Guide DIY iPhone 5 Screen Replacement

It's really amazing to think that it's already been 8 years since the iPhone 5 series came out. Within just 3 days of its release date on September 21, 2012, Apple had sold over 5 million of these phones. In only 12 months of production, more than 70 million were sold worldwide.

This means that there are a lot of iPhone 5 users even now in 2020. So if you have your iPhone 5 broken and want to fix it wholly by yourself all you need is a iPhone 5 DIY LCD Glass Screen Repair Kit. Follow this guide step by step and you will soon be able to enjoy a working display again.

1) Switch off your device

Before you even start, discharge your iPhone 5 battery below 25%. A fully charged lithium battery can catch fire or explode if accidentally punctured. Then press and hold the side button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider to the right and wait 30 seconds for your device to turn off.

2) Remove the enclosure screws

You will need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 5. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are on the left/right side of the lightning connector.

3) Lift the display

Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button. Hold the iPhone down with one hand, and pull up on the cup to marginally isolate the button end of the front board from the back case. Then use 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.

Finally, Pull the plastic nub to release the vacuum seal on the suction cup, and remove the suction cup from the screen.

4) Disconnect the battery connector


Remove the two Philips screws that are securing the metal battery connector bracket to the motherboard. Remove the bracket itself and use nylon spatula to disconnect the battery from the motherboard.

5) Remove the front panel cable bracket

Remove three Philips screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket to the logic board. Lift the display cable bracket toward the battery to unhook it and then remove it.

6) Disconnect the front panel cables

Use a nylon spatula or a fingernail to disconnect the three front panel assembly cables (Front-facing camera, LCD cable, Digitizer cable). Finally, remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

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.           

7) Remove earpiece speaker

Remove two screws securing the earpiece speaker to the display assembly. Remove the earpiece speaker bracket from the display assembly and the earpiece speaker itself.

There is a little, dark plastic spacer underneath the metal section at the upper screw. The upper screw experiences the metal section then through this plastic spacer.

8) Remove front facing camera and sensor cable

Use a nylon spatula to pry the front facing camera cable out of the display assembly. Then remove the front-facing camera assembly completely.

9) Remove home button

Remove the two 1.3mm Philips screws securing the home button bracket to the display itself. Use a plastic spudger to pry the edge of the home button ribbon cable up from the display. Then pry up and remove the home button from the display assembly.

10) Remove LCD shield plate

Remove two Philips screws from each side of the LCD frame. Then remove two screws securing the LCD shield plate to the display assembly. And finally, remove the LCD shield plate from the display.


11) Reassemble with the new screen

Your iPhone 5 screen is completely disassembled. Before installing a new display, make sure to remove all traces of the old adhesive from the frame and any small glass fragments. Now take your new screen and reassemble your iPhone 5 by following this guide in reverse order and then test everything up to make sure you did everything properly. 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.


Test everything

Congratulations, you changed your iPhone 5. Now just test a few things to make sure everything is working properly: 
-Test the brightness of the display. 
-Test the touchscreen, select an app, and drag it all around the display. If it is following your finger everything is fine.


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