how to replace your iphone 4 screen - resources for doing it yourself

I lived my nightmare this week.  Talk about first world problems.  My iPhone just flew out of my hands and landed face down on the tile.  I knew before I picked it up that my number had come.  I also never pay for an insurance plan.  I figure the money I save over time there makes up for what I will have to put out to replace or fix a broken phone and usually that is true.

In this case it was definitely true.  I fixed my completely broken iPhone front for around $35 total.  It was either that or pay $550 for a new iPhone since I can't get a discount with my account renewal until February.  I did it myself, with the help of You Tube and Amazon.  And I'm here to tell you that if I can do it...you can do it too!  Especially if you are like me and just need it to make it a few more months for a replacement.  




I ordered THIS KIT  from Amazon for about $25 and paid extra for it to come in 24 hours.  I was mostly happy with the kit except that the phillips head screwdriver was a little too big and the new face didn't come with a speaker screen.  If you keep those two things in mind, you can be prepared and just transfer the old speaker screen to the new.   
The first thing I did before starting was to place clear tape over the broken face of my phone to save my fingers from being sliced up.  You might not need to do this if you just have a little crack but as you can see...I did serious work on my phone.  
Besides the new face, this is what came in the kit.  A star screwdriver, a flat head and a phillips head, two blue puller uppers and a suction cup.  
 The first thing you do is remove the two star screws. 
 ...slide up the back and it pops off.
Then you get down to business...and touch things that you should never have to touch.  
I was planning on doing a step by step but I got too involved in what I was doing so I will just refer you to THIS video to take it apart and THIS video to put it back together.  Fixing it yourself is totally doable.  I am not a "tech" person and even I will admit it was easy, even if it was tedious.  

Helpful hints:
--I would recommend taking a photo of each step for your own help in reassembly.  I may or may not have ended up with a couple of extra parts.
--Have magnetic screwdrivers. 
--Have a large flat workspace.  In my case I used my cutting mat.  It made keeping track of TEENY screws a lot easier and the bright background was helpful.
--Wait until your kids are not around. 
--Breathe and have chocolate on hand.
At the end of the day, I fixed it nearly to the state it was before.  My only tiny issue is that my power button doesn't work, but that doesn't bother me since I never really used it anyway and my phone is set to power off after a minute. 

There is also a small mark on my photos but I can totally work around it.  Both things I can easily live with until February and a small price to pay to save $550.

My sound on/off button works better than before so at least there is that. 

So if you find that your number is up...there is hope.  Have a little confidence in your ability and jump in! Just be aware that this would probably void your warranty and you may be able to sweet talk an Apple nerd to fix it for you.  If that fails, at least you know you have an option!

Also, I was in Best Buy within minutes of fixing it buying an Otterbox. :)

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44 comments:

Michelle Pennington said...

Awesome! So happy you were able to fix it!

sara luke said...

Nice work! I would never have guessed that would be so easy.

Stel said...

Saving this in Favoiurites right now, thanks! (says the one with a silicone phone cover and screen cover thingey but still manages to drop phone at least once a week...thanks to wooden floors!)

Suzanne said...

Thank you for sharing this ~ I am bound to need it in the future. Phones and I do not get along. I am ever grateful to the otterbox creators, as my phone has met the ground too many times to count, yet it is still in one unbroken piece!

Jeannette said...

I LOVE my Otterbox, if I didn't have mine on I fear that my iphone would have been destroyed long ago!!!! Glad you found a cheap easy way to fix it :)

Jeannette said...

I LOVE my Otterbox, my iphone has hit the floor too many times to remember and I fear without that on it, it would have been destroyed long ago. Glad you found a cheap/easy fix :)

Jeannette said...

I LOVE my Otterbox, if I didn't have mine on I fear that my iphone would have been destroyed long ago!!!! Glad you found a cheap easy way to fix it :)

Cari Coburn said...

I am needing to fix my screen as well. It looks about the same as yours did. :( I am searching on amazon for the replacement display and I am not sure who to buy from. I have service with At&t and was wondering what company you ordered from off Amazon? I just don't want to get something that was a waste of money because it doesn't fit or work with my phone. Thanks!

~Laura said...

If you don't want to void the warranty of the phone you can also take it or send your phone to an apple retailer for $99 to fix it. Then you won't have the little issues that came from aftermarket replacements.:-)

~Laura said...

If you don't want to void the warranty of the phone you can also take it or send your phone to an apple retailer for $99 to fix it. Then you won't have the little issues that came from aftermarket replacements.:-)

Madeline Stephenson said...

Thank you for posting this! My husband's Samsung phone's screen cracked within the first week we bought it, and they refused to fix it, so he went back to his old, 4 year old phone instead of spending $300 dollars to replace it again. After I saw this blog post, I was so excited I checked Amazon immediately.I found a screen replacement kit for his phone as well as a video online with instructions on replacing the screen.
I can't wait to get the kit so I can surprise him with a fixed phone!

Elisia allen said...

Um am I crazy or is there a text from someone named Cow in your phone? Lmao do you tell siri to text cow?

Courtney Lockerby said...

THANK YOU for posting this. I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and pinned it bc I just KNEW my husband would need it one day. Little did I know that I would be the one to shatter my front screen :( Thankfully, he is pretty technical AND handy so even though I'm the one who broke a phone, my darling husband is obliging enough to fix it for me :0)

Mariah Lacy said...

Hello,

First I absolutely LOVE this, and can't thank you enough for making this so simple and pain free... but I am kind of in knot right now.

I got to the step where you unscrew five screws, I got two of them but three would not come out, I tried every which way and tried so hard that they are stripped a little bit, any advice?

-Mariah

mariahlacy22@gmail.com

Mariah Lacy said...

Hello,

First,thank your for this wonderfully simple way to do this. I can not thank you enough! Although I am kind of in a hiccup, when I got to the step to unscrew five screws, three of them will not unscrew at all! It is driving me nut, I tried magnetic screwdrivers but they didn't work as well, unfortunately I tried so many different ways that it stripped some of the screws. Any advice?

Thank you!

-Mariah

mariahlacy@gmail.com

Anna Selby said...

This is why I have an Otterbox Defender! I have hardwood floors in my house and my phone constantly goes flying — from my hands, off the bed, out of my pocket, all SMACK right onto the floor, face down. I show people how durable it is by purposefully dropping my iPhone on concrete. BUT, should I ever decide to forego my Defender for something slimmer and smaller and I happen to drop my phone, this will be indispensable! You can also get different colored face plates for a pretty good price, if you're going to void your warranty you may as well do it in style!

Christmasbaby13 said...

Good to know. Just a little FYI for all you can get your phones insured thru your home owners policy, we insure 4 phones for under $15.00 a year. Thurs will need your phones serial number.
Thanks for all the great info.

Christmasbaby13 said...

Good to know. Just a little FYI for all you can get your phones insured thru your home owners policy, we insure 4 phones for under $15.00 a year. Thurs will need your phones serial number.
Thanks for all the great info.

Christmasbaby13 said...

Good to know. Just a little FYI for all you can get your phones insured thru your home owners policy, we insure 4 phones for under $15.00 a year. Thurs will need your phones serial number.
Thanks for all the great info.

tony greene said...

your welcome

The Entrepeneur said...

That's cool. I wonder if this would work with other phones or devices

Carlee said...

I did this too. Twice. I'm cool like that. It. Is. Not. Fun. Like at all. My power button didn't work after either! Sorry to my fellow plane flyers this summer! Ha! The videos help tons but I've seen using a egg carton ( you might need two) to collect the screws at each step because I had extra screws both times! Thanks for this pin!

Erin Toews said...

Thanks for this. Using this I was able to find info on how to replace an iPod touch. Although I almost got it to work... I ended up having to take it into a specialist to get fixed. Ah well, DIY can only get me so far, I guess..

http://ketoews.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-replace-screen-of-ipod-touch-4th.html

Trisha Wahsquonaikezhik said...

Thank you for sharing. I just got my kit in the mail today for my sons iPod. Wish me luck! :)

Trisha Wahsquonaikezhik said...

Thank you fro sharing. I just got my kit in the mail today for my sons iPod. Wish me luck :)

Amber Schmidt said...

does the face indicator still work when you talk on the phone? im afraid my face will always hit the mute/speaker button if it doesn't.

Lisa Newlin said...

This happened to me a few months ago and I wish I knew about your blog post then! I kept the phone so I might buy this repair kit and repair it for backup use.

Let's face it, I shattered my iPhone screen once, I'm totally going to do it again. The question is only how long it will take.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Angela Wagner said...

for the iphone screen repair - I had a small crack that didn't spread or chip. I simply put a piece of packing tape over it and just kept on moving. I also used packing tape as a screen protector. It works great. I also repaired a friend's phone that was all cracked and splintering in a corner with packing tape and she's been using it that way for months now.

Just Me said...

Thank you for sharing!

Anna Villena said...

This is amazing! It looked so shattered with all those spider cracks. Just gotta be careful in getting original iPhone parts online.

Marie Sherman said...

This is why my whole family got LifeProof cases for Christmas. Too bad they didn't make one for the iPad when my son cracked that screen!

Sue McCranie said...

I dropped mine and broke the front, too. My insurance co-pay is $169.99 and I just could not afford that and my nephew told me to go to ebay and get one. I got one for $31.99, free shipping, but there were not any tools included. I have a small set of screwdrivers and thought they were phillip head, but they were flat head. I see one on ebay now for $12.99 plus tools that I purchased and will wait until it comes in and I will have an extra glass screen in case of future breaks. I saw a 6 minute video on how to replace the front screen and I panicked when I saw how many things that had to be replaced on the inside. I will give you an update after it is completed. Thanks for your post, I know I can do this...

Irefresh said...

This is a good starter guide however if you want to repair ur phone on ur own be aware that there are a lot of delicate parts inside that can easily be damaged. I would recommend a pro. We have literally repaired hundreds of these. See http://www.ipodrefresh.com

Irefresh said...

This is a good starter guide however if you want to repair ur phone on ur own be aware that there are a lot of delicate parts inside that can easily be damaged. I would recommend a pro. We have literally repaired hundreds of these. See http://www.ipodrefresh.com

Brooke Jones said...

Can u get a back one too? My son has shattered the back of his iPhone4 and I have the bill for another couple years and I refuse to buy a new one for him!

Smith Mosan said...

Nice one post I also share with you something hope you like it. After having dropped my iPhone 4 while in its case and finding out the screen was cracked i was determine to find a fix. Before when i had an iPod touch 2nd generation the screen was easily removed by taking out pins on the front of the screen, along with the iPhone 3 and 3gs the screen popped out after removing two screws. I assumed it would be as simple as that having done the procedure plenty of times for my friends broken gadgets.
Repair Broken Iphone Screen

Kristina Basabilbaso said...

I wonder if this would work on my droid razr? My screen is screwed up because one drunk asshole decided he wanted to be funny... breaking my phone in the process. I only had my phone for 3 days when that happen I called Verizon and they said I had to pay $99.00 as a deductible when I just paid $99.00 to get the phone in the first place and for the fact it was not my fault I don't think that I should have to pay the deductible. anyway my question is do you think this will work on the Droid Razr?

tibby said...

I've saved it just in case. Thanks
As a flight att. (& a safety nazi) I've to tell you it has to be completely switched off before take off & landing. So no flights till feb ;-)
Cristina

journey said...

You can put it on airplane mode and not worry about turning it off. That turns off the signal in the phone.
It's good enough for the airplane, hence the mode name.

Unknown said...

I completely shattered my iPhone 5 less than two hours ago the same way. Would it be the same process for the 5 as it was for yours? Thanks!

Lipstick and Hangnails said...

I don't have time to read all posts but did anybody ask where you get the GLASS replacement?

Lipstick and Hangnails said...

I don't have time to read all posts but did anyone ask where you got the replacement glass?

cameron smith said...

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Marisa Monk said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I just shattered my iPhone 4s screen today, and I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it myself because it is shattered. But the putting packaging tape over it to suction it off in one piece is genius!

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