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Use this guide to remove every component from the rear case of your iPhone 5.

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  1. If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass. Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered. This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.
    • If your display glass is cracked, keep further breakage contained and prevent bodily harm during your repair by taping the glass.

    • Lay overlapping strips of clear packing tape over the iPhone's display until the whole face is covered.

    • This will keep glass shards contained and provide structural integrity when prying and lifting the display.

    • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from any glass shaken free during the repair.

  2. Before you proceed, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.
    • Before you proceed, discharge your iPhone battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

    • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

    • Remove the two 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

  3. In the following steps you will be pulling the display up out of the phone body. The display is composed of a glass screen and a plastic bezel with metal clips. Regardless of the tool you use, you need to be sure you pull up the entire display. If the glass begins to separate from the plastic, as shown in the first image, slide a plastic opening tool between the plastic frame and the metal phone body to pry the metal clips out of the case.
    • In the following steps you will be pulling the display up out of the phone body. The display is composed of a glass screen and a plastic bezel with metal clips.

    • Regardless of the tool you use, you need to be sure you pull up the entire display.

    • If the glass begins to separate from the plastic, as shown in the first image, slide a plastic opening tool between the plastic frame and the metal phone body to pry the metal clips out of the case.

    • If you are reassembling a phone with a separated display bezel, you may want to place a thin strip of adhesive between the plastic bezel and the glass to keep the phone closed.

    • The next two steps demonstrate using the iSclack, a great tool for safely opening the iPhone 5 that we recommend for anyone doing more than one repair. If you aren't using the iSclack, skip to Step 6.

    • Close the handle on the iSclack, opening the suction-cup jaws.

    • Place the bottom of your iPhone in between the suction cups, against the plastic depth gauge.

    • The top suction cup should rest just above the home button.

    • Open the handles to close the jaws of the iSclack. Center the suction cups and press them firmly onto the top and bottom of the iPhone.

  4. Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to separate the suction cups, pulling the front panel up from the rear case. The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone just enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage any cables.
    • Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to separate the suction cups, pulling the front panel up from the rear case.

    • The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone just enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage any cables.

    • Peel the two suction cups off your iPhone.

    • Skip the next three steps and continue on Step 9.

  5. Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.
    • Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.

    • Be sure the cup is completely on the screen to get a tight seal.

    • If you're opening an iPhone with cracked glass, neatly lay a couple strips of packing tape across the front and squeeze out as many bubbles as you can. This will give the suction cup a surface to grab, and minimize the spread of broken glass.

  6. Make sure the suction cup is firmly attached to the front panel assembly.
    • Make sure the suction cup is firmly attached to the front panel assembly.

    • While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel assembly from the rear case.

    • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The screen is a much tighter fit than most devices.

    • With a plastic opening tool, begin to gently pry the rear case down, away from the screen, while you pull up with the suction cup.

    • There are several clips attaching the front panel assembly to the rear case, so you may need to use a combination of the suction cup and plastic opening tool to free the front panel assembly.

  7. Continue to pry up around the sides of the front panel assembly, detaching the clips along the left and right side.
    • Continue to pry up around the sides of the front panel assembly, detaching the clips along the left and right side.

  8. Do not try to completely remove the front panel assembly from the rear case, as there are several ribbon cables still attached at the top of the iPhone. Once the clips have been released on the bottom and sides of the front panel assembly, pull the bottom of the assembly away from the rear case. Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.
    • Do not try to completely remove the front panel assembly from the rear case, as there are several ribbon cables still attached at the top of the iPhone.

    • Once the clips have been released on the bottom and sides of the front panel assembly, pull the bottom of the assembly away from the rear case.

    • Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables.

  9. Remove the following two screws securing the metal battery connector bracket to the logic board:
    • Remove the following two screws securing the metal battery connector bracket to the logic board:

    • One 1.8 mm Phillips screw

    • One 1.6 mm Phillips screw

  10. Remove the metal battery connector bracket from the iPhone.
    • Remove the metal battery connector bracket from the iPhone.

  11. Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Be very careful to only pry up on the battery connector itself and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket or the board itself, you may destroy the socket or damage nearby components on the board.

  12. Remove the following screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket to the logic board:
    • Remove the following screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket to the logic board:

    • Two 1.2 mm Phillips screws

    • One 1.6 mm Phillips screw

    • This screw tends to not be attracted to a magnetized screwdriver. Take care not to lose it when removing, and make sure it gets back into the right place—a magnetized screw may interfere with the compass.

  13. Lift the display cable bracket toward the battery to unhook it, and remove it from the iPhone. During reassembly, clip the left-hand hooks under the logic board and lower the bracket towards the outside of the phone.
    • Lift the display cable bracket toward the battery to unhook it, and remove it from the iPhone.

    • During reassembly, clip the left-hand hooks under the logic board and lower the bracket towards the outside of the phone.

  14. Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cables in this step. Use a plastic opening tool or a fingernail to disconnect the three front panel assembly cables: Front-facing camera and sensor cable
    • Make sure the battery is disconnected before you disconnect or reconnect the cables in this step.

    • Use a plastic opening tool or a fingernail to disconnect the three front panel assembly cables:

    • Front-facing camera and sensor cable

    • LCD cable

    • Digitizer cable

    • When reassembling your phone, the LCD cable may pop off the connector. This can cause white lines, or nothing at all to appear when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to disconnect and reconnect the battery.

  15. Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.
    • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

  16. Use the exposed clear plastic pull tab to peel the battery off the adhesive securing it to the iPhone.
    • Use the exposed clear plastic pull tab to peel the battery off the adhesive securing it to the iPhone.

    • If you have trouble peeling the battery up, use an iOpener or hair dryer to heat the rear case of the iPhone and soften the adhesive.

    • The plastic tab is fragile and may break. If your tab breaks before the battery is freed, refer to the following steps.

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  18. If the tab breaks off and the battery remains stuck to the rear case, prepare an iOpener or use a hair dryer to heat the rear case directly behind the battery.
    • If the tab breaks off and the battery remains stuck to the rear case, prepare an iOpener or use a hair dryer to heat the rear case directly behind the battery.

    • This will soften the adhesive holding the battery, making it easier and safer to pry out of the case.

  19. Use the plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery up, only at the outside edge of the phone. Prying anywhere else, especially near the logic board, may result in damage to the logic board. If the battery doesn't pry easily out of the case, reheat and reapply the iOpener and try again.
    • Use the plastic opening tool to gently pry the battery up, only at the outside edge of the phone. Prying anywhere else, especially near the logic board, may result in damage to the logic board.

    • If the battery doesn't pry easily out of the case, reheat and reapply the iOpener and try again.

    • Pry gently and evenly to avoid deforming the battery. A bent battery can be a fire hazard.

    • Do not pry at the top portion of the battery, you risk severing the volume control cables.

  20. Remove the battery.
    • Remove the battery.

    • If your replacement battery came in a plastic sleeve, remove it before installation by pulling it away from the the ribbon cable.

    • During reassembly, make sure the battery is seated firmly against the rear case. This will prevent any damage to other components when reinstalling the front panel assembly.

    • Perform a hard reset after reassembly. This can prevent several issues and simplify troubleshooting.

  21. Use the tip of a spudger to pry the cellular data antenna cable connector up from its socket on the logic board, just above the speaker enclosure.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the cellular data antenna cable connector up from its socket on the logic board, just above the speaker enclosure.

  22. Remove the following two screws securing the top logic board bracket to the rear case:
    • Remove the following two screws securing the top logic board bracket to the rear case:

    • One 1.5 mm Phillips screw

    • One 2.3 mm Phillips screw

  23. Remove the bracket from the top of the logic board. Be sure not to break off the tiny grounding tab that sticks up off of the bracket next to the rear facing camera.
    • Remove the bracket from the top of the logic board.

    • Be sure not to break off the tiny grounding tab that sticks up off of the bracket next to the rear facing camera.

    • On newer models, the bracket may be attached to the camera housing and will not come completely out.

  24. Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the following three cables from the logic board: Upper interconnect cable Button assembly cable
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to disconnect the following three cables from the logic board:

    • Upper interconnect cable

    • Button assembly cable

    • Lower interconnect cable

  25. Remove the two 1.3 mm Phillips screws from the inner top of the rear case.
    • Remove the two 1.3 mm Phillips screws from the inner top of the rear case.

  26. Remove the single 1.2 mm Phillips screw remaining in the mid-section logic board bracket.
    • Remove the single 1.2 mm Phillips screw remaining in the mid-section logic board bracket.

  27. Remove the mid-section bracket from the logic board. Remove the mid-section bracket from the logic board.
    • Remove the mid-section bracket from the logic board.

  28. Use a spudger to pry the Lightning connector cable connector up from its socket on the logic board. Gently peel the cable back and out of the way of the logic board.
    • Use a spudger to pry the Lightning connector cable connector up from its socket on the logic board.

    • Gently peel the cable back and out of the way of the logic board.

  29. Depress the SIM card release on the right side of the iPhone with a SIM card eject tool or a bent paperclip to eject the SIM card tray. Alternatively, you can press the SIM card eject lever from the inside with the flat end of a spudger. Remove the SIM card tray from the iPhone.
    • Depress the SIM card release on the right side of the iPhone with a SIM card eject tool or a bent paperclip to eject the SIM card tray.

    • Alternatively, you can press the SIM card eject lever from the inside with the flat end of a spudger.

    • Remove the SIM card tray from the iPhone.

  30. Remove the following screws securing the logic board to the rear case:
    • Remove the following screws securing the logic board to the rear case:

    • Two 2.3 mm Phillips screws

    • Two 2.7 mm standoff screws

    • Standoff screws are best removed using an iPhone Standoff Screwdriver Bit and driver handle.

    • In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

    • One non-magnetic 2.7 mm standoff screw

    • Be sure to put this screw back in its original position at the top of the logic board. A magnetized screw may interfere with the digital compass.

  31. Rotate the logic board assembly toward the battery side of the rear case. Do not attempt to completely remove the logic board assembly from the rear case, yet; there is still one cable connected to the underside of the logic board. The flash surround is adhered to the flash unit and the rear case. If it stays on the rear case remove with tweezers and mount it back on the flash unit.
    • Rotate the logic board assembly toward the battery side of the rear case.

    • Do not attempt to completely remove the logic board assembly from the rear case, yet; there is still one cable connected to the underside of the logic board.

    • The flash surround is adhered to the flash unit and the rear case. If it stays on the rear case remove with tweezers and mount it back on the flash unit.

    • Note: when reassembling your device, be sure that the lower interconnect cable is not tucked underneath the logic board.

  32. Use the tip of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector up from its socket on the underside of the logic board. Use the tip of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector up from its socket on the underside of the logic board.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector up from its socket on the underside of the logic board.

  33. Remove the logic board assembly from the rear case.
    • Remove the logic board assembly from the rear case.

    • While your logic board is out of your phone, keep it on a grounded anti-static mat to prevent any damage to the circuitry.

  34. Remove the following screws securing the Lightning connector and speaker enclosure assembly to the rear case:
    • Remove the following screws securing the Lightning connector and speaker enclosure assembly to the rear case:

    • One 2.5 mm Phillips screw

    • Two 3.3 mm Phillips screws

    • One 2.9 mm Phillips screw

    • Two 1.5 mm Phillips screws

    • One 2.8 mm Phillips screw

  35. Use the flat end of a spudger to gently pry the Lightning connector and speaker enclosure assembly cables up from the rear case. Make sure you get the spudger under the large ribbon cable connected to the assembly. Prying the rest of the assembly away from the cable may result in a tear. Make sure you get the spudger under the large ribbon cable connected to the assembly. Prying the rest of the assembly away from the cable may result in a tear.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to gently pry the Lightning connector and speaker enclosure assembly cables up from the rear case.

    • Make sure you get the spudger under the large ribbon cable connected to the assembly. Prying the rest of the assembly away from the cable may result in a tear.

  36. Remove the Lightning connector and speaker enclosure assembly from the rear case. Take care not to lose the small metal washer on the speaker enclosure, or the four small metal washers beneath the Lightning connector screws. Take care not to lose the small metal washer on the speaker enclosure, or the four small metal washers beneath the Lightning connector screws.
    • Remove the Lightning connector and speaker enclosure assembly from the rear case.

    • Take care not to lose the small metal washer on the speaker enclosure, or the four small metal washers beneath the Lightning connector screws.

  37. Remove the following screws securing the vibrator bracket and motor to the rear case: One 2.3 mm Phillips screw
    • Remove the following screws securing the vibrator bracket and motor to the rear case:

    • One 2.3 mm Phillips screw

    • One 1.7 mm Phillips screw

    • One 1.6 mm Phillips screw in the top of the rear case

  38. Remove the vibrator bracket and motor from the rear case.
    • Remove the vibrator bracket and motor from the rear case.

  39. Remove eight 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the front panel clips to the interior sides of the rear case. Remove eight 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the front panel clips to the interior sides of the rear case.
    • Remove eight 1.3 mm Phillips screws securing the front panel clips to the interior sides of the rear case.

  40. Remove the four front panel clips from the rear case.
    • Remove the four front panel clips from the rear case.

  41. Remove the following screws from the metal power switch bracket between the rear facing flash and camera windows: Single 2.9 mm standoff screw
    • Remove the following screws from the metal power switch bracket between the rear facing flash and camera windows:

    • Single 2.9 mm standoff screw

    • Standoff screws are best removed using an iPhone Standoff Screwdriver Bit and driver handle.

    • In a pinch, a small flathead screwdriver will do the job—but use extra caution to ensure it doesn't slip and damage surrounding components.

    • Single 1.6 mm Phillips screw

    • Remove the metal power switch bracket.

  42. Remove the single 1.9 mm Phillips screw securing the power button bracket to the inside top of the rear case. Use the tip of a spudger to rotate the power button cover down on its hinge.
    • Remove the single 1.9 mm Phillips screw securing the power button bracket to the inside top of the rear case.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to rotate the power button cover down on its hinge.

  43. Remove the power button from behind its cover in the rear case.
    • Remove the power button from behind its cover in the rear case.

  44. Use the tip of a spudger to press the power button cover in and lift it off of its hinge in the rear case.
    • Use the tip of a spudger to press the power button cover in and lift it off of its hinge in the rear case.

  45. Remove the following screws securing the volume and silence buttons to the side of the rear case:
    • Remove the following screws securing the volume and silence buttons to the side of the rear case:

    • One 1.3 mm Phillips screw

    • Two 1.8 mm Phillips screws

  46. Pry the button cable away from the side of the rear case to expose the silence and volume buttons. Remove the silence and volume buttons from the rear case. Remove the silence and volume buttons from the rear case.
    • Pry the button cable away from the side of the rear case to expose the silence and volume buttons.

    • Remove the silence and volume buttons from the rear case.

  47. Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the button cable up from the rear case. Remove the button cable from the rear case.
    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the button cable up from the rear case.

    • Remove the button cable from the rear case.

  48. Remove the single 2.0 mm Phillips screw securing the SIM card eject lever to the rear case. Remove the SIM card eject lever.
    • Remove the single 2.0 mm Phillips screw securing the SIM card eject lever to the rear case.

    • Remove the SIM card eject lever.

  49. The bare rear case remains.
    • The bare rear case remains.

Conclusão

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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This guide does not describe removal of the wifi-antenna which seems to have taken place between step 32 and 34. For people new to electronics repair, such as myself, I feel this should be included in order to have a complete guide. I did a swap of the back casing yesterday myself, including the antenna and all went well (just a bit more nerve-wrecking removing parts not stated in the guide).

arvegrinden - Responder

You're so right!

isaac kovalyov -

Replaced my rear case yesterday according to this guide, everything works :) just the power button pin was stuck on the old case and I had to make one from a paperclip, but still worked :)

robertscottyoravec - Responder

can you fix an iPhone 5 into an iPhone 5 c Housing

stabme99 - Responder

All this is fine, but there is a padding to the mic, the lightning port, the audio jack and the speakers that is provided in the original casing but is not there in any of the replacement cases. Without it, there is a gap that is very much visible and susceptible to dust and water seepage. Is there any way to resolve this?

Vivek Dwivedi - Responder

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