iPhone 5 Screen Repair

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:

iPhone 5 Screen Repair
iPhone 5 Screen Repair

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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!

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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!

How to replace your iPhone 5’s speaker in 10 Easy Steps

Replacing an iPhone’s speaker is certainly not one of the most common issues to occur in the world of Apple, but the speaker module is hardware; it’s a part of a smartphone and all parts can wear down or break and need to be replaced. Gosh knows, the speaker module is no different from any other phone part. And a phone, be it a smart phone or otherwise, certainly is neither very convenient nor useful if there isn’t any sound coming out from it!

iphone 5 speaker repair
iphone 5 speaker repair

So what the heck can you do if the speaker stops working? Do you need to spend a gazillion dollars on both spare parts and professional repair labor.? Gosh no! This  is most definitely a possible DIY (do it yourself) job! All you need are some spare parts (not so expensive in this age of internet vendors), the iPhone tool kit (a true blessing unto this world and mortal humankind) and oh…about three minutes of your own time- that’s right! In just three minutes (give or take, depending on how fast you can read and whether or not your have nimble fingers), you can have your speaker module replaced, your iPhone ready to go and have it to your ear (or to your fingers; it’s more than just a simple phone, of course) in no time at all.

All you need to do is just follow these ten simple (and short) steps below and you’ll be saying (and/or texting) ‘OMG!’ before you know you it!

 

Step 1: Complete power off the phone. Then, using a sim card removal tool, remove your sim card. Next, use the pentalobe screwdriver in the iPhone tool kit, remove the two screws on either side of the charge port on the bottom of the iPhone. After that, use the suction cup also provided in the iPhone tool kit and begin to GENTLY pull the screen up. Once it begins to loosen up, use the case removal tool remove the screen completely from the phone.

Step 2: You will find the three ribbon cables that connect to the screen all secured under a metal shield, which is secured by three Phillips screws. So, you will need to remove the three screws and the shield (using the case removal tool).

Step 3: Near the ear speaker, on two corners of the metal shield which protect the ear speaker, you will find to screws; remove them and the metal shield. Using your case removal tool, carefully disconnect the three connectors for the LCD panel and forward camera.

Step 4: There are two shield covering the connectors for the battery and charge port, which are secured by three Phillips screws. Disconnect the battery and CAREFULLY pull it out.

Step 5: Disconnect and CAREFULLY peel back the ribbon for the charge port.  Disconnect the small antenna cable.

Step 6: Disconnect the ribbon cables for the volume and power buttons, and then disconnect and remove two more ribbon cables to complete remove both buttons.

Step 7: Remove a shield covering the rear-facing camera flash. Remove two small phillips screws along the side of the rear-facing camera.

Step 8: Remove two small phillips screws securing the metal plate that you see (and at oppposite diagonal angles from each other) and then the other three  small screws remaining.

Step 9: Remove two more phillips screws along the top edge of the phone. This will now allow you to access the motherboard. Carefully lift out the motherboard. You’ll find along the motherboard another ribbon cable. Disconnect to completely remove the motherboard. Carefully peel back this ribbon cable for the home button metal contacts. Finally, Remove two small phillips screws which will allow you to remove the speaker module.

Step 10: Now, simply replace the old/ broken speaker module with a new one that you have purchased (or salvaged…though purchasing a new speaker module, or ANY part, is obviously always better…). After that, simply repeat the above-mentioned steps in the opposite order and there you go- your phone has a new speaker module, good as (if not) new, and you’re ready to get back on the grid and connect to the world again!

Replacing Your iPhone 5 Battery

Replacing one’s iPhone battery is the stuff of nightmares. Parents scare the boogeyman at of their kids’ closet by asking it to help them replace their iPhone battery (okay, not really, but you get the idea- urban legend paints it as a very daunting task indeed, guaranteed to give you more than just a few gray hairs).

Here we are going to show you how to take apart the iPhone5 and replace the battery. It’s actually pretty simple. There are only four screws in total that you have to take apart (no, you didn’t misread that number!).

iphone 5 battery repair
iphone 5 battery repair

 

Step 1

First of all, make sure you turn off your iPhone; make sue it’s powered down completely before continuing. (Note: iPhone5 batteries can be found on Amazon, where they’re quite cheap; the cheapest we found, at least)

Then, you’ll find two screws down at that bottom. These are pentalobe (star-shaped) screws and you will need a special screwdriver to get each one off. The same screwdriver for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S also work for the iPhone 5.

Step  2

Once you get the two pentalobe screws out, take you suction cup (the bigger, the better), clip it onto the plastic and using a thin, non-marking tool, you can pry away the screen from the base. From personal experience, such a thin tool made from plastic is safer, yet you might find a razor easier and faster (yet not exactly safer). Also, from an aesthetic point of view, it does leave some scratches on the bottom of your iPhone.

Step  3

ONLY lift the screen 90 degrees because the ribbon cables connecting the battery (and cpu) to the screen might tear if you fold it farther back. There are two screws here on the metal bit, holding the cable (and battery) to the mother board.

Take off these two screws, which are just regular Phillips head screws (make sure you use a tool cloth to put them on or you run the risk of having one (or more) fall off the table/bench and then you’ll be on your hands and knees all day looking for the tiny thing(s) !! ).   You can just use a regular Phillips screwdriver to get the job done.

Step  4

Take off the metal bracket and then you can unclip the little black cable. It’s just  kind of like a Lego piece that clamps in. Then grab the special tab that is for lifting out the battery to take it out. Once you have lifted out the battery, take your new battery and clip it in place like a Lego and  snap it in. Take the metal bracket with those two little screws and screw them back into place.

Step  5

Clamp the screen back and make sure that you’re not forgetful- place the two screws back on the bottom of the phone.  And there you go- you replaced the battery in lickey-spit no time at all! A great do-it-yourself job in just a couple of minutes!

Replacing iPhone 5 Volume & Power Button

Although not the most common problem, complaint or headache among iPhone users, unless you lose your iPhone (or drop it into the toilet), there will come a time when you will need to replace the volume button, power button (or both), on your iPhone 5. It can be a pain, but certainly does not have to be. By following these both short and simple directions found below, you can perform and great DIY (‘do it yourself) job, saving both lots of money AND time (as long as you following the instructions offered below!).

iphone 5 volume button repair
iphone 5 volume button repair

Step 1

Using the sim card removal tool, remove your sim card. Then, using the pentalobe screwdriver in the iPhone tool kit, remove the two screws on either side of the charge port on the bottom of the iPhone. Next, use the suction cup also provided in the iPhone tool kit and begin to GENTLY pull the screen up. Once it begins to loosen up, use the case removal tool remove the screen completely from the phone case.

Step 2

You will find the three ribbon cables that connect to the screen all secured under a metal shield, which is secured by three Phillips screws. So, you will need to remove the three screws and the shield (using the case removal tool).

Near the ear speaker, on two corners of the metal shield which protect the ear speaker, you will find to screws; remove them and the metal shield.

Step 3

With the case removal tool, remove the forward-facing camera. Remove two more screens at the bottom of the assembly panel which will allow you to uncover and remove the home button circuit. Once this is done, you can now physically push the home button out thru the front of the screen.

Step 4

The metal sheet/shield on the back of the screen is secured with six screws: two on either side, as well as one on the top and on at the bottom. Remove them and then the metal shield.

Step 5

There are two shields for the connectors of the battery and charge port, which are secured by three Phillips screws. Once you’ve unscrewed them and removed the shields, disconnect them and carefully pull the battery out. Next, disconnect and carefully peel back the ribbon for the charge port.

Step 6

Disconnect the ribbon cables for the volume and power buttons and then disconnect two more ribbon cables and completely  remove them. Remove the shield covering the rear-facing camera flash. Then, Remove two small Phillips screws alongside the rear-facing camera. After that, remove two more small Phillips screws securing the motherboard.

Step 7

Switching over to a flat-headed screwdriver, remove three more flat-headed screws. Remove two more Phillips screws along the top edge of the phone. Carefully lift out the motherboard. Along the bottom of the motherboard is another antenna cable. Disconnect this in order to carefully remove it.

Step  8

Carefully peel back this ribbon cable for the home button metal contact. You will find two more Phillips screws. Unscrew and remove them which will allow you to remove the main speaker. Remove the five small Phillips screws allowing you to remove the charge port jack and microphone ribbon cable.

Step  9

Along the left side of the case remove three small Phillips screws securing the volume buttons and mute switch. Remove the two screws placed over the bracket of the vibrator. On the top edge of the case remove a lone screw securing the vibrator and then remove the vibrator. You can now lift up and remove the antenna cable. Remove the volume and mute switch and then begin to peel back the ribbon

Remove one last screw along the top edge of the case, securing the power button, fully removing the volume.  power button and mute switch ribbon cable.

Step  10

Now, you simply replace the old volume button, power button (or both) with your new parts and repeat the above directions in the opposite order and…voila! You’re all set and ready to start Youtubing, WhatsApping or Facetiming or whatever it is you love to do with your iPhone! And you know we know that you mistakenly thought replacing iPhone parts would be a big pain and colossal loss of time, didn’t you? Taa-daa!

How to fix a wet iPhone

Other than dropping and breaking an iPhone screen, the biggest (and scariest) headache for iPhone users is getting the smart phone wet. That could mean dropping it in the pool, sink or the tub, using it in the shower (??), or even sending it for a swim in the toilet (yes- apparently there are instances of this happening, including my ex and her iPhone; names will not be used here).

water damaged iphone repair
water damaged iphone repair

When an iPhone (or any phone, for that matter) gets wet, the first thing that stops working is the battery. By simply replacing the battery on your phone (which takes less than two minutes!), you can have a working iPhone again in no time!

Even if your phone still turns on, if the battery is moist/wet, a red light in both the battery charger bay AND earphone jack hole will light up to warn you of dampness in your phone.

  • The first thing you need to do (after having hopefully thrown your wet phone into a bowl of rice, which (magically?) sucks up the moisture in your phone) is remove the battery immediately let both it and your iPhone dry (and cross your fingers)- it may just dry out and come back to life (and you will be thanking your lucky stars at that stroke of luck. We recommend that you do NOT tempt fate twice, tho).
  • If it DOESN’T turn on, well you will then need to open up your phone, which you can do by removing the two star-shaped screws which flank the charger bay.
  • Then, just by replacing the battery itself, you solve the problem- no damage to the hardware. This is generally the case.
  • You will need to take two Phillips screws off from the battery shield and then remove the cover, popping up the battery port. You will see a metal bracket and black piece which you need to remove and later replace in the same position. ** Make sure to place on small part onto a tool cloth, so that they do NOT roll off the table or bench into ‘the abyss’ , unless you want to be on your hands and needs looking for those darn things.
  • The metal bracket also simply pops up and off; simple enough. You can then lift up the plastic tab which will lift the battery up and out of the iPhone.
  • Next, set the new battery in place and position the black and gold bracket next to the metal piece and just snap it in. There you have it. Switch it on, and if it powers up, you’re good to go!

Normally, a wet iPhone will have the power source ruined, rather than the hardware (getting that sucker into a bowl of rice ASAP obviously helps boatloads…). We cannot guarantee that this works with each individual case, but it has proven to be highly effective- the variable is how long it took you to take the battery out (and apply the ‘rice method’ ).