling the screws.
March 30, 2015
Crack Screen and Rear Camera had a tiny spot on the lense
There are lots of delicate parts. Enlarge the iFixit photo and look at it carefully and be delicate Go slow..
March 20, 2015
it was tricky, but I managed to get all the tiny pieces in place and the phone works perfectly.
This is really a 2-person job. My wife held things in place for me while I placed tiny screws and other bits in there proper positions. I don't think i could have done it alone. Also, when you put the phone back together, make sure to slide the bottom edge (the edge with the ribbon cables) in first. There's a small tab that fits in on that side, and if you don't slide it in first the panel won't snap on correctly. Once I did that I set the glass surface on a flat table, and firmly pushed down on the back of the phone, applying even pressure without bending the glass. If you try to snap the glass on by pushing with your fingers on the front, the glass bends and distorts in a way that made me worried it might crack.