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David -

iPhone 4

iPhone 4 Dock Connector Replacement

iPhone 4 Dock Connector Replacement

45 minuten - 1 uur

Difficult

Mijn probleem

We inherited a free iPhone and the kids LOVED it as a portable gaming machine. However, we foolishly set up the charging station next to the kitchen sink. When it stopped registering that the charger was plugged in, searches lead me to iFixit. Searches there told me it was probably the dock connector. I got the "liberation kit" (the name alone told me I'd found the site for me), took it apart and found the corrosion.

Mijn oplossing

Knowing what the problem was, I convinced my wife we should order the replacement part. She hates spending money (would never in a million years have been able to convince her to buy a NEW phone) but with the corrosion staring her in the face she was willing to believe I could fix it. Very skeptical though.

The replacement came (all these shipments were extremely fast, btw) and I got it installed in about an hour.

Mijn advies

The repair guides are incredibly well done. Video AND photos means I can get context and details all on one page. The only problem I had was that when you put something together the instructions are to "follow the instructions backwards". That's not always how putting things back together goes. I had to do a little process-of-elimination to figure out which screws went in which holes and had to redo a few steps when I had an "extra piece" at the end.

Next time, I will definitely separate out and label the different screws for easier identification.

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