This particular subject is near and dear to my heart. My iPhone is rarely further than arms length from my possession and when it is, well, let’s just say I have mild anxiety about it. I have been reliably informed that I may in fact have a bit of a problem (as if this is some sort of newsflash…I am quite certain it isn’t my only problem ;). Of course all of that is neither here nor there. Smartphones and technology have become a cornerstone of many people’s daily lives. We store a vast amount of important information on these devices and can quickly feel cut off when we lose or damage our devices. I for one am not what you would call a graceful individual. At 6’3″ 200+ lbs I am far from it. The phrase “bull in a china shop” would be more apt in my case. I break and damage iPhones and I do it FREQUENTLY! Since I purchase my first gen iPhone I don’t think I’ve gotten beyond 4 months without damaging one in some way. You name it I’ve done it… I have dropped phones in water, left them in casinos to be stolen, run one over with my truck (side note: I had the phone in an otter box and surprisingly though the display was shot the phone actually could still receive calls after this, go Otterbox!) and most frequently cracked the screen.
With some luck and a little help from Apple issues relating to broken screens will perhaps soon be a thing of the past with the upcoming iPhone 6. Why is this? Unlike the previous generations of iPhone screens which were predominantly curved out of Gorilla Glass, the new iPhone 6 will come with a much larger sapphire crystal screen. Potential improvements aside, the issue that continues to trouble the users is that the screen like many others is prone to breaking hence a need to understand how you can actually replace the screen on your own. I have no doubt many of you are familiar with how delicate these devices are, it is with that I offer you this helpful tutorial for just such occurrences.
In order to conduct a cracked iPhone screen repair successfully, you need a number of tools and steady hands. Many replacement kits you will find on eBay and Amazon include everything you will need. However, before attempting to replace the screen on your own you should first seek expert advice to determine the level of damage and avoid incurring extra expenses. Some damage can be potentially beyond the scope of most people’s capabilities and repairs should be left to professionals. On the other hand if it is just a slight crack across the screen that prevents you from reading your texts clearly, you can attempt the repair on your own. A quick assessment on the level of damage will give you a clue on whether to get the complete screen section inclusive of the power button (I recommend just buying your replacement this way for convenience) or just the screen module only.
Once your kit arrives just grab the relevant screw drivers and a suction cup and you are off to the races:
- To detach the screen from the main body, you first need to unscrew the small screws on both sides of the lightning connector and you are half way done through the expedition of cracked iPhone screen repair.
- Next you need to use the suction cup to detach the screen from the main body. Once the cup is in position (preferably the space nearest to the lightning connector), you need to hold the main body steady and lift the screen gently. The screen should come out with a little effort and you are almost there.
- Once the cracked iPhone screen is detached, you need to detach the three connector flex cables tucked under the metal plate. At this point care should be observed to avoid damaging the connectors as their replacement requires authorized Apple dealers only and might be a bit expensive.
- Next, with the screen held upright, you need to undo the flat metal panels that fasten the cables in place by unscrewing the small screws on the edges.
- Once the plate is out, use the flat-head screw driver to carefully pry off the cables from position. The cables should come out with minimum effort and that’s it.
- Finally, replace the cracked iPhone screen with the new one ensuring that you firmly attach the cables in position and screwing the plate in position, be sure to double-check everything.
- Lastly, turn on the phone and everything should be working perfectly.
For me it helps to see as well as read the steps so check out this helpful video:
That’s all there is too it and you have just saved yourself over a $100 depending upon what services are available in your area to make such repairs. If your like me you will be come an expert at this in no time. I hope it helps.