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iPhone 5 - Beware of the Home Button Ribbon

phildonley -

iPhone 5

iPhone 5 LCD and Digitizer Replacement

iPhone 5 LCD and Digitizer Replacement

40 minuten - 1 uur


Mijn probleem

After dropping my iPhone 5 and completely shattering the screen about 3 weeks before I was eligible for the iPhone 6 upgrade. Rather than paying nearly $200 additional dollars in early contract termination fees to upgrade early, I made the choice to fix the screen myself using the iFixit guides and parts for a little over $50.

Mijn oplossing

I had replaced several iPhone 4 backs for friends in the past, but never screens. Needless to say, this was a completely different animal. It was like the difference between changing the lid on a jar vs. swapping the contents of the jar without mixing them up too much. Despite my ribbon scare, it went extremely well.

Mijn advies

As you are going through the steps, everything seems pretty logical. THEN... You get to the home button assembly. Mine was already sort of shattered to pieces (especially after pulling the screen up), so it was kind of dangling to begin with. However, the ribbon that connects the home button to the rest of the phone is extremely challenging to pull up. There are warnings, but getting something underneath is way harder than you think. You definitely need something more rigid and thinner than the spludger that came with the kit. By the time I got it off, that spludger looked like a dog had been chewing on the edge.

This was the only tricky part, but I would not recommend for the weak at heart. :)

iPhone 5 LCD and Digitizer afbeelding
iPhone 5 LCD and Digitizer


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