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Tools required for disassembly: iPhone tool kit
(If you are replacing a badly cracked screen, cover it in sticky tape before starting). First turn your phone off and remove the sim tray
by pushing your sim removal tool into the hole circled below. If you
don't have the sim removal tool, use something like a paperclip.
Next remove the 2 pentalobe screws, circled below.
Now attach a suction cup near the bottom of the screen, as shown below. If your screen
is cracked, try and place the suction cup in an area which isn't damaged, but
note that removal of the screens needs to start at the bottom end.
Pull the suction cup up and you should lift the screen enough to allow
you to get the edge of a plastic tool under the edge of the screen, as pictured
below. Lever up both bottom corners of the screen.
Lift the screen up and you'll see a metal cover held in place by 4
Below is a close up of the four screws. Remove these screws along with
the metal cover (the EMI shield). Make sure the screws go back in the same
position they were removed from, particularly the top right screw, which is non
You now have access to three ribbon cables connected to the screen (only two are
visible at first). Each of these cables has a plug and socket like connection,
so lever each up, away from the circuit board. Disconnect the cables in the
order indicated below. You can then lift the screen away from the rest of the
Below you can see the screen, separated from the rest of the phone.
If you are replacing the screen but your new screen does not come with
the home button, ear speaker, front facing camera or proximity sensor, then you'll
need to remove them from your old screen. To remove the home button contact,
start by removing the 2 screws circled below then lift the metal part away and
the home button contact should come with it. If the contact remains stuck firmly
in place, don't force it, but apply some heat from a hot air gun or hairdryer to
soften the adhesive holding the part in place then try removing it again.
The home button contact is now free.
To remove the home button, push it through from the point indicated by
the arrow below. If the home button doesn't come free, apply some heat from a
hot air gun or hairdryer to soften the adhesive holding the part in place.
The home button is now free, as shown below. To remove the ear speaker,
remove the two screws circled below then lift the metal cover and ear speaker
The ear speaker is now free. To remove the metal back plate, remove the six screws
you can see circled below.
The six screws have now been removed. The flex ribbon cable for the
front facing camera and proximity sensor are circled below.
To detach the flex ribbon cable for the front facing camera and
proximity sensor, first apply some heat with a hot air gun or hair dryer for
around 30 seconds, which will soften the adhesive holding it in place, then use
a plastic tool to carefully lift the cable free, from the point indicated by the
arrow below. Be careful as this cable is easily damaged.
Lift the metal back plate away from the back of the screen. The front facing camera and proximity sensor will still be connected,
but if you wish to remove this part, simply peel back the black sticker
indicated by the arrow.
The front facing camera and proximity sensor are now free. If
you only want to replace the screen, you don't need to follow the
guide any further, simply reattach the parts to your new screen and reverse the whole procedure for reassembly. If you've found this disassembly guide useful, please support formymobile.co.uk and order the tools and parts you need from our site. We ship worldwide! Continue
following the rest of the guide for complete disassembly of your iPhone 5C.
To disconnect the battery, first remove the two screws circled below and
lift the metal cover away.
Now disconnect the cable indicated below. This cable has a plug and
socket like connection, so lever it up, away from the circuit board.
The battery is held in place by two adhesive strips on the underside of
the battery. To remove the adhesive strips there is a pull tab, indicated by the
screwdriver below. To remove the battery, first cut the pull tab in the middle,
where the arrow below indicates. You'll then have a pull tab for the left side
of the battery and a pull tab for the right side.
Slowly pull the left pull tab and as the adhesive strip stretches, keep
adjusting your grip so you are always pulling a short piece. If you stretch the
cable too long, it will snap and the battery will be stuck. The adhesive strip
runs the full length of the battery, so removing this adhesive strip will take
some time and patience. Keep pulling the adhesive strip slowly until it is
completely free then do the same for the other side of the battery. Then simply
lift the battery out. If you snap the adhesive strips and the battery is stuck
firmly in place, slide something thin and flat, like an old credit card, under
the battery. This alternative method requires some force which may result in
damage to the battery, so it is much better to use the pull tab method.
The battery is now free. Now disconnect the four ribbon cables circled
below. Again, each ribbon cable has a plug and socket like connection, so
disconnect them in the same way as the others. The smaller cable, circled in white, is slightly
different to the others but connects in the same plug-socket manner.
Next, remove the three screws circled below and you can lift the camera and clamp free.
The camera and clamp are now free. Now remove the six circled screws.
The circuit board will now be loose, although it will still be attached
to a ribbon cable on the reverse side of the board. Lift the circuit board over
from right to left.
You can now disconnect the circled cable. Again, the cable has a plug and socket like connection, so lever it away from the circuit board.
The circuit board is now free.
Now remove the two circled screws. You'll be able to lift the
vibrating motor free at this point.
The vibrating motor is now free.
Now remove the five circled screws. The screw circled top right right will be
covered by black foam tape, so scrape this off to access the screw underneath.
The flex ribbon cable for the volume, mute and power buttons is held in place
with an adhesive backing. Starting from the point indicated by the arrow below,
carefully peel this cable away from the housing.
The flex ribbon cable for the volume, mute and power buttons is now
free. The volume, mute and power buttons will now also be loose. Now remove the
black tape, indicated by the arrow below.
Remove the screw circled below and you can then remove the antenna
cable. First apply some heat from a hot air gun or hair dryer to soften the
adhesive holding it in place, then carefully lift the part free. Be careful as
this cable is easily torn.
The antenna cable is now free. To remove the headphone jack socket,
microphone, lightening port and loud speaker, remove the seven screws circled
The headphone jack socket, microphone, lightening
port and loud speaker are indicated by the arrow below. Some adhesive tape holds the part in place, but it
should come away with very little force.
The headphone jack socket, microphone, lightening port and loud
speaker are now free.
The loud speaker can be separated from the rest of the cable. To do
so, first peel back the cable indicated by the arrow below, which is stuck down
lightly with adhesive tape. The loudspeaker will then be loose.
The loudspeaker is now free.
If you are replacing the entire housing, you may need to remove all the remaining small parts to fit to your new housing. These parts are all either held in place with double sided adhesive tape or screws. Disassembly is now complete.
Reverse the whole procedure for reassembly. If you've found this disassembly guide useful, please support formymobile.co.uk and order the tools and parts you need from our site. We ship worldwide!
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