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iPhone 5S disassembly, screen replacement and repair



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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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 1 Next remove the 2 pentalobe screws, circled below. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 2 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 3 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 4 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 5 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 6 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 7 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 8 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 9 Below you can see the screen, separated from the rest of the phone. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 10 To remove the home button, start by removing the 2 screws circled below. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 11 Below is a close up of the two screws. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 12 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 13 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 14 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 15 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 16 The earpiece and its metal cover are now free. Next remove the 5 circled screws. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 17 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 18 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 19 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 20 To disconnect the battery, first remove the two screws circled below and lift the metal cover away. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 21 Now disconnect the cable indicated below. This cable has a plug and socket like connection, so lever up, away from the circuit board. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 22 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 23 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 24 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 25 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 26 Next remove the 8 screws, circled below. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 27 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 28 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 29 Below is a close up of the cable. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 30 The circuit board is now free. Next remove the two circled screws and you'll be able to lift the camera out. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 31 Below is a close up of the two screws. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 32 The camera has now been removed. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 33 Now remove the 7 circled screws. You'll be able to lift the vibrating motor free at this point. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 34 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 35 The flex ribbon cable is now free, along with the volume, mute and power buttons. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 36 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 ribbon cable. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 37 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 38 The antenna cable is now free. To remove the headphone jack socket, microphone, lightening port and loud speaker, remove the 7 circled screws. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 39 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. iPhone 5S disassembly stage 40 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! iPhone 5S disassembly stage 41
If you have any questions about how to take apart and repair your broken iPhone 5S, email rob.lee@formymobile.co.uk. Or post a comment below for further help with iPhone 5S disassembly.

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