Introduction: IPhone 5 Screen Replacement

My brother recently came back from college with a broken iPhone 5. After a little research I realized how much easier it was to fix this phone compared to the previous iPhone 4/4s. Instead of going through the back of the phone and removing all of the components it is as simple as moving all of the components from one screen assembly to the other. In this instructable i'll go through the steps necessary in changing an iPhone 5 screen.

As with almost all Apple products, you've got to buy a fully assembled screen to attempt to fix it your self. You save your self time and frustration. BUY A FULLY ASSEMBLED REPLACEMENT PART. The vendors on eBay and sites like those are not out to help you, they are just looking for your money. You need to make sure you do the research before you buy the parts. So be smart when you buy the replacement; I proceeded to buy a fully assembled retina display and glass piece. THESE PIECES SHOULD NOT BE BOUGHT SEPARATELY. I STRESS THIS BECAUSE APPLE DOES THE LAMINATION OF THE TWO TOGETHER WHICH IS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO DO BY HAND.

Step 1: Materials/Instruments

Materials: (duh)

1. iPhone 5

2. iPhone 5 screen replacement assembly

Tools:

1. Philips head size 00 screw driver (try to use a magnetized one) (flat head is always nice to have also)

2. X-Acto4.

3.Tweezers/Pliers

4.Suction Cup (optional)

5. iPhone 5 Torx screwdriver (comes with kit)

6. Plastic Spudger Pry Tool

Step 2: Super Official Liability Notice

Important Notice: I am not responsible for any damage done to your device or any mishaps that may happen along the way. You are preforming this procedure at your own risk.

  • This procedure voids the warranty on your apple product.

However, if you do happen to mess up feel free to contact me with any questions and i'll try to help you out. If you are going to proceed beyond this step, plan that you will have 1-2 hours of free time ahead of you.

This operation is not for the fain of heart, steady fingers are necessary!

Step 3: Opening Up the Phone

Power down your phone!

This first step involves taking out the two "security screws" located by the charging port on the bottom of the phone. You're going to want to use your Torx screwdriver for this, and until you close up the phone when you finish this will be the last time you use the Torx screwdriver.

Step 4: Prying Up the Screen

There are two ways to approach this step.

(be mindful that there are ribbon cables still connected on the top half of the screen/ the screen will not come off completely)


If your screen is not completely shattered:

You can use a suction cup to pull up from the bottom half of the screen. After you see the metal base separate from the plastic bezel you can use your plastic pry tools.

If your screen is completely shattered:

Carefully insert your Exacto knife in-between the space between the plastic bezel and the metal iPhone housing like the picture above shows.


(AFTER REMOVING PRYING THE SCREEN UP YOU WILL HAVE TO HOLD THE SCREEN AT 90 DEGREES WHILE WORKING, BE EXTREMELY CARFUL WHILE HANDLING THE SCREEN THERE ARE RIBON CABLES STILL ATTACHED)

Step 5: Removing Protection Plate

To remove ribbon cables connecting the phone and the screen we first have to remove the metal protection plate covering the 3 cables. Use your philips head screwdriver to remove the 3 screws that hold down the protection plate.

Once all of the screws are removed, push the plate towards the bottom of the phone. It should unclip. If the plate holds, try wiggling it loose.

To remove the ribbon cables simply use your plastic spudger tool. They should pop off easily.

Step 6: Transferring Speaker

Remove the two retention screws holding the speaker assembly to the screen bezel. The speaker is magnetized so be mindful that your screws may stick to it once loose. If you need to magnetize your tool you can conveniently brush it against the speaker and voila magnetized.

Step 7: Removing Screen Shield

With a philips head screwdriver remove the four screws on the sides of the screen assembly.

Remove the last screw near the home button holding the metal housing together.

This will loosen the housing enough so that the metal screen shield will come out easily

Step 8: Removing Front Facing Camera

With an X-Acto knife gently peal up on the adhesive holding the contacts on the phone. The camera should be nestled inside of a rubber housing. Pull up on the camera and it should come loose.

Step 9: Home Button Transplant

So it is time to start moving over to your new screen. After removing the home button, you're going to have to give it a new place to live.

  • First remove the two screws holding the home button in place.
  • Use your X-Acto to peel off the contacts for the home button.

Step 10: Putting Everything Back Together

By following the steps in the reverse order you'll be able to put all of the pieces of your old screen onto your new screen. Make sure when you're pressing your screen back in place you apply even pressure to the entire screen to avoid cracking your new screen.

Comments

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troop13 (author)2015-08-26

just replaced my iphone 5s front screen asembley in 15 minutes with the help of the instructable

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MatthewB48 (author)2015-08-23

Lol

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mauga78 (author)2015-08-02

Maybe I missed it but I would put in a disclosure that this voids all warranty and hardware support by Apple

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LucasOchoa (author)mauga782015-08-02

Definitely will add, on the road right now but thank you!

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wenyuquan (author)LucasOchoa2015-08-05

add what?

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LucasOchoa (author)wenyuquan 2015-08-06

A disclosure lol :)

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wenyuquan (author)2015-08-05

great!cool

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Ceaika (author)2015-08-04

i do this tommorow ok

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Ceaika (author)2015-08-04

ok

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Ceaika (author)2015-08-04

cool and thanks

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Ceaika (author)2015-08-04

thanks Bro

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Ceaika (author)2015-08-04

ist ok

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rafununu (author)2015-08-03

Thank you for your work but one shall know there is a site dedicated to repairs which is ifixit. It's full of tutorials about how to fix many kind of devices.

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Brandon the dent (author)2015-08-02

wow there is an iPhone 56 lol

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LucasOchoa (author)2015-08-02

Very helpful! Thank you! :)

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puaerotch (author)2015-08-02

If the screen is shattered, put a piece of packing tape on it. You'll be able to use the suction cup on the tape (in most cases). Definitely easier to open with the suction cup.

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LucasOchoa (author)puaerotch2015-08-02

Really good tip! thank you!

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