It’s happened to us all. You get a new iPhone 5 and for some reason or another you drop it. It lands face first on the sidewalk and your heart sinks at the sound of cracking glass. Flipping it over, your eyes fill with tears after seeing a huge ugly crack racing across the screen with a giant spider web embedded in its center. Dry your eyes and relax because we are going to take care of that. In fact, Mashable says the iPhone 5 is easier to replace than the iPhone 4. Before we get into how to fix your broken screen, remember that taking matters into your own hands isn’t for everyone. Some of us just aren’t as nimble with our fingers as others, so if this is all too much for you and you just want to get it fixed now, there are some great iPhone 5 repair shops out there, and even some that can do it all over the mail if you don’t have a store near you!
Here, we will go over the steps necessary to replace the screen on your iPhone 5.
The first thing we have to do is remove the cracked screen. To accomplish this, you will need some tools. Get yourself a plastic prying tool, small Philips head screwdriver, small pentalobe screwdriver, and a suction cup. The head of the pentalobe screwdriver looks like a star just in case you were wondering.
After you have all your tools, make sure the phone is off. Now, look at the bottom of the phone, where the sync port is located. You will see two small screws that look like stars; use the pentalobe screwdriver and remove them. Make sure you place them in a safe place for later.
Place the suction cup to the lower portion of the screen. Place packaging tape over the screen to ensure good suction if the screen is completely shattered. Pry up at an angle and be careful for the three cables that are attached to the screen. It will take a good deal of force to get the screen to start separating from the casing and it may take a few tries so be patient. Once the screen starts to pull away from the casing, use the plastic pry tool and run it along the sides where the screen meets the casing.
Now that we have the screen loosened from the casing, use the small Philips screwdriver to remove the metal plate located near the top right. You have to remove the plate in order to remove the three cables attached to the screen. Make sure you keep track of the screws and don’t lose them. They are smaller than the two screws you removed earlier in step 1. Once the screws are removed, you will have to slide the metal plate from under the computer board. Remove the three cables starting with the outside tab and working your way in to the last cable. Now you can remove the screen assembly from the casing.
With the damaged screen and front assembly removed, attach the new assembly in reverse order. Attach the three cables. It should take very little downward pressure to seat them back into the connectors. Then slide the plate back on and tighten the three Philips screws. Do not over tighten! Small screws are very easy to strip and nearly impossible to replace.
Before closing everything up, flip the new screen down, without closing it completely, and turn it on to ensure everything is working properly. This will save you from having to pull everything apart again if for some reason it does not work. The home button will not work until the screen has been completely seated so do not panic if you are pressing it and nothing happens.
Once you’re sure everything is working correctly, you can finish putting your phone back together. Turn the phone off once again. There is a lip on the top part of the screen that slips under the frame. Ensure you slide that in before trying to press everything back together. After the lip is in place, evenly close the remainder of the screen by working your way down the side of the phone. Take your time with this final step. If you press too hard there is a good chance you will crack your new screen. Once you ensure the screen is seated and flush, you can insert the two pentalobe screws near the sync port.
That is all it takes to replace your iPhone 5 screen. Now, be careful and try not to break it again.