Replace a Cracked or Broken iPhone 5 Screen

John John (304)
30 minutes

If you're a do-it-yourselfer with a cracked iPhone screen, there's no reason not to fix it yourself. You can buy all of the parts and tools you need online for under $50, and the process should take approximately 30 minutes. There are plenty of decent videos out there, but nothing quite beats a step-by-step guide with great photos. Read on.

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Remove the 2 screws on the bottom of the iPhone

Using the star screwdriver, remove both of the small screws. They are located on both sides of the charger port.

Using the black pry tool, pry the screen away from the phone

The title makes this step seem easier than it actually is. You must be very careful not to damage any components as you're trying to wedge the tool between the bottom edge of the screen and the phone. This step will take some time as you will need to apply a good bit of pressure to lift the screen. If necessary, you may use the suction cup provided to get a good grip on the screen. Since my screen is damaged, the suction cup was pretty much useless.

Carefully lift the screen and keep hold of it

There are still cables attached so you will want to do this carefully. Also take this time to study the inside of the phone!

Unscrew and remove the screen cable cover

There are three screws that must be removed to get to the ribbon cables. The cover can be removed by lifting the right side and sliding it left.

Carefully remove the ribbon cables

I used the small flat head screwdriver to gently lift the edge of each ribbon cable. There are three different cables that must be removed in order to completely remove the broken screen. Once you've removed them, set the screen upside down. We will have to remove a few things from the broken screen.

Remove the front facing camera assembly

There are three screws securing a protective shield over the back of the front facing camera that must be removed. Remove the cover and make sure to keep these pieces together.

Remove the screws securing the metal plate behind the screen

Carefully remove these screws and set them behind.

Set the plate and screws aside

Set the plate and screws aside, keeping them together. I recommend putting them into a Tupperware container or something.

Remove the remainder of the camera assembly

This is a step where you will have to pay close attention to how this assembly is put together. You may have to use a flat head screw drive to help lift where parts are secured by adhesive. Once you've lifted the entire assembly including the plastic camera cover, set it aside.

Remove the button assembly

There are two screws securing the plate behind the button. Once the plate is gone you will have to remove the piece to the right of the button secured by adhesive. You can use a flat head screwdriver if necessary. After removing these pieces the button should pop out the back. Set this entirely assembly aside.

Replace the camera assembly on the new screen

You will have to be very cautious and precise to position the camera properly. Begin by placing the plastic cover followed by the camera. You can place the cover on now or wait until after you've positioned the metal plate behind the screen.

Position the metal plate and screw it in

Slide the plate into position and reattach the screws.

Replace the button assembly

Place the button in position, place the adhesive strip back in place, then screw on the cover.

Make sure you've properly placed and secured all covers

Double-check your work so you know all covers are in place.

Reattach the ribbon cables

This step will require some patience. Position the cables in place and then apply a little bit of pressure until you feel them snap into place. You shouldn't have to press too hard, so move them around until they are in the right place.

Place the new screen back into place

You will have to apply a little bit of pressure and wiggle screen around a bit until it settles back into place.

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John John (304)
1 hour

There are plenty of helpful videos on this subject, but I find guides with pictures to be useful with a project like this.