iPhone 5

iPhone 5 repair


Smashed your iPhone 5 screen? No worries!

The connectors

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

See Can I replace an iPhone 5s screen with a iPhone 5 screen?

From Can I put an iPhone 5 screen on a 5c?, in particular the comment at the bottom shows the difference between the screens of the three models (original image – courtesy of ecever.com)

iPhone screens - 5, 5s, 5C compared
iPhone screens – 5, 5s, 5C compared

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

  1. Remove the two screws at the base of the iPhone
  2. 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
  3. Remove the two plate battery connector shield
  4. Then disconnect the battery
  5. 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
  6. Remove the ribbon cable shield plate
  7. 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.

Battery connection

iPhone 5 Battery disconnect
iPhone 5 Battery disconnect

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.

  1. Remove the two screws securing the ear speaker and front camera shield
  2. Remove the ear speaker and front camera shield
  3. Remove ear speaker
  4. Remove small plastic washer
  5. Remove carefully the front camera, which is held in with adhesive
  6. 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?)
  7. Remove LCD shield
  8. Remove two screws holding the home button shield and, by association, the home button ribbon cable
  9. Lift home button shield – the home button ribbon is attached to this shield
  10. Remove carefully home button ribbon, which is held in with adhesive
  11. Remove home button (by pushing inward)
  12. That’s it!!! Halfway house!!!
  13. Now get the replacement glass, screen and digitizer module
  14. Replace home button
  15. Screw in the home button shield
  16. Press the end contacts, to re-adhere the ribbon cable connector
  17. Replace LCD shield
  18. Replace the six screws for the LCD shield
  19. Replace front camera
  20. Press the end connects, to re-adhere the ribbon cable connector
  21. Replace the small plastic washer
  22. Replace the ear speaker
  23. Replace the ear speaker and front camera shield
  24. Replace the two screws for the ear speaker and front camera shield

Watch 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

  1. Push on the three ribbon cable connectors – they should snap into place
  2. Replace the ribbon cable shield plate
  3. Replace the three longer screws
  4. Replace the lower plate of the two battery shield plates
  5. Screw in the top screw lightly
  6. Position bottom of the plate over the screw hole
  7. Replace the upper plate of the two battery shield plates
  8. Screw in the bottom screw of the upper plate
  9. Screw in the screw holding both plates in the middle
  10. FIt the top of the front face first, by sliding in to place
  11. Gently ease the rest of the front face into the iPone body, working from top to bottom
  12. When flush all around, and at the bottom, replace the two base screws

Parts suppliers

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

iPhone 5s repair videos

See Leon Stacey, amazing work, replacing broken connectors, etc., in particular, iPhone 5s Touch Screen Connector Damage.

iPad 2

iPad2 battery removal

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