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Simple repair for iPhone, with a little modification
on 13 November 2009
Having dropped my phone and cracked the glass, I decided to have a go at replacing it myself, despite reading about how difficult the glass was to replace. If you enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together again, or have experience of repairing anything electronic, this shouldn't be too difficult.
I had read elsewhere that the plastic tools were too weak to lift the screen out, this is true, the plastic simply bends. A thin metal implement with blunted edges will do the job much better. Following any of the video guides on YouTube, the phone is fairly easy to take apart, although the glass may require a little heat from a hairdryer to loosen the glue. Using the adhesive pads, the phone was easy to reassemble and in less than 2 hours I had a new-looking phone.
The problem came the next day when I realised that I hadn't inserted one of the cables properly as my earpiece wasn't working. This should have been easily fixed, pop the screen back out and secure the cable. However, the adhesive patches do not hold the glass to the faceplate as well as the original glue - which is obviously crazily strong for a reason - and when lifting the screen out again, the glass separated and cracked. Because the glass had cracked, it became difficult to lift the screen out and in the process of trying to force it out, I cracked something in the home button and this now has to be replaced as well. So currently, my phone looks worse than it did originally and doesn't work without the home button. Nevertheless, I plan to replace the glass and home button myself. Having taken the phone apart several times now, it shouldn't take me long to do. The only difference this time will be that I will use some stronger glue as well as the adhesive pads to prevent the glass from cracking should the phone need to be dissembled again.