Here is a great video on how to repair your iPhone 5 screen…and under 3 minutes. Now, I suggest taking your time because a mistake could be costly. But regardless, fantastic repair job here and should be helpful to all of you looking to replace your iPhone 5 screen DIY style.
The iPhone 5 is going to be released to it’s hoards of users soon and undoubtedly the question of “what to expect” is still lingering. A wider screen looks to be a certainty, along with thinner, yet stronger glass.
Rafael from iCuretech shares some of his insight into what he expects. He talks about the iPad mini, Galaxy S 3 and more. One interesting tidbit is that the glass is not going to be connected to the LCD, which should greatly reduce the cost of repairs. Mind you, when the product is initially released the cost will be high but he expects it to drop quickly.
Our conversation got a bit cut short because Rafael is a busy man, but he tells you just about everything you need to know. With the iPhone 4s, his first customer broke his phone before leaving the store. I don’t expect the new iPhone to be any more durable, no matter what the break tests will reveal.
How will Apple prevent dust from getting inside the glass? How easy will it be to repair? When the phone is release he promises to do a livestream so we can see the guts right when he sees them. Until then, we all must wait patiently.
People love to change the color of their iPhone and the iPhone 4s is no exception. If you are going to change the color of your iPhone there are a couple things to remember.
1. The replacement parts, even if OEM, are not original parts.
2. The iPhone will need to be torn apart.
3. Your old parts, if good, still have value. Don’t throw them away.
4. You will need to follow the iPhone 4S screen repair video to get this done.
Still want to do it? Fair enough, it does look good. Here a Youtube user discusses his green iPhone 4S.
This may be the easiest DIY iPhone repair and you can save a bunch of money by watching this video. It is important to not that this will not void your warranty. One of the few repairs that can claim that.
If you go to the Apple store they will charge at least $100 but I’m not positive. The average Cell phone repair shop will charge in the $60-$100 range. It is literally a 2 minute repair if you have the correct pentalobe screwdriver.
The back cover replacement parts generally runs about $20. So you are looking at saving a minimum of $40 and even save yourself time…honestly…then take 5 minutes to learn how.
To newbie iPhone users, “DFU” mode may sound like a complicated concept to grasp. After all, abbreviations are scary and remind me of boot camp. But here ‘myjailbreaks’ does a great job breaking down how to enter DFU restore mode. Hold down the home and power button while device is plugged into computer with iTunes on. When the restore mode warning pops up continue holding the home button. Or just watch the video…they do a great job breaking it down. To get out of restore mode reverse the steps.
The iPhone 4S battery removal is a pretty easy process. Removing the back cover is super easy, so after that you just need to remove a couple more screws,then carefully lift out the battery. The iPhone 4S battery is a bit sensitive. If you puncture it in any way it will get bloated and ruined. So when unscrewing and prying be cautious.
This is a great video by iMobileDoctor. They pretty much run through everything you need to know in precise detail. Unlike most other smartphones, Apple has made the iPhone battery a bit more complicated to fix. Especially with the iPhone 3G and 3Gs. But with the iPhone 4 and 4S, it is simple as long as you have the right tools.
Here is a video by BadGizmoRepair. I had never heard of them before but they now how to make an easy-to-follow tutorial. But kudos to them for that.
They outline how to replace the iPhone 4S external speaker (antenna, ect.). It is the same process as a screen repair, excpept you don’t have to take out the ridiculous amount of screws on the border, so it’s half the time as it normally would be for a screen repair, maybe less.
The iPhone 4S speaker can go bad for a number of reasons and it’s common with water damage. Often times people never actually get the phone wet, but condensation and/or dirt can still penetrate the device causing the speaker to ‘act up’.
Found this and it is a pretty good story of a person who took the right steps in fixing their water damaged iPhone.
He did the right thing in disassembling the iPhone and letting it air out right away. You don’t want to keep powered on or hit any buttons when wet. Power off immediately and if you can open it up. Your phone is still at risk of corrosion when powered off but corrosion can usually be fixed, but when on and wet it the motherboard can get fried, which is a very bad thing.
If you know how to open up the phone and want to do the repair yourself, then the phone should dry in 48-72 hours. Waiting a week like this kid, while on the safe side, is probably longer than needed. Also, the whole rice thing is good but if you have disassembled not needed. If you can’t open up the phone it can help. Also, rinsing the phone with distilled water (with battery removed) can help get rid of anything that will conduct electricity.
The iPhone 4 is a great phone and a good choice for those not looking to spend as much for what really are just common upgrades (iPhone 4S). Like mentioned in the iPhone 4S teardown article, I’m a big fan of the iPhone 4 repair because it’s not messy. All you need to do for the most part is remove a zillion screws and know where to put them back in.
TechRestore makes some awesome videos. But the questions is: are they useful or just cool? They tend to lean toward being more cool than anything. My videos of choice, if feeling the need to reference youtube, generally involve someone talking and moving a bit slower. But regardless, here is their trendy disassembly.
GlobalRepairSolution gives excellent commentary and not so great camera angle.
As always, DirectFix delivers a great video.
When a company says they repair iPhones, you should typically expect them to have parts in stock. You can catch some techs at the wrong time but for the most part iPhone parts are something real techs try to not run out of. So if your potential tech does not have iPhone 4 screens in stock and you have to wait a few days, spend that time to find someone locally if possible to do the repair. If that fails look around online for a reputable mail-in service.
A company should be listed somewhere with their real address shown. This can be on places like “Yelp” or on a website. The main thing is that there is some form of promotion and accountability for the service. Not every reputable repair tech is web savvy but they should be comfortable enough in their setup to list their address, phone number, ect. So if you find someone on craigslist, ask for a reference somewhere online of their address.
Many techs work from home and do a great job. Working from home certainly is an indicator of how far along a repair business is but sometimes these people can offer great deals for the same service.
That is something we’ve noticed; there are a bunch of pajama warriors who can cut costs due to low overhead. This is a great thing as long as they list their address somewhere and have the tools, parts and experience to do the job right.
Skills may vary depending on the repair itself. Many “iphone repair” techs also fix Droids and other phones. Water damage should typically involve an ultrasonic machine for best results. Some lower cost sites use knockoff parts. Some these parts are great and others may go bad after awhile. Ask questions and use common sense.