iPhone 5 Screen Repair & Take Apart Guide

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There was some interesting changes inside the iPhone 5 over previous models. On the day Apple released their latest phone to the world, Repairs Universe took it apart!!

Check out our iPhone 5 Take Apart videos below and see the cool stuff we found when taking apart Apple's newest creation!

iPhone 5 Full Take Apart Repair Video Guide:

The tech's at RepairsUniverse.com have completely taken apart our brand new iPhone 5. This video shows all the components in the new iPhone and shows how to replace various parts including the new larger screen, the battery, the camera, and the new smaller dock port. One thing for sure is there is a lot of screws to remove when you get down to the smaller internal parts, however it is quicker and easier to repair than the iPhone 4 and 4S, especially the screen. Thank you Apple for making this more repairable!

iPhone 5 Screen Repair Video:

Below is the iPhone 5 screen repair video. It's a much quicker and easier repair than on the previous iPhone 4 and 4S as the new iPhone 5 opens from the front instead of from the rear. This is great news as screen damage is the most common problem users encounter. The quicker and easier it is to repair the better!! Pat on the back for Apple for this one!

 

 

iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Video

This repair video shows how to replace the battery in the iPhone 5. Again quite a quick and simple repair for when your iPhone 5 battery starts to deteriorating over time.

 

 

 

iPhone 5 Written Teardown Guide:

RepairsUniverse shows you how to disassemble your iPhone 5 with this Official iPhone 5 Teardown Repair Guide. The instructions we have provided will show you step by step how to teardown and disassemble your Apple smartphone to replace or repair a damaged display assembly or internal component. Visit our iPhone 5 Parts section to investigate the different repair options we offer, all which will help get your Apple device working like new again quickly, and affordably!

LCD & Touch Screen Digitizer/Front Panel

  • Remove the two pentalobe screws that are located on both sides of the lightning connector port which is on the bottom of your iPhone 5.

  • Place the suction cup on the display assembly near the home button. Use the plastic opening tool to separate the display assembly from the case of the iPhone 5.
  • With the suction cup, pull up on the display assembly while holding the outside frame of the iPhone 5 down. Near the home button, in the left corner of the iPhone 5, will be an area that will expose enough space to get in a pry tool.

  • Once you have the opening tool in the space, pry the display assembly from the iPhone 5. Work your way around the iPhone 5 until it is completely separated and can be pulled back with the suction cup.

  • Peel back the display assembly to expose a metal cover that secures the display assembly cables. Locate and remove the three small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the cover. Remove the metal cover from the iPhone 5.

  • There are a series of connections that will require the spudger or fine tip curved tweezers to pry up and remove.
  • The first of these connections is for the front-facing camera & sensor flex cable assembly.

  • The touch screen digitizer/front panel cable is next. Gently pry up and out to disconnect the cable.

  • The last connection is the LCD cable. Once the cable is disconnected, remove the entire display assembly from the iPhone 5.

Earpiece Speaker

  • Locate and remove the two small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the cover to the earpiece speaker. Remove the cover from the iPhone 5.
  • When the cover for the earpiece speaker is removed, detach the speaker from the iPhone 5.

Front-Facing Camera & Sensor Flex Cable


  • Using the flat end of the spudger, maneuver the front-facing camera and microphone assembly away from the iPhone 5.

Home Button

  • Locate and remove the two small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the home button assembly.
  • Remove the home button assembly from the iPhone 5.

  • The actual home button is secured by a small amount of adhesive. Use the spudger to remove the home button from the display assembly.


  • Locate and remove the six small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the LCD shield to the display assembly
  • Once the screws are removed, take the shield off the iPhone 5.

Battery


  • Locate and remove the three small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the battery connector and lightning
    connector covers.
  • Once the screws are removed, take the covers off the iPhone 5.

  • Utilize the spudger to pry up the battery connector. Disconnect the battery from the motherboard.

  • Using the plastic pull-tab and the spudger, remove the battery from the body of the iPhone 5.

  • Locate and remove the two small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the top motherboard bracket.
  • Once the screws have been removed, take the bracket off the iPhone 5.

  • For the next few steps, the spudger will be utilized to disconnect several connections. This will allow you to remove the phone’s motherboard.
  • Remove the LED flash away from the motherboard by pulling it up and away from the assembly.

  • The next connection is the volume controls. Lift up and pry it from the socket to remove the plug.

  • An interconnecting cable is next to be removed. Lift up and pry it from the socket to remove the cable.

  • There is another interconnection cable that will need to be disconnected as well.

  • The last plug is the lightning port assembly. It is located on bottom of the motherboard.

  • One of the two antenna connections is on the front of the board. Pry up and remove the wire from its location.
  • Maneuver the headphone jack out of its housing and prepare to remove it in the follow steps.

SIM Card Tray

  • Before removing the motherboard, use the SIM card removal tool, or a paper clip, to remove the SIM card from the iPhone 5.

  • Locate and remove the two small Phillips screws (#00) inside the top portion of the iPhone 5 case.

  • Next, locate and remove the two small Phillips screws (#00) and the three standoff screws. The three standoff screws secure the motherboard in the iPhone 5. You will need a small flathead screwdriver to remove these screws.

  • Remove the second antenna plug on the bottom of the motherboard. Now, you can remove the motherboard from the iPhone 5.

Rear-Facing Camera

  • Locate and remove the two small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the rear-facing camera connection to the motherboard.
  • With these screws removed, take the plate off that was securing this plug.


  • Using the spudger, gently pry up the connection to remove the rear-facing camera from the motherboard.

Lightning Connector & Headphone Jack

  • Locate and remove the seven small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the Lightning connector and
    speaker assembly inside the case of the iPhone.

  • Use the flat end of the spudger to break free the adhesive that secures the lightning connector and speaker assembly down inside the case of the iPhone 5.
  • Remove these two pieces from the iPhone 5.

Loudspeaker Assembly

  • With the lightning connector and speaker assembly free from the case, use the spudger to separate the two units from each other. They are held together with a small amount of adhesive.

 

  • Locate and remove the three small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the vibration motor in the corner of the iPhone 5 case.
  • Remove the vibration motor from the iPhone 5.

  • There are three additional small Phillips screws (#00) that secure the volume and silent switch assembly on the side of the iPhone 5 case.

  • Use the spudger to peel out the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antenna from the iPhone 5 case.

  • Locate and remove the last small Phillips screw (#00) that secures the power button assembly in the iPhone 5.


  • Use the flat end of the spudger to remove the ribbon cable for the volume, silent switch, and power
    buttons from the iPhone 5.

Notice/Warning:
RepairsUniverse does not accept any liability for damage, or injury caused, while you are following our disassemble guides. We make no representations, warranties, or conditions of any kind, express or implied. Utilizing these guides to help assist you in repairing your mobile devices will void your warranty. RepairsUniverse strictly prohibits altering or modifying our teardown guides for commercial use, reproduction, or publication

 

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