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Replacing iPhone 5 Display Assembly

  • Author:Andrew Goldberg
  • Source:ifixit
  • Release Date:2013-10-07

Step.1

Before disassembling your iPhone, be sure it is powered off.

Remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

Step.2

Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.

Be sure the cup is completely on the screen to get a tight seal.

Step.3

  • Make sure the suction cup is firmly attached to the front panel assembly.

  • While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel assembly from the rear case.

  • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The display assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.

  • With a plastic opening tool, begin to gently pry the rear case down, away from the display assembly, while you pull up with the suction cup.

  • There are several clips attaching the front panel assembly to the rear case, so you may need to use a combination of the suction cup and plastic opening tool to free the front panel assembly.

Step.4

Continue to pry up around the sides of the front panel assembly, detaching the clips along the left and right side.

Step.5

  • Do not try to completely remove the front panel assembly from the rear case, as there are several ribbon cables still attached at the top of the iPhone.

  • Once the clips have been released on the bottom and sides of the front panel assembly, pull the bottom of the assembly away from the rear case.

  • Lift and rotate the front panel assembly up to about 90 degrees from the rear case.


Step.6

Remove the following screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket to the logic board:

  • Two 1.2 mm Phillips screws

  • One 1.6 mm Phillips screw


Step.7

  • Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.


Step.8

Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the three front panel assembly cables:

  • Front-facing camera and sensor cable

  • Digitizer cable

  • LCD cable

    • When reassembling your phone, The LCD cable may pop off the connector. This can cause white lines, or nothing at all to appear when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to disconnect and reconnect the battery.


Step.9

  • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.


Step.10

Remove two screws securing the front-facing camera bracket to the display assembly.

  • One 4.1 mm Phillips screw

  • One 2.2 mm Phillips screw


Step.11

Remove the earpiece speaker bracket from the display assembly.

Step.12

Remove the earpiece speaker from the iPhone.

Step.13

Starting under the earpiece speaker contacts, use a plastic opening tool or the tip of a spudger to pry the front facing camera cable out of the display assembly.

Step.14

Remove the front-facing camera and rear microphone assembly.

Step.15

Remove the two 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the home button bracket to the display assembly.

Step.16

Use a plastic opening tool to pry the edge of the home button ribbon cable up from the display assembly.

Start under the contact points on the right and work to the left.

  • Going left to right may rip your ribbon cable as the contacts are well adhered to the front panel.

  • If you have trouble sliding the plastic opening tool under the contact points, flip the tool over and gently push against the right side of the contacts to loosen the adhesive, then try again.


Step.17

Remove the home button ribbon cable from the display assembly.


Step.18

Use a plastic opening tool to pry the home button up from the display assembly.

Step.19

Remove the home button from the display assembly.

Step.20

Remove two 1.2 mm Phillips screws from each side of the LCD frame (four total).

Step.21

Remove the two screws securing the LCD shield plate to the display assembly:

  • One 1.4 mm Phillips screw

  • One 2.6 mm Phillips screw


Step.22

Remove the LCD shield plate from the display assembly.

Step.23

The bare display assembly remains.

  • For reassembly, make sure to transfer over the LCD shield, home button, front facing camera assembly, front facing camera lens bezel and earpiece speaker to your new part.

Make sure the remove the protective cover from your new display assembly.