With its patented GorillaGlass, the iPhone has one of the most durable screens on the market. However, that doesn’t make it indestructible in the hands of a butter-fingered owner and still crack (badly).
You’ve surely seen more than a few iPhones with cracked screens or even large chunks of the screen missing from the edges of the phone? (Concrete isn’t just unforgiving on the knees). And we’ve all met some folks have have the unfortunate luck of having an iPhone who’s screen has ‘spider-webbed’ and is more or less now unusable (ouch!).
Luckily, repairing (in truth, replacing) your iPhone is in reality, quite easy and you don’t have to break the bank to do it, if you seek out the handyman inside yourself and replace it by yourself. Let’s see how it’s done in 5 easy steps:
To start off, you have two options:
- Option A: replace the screen completely (which will cost more, approx.
£60). This however, will include all components, including the home button. In reality, once you’re inside the phone, all that is necessary is to detach three cables, reattach them to the new screen and voila.
- Option B: Simply purchase the screen element, which would save £30 but will add extra work to the job, such as transplanting the home button and other parts from the original.
- Option C: Pay a specialist iPhone 5 repair company to carry out the repair quickly and professionally.
Believe you me, if you have the extra cash on hand, you’ll prefer to spend the extra £30, which will reward you with A LOT of saved time.
Here, we will keep it simple (if a lil’ more expensive) and avoid extra gray hairs, opting for replacing the entire screen.
You will have to utilize that teeny star-shaped driver to first open up your iPhone. You’ll find the screws on both sides of the lighting port. Make absolutely sure to place them on a tool cloth so that they do not fall off the table into the abyss, never to be seen again!
Take a suction cup pad to attach to the screen and lift it out of the phone case. It’s sadly not as easy as it sounds, yet if you hold the phone case with one hand and with the other pull the screen it normally comes off with minimal effort.
DO NOT lift the screen more than 90 degrees vertically; this can stretch and damage the cables.
You will find that the plate is connected with three metal screws. Use a standard cross-head screw driver to undo them. Remember to use that tool cloth!
The plate connects on the left-hand side; give it a slight push to the lift and then pry it out- but not with force! It should come off quite simply enough.
After having removed the plates, the three cables we mentioned earlier are now visible, in layers.
To take off the connectors, you can utilize a flat-blade screwdriver and with little force, remove them easily enough- just be sure to remove each exactly at the edge of each connector.
The first screen should come off as soon as you detach the third connector. Place it to the side and pick up your new screen. Be sure to have it correctly lined up with the case. Make sure to set it vertically at an angle of 90 degrees and reconnect the cables in reverse order from when you disconnected them. This can be a pain in the neck at first but does NOT need a lot of force. You should have it back on and all connected in only a few minutes.
Put the metal plate back in place with the small screws. However, before closing and securing the case, it’s a good idea to turn on your phone and be sure that everything is in working order. Just remember- if you haven’t yet closed the case, the home button will not yet function; however, you should have full control of the screen.
And there you have it- voila! A brand new screen for your iPhone 5; you’re now ready to rock and roll! And remember- GorillaGlass is pretty darn durable, but it’s NOT as hard a concrete; so keep a good firm grip on your smartphone, amigo!