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How To Fix iPhone 5 Screen

ARGH!!! If you are reading this it must mean that you or a loved one has dropped you/their iPhone 5 and need to fix that broken (if not shattered) screen. Well, you’ve come to the right place. But first things first: remember, you can’t really FIX a screen; you actually replace it.

iphone 5 screen repair

iphone 5 screen repair

Items you will need:

  • pentalobe screwdriver
  • tiny Phillips screwdriver
  • pry tool
  • suction cup
  • a new screen

The bare-bones version of the screen is what is most commonly found in stores (and cheaper). If you can actually find the more complete version, that comes with the home button and ear piece already connected- GET IT. It will definitely save you a lot of time and hassle- it does cost an additional 30-40 dollars extra, however.

The Process

First, remove the tiny pentalobe screws on the bottom, one on each side of the pentalobe connector and make sure to set both of those aside on a tool cloth ; unless you want to run the risk of having one or more roll off the side and find yourself on your hands in knees playing hide-and-seek with it/them.

Then, stick the suction cup on the screen and use your pry tool to get underneath the screen and gently pop it out. However, if your screen is badly cracked, your suction cup won’t get a hold of the screen and you won’t be able to simply lift it off. If this is the case, you’ll need to improvise with a metal tool to open it up more and that will allow you to separate the device with your plastic pry tool. Be careful and do this gently, since (obviously) metal on metal can scratch.

Next, pull the screen up but not too far- more than 90° – there are connectors/ ribbon cables that keep the screen from falling off yet you don’t want to rip them.

So then you can remove the three metal screws you will find holding down the metal plate and then remove the plate, which will show you the actual connectors underneath. Just kind of your fingers and gently pry them off (there are three).

You will then want to remove the two screws holding down the metal plate shielding the camera lens. In fact, instead of removing them, just loosen then and keep them in the holes for safekeeping when you remove the metal plate. This will help you to remember where they go.

You then can remove the home button by removing the two screws from the metal plate covering the back of the home button. Next, remove the large metal plate which is held in place by two small screws on one side and another two screws on the other (PLUS, one more screw to remove at the top of the metal plate).

One useful tip is to have the whole phone and its parts that you remove on top of a large tool cloth. This way, you can actually keep each screw located near its original position on the phone so as much to forget/confuse its position when you reassemble the phone.

Next, you will need to remove the back plate which just kind of slides off easily, and we will remove the home button by taking out the metal bracket and pushing the home button out from the other side.

Then you will want to remove the home button shield, found on the back (resembles the Chevrolet logo, in a way). It actually comes off very easy- just be share to peel it back gently so as to be sure not to rip it. You will do the same thing thing with the top and peel it back until it comes off.

After that, you want to pop the home button into its new home on the new screen and simply just reverse the entire process, piecing your iPhone 5 back together. The only thing you need to remember is that each ribbon connector needs to be fitted back into a slot, which you may not have seen/noticed when you first peeled each connector off.

And voila! You smart phone (or rather its screen) back from the dead and ready to let you make calls/ surf the internet/message with friends/play video games/ watch movies!

 

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Repairing iPhone 5 Volume Buttons

Here you will learn how to repair the volume button(s) (as well as the flex cable) for the iPhone 5.

iphone 5 volume button repair

iphone 5 volume button repair

First and foremost, it may not be the actual button(s) that needs to be repaired/replaced. For almost all the buttons on the iPhone 5, simply replacing the ribbon cable will solve almost any button problem that you might have (because it is most likely damaged and not working, rather than the button itself being damaged). If the the volume button(s) are obviously (visually) damaged, you may need to replace them. To do either one of these actions, you will need to follow the steps below:

Items you will need:

  • pentathlon screwdriver
  • tiny Phillips screwdriver
  • pry tool
  • suction cup
  • table cloth or screw tray
  • a new volume button

STEP 1: Remove the two pentalobe screws found on either side of the connector dock port, on the bottom of the phone. After that, using the suction cup, careful pull the LCD up from the case and then use the pry tool to pull it out more and then you will be able to use your fingers to take it all the way out. Be mindful to use to only pry from the bottom, or else you risk cracking the screen.

STEP 2: Then, open the device by pulling it gently from the case. Be careful to not open it more than 90° degrees, or else you will rip the ribbon cables connected inside. That would put a massive damper on your day, as well as lighten up your wallet considerably.

STEP 3: find the somewhat large, silver, metal bracket held in place by three screws. Take these three screws out and with the tweezers, also take out the metal bracket. Under this, there are three ribbon cables. All you need to do to remove them is take them off just like you would with lego pieces. Once you have completed this, the screen is ready to come off.

STEP 4: You will find two screws holding your battery in place by another silver metal bracket. The screws are what connects the the battery ribbon cable to the bracket. Take out the screws and then also the cable.

STEP 5: And now comes out the battery; this may or may not be tricky. The longer the iPhone has been out, the longer the glue attaching it to the base has had time to set. You will want to use the opening tool to jimmy and pry the battery so that it pops out smoothly and safely.

STEP 6: You only want/ need to replace the volume button(s), but the ribbon cable connecting it to the phone is found beneath the logic board, which means you need to unfasten and remove it. To do that, you must take out all the remaining screws and rubber tabs which connected to the motherboard. There are also two antennas (signal and wifi) connected to the logic board that you must also take out, too. At the end of this step, you will now be ready to remove the logic board (finally)!

STEP 7: remove both screws, using the tweezers, on either side of the metal bracket for the volume button(s). Then, take out the mute button and replace it with a new button (or you can try to repair the button   with a new set.

OR: replace the the ribbon cable that goes with the volume button(s).

STEP 8: Finally, repeat the above-listed instructions, this time in reverse order, and you’ll have your phone back in operation in no time at all!

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Repairing iPhone 5 Power Button

In this article we will look at how to repair and/or replace power button (as well as the flex cable) for the iPhone 5.

iphone 5 power button repair

iphone 5 power button repair

The most important detail to keep in mind before we start:

The all-important flex cable is what control the power button, as well as the volume and mute buttons. and also has two tiny connectors for the vibrating motor. Hence, it’s a pretty important thingy-do-dad. If any one of those buttons on your iPhone 5 stops working, the problem is often solvable just by replacing that one single cable. The whole process to replace the power button should not take more half an hour.

If the the power button are obviously (visually) damaged, you may need to replace them. To do either one of these actions, it most likely isn’t the ribbon cable that needs to be replaced, but rather the power button itself.

And here’s a very important headache-saver: Don’t lose your (teeny-tiny) screws! We cannot stress this with you too much- keep those screws on a tool cloth so that they don’t roll off and fall on the floor!

Items you will need:

  • pentathlon screwdriver
  • tiny Phillips screwdriver
  • pry tool
  • suction cup
  • table cloth or screw tray
  • a new power button

 

STEP 1: On the bottom of the iPhone, you will find two pentalobe screws on either side of the connector dock port; remove them with the proper screwdriver. Next, use the suction cup to carefully raise the LCD up and out of the case; feel free to use the prying tool (you will need to- the suction cup won’t be able to get the LCD all the way up and out) to gently jig the LCD more until there is enough of it out of the case so that can complete the extraction using your fingers. DO NOT use the prying tool on any other part of the device except the bottom (near the power button); otherwise you might (and it’s quite possible) crack the screen. That would ruin your day and open out a whole other can of problems and costs.

STEP 2: Then, you will need to open the phone by lifting it out of the case slowly . You should must not pull the screen back more than 90° degrees; doing so runs the risk of tearing the ribbon cables found on the back of the screen that connect it to the motherboard.

STEP 3: Find the silver metal bracket with three screws. Remove the three screws and next, using the tweezers, also take out that bracket. You will see three ribbon cables. To remove them, simply unclip them just like like lego pieces. Once this is done, you can finally remove the screen.

STEP 4: Look for the two screws securing your battery to another smaller, silver metal bracket, near to the bottom of the phone. Take out the screws and then, remove the cable.

STEP 5: Next, it’s time to remove the battery; You will want to use the opening tool to gently pry the battery carefully out of its case.

STEP 6: Yes, you only want to change/fix the power button, the ribbon cable connecting it to the motherboard, but that’s found underneath and so you need take it out the whole motherboard. Take out the remaining screws and rubber tabs that are connected to the motherboard. Once all hardware attached to the motherboard is disconnected, you can then remove the motherboard from the case.

STEP 7: Next, using the tweezers, take out the two screws, found on either side of the metal bracket covering the power button. Pop out the power button and then simply replace it.

OR: (most likely) you will want / have to replace the the ribbon cable that connects the power button with the motherboard.

STEP 8: Last but not least, repeat process one more time, but now in reverse order, and before you know it, you’ll be back to using your iPhone in no time at all!

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Repairing iPhone 5 Mute Button

In this article we will look at how to repair and/or replace mute button (as well as the flex cable) for the iPhone 5.

iphone 5 mute button repair

iphone 5 mute button repair

The all-important flex cable controls the power button, mute button and also has two tiny connectors for the vibrating motor. Hence, it’s a pretty important whatchamacallit. If any one of the buttons on the iPhone 5 ceases to work, the problem is solvable by just replacing the one single cable. The whole process to replace the mute button should not take more half an hour.

The top thing to remember? To keep your screws well-placed! Cannot stop stressing this enough. Second most- important item to remember? You need to be extremely gentle when you pry the screen up.

If the the mute button are obviously (visually) damaged, you may need to replace them. To do either one of these actions, you will need to follow the steps below:

Items you will need:

  • pentathlon screwdriver
  • tiny Phillips screwdriver
  • pry tool
  • suction cup
  • a new mute button

STEP 1: Loosen and remove the two pentalobe screws found on either side of the connector dock port, on the bottom of the phone. Then, using a suction cup, gently raise the LCD out of its case until you can use your opening tool to pry it up even further (which won’t take much) and then you can use your fingers to pull it the rest of the way out. Be sure to only use the tool to pry it open from the bottom, where the power button is located, so as not to crack the screen.

STEP 2: Next, you can open your phone by lifting it ever so gently out of its case. Be sure not to open it past 90° degrees, or else you will rip some ribbon cables on the inside.

STEP 3: Look for the squarish silver metal bracket with three screws. Remove the three screws and then with your tweezers, also remove the metal bracket. Underneath the metal bracket, which shields the cables, you will find three ribbon cables. All you need to do to remove them is to unclip them like lego pieces, one after another. After this, you can take the screen off.

STEP 4: You will find two screws securing your battery with another silver metal bracket, closer to the base of the phone. These screws secure the battery ribbon cable. Remove these screws and then the cable. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of keeping your screws organized- you’ve got a lot of small screws to work with here, and more to come.

STEP 5: Now you’re ready to take out the battery; this can be a dozy. The longer you’ve had your iPhone, the more time the glue attaching it to the base has had time to set. You will need to use the pry tool to slide it underneath and pop the battery out.

STEP 6: Even though you only want/ need to replace the mute buttons, the ribbon cable connecting it is found under the motherboard, which means you will have to take it out. So you will need to remove all remaining screws, as well as rubber tabs, connected to the motherboard. You also need to remove the screws and cable connecting the camera to the motherboard. You will also find some antennas connected to the motherboard and will need to unclip those as well. Once you have done all this, the motherboard is free to go!

STEP 7: Remove the two screws, found on either side of the metal bracket shielding the mute button, all with your tweezers. Pop out the mute button and replace them (or simply have them repaired) with a new set.

OR: replace the the ribbon cable that goes with the mute button.

STEP 8: Finally, repeat the above-listed instructions, this time in reverse order, and you’ll have your phone back in operation in no time at all!

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How to Repair iPhone 4 Power Button

One of the biggest headaches about a smartphone is when the power button ceases to work. You can still turn the phone on by pressing the home button, but there’s no way to turn it off and all you can do is wait for the auto-sleep function to kick in (if you have it activated!).

iphone 4 power button repair
This is repair is actually quite difficult, so you are looking at approximately 50 minutes to complete the job.

WARNING: Following these steps will void your warranty. You are performing this repair at your own risk. This website claims no responsibility for any damage that might occur. 

Things you will need:

  • pentalobe screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • metal or plastic opening tool
  • screw tray OR tool cloth
  • sim card eject tool
  • anti-static spudger
  • tweezers
  • precision knife

 

Process 

STEP 1

Make sure that your iPhone is completely powered off and take out the sim card and then also remove the sim tray.

STEP 2

Remove the two bottom screws found on either side of the dock connecter.

Step 3

Slide the rear panel upwards until it clicks on and then remove it. You’re now entering the inner depths of your iPhone!

Step 4

Remove the Phillips screw that secures the battery and take off the metal shield. Using the tweezers, remove the small contact and MAKE SURE not to lose it. You can now remove the battery, using the prying tool GENTLY.

Step 5

Pull back the plastic tab (which is to sticky) and bend it backwards to that it sticks to the inside wall and stays in place. Then, remove the two screws that secure the small black rectangular tab, which is the dock connector flex cover. After that, you can remove this cover as well.

Step 6

Remove the two screws find near the vibrator. These screws are what secures the vibrator’s motor to the frame. Once they are off, take out the vibrator and set it to the side.

Step 7

Find the longblack cover that is located below the camera and its lens. This is the wifi antenna cover, and is secured to the frame with five screws. Remove each screw to uncover the antenna and then with your tweezers, take out the antenna and set it to the side.

Step 8

Now using the spudger, you will need to disconnect the cables from the following five pieces of hardware: power button; audio jack; digitizer; front camera and the LCD screen. After this is done, remove the camera itself.

Step 9

Then, unsnap the dock connector flex cable (it has a somewhat ‘Y’ -shape) and bend it back. Beneath the dock connector flex cable, you will find the signal antenna; disconnect this as well. You will also want to remove the light gray dot found near the middle of the frame (this is the water indicator).

Step 10

You will see five screws which hold the motherboard secure in place to the frame. Remove all of them. Now you can gently and carefully remove the motherboard from your iPhone.

Step 11

Find the loudspeaker on the iPhone. You will see one single screw securing it in place. First remove this screw, and then also remove the loud speaker housing from the frame.

Step 12

Next, remove the four screws found in each corner of your iPhone, respectively. Then, you will need to remove another six screws, located in groups of three on each of the horizonal sides of the iPhone.

Step 13

Using the pry tool (a metal one might be better for this job), slide it in between the edge of the screen and frame. You will need to pry little by little on each side of screen to nudge it out. DO NOT simply try to pry it open from only one side- it won’t work and you’ll damage the phone. Once the screen pops open/off, gently open it at a 90° and carefully remove the assemby. Be especially care not to tear the LCD or digitizer flex cables(!).

Step 14

Remove the two Phillips screws that hold the power button in place to the frame. Once this is completed, gently peel off the proximity flex cable assembly (the black assembly frame with the red and silver oval in the middle). You will then need to peel off the silver metal power button bracket, as well as the speaker and ear spacer from the cable assembly.

Step 15

Replace the cable (which is the most common cause of a faulty power button).

Step 16

Follow these steps once more, but this time in reverse order to reassemble your iPhone.

Don’t fell like carrying out this iPhone repair yourself, then try Get it Repaired Ltd who are a very good mobile phone repair company based in England.

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How To Replace an iPhone 4 Home Button

A broken home button on an iPhone 4 can be pretty annoying, because it’s basically the only button on the phone. And even though there quite a few screws involved in replacing a home button, unfortunately, it’s actually not all that hard to make the replacement.

iphone 4 home button repair

iphone 4 home button repair

Things you will need:

  • pentalobe screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • plastic opening tool
  • screw tray OR tool cloth
  • sim card eject tool
  • tweezers
  • replacement home button

The Process

This process requires the removal of LOTS of tiny screws, so a tool cloth, or even better, a screw tray, is highly recommended. Not only is it a good idea for securing your screws, but also for remembering which screw came from were when doing this job to replace the home button.

Before you get started, you want to make sure that your phone is powered- off and once you are sure that the phone is shut off, you can began by first removing the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the phone which flank the dock slot.

Once those screws are out, the rear panel slides up really easily and then lifts right up off the phone. You will have your first glimpse inside the phone and then the next step is to remove the battery.

The battery is held in place by just once screw and a cable, so you can take care of those easily enough. You will want to loosen/take out the tiny screw holding down the small metal plate and then pry off the rubber and ribbon connector found beneath.

Once this is done, the next step is to pry out the battery with the iPhone opening tool. You will first pry on each side of the battery to gently lift it up and once it is far enough, you can use the plastic tab to finish the job and remove the battery the rest of the way.

Once we’ve got the battery out of the way, the next big step is to remove the speaker enclosure assembly. The first to doing this is disconnecting the dock connector ribbon cable as well as the speaker connector cable down near the speaker enclosure assembly.

With the cable lifted up, you can see the two screws which hold the speaker enclosure assembly in place. Once those two screws are removed, You can use the iPhone opening tool to gently pry the speaker enclosure assembly up and out of place.

Once we’ve gotten speaker enclosure assembly out of the way, the next big thing is to get the logic board and to do that, you will need to remove the sim card and a whole bunch of screws.

You will be removing the metal shield that protects the camera lens, as well as the lens itself. You will have remove the black rectangular thing-a-ma-gig; which is actually the logic board. Along the way, you’ll see several black tabs which you will want to pry and lift up with your iPhone opening tool.

Once you have lifted the logic board out and set it aside, you can get started on the display assembly, which means that you’re almost done! However, you will encounter about a gazillion screws to get through this process- which means that if you do use a screw tray, you’ll be extremely happy that you did (the same can be said if you use screwdrivers with a magnetic head).

Once this is completed, you are now ready to separate the device with you handy-dandy iPhone opening tool. Once the display is raised off the lip of the case, you can start to separate the two pieces, but not too hard, as there are some cable underneath connecting the two and you don’t want to break or rip them.

And now you’re ready to remove the home button. You will need to lift up the latch to allow you to do this and you’ll have to be carefully, because it’s pretty fragile. Then, you can use your tweezers to gently guide that cable out of its socket. Once that cable is disconnected, you can lift the home button up and out of its slot.

Finally, you just simply insert the new home button into the slot and follow the instructions above in reverse order to reassemble your phone.

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How To Fix a iPhone 4 Screen

We’ve all seen them- an iPhone that has cracked, if not shattered like a spiderweb, screen. Some of us have even been unlucky enough (be it yours or another person’s) to see them dropped- aye, the horror! (At least this is still better than seeing yours dropped in the toilet (has happened to a couple of my female friends (??) ; and recently at a wedding pool party, a buddy of mine lost his phone when he got pushed into the pool with his iPhone in his pocket; but I digress- the moral is, remember that the glass is always half full, and dropping and cracking your screen is better than giving it a bath….)

iphone 4 screen repair

iphone 4 screen repair

In reality, you don’t ‘fix’ a smartphone screen; you replace it. And believe it or not, that actually much more simple than you might think:

Before you even big, a KEY word to the wise: make sure you have tool cloth on the table, onto which you can put all the tiny (and we do mean tiny!) parts so as not to lose them. NOTHING is more frustrating then bumping a table and having small parts, especially screws that can roll off, fall down into the dark abyss that is your floor.

The Process

The first thing you do is, of course, make sure the phone is switched off, and then remove the sim card. You can get the job done just by using a paper clip.

Now, take your starred screwdriver and remove the two screws from the bottom.

Then, using your thumb, find the lip on the back of the phone, at the bottom, and push. The back should come straight off.

So the first thing you will need to remove is the battery connector. And remember: once you get inside the iPhone 4, all screws on the inside are Phillips screws. So with a Phillips screwdriver, remove the battery connector by unscrewing the holding bracket. Then, just pry open the connector out of the way. Take that (tiny little!) metal bracket off to one side, ON YOUR TOOL CLOTH, so as not to lose it.

So now you want to take the battery out. What you do is take the holding tab, and with a little bit of force, lift up so that you can feel it coming up and away. Once you’ve taken it out, put the battery to once side out of the way.

So now, look at the camera lens and you’ll find 5 (Phillips) screws which are holding a metal shield in place. Now, the shield still has tabs holding it in place, so will now need to wiggle it out and get it into a position where you can wiggle it off; just make sure not to bend those tabs.

Now, look for the small connector (and shield) that is found more or less in the middle of the screen and remove the screw holding it place. Now you can lift and remove the shield and then pop out the connector.

Next, you will need to remove the two screen that hold the vibrator motor in place, above the battery.

After that, you will need to remove the five screws found between the lens and the vibrator motor that hold the motherboard in place. Once you’ve removed the screws, you’ll need a plastic prying tool to jiggle the motherboard out.

So then you are ready to remove the camera tab, which is found between the lens and a small black rectangle.

Next, you’ll need to pry and peel back the plastic flexible cable (found alongside the battery case), to expose a screw. You’ll need to remove it plus another screw opposite is to remove the speaker housing. You can lift the flexible cable up to a 90° angle but not to much, or you’ll damage it. This is make it easier to lift out and remove the speaker.

Next to that black rectangle, you’ll find a light gray sensor (the water sensor). You’ll need to lift it up become beneath it is a screw that you need to remove.

And then there is just one more screw to remove (from the top), on the opposite top corner of the lens. Except that I lied to you (opps!)- it’s a Flathead screw(!).

Now, you can carefully lift out the motherboard. Beneath, you’ll find more screws: four around the metal washer in the middle and two more in each corner. It’s recommended you remove the small ones first.

Once ALL the screws are removed, get your case removal tool and gently work your way around prying the screen from the case, a little bit at a time. (DON’T remove the black ribbon cable piece yet).

You want to insert that ribbon cable through the gap carefully and gently, making sure not to damage it and thus connect the LCD to the case.

Finally, you just reverse the entire process and presto! You have a news screen and your iPhone is back in business!!

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How to Repair iPhone 4 Loud Speaker in 14 Short and Simple Steps

Having an iPhone with no loud speaker is a real pain in the neck.

This is a fairly easy repair and will only take about 15 minutes to complete.

WARNING: Following these steps will void your warranty. You are performing this repiar at your own risk. This website claims no responsibility for any damage that might occur. 

iphone 4 loudspeaker repair

iphone 4 loudspeaker repair

Things you will need:

  • pentalobe screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • metal or plastic opening tool
  • screw tray OR tool cloth
  • sim card eject tool
  • anti-static spunger
  • tweezers
  • precision knife

  

Process 

STEP 1: Power-off your phone; make sure it is completely turned off/ shut down before continuing.

STEP 2: Remove the two pentalobe screws found at the base of your iPhone, one on each side of the dock connector slot. 

STEP 3: Push the rear panel towards the top of your iPhone and once it clicks, remove the rear panel. 

STEP 4: Remove the Phillips screw that secures the battery to the motherboard. You find it holding down a small metal shield, which covers the connector cable, next to the battery. Disconnect the battery and make sure not to lose that small, (sort of-) L-shaped contact.

STEP 5: Insert pry/opening tool to/on the right side of the battery, gently pry, and remove the battery. Peel back the translucent pry strip (which is sticky) so that it won’t get in the way /be accidentally ripped.

STEP 6: Find the two screens holding down the dock flex connector, found on the right-side of the phone, halfway up the phone. Then, lift and remove the cover.

STEP 7: Remove the five screens found around the camera lens, which secure the wifi antennae to the motherboard and then carefully remove it (as with everything, with the tweezers).

STEP 8: Use your anti-static spunger to remove the following black rubber covers (on top) and black ribbon cables (beneath each black rubber cover): front camera; power button; audio jack; LCD; and digitizer cables. Lastly, unplug and remove the camera.

 STEP 9: Disconnect the dock connector flex cable and then the signal antenna found underneath the dock connector flex cable.

 STEP 10: On the left-side of the phone, halfway up and near the middle, you will find a light gray circle, which is the water indicator- you will need to pry it upwards and remove it. Then, you must loosen and remove the remaining two Flathead screws and one Phillips connected to and holding the motherboard in place. 

STEP 11: Using the sim eject tool, remove the sim tray and then carefully and gently remove the motherboard from your iPhone.

STEP 12: Find the last remaining Phillips screw and using your Phillips screwdriver, loosen and remove it from the loud speaker housing, so as to pry and take out the loud speaker housing.

STEP 13: On loud speaker housing, remove the two Phillips screw securing the wifi signal antenna in place. Next, first using your the prying/opening tool and then fingers, carefully peel off the signal antenna. You will find some sticky goo underneath- don’t panic; that’s just some work glue to help hold the signal antenna in place. Unless you plan on leaving your disassembled phone out in the open for a few hours, which would allow the glue to dry, you shouldn’t have to worry about that possible problem.

STEP 14: Repeat the steps described above in reverse order, using your repaired loud speaker (housing), or the new part. Don’t forget to rettach the antenna to the loud speaker housing.