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(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 slightly and you'll see the ribbon cable for the home button. See the next stage for a close up image.
To disconnect this cable, carefully lever up from the point shown below, using a flat head screwdriver. Be very careful not to damage this cable, because although it is inexpensive to replace, the fingerprint recognition feature will not work with a replacement part.
With the home button cable disconnected, lift the screen up and you'll see a metal cover held in place by 4 screws. Remove these screws
and 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 magnetic.
You now have access to three ribbon cables from 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.
With the first two cables disconnected, you have access to the third cable, indicated below. Again, this has a plug and socket like connection, so lever this up, away from the circuit board.
You can now lift the screen free.
Below you can see the screen, separated from the rest of the phone.
To remove the home button, start by removing the 2 screws circled below.
Below is a close up of the two screws.
Once you have removed the two screws, you'll have access
to a third screw, circled below. Remove this screw and the metal plate which sits behind the home button.
The metal plate has now been removed. To remove the home button, first apply some heat from a hot air gun or hairdryer to soften the adhesive holding it in place. Pay particular attention to the cable indicated by the arrow as this is quite well stuck down. Be very careful not to damage this cable when you remove the home button, because although it is inexpensive to replace, the fingerprint recognition feature will not work with a replacement part.
Now push the home button though from the front of the screen. If the part is stuck, apply more heat and carefully push the part free. Do not use force.
The home button and cable are now free. If you are replacing the screen but your new screen does not come with
the earpiece, front facing camera or proximity sensor, then you'll need to remove them from your old screen. To remove the earpiece, remove
the 2 screws circled below then lift the part free.
The earpiece and its metal cover are now free. Next remove the 5 circled screws.
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 heat shield away from the back of the screen. The front facing camera and proximity sensor will still be connected to the heat shield, 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 5S.
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 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 disconnected the 3 ribbon cables indicated by the arrows below. Again, each ribbon cable has a plug and socket like connection, so
disconnect them in the same way as the others. There is also a small cable which needs to be disconnected, circled below. This is slightly different to the others but connects in the same plug-socket manner.
Next remove the 8 screws, circled below.
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. See the next stage for a close up image.
Below is a close up of the cable.
The circuit board is now free. Next remove the two circled screws
and you'll be able to lift the camera out.
Below is a close up of the two screws.
The camera has now been removed.
Now remove the 7 circled screws. You'll be able to lift the vibrating motor free at this point.
The vibrating motor is now free. 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 cable is particularly well stuck where the power button is, so you may need to use some heat from a hair dryer to soften the adhesive holding it in place.
The flex ribbon cable is now free, along with the volume, mute and
Below is a close up of the flex ribbon cable for the
volume, mute and power buttons. If you are replacing this part, you'll need to detach the metal
frame, which is held in place with adhesive tape and can be peeled away from the
You can now 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 from the point indicated by the arrow below and you should
be able to peel this cable away from the housing. Don't force this cable as it
is easily torn.
The antenna cable is now free. To remove the headphone jack socket, microphone, lightening port and loud speaker, remove the 7 circled screws.
You can now lift the headphone jack socket, microphone, lightening port and loud speaker free. Some adhesive tape holds the part in place, but it should come away with very little force. The loud speaker can be separated from the other parts, as shown below.
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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