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My friend desperately wanted a new iPhone 5 but didn't want to pay the hefty price. It's a boring story but he bought a used 64GB (manufactured date 5/1/13) iPhone 5 off ebay for relatively cheap. How cheap you ask? Are you sitting down? Okay, he bought it for under $400.00. CRAZY! I know. What was wrong with it? Well...the screen was so badly damaged that you couldn't hold the phone without imbedding glass in multiple fingers. "Shattered" doesn't really do it justice but you get the idea.
I'd like to say the repair went off without a hitch but that'd be a lie. This being my frist iphone 5 adventure, all I can say is thank God I had the iFixit guide to help me through it. The entire repair took about 45 minutes from start to finish. I wanted to be extra careful and not rush through anything so I read through the entire guide (twice) and watched the video before embarking on this project. In addition to the toolkit, i purchased a magnetic mat which was AWESOME but I kept getting distracted by drawing pictures on it. Oh wells. So the only major issue I had was towards the end when it came time to reattaching the three main assembly cables; the front facing camera and sensor cable, digitizer cable and the LCD cabel. I read that if you get the white lines across the screen it means something hasn't connected properly and to reattached it. So, after three tries and a bit of panic...I finally was able to successfully reattach the cables, screw down the assembly plate and snap the new screen into place.
I'm a nerd and read directions on everything but please, for the sake of your wallet and mental stability...read the guide first. It will save you possible grief later down the road. Don't rush through this project, if you don't have at least an hour to dedicate to this assembly replacement...then wait until you do. Also, this is an investment of time and funds, if you're not willing to put forth the effort and replace quality with equal or better quality...you should just stop. Please don't fall victim to internet scams of "cheap iphone glass screens" or other such things. It is worth the extra pennies for both the RIGHT replacement parts and quality enduring tools. Originally, I made the mistake of ordering just the replacement glass, you know that interent scam, before I came to my senses and ordered a quality display assembly from ifixit. Also, considering I'm often fixing co-workers, family and friend's iPhones, I figured it was time to invest in quality tools so I bought the ProTech Tool Kit. The toolkit alone made this entire saga worth while. I'll end this crazy long story with this last bit. When it's time to reattach the assembly cables and plate, it is easier to hold the screen UP (90 degree angle) between two fingers on one hand; I did this because after two attempts at attached the cables, I realized the weight of the screen was pulling at them and disconnecting. From here, reattach the cables with the fingers of the other hand (it's easier to feel when the cables are connected instead of hear it, plus this will decrease the likelyhood of you damaging the cables/connectors from pushing too hard with the plastic tools). Once the cables are reconnected, hold the plate down with the same hand you're still holding the screen up with and use the screw driver to drop the screws into place (this only works if it is magnetic) and screw down. Check that the screen works before snapping it back into place and viola! Good Luck!!!!