Guide DIY iPhone 5S 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 5S broken and want to fix it wholly by yourself all you need is a new screen and some tools. 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 5S 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 5S. 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 suction cup to slightly separate the home button end of the front panel from the rear 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 home button

Use a nylon spudger to disconnect the home button cable.

5) Remove screen connector bracket

Gently lift the screen to a 90° position and remove the four screws circled in red with a cruciform screwdriver. After you removed four screws that secure the screen connector bracket, use the pair of tweezers and remove the screen connector bracket.

6) Disconnect from the screen

Use a nylon spatula to disconnect the front camera/microphone/earpiece speaker/light and proximity sensor cable. Then do the same thing to disconnect LCD screen cable.

7) Disconnect the touch screen cable

Keep the spatula in your hand to disconnect the screen cable. Then grab the whole display assembly and remove it.

8) Remove the home button bracket

Use the cruciform screwdriver to remove the three screws that are circled in yellow (picture 1, picture 2). With the pair of tweezers, grab the home button bracket and remove it.

9) Remove home button

Push the home button out of its socket to peel off the anti-dust seal. Then use tweezers to grab and remove the home button from its socket.

10) Reassemble with the new screen

Your iPhone 5S 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 5S by following this guide in reverse order and then test everything up to make sure you did everything properly.

Test everything

Congratulations, you changed your iPhone 5S. 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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