Smashed your iPhone 5 screen? No worries!
The most important thing to note is that the screens for the 5/5s/5c are not compatible, the ribbon cable layout is different, as well as the finger print sensor in the home button on the 5s, so don’t buy the wrong screen, even if it is cheaper. Here are the 5 and 5s compared:
While they both have three connectors, the layout is different. Compare the connectors of the 5 and 5s
Note that the 5s and iPhone SE do use the same screen layout.
So, the iPhone 5 has three ribbon cable connectors. In case you are wondering which connector is for which part, from Full Original For iPhone 5 Front LCD Assembly with Digitizer Touch Screen Black
So, the bottom connector is for the touch screen, the middle one is for the LCD and the top vertically oriented connector is for the camera.
Getting the iPhone open
Removing the front is dead easy, but you need a Pentalobe screwdriver, From Wikipedia – Pentalobe security screw
Pentalobe screw sizes include TS1 (0.8 mm, used on every iPhone after and including the iPhone 4), TS4 (1.2 mm, used on the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina display), and TS5 (1.5 mm, used on the 2009 MacBook Pro battery). The TS designation is ambiguous as it is also used for the Torq-set screw drive.
A Torx screwdriver might do the job.
Procedure to remove the front face
- Remove the two screws at the base of the iPhone
- Remove the three screws holding the two part plate shielding the battery connector – the middle screw is the large head, the other two, either side are the smaller screws
- Remove the two plate battery connector shield
- Then disconnect the battery
- Finally remove the three slightly longer screws on the plate, which shields the three ribbon connectors coming from the front face – the top screw is longer than the other two bottom screws
- Remove the ribbon cable shield plate
- Disconnect the three ribbon connectors
Watch iPhone 5 Screen Repair done In 3 Minutes, to see how to replace the complete front module (as a whole, including camera and home button). This guy doesn’t remove the battery connection – not good. I would strongly recommend not watching this video guide.
Procedure to replace the glass, LCD and digitizer, whilst keeping the home button, ear speaker and front camera
To replace just the glass, screen and digitizer, of the front face, whilst re-using the home button and camera, requires a little bit more effort.
- Remove the two screws securing the ear speaker and front camera shield
- Remove the ear speaker and front camera shield
- Remove ear speaker
- Remove small plastic washer
- Remove carefully the front camera, which is held in with adhesive
- Remove the six screws from the LCD shielding – one at top and bottom and four around the sides – the screw at the very bottom is slightly larger than those around the sides (and top?)
- Remove LCD shield
- Remove two screws holding the home button shield and, by association, the home button ribbon cable
- Lift home button shield – the home button ribbon is attached to this shield
- Remove carefully home button ribbon, which is held in with adhesive
- Remove home button (by pushing inward)
- That’s it!!! Halfway house!!!
- Now get the replacement glass, screen and digitizer module
- Replace home button
- Screw in the home button shield
- Press the end contacts, to re-adhere the ribbon cable connector
- Replace LCD shield
- Replace the six screws for the LCD shield
- Replace front camera
- Press the end connects, to re-adhere the ribbon cable connector
- Replace the small plastic washer
- Replace the ear speaker
- Replace the ear speaker and front camera shield
- Replace the two screws for the ear speaker and front camera shield
iPhone 5 LCD replacement (totally out of focus), or How to Repair an iPhone 5 Screen Fix-It Guide and Teardown Tutorial.
Procedure to replace the front face
Now this is the home straight
- Push on the three ribbon cable connectors – they should snap into place
- Replace the ribbon cable shield plate
- Replace the three longer screws
- Replace the lower plate of the two battery shield plates
- Screw in the top screw lightly
- Position bottom of the plate over the screw hole
- Replace the upper plate of the two battery shield plates
- Screw in the bottom screw of the upper plate
- Screw in the screw holding both plates in the middle
- FIt the top of the front face first, by sliding in to place
- Gently ease the rest of the front face into the iPone body, working from top to bottom
- When flush all around, and at the bottom, replace the two base screws
- for iPhone SE 5S 5C 4″ LCD Display Touch Screen Digitizer Compatible Assembly, £5.67 – from China
- Replacement For iPhone 5 5G LCD Display Touch Screen Digitizer Assembly White UK, £6.89 – from UK
For iPhone 5s
This is substantially more difficult, especially at the opening of the front face panel, due to the finger print sensor. See How to Replace iPhone 5S Screen Tutorial | GadgetMenders.com