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Repair guide : Display Assembly iPhone 4S

Level : Hard Time : 60 min Author : Alexandre
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This guide is for replacing the display assembly of your iPhone 4S.
Symptoms : defective, broken or cracked display assembly
Some advice before you start
Repair - Repair guide: Display Assembly iPhone 4S
Guide format : Pdf Integrate

Step 1

Before replacing the display assembly of your iPhone 4S, you have to securely turn it off.

Maintain the power button on the top for a few seconds.

Then slide to the right to "power off" button in red.

Step 2

Use a SIM card eject tool to remove the tray.

Step 3

Remove the two screws circled in red located on both sides of the dock connector of your iPhone 4S.

Step 4

Push the rear panel to the top.

It should move about 2mm.

Then lift it away as shown on the third picture.

Step 5

With a cruciform screwdriver, remove the two screws circled in red.

Those screws maintain the battery cable to the battery connector .

Step 6

Use a pair of tweezers to remove the metallic piece next to the phone's battery connector.

Step 7

Use the nylon spudger to disconnect the logicboard's battery connector.

Attention : Gently pry the battery from the side as shown on the picture. Do not force it or it could damage the connector.

Step 8

With a nylon spudger, gently pry to lift the left side of the battery.

Step 9

Then grab the clear plastic and slowly pull to take the battery off its socket.

Be gentle when removing the battery. Apple uses quite some glue on their devices which prevents from removing it with this technique.

Step 10

With a cruciform screwdriver, remove the two screws circled in red.

Those screws hold the dock connector bracket.

Step 11

Use the tweezers to grab and remove the dock connector's cover.

Step 12

With the nylon spudger, unclip the dock connector cable.

Step 13

With a cruciform screwdriver, remove the four screws circled in red.

Those screws hold the dock connector bracket.

Step 14

Still using the tweezers, grab the metal braket.

Step 15

Use the nylon spudger to disconnect the back camera cable.

Step 16

Grab the camera using the pair of tweezers.

Step 17

Use the nylon spudger to disconnect the jack/volume button/vibrate switch cable.

Step 18

Still with the nylon spudger, unclip the power button/light and proximity sensor cable.

Step 19

With the spudger, disconnect the front camera.

Step 20

Use the nylon spudger and unlock the touch and LCD screen cable.

Step 21

With a cruciform screwdriver, remove the screw circled in red.

This screw hold the grounding clip of the phone.

Step 22

Use a pair of tweezers to remove the grounding clip.

Step 23

With a cruciform screwdriver, remove the rivet screw at the top right.

Then use a cruciform screwdriver to remove the screw circled in red on the left.

Step 24

Still with a cruciform screwdriver, remove the screw circled in red.

This screw hold the logic board to the frame.

Step 25

With the nylon spudger, gently disconnect the GSM antenna connector from the logic board.

Step 26

With a flat screwdriver, remove the rivet screw circled in red.

This screw holds the logic board to the frame.

Step 27

Use the nylon spudger to disconnect the WiFi/Bluetooth antenna.

Step 28

Remove the screw circled in red on the picture.

This screw holds the logic board to the frame.

Step 29

Use a nylon spudger to gently lift the logic board and remove it.

Step 30

 

Use a pair of tweezers to remove the gold grounding clip.

Important notice : this metalic golden part is under the logic board and not above.

 

Step 31

Insert a nylon spudger under the vibrator to remove it.

Step 32

Still using the cruciform screwdriver, remove the three screws circled in red on the right side of the cellphone.

Those screws hold the phone' screen.

Note : Careful not to loose the metal rings located behind each screws !

Step 33

Use a cruciform screwdriver to remove the three screws circle din red on the left side of the phone.

Those screws maintain the screen on the phone.

Note : Careful not to loose the metal rings that are behind each screw !

Step 34

Use a cruciform screwdriver to remove the screw circled in red at the top right.

Step 35

Still with that same screwdriver, remove the screw on the top left corner, circled in red.

Step 36

With a cruciform screwdriver, remove the two screws circled in red.

Those screws maintain the speaker.

Step 37

Use a pair of tweezers to remove the speaker.

Step 38

Use the same screwdriver again and remove the screw circled in red at the bottom left of the phone.

Step 39

Remove the screw at the bottom right of the iPhone. 

Step 40

Insert the nylon spudger between the LCD screen and the frame and gently pry up to lift.

Note :If you can lift the screen, heat up with a hair dryer the top and bottom part of the screen to soften the glue.

Step 41

Still using the nylon spudger, pry up the display assembly by starting with the left and right side of the phone.

Step 42

Then gently lift the screen and remove it.

Step 43

Take the spudger and gently remove the spacer and home button.

Then take the tweezers and remove it.

Step 44

The display assembly of your iPhone 4S is now disassembled.

You can replace it by a new one.

When reassembling, careful to align the LCD/touch screen cables at the top of the screen to place them between the frame and the screen without bending them.

To reassemble your iPhone 4S follow this guide in reverse order.

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