So you’ve cracked your iPhone 5C screen ? Oh dear, oh dear.
Some may argue thats a good thing (so you can buy an Android device instead – just kidden !), others may sympathise with you and feel your pain. Gone are the days where you could drop your phone on the street, under a bus, pick it up and there not even the slightest bit of damage to it. Now we live in a time where even the slightest of bumps or drops can result in your phone looking like a right mess.
Fear not though, there is a fairly cheap and easy way to replace your iPhone 5c screen. Cheap as in, £20 cheap, thats right !
All you require is a replacement screen + digitiser (currently £18.93 at the time of writing this – over half of what I paid for mine 6 months ago!), a tool kit (included with the replacement screen) and some patience. Here is a link to the screen + digitizer I purchased: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00J05NMB0/
You can follow my 10 easy step guide by watching the YouTube video below, or, if you’d prefer to read through a guide at your own pace, without the need of visiting YouTube, I’ve also written out a step by step guide below (click the ”continue reading” button for a full text guide), aided by a set of photos. Any questions feel free to leave a comment or contact me here.
Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any damage you may cause to yourself, your phone, or anyone or anything else as a result of watching / reading this how to guide.
Note: This will void your warranty. If your phone is still in warranty, take the phone to your local Apple shop / repair centre instead, as they will repair it under warranty.
How to replace an iPhone 5C screen in 10 easy steps (Video Guide)
How to replace an iPhone 5C screen in 10 easy steps (Text Guide)
Step 1 – Removing the two screws at the bottom of the iPhone 5c
Using your pentalobe screwdriver (5-sided star shape) that is included in your tool kit, remove the two pentalobe screws found at the base of the iPhone 5C phone. These two tiny screws are found on either side of the charging port.
Remove them and keep them safe until later.
Step 2 – Releasing the broken screen from the housing.
In this step we are going to pop the bottom end of the broken screen out the housing using our tools.
Using the plectrum (also included in the tool kit), wedge the plectrum in between the very bottom ridge of the screen and the outer plastic and push gently down, this will let you release the screen at the bottom.
N.b – You get a suction cup in the tool kit as well, but it wasn’t that great so I wouldn’t advise using it. Its more hassle that helpful. Stick to using the plectrum for this step.
Slowly lift the bottom of the screen upwards, allowing it to move in a vertical motion until it reaches a total vertical position as shown in the photo below and hold it there.
Make sure you hold the screen upright in the vertical position, see below, until you complete the whole of step 3. If the screen goes too far to the right (back on itself) you will snap the ribbon cables and its game over, so be careful.
Step 3 – Removing the ribbon cable cover
Whilst holding the screen in the vertical position, grab the other small Philips screwdriver (yup, you guessed it…its also included in the tool kit), and remove the x4 small screws from the ribbon cable cover. Once the screws and ribbon cable cover is removed, put them to one side until later.
Step 4 – Removing the ribbon cables and releasing the screen fully from the iPhone 5C housing.
Once you have removed the ribbon cable cover, next take the plectrum, or anything with a flat surface (i.e a piece of card, bank card etc) and disconnect the 3 ribbon cables. Simply fit the card / plectrum under them and give a little push they will release fairly easily without any struggle. The screen is now free from the back of the phone.
Step 5 – Transferring parts from the broken screen to the new screen
Now, depending on what screen you have purchased, you may, or may not, have to transfer over a couple of pieces from the old broken screen to the new screen. There will only ever be a maximum of three parts that you may have to transfer over. These would be:
- 1). The front facing camera and earpiece module (seen at the top of the phone)
- 2). The Metal back-plate that covers the back of the screen
- 3). And finally, the ”Home” button (found at the bottom of the screen).
The easiest way to check this is to put your old screen and new replacement screen side by side and see which of the three you need to transfer over. This is something to keep in mind when buying a screen as well. I.e if your home button is faulty too, then you would need to make sure your replacement screen comes with this, or of course, buy it separately.
If you do need all three of the above (lets say the home button and front camera on the broken screen was also faulty), you would want to go for something like this (which includes, the home button, front camera/earpiece etc) – Full assembly kit
The screen I purchased didn’t have any of the above 3 items included (which was fine as I was going to use the original ones from the broken screen), so that meant I had to unscrew the front facing camera / ear piece module, the back-plate and the home button and then transfer them over to the new screen.
In this step we are removing the front facing camera / earpiece module (its one piece). Take your screwdriver and remove the two screws in the locations seen below, this will allow you to remove the front camera and earpiece module. Be patient here as the screws are small and this piece can take a little bit of a wiggle to come out.
Removing the LCD back-plate / shield from the broken screen. There are 6 screws located at each of the positions in the photo below, simply remove all x6 of them and put them to one side to remove the back-plate.
Last but not least, we are removing the home button from the broken screen. Remove the two screws and put them to one side again and remove the metal plate on the back of the home button, then remove the home button itself. Once you’ve done this move onto the next step.
Step 6 – Reconnecting the parts from the old screen onto the new replacement screen.
Now connect the front facing camera / earpiece module, the LCD back-plate and the home button onto the new replacement screen. Again, take your time and secure all three parts with the screws you removed previously.
Step 7 – Reconnect the new screen to the phone.
Now that the three parts are transferred over to your nice new screen, its time to reconnect the new screen to the phone. This bits the easiest bit, we are literally do the opposite to how we removed the screen in the first place.
Here, we re-connect all x3 of the ribbon cables. These all line up naturally so there is no need to guess which one goes where, they all fall into place nicely. All you need to do is press them down to make sure they are connected correctly. You should know they are connected properly as when you push down on the lightly you can feel them kind of gripping into place.
Once the x3 ribbon cables are in place, grab your ribbon cable cover and secure it back down with the x4 screws.
Step 8 – Gently pushing the screen back into place.
Now gently lower the screen back down, you will hear a series of satisfying clicks as you press down gently, thus indicating your doing it correctly. Don’t worry if you dont have the screen aligned properly, if this happens, pull the screen back up and then try placing it back down again.
Step 9 – Securing the new screen in place with the x2 screws.
The penultimate step requires you to fit the x2 tiny screws we removed from either side of the charging port in step 1, this will secure the new screen in place. Tighten the screws (not too tight), and move onto the final step.
Step 10 – turning the phone on.
The easiest step of all, turn on the phone and admire your shiny new screen ! Jobs a good one !
If you screen doesn’t turn on then 9/10 its probably one of the ribbon cables that are not connected properly. In the unlikely event that your screen doesn’t turn on, then please revert back to step 7.1 and try again. If your happy the ribbon cables are connected properly, then you may have a faulty screen, in which case you should contact the company / place of purchase for a replacement.
I hope you found this guide useful guys.
I’m in no way connected to the sellers or company’s who sell these products, I’m just very thankful that they do, as they’ve saved me a lot of money taking this to someone to get repaired. I enjoy repairing things myself and so should you, as you not only save a bit of cash, but more importantly you learn new things along the way. Which is priceless.
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