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iPhone 5s Lightning Connector Replacement

  • Author:Sam Lionheart
  • Source:ifixit
  • Release Date:2014-03-14
Tools
  • iPhone 5-Point Pentalobe Screwdriver 
  • Phillips #00 Screwdriver
  • Small suction cup 
  • Plastic Opening Tools 
  • Spudger 
  • Scissors

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 

  • Remove the two 1.6 mm Phillips #000 screws securing the metal battery connector bracket to the logic board.

  • Remove the metal battery connector bracket from the iPhone.


Step 8

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Be very careful to only pry up on the battery connector and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.


Step 9 - SIM Card

  • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the SIM card tray.
  • Press to eject the tray. This may require a significant amount of force.
  • Remove the SIM Card tray assembly from the iPhone.
  • When reinserting the SIM card, ensure that it is in the proper orientation relative to the tray.


Step 10 - Logic Board

  • Use a spudger to gently pry the button assembly cable up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Be very careful to only pry up on the connector and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.


Step 11

  • Use a spudger to pry the Lightning connector cable up from its socket on the logic board.
  • Fold the Lightning connector cable out of the way of the logic board.


Step 12

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the antenna cable up from its socket on the logic board.


Step 13

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the rear-facing camera cable from its socket on the logic board.


Step 14

  • Remove any tape covering the camera flash bracket.

Step 15

  • Remove the following screws from the logic board:
  • One 2.4 mm Phillips #000 screw

  • Two 2.3 mm Phillips #000 screws

  • Four 2.8 mm standoff screws

    • Use a small flathead screwdriver to remove these standoff screws.


Step 16


  • Use a plastic opening tool to lift the logic board up enough to grab with your fingers.

Step 17




  • Pull the logic board slightly away from the rear facing camera.

  • Do not try to remove the logic board just yet, as it is still connected by an antenna cable on the back.

  • Flip the logic board toward the battery, as if you are turning the page in a book.


Step 18

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the antenna cable on the back of the logic board.
  • Remove the logic board from the iPhone.


Step 19

  • Remove the following screws:
  • One 2.9 mm Phillips #000 screw

  • One 1.5 mm Phillips #000 screw


Step 20

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently lift the speaker from the rear case.

  • Do not attempt to pry the speaker entirely out of the case.
  • The speaker has a small peg that slides into a slot beneath the home button cable socket.

  • Lift the speaker and pull it toward the side of the phone to free this peg from the Lightning connector assembly.

  • Remove the speaker.


Step 21

  • Remove the following five Phillips #000 screws:
  • 3.1 mm

  • 2.9 mm

  • 1.5 mm

  • 3.6 mm

  • 3.4 mm


Step 21




  • The Lightning connector data cable is held to the rear case with mild adhesive.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to slowly separate the cable from the rear case.
  • Continue prying with the spudger to separate the Lightning connector assembly from the rear case.
  • Be sure to loosen all parts of the assembly, including the Lightning connector, headphone jack and home button cable socket.
  • Remove the Lightning connector assembly.


Step 22

  • There are two small metal pieces—a bracket and washer that may come loose and fall out of the phone with the Lightning connector assembly removed.

  • If you are removing more components, take these pieces out and set them aside for safe keeping.


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Author Sam Lionheart from ifixit