How to Replace Cracked Glass on an iPhone

The iPhone's touchscreen interface is what makes it one of the most popular smartphones on the market. The text and images are so sharp that it's hard to believe it isn't a digital television screen. That's why damage to the glass of the screen can be devastating. If the screen on your iPhone has recently been damaged, you could take it to a tech and have it fixed in a reasonably short period of time. However, there are ways to replace the iPod screen yourself, and it's not as difficult and won't take as long as you may think.

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Insert the end of the paper clip into the small hole on the bottom of the iPhone. This will release a tray and the small SIM (Subscriber Ientity Module) card will pop out. Remove it and set it aside.

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Turn the iPhone face down and run the pry tool (if a pry tool did not come with your replacement screen, a flat-head screwdriver will work) along the side of the bottom piece of plastic. This will cause the bottom plastic to slide off the device, revealing a compartment covered with a metal guard.

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Use the Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the three screws at the top of the metal guard.

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Insert the pry tool in the seam between the back case of the iPhone and the frame. Slide the pry tool around the length and width of the case to release the back from the frame.

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Disconnect the ribbon connecting the front to the back by gently pulling it up with the pry tool.

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Remove 10 screws from the outside edge of the case with your Phillips-head screwdriver. Then remove the three screws connecting the silver, square-shaped motherboard to the base of the device.

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Lift the motherboard out of its compartment. It is connected to the battery by four wires, so gently remove the battery from its compartment along with the motherboard.

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Remove the metal frame from the screen and then pop the three clips on each side of the side of the LCD with your Phillips-head screwdriver. The LCD is now free of the iPhone. Remove it and set it aside.

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Replace the old LCD screen with the new one. Reconnect and reassemble the iPhone the same way you took it apart.