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iPhone 5s Earpiece Speaker Replacement

  • Author:Sam Lionheart
  • Source:ifixit
  • Release Date:2014-03-12
  • iPhone 5-Point Pentalobe Screwdriver 
  • Phillips #00 Screwdriver
  • Small suction cup 
  • Plastic Opening Tools 
  • Spudger 
  • Scissors
  • Phillips #000 Screwdriver 
  • Tweezers

Step 1 Front Panel Assembly

  • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
  • Remove the two 2.0 mm Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

Step 2 Manual Opening Procedure

  • The front panel is attached with clips, and there are several ribbon cables connecting it to the rest of the phone. Your goal here is to release the clips and open the phone only enough to disconnect the cables. Go slowly and carefully to avoid damage.

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

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

  • With a plastic opening tool, gently pry the edges of the rear case down, away from the front panel assembly, while you pull up with the suction cup.

  • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The 5s front panel assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.

  • 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.

  • Pull the plastic nub to release the vacuum seal on the suction cup.

  • Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.

Step 3 Opening Front Panel

  • Open the phone just enough to reveal the metal bracket covering the home button cable.

  • Do not open the phone too far or you risk damaging the home button cable.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to push the bracket free and remove it with tweezers.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the home button cable connector up out of its socket.
  • Once the connector has been released, pull the home button end of the assembly away from the rear case, using the top of the phone as a hinge.

    During the next few steps, until you remove the front panel assembly, keep it supported at a 90º angle in relation to the rear case.

Step 4

  • Remove the following screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket to the logic board:
  • Two 1.7 mm Phillips #000 screws

  • One 1.2 mm Phillips #000 screw

  • One 1.3 mm Phillips #000 screw

  • This screw tends to not be attracted to a magnetized screwdriver. Take care not to lose it when removing.

Step 5

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

Step 6

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the front-facing camera and sensor cable.
  • While still supporting the front panel, disconnect the digitizer cable connector.
  • Finally, disconnect the LCD cable connector.

  • When reassembling your phone, The LCD cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen 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.
  • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

Step 7 - Earpiece Speaker

Remove the two screws securing the upper component bracket:

  • 4.0 mm Phillips #000

  • 2.3 mm Phillips #000

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the left leg of the bracket off of the earpiece speaker.

  • With a set of tweezers, shift the bracket to the left to unclip it.

  • Remove the bracket from the display.

Step 8

  • Remove the earpiece speaker with a set of tweezers.
  • If you use your fingers, be very careful not to touch the gold contacts on the front panel. Finger oil can prevent good contact.

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Author Sam Lionheart From ifixit