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How To Replace The Glass On Your iPhone

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If you happened to have read my Introduction post, you know that I replaced the back glass on my wife’s iPhone 4.  And soon after I replaced the battery as well.

In this Quick Guide Video I’ll show you just how easy it is to replace the rear glass panel on you iPhone 4 and 4S.  It may seem intimidating, but with the two resources I use, it is not as difficult as it may sound.

The first resource is Direct Fix.  They have the parts and tools needed to get the job done.  Their customer service rocks.  And, they’re based out of California.  So the time it took to get the tools and parts for me with their free shipping option was only a few days.

The second resource is iFixIt.  Their repair manuals are second to none and its the first place I go if I need to repair anything.  Yes, anything!

The only tool you will need for this is either a #00 Phillips or Pentalobe screwdriver.

Remove the two screws on either side of the dock connector and set them in a safe place.  They are small so keep an eye on them.

Place the iPhone face down on a clean surface.  Hold the aluminum antenna stable and slide the back panel upwards.  It will only slide 3mm or so.  Finally lift the panel straight up.

To replace the panel, just do everything you just did in reverse order.

Hopefully this will help you get past any anxiety or self doubt you may have had to do a repair such as this on your own.

Be sure to pass this along to anyone you know who needs to replace the glass on their iPhone.  And just a reminder, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter if you have an account.  Finally, if you find yourself needing to repair your iPhone, be sure to get yourself an OtterBox so this doesn’t happen again.

Happy iOSing,


Video Transcript

[Siri] Hello everyone.  Thanks for tuning in to this Quick Guide Video from iDevice Mastery.

Here is your host, Ryan OBarr.

[Ryan] Thanks Siri.

Hey everyone. Ryan here with another Quick Guide Video from iDevice Mastery.  You can find me over at www.iDeviceMastery.com.

In today’s Quick Guide Video I’m going to show you just how easy it is to replace the broken rear panel on your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s.  Let’s go ahead and get started.

Ok.  First thing we’re going do is grab our screwdriver.  And we have got to remove the two screws at the bottom of the iPhone.  There’s one on each side at the dock connector. One here and, one right over here.  And here’s a close up of what the screws look like and where they’re located.

Now the screws at the bottom the iPhone are either going to be a 00 Phillips or a pentalobe.  You can find these screwdrivers at Direct Fix.  Their web site is www.DirectFix.com [I now recommend iFixIt.com].  Or you can find a link to their website in the Toolbox area of iDeviceMastery.

So let’s go and get rid of these screws here.  Be sure that when you buy the screwdriver it’s magnetized at the tip.  I didn’t and I’ve been kicking myself in the rear end every time I have to repair a phone.

So once you loosen the screws go ahead and pull them out.  Place the phone on a flat surface and hold the top on the phone with your index finger and slide with another finger upward.  It doesn’t go up very much.  A few millimeters at the most.  You can see here how much it moved forward.

Once you’ve got it slid forward, go ahead and lift straight up on the back panel the phone.

This here is a replacement panel that I got from DirectFix.com.  It looks and fits just like the old one did except it’s not broken.

Ok.  Let’s go ahead and get this back panel put on.  So the first thing you need to have a look at is the two slots right here.  Here is a close up for what they look like.  And then also take note of the tabs on the back of this panel.  Here is a close up of that. Because these go in here.  Straight back down.  Make sure the panel I is nice and flat.  Give it a little tap.  Make sure it’s flush on both sides.

And then you’re going to slide backwards.  It’s not going to click or anything.  It’ll just stop.

Once you’ve got it slid back, go ahead and put the screws back in.  Now these screws don’t need a whole lot of tension behind them.  If you torque down on them too much they’re going to strip.  So make sure you’re careful with them.  Once you start feeling resistance go ahead and stop.

Once you’ve got the screws back in, you’re all done.  Go ahead and power the phone back on and make sure it’s working just fine and you’re all set.

Well that’s it for this Quick Guide Video episode.  Thanks again for watching.  If you’d like more tips like these, plus other great information on how to get the most out your iPhone or iPad, head on over to www.iDeviceMastery.com.  You can also find me on Facebook under iDevice Mastery.  Facebook is a great place to ask any questions you may have.  You can also find me on Twitter as well at @iDeviceMastery.

Thanks again!

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