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Fitting a Replacement iPhone Screen

Updated on October 21, 2010

A damaged or scratched screen on your beloved iPhone can be a real pain. If like me your hobby is dropping the phone onto any hard surface (they always seem to land screen down too!), the good news is that the screen can be replaced easily by yourself, and it doesn't cost a fortune.

There are a number of DIY kits available to buy online, and most comprise of the new screen, a small screwdriver, cleaning cloth,pry tool, adhesive strips and instructions.

How to change the screen.

It's not a particularly difficult job, but it is a little bit fiddly. Before you begin it's a good idea to sync your phone, then switch it off.

The first thing to do is to remove the old screen. This is done by taking out the two tiny screws at the bottom of your phone either side of the docking socket. They are easy to loose, so be sure to put them somewhere safe.

Once the screws are removed you need to prize apart the screen from the back of the phone (use the pry tool if you got the kit that includes one). There isn't a lot of room for manoeuvre here, so take your time and be careful.

At this point the screen will still be connected by three wires, disconnect these and the screen section will now be free.

The next step is to remove the actual glass from the LCD assembly. On the back of the glass there are another five small screws to undo. Once these have been removed you have to carefully pry the metal LCD assembly away from the glass. You'll notice now that the glass has a frame around it. We need to reuse this with our new glass so it's going to have to come off too.

This is the trickiest part of the whole process as the glass is stuck onto the frame with adhesive. Some people are lucky and can carefully just pull them apart, but i had to gently warm the glue with a hairdryer to soften it - once i had done that they came apart easily.

I cleaned off the excess glue, and that's it - i can now start the reassembly.

Using the sticky pads that came with the kit i secured the new glass to the frame, and then it's simply a case of reversing the above steps. Once completed you'll have a phone that looks as good as it did when it left the factory.


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