Tips for replacing a damaged iPhone 5 screen

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Gadgets

Even though the iPhone 5 now seems somewhat more resistant than Apple’s latest flagships, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it’s still a highly sensitive device that needs to be managed with care. The Gorilla Glass screen can crack and even shutter; in fact, according to the latest surveys conducted by insurance companies, a whopping 25% percent of iPhone users swipe at a cracked screen, postponing screen replacement because of Apple’s off-putting repair fees. Interestingly, only 70% of iPhone owners who break the screen do something to fix it. Even the users who take great care of their devices might still notice that the iPhone 5 scratches easily and, after a while, it loses that flawless initial look. Whether your screen is looking a bit ragged or it’s completely broken, you shouldn’t worry about the lack of solutions. The iPhone 5 skærm can be easily replaced without having to pay a huge repair cost. Here are a few tips that you should read before changing the display.

  • The official Apple solution is not necessarily the best one. In fact, you can buy original-quality iPhone 5 screens online, at a considerable lower cost than what Apple would charge for the same service. Make sure you buy the iPhone 5 screen from a reliable source; otherwise, you might discover that it has dead pixels or low touch sensitivity.


  • After finding a reliable provider of iPhone components, you should choose between getting a complete screen section or just the screen element. Although pricier, the complete screen also includes additional elements, such as the home button, earpiece speaker or front facing camera. If you don’t want to spend extra time transferring these components to the new screen (which can go horribly wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing), opt for the complete screen.


  • Get the right tools. To replace the screen, you will need several items: Phillips #000 screwdriver, Pentalobe screwdriver and spudger. A small suction cup will help you detach the back of the phone and a pair of tweezers will help you work your way through small cables.
  • Make sure you use a reliable guide. There are many websites that give you detailed images and tutorials on how to replace an iPhone’s screen, but before starting following them you have to check if they are for your exact phone generation. Apple might not make drastic design changes from one year to another, but the hardware is definitely different. You should only use a guide created for the iPhone 5, not the 4S or 5S. Before starting, we recommend watching several video tutorials, so that you get used to the process.


  • To avoid losing any screws, use a magnetic mat. If not, put all screws and other small components into a special container. When replacing the screen, don’t lift the exterior case more than 90 degrees, as you might bend cables and damage them.


  • Don’t panic if during the replacement process the screen goes white or if white lines appear on the display. This happens when the LCD cable isn’t in the right position and the problem can easily be fixed by reconnecting it.


Last, but not least, don’t forget to thoroughly check your phone after you replace the screen. Apart from dead pixels, you should look at the sensitivity of the screen, the proximity sensor and test the main and front facing camera. Make several test calls and check the entire screen surface to see if there are any dead spots.