Recommendation: iPhone Screen & Digitizer Kit DYI

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Recommendation: iPhone Screen & Digitizer Kit DYI


I did it!  What did I do? Usually when someone says, "I did it!", it's something GOOD.  Well, the first thing "I did" was NOT GOOD... I dropped my iPhone (which I swore I would not do). 


The result was a tiny little crack at one corner.  OK, I can live with that.  I had removed the case for a few days, for a change... but quickly put it back in the case.  That drop was onto my concrete patio so I felt pretty lucky with just a small infraction of my rule of keeping it in the case.  


6 months go by, a small thin piece of plastic that is around my on/off button of my case breaks and the rubber covering is gone... cannot turn my phone off/on with the case on it. SO I order a new case and remove my phone from the case.  (Second thing that I did that was NOT GOOD).


DROPPED!  AGAIN!  (Third thing that I DID that was NOT GOOD).  This time onto carpet, of all things and a three way crack shoots down across the screen plus small chunks of screen fall out, exposing the digitizer corner under the screen and the internal body of the phone above that.  


NOW WHAT?  Well, I had been down that road before, where I took my iPad in for a replacement screen, and a few days later, got it back.  I was determined to not do that again.  


I've replaced a computer screen in the past and some various other parts at different times.  Taking something apart does not scare me (it's usually the "putting it back together" that gets scrary LOL).  


I did my homework... shopping carefully, read the reviews and ordered a screen and replacement kit from Amazon.  


The day after it arrived, I sat down at my dining room table with a cup of coffee about 6 am and began.  First, I backed up my phone onto it's flashdrive.  The instructions that came with it had these neat little pics to show the process AND a QR code was included which loaded a YouTube Video to walk me through it.  Instructions indicated to allow an hour or a little more to do it... the YouTube Video said 5 minutes!  Hmmm..   


Things went well, but the farther I got into the phone, the anxiety levels did begin to build.. then I hit the wall when 6 screws that hold the metal thermal shield plate would not come out. They seemed to have some kind of blue lock solution on them.  I did not want to strip them or the tiny phillips screwdriver that came with the kit. The screws are like little grains of sand, they are SO tiny. 


I put that part into a zip-lock bag, and took it to a friend who does computer repair.  He removed the screws for me.  At that point, I was tempted to take the whole thing to him but I'm not one to admit defeat.  In the meantime, I had my phone calls forwarded to a different number.  


Back to the dining room table with part and "grains of sand" screws in a zip lock bag.  At this point, I've forgotten exactly the sequence that things came apart but hey, I've got YouTube, Right?  BUT I did begin to doubt if I would have a working phone when I finished... maybe I really just wanted to justify a new phone...


The curve ball came when the video segment of "putting it back together" seemed to happen quickly without enough explanation AND the written instructions did not sinc with the video either..  I was able to back the video up though, so that I connected first what I had removed last.  


My husband had more faith in me than I did at this point.  BUT imagine my relief and joy when it lit up and everything worked perfectly EXCEPT the finger print scanner.  Right now, that is not bothering me!  I may open it back up and check that part out when I get brave again!


I Did it!  The fourth and last "I Did It!" and it was a GOOD THING TO DO. 


Would I do it again?  Absolutely!  Sort of "for the fun of being able to do it" and partly because as I said, I do not the thought of having to put all of my information in someone's hands and also the wait time to get it back.  Even though I ended up being out of my iphone for 2/3 of the day, that's still faster than what I could expect by leaving it at a repair shop.  


 It is difficult to imagine being a Real Estate Broker without a Smart Phone...  I know it used to be done that way BUT still it seems impossible. So glad that my repair worked!


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Judi- there is no way I'm showing this to my husband who loves to take things apart and put them back together again!  LOL   I applaud you for making this a challenge and succeeding!

Oct 01, 2017 06:06 PM #1
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Good for you Judi. I have a phone repair store I have frequented but hope I never do again. I never remove my case for more than a few minutes.

Oct 01, 2017 07:24 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Judi I make believe I did not read this post:)) that way I will not be tempted.... just on a side note nothing like your situation... but my Stove' s  Inner Glass Shattered... I saw a Utube video 5-6 min long looked easy re-watched it 5 more times and decided will look for a handyman to replace it... same story need three different types of screw drivers.... NO WAY for me...on a side note GOOD FOR YOU!!!Endre

Oct 01, 2017 08:37 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                             Thank you Judi K Barrett 

Oct 07, 2017 05:22 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

An agent told me recently that it was possible to order a screen and replace it ourselves, and I was surprised! I had just spent quite a bit of $$ at the wireless store to get my screen fixed. Thanks for this overview - I would definitely try to do it myself if I crack mine (again).

Oct 08, 2017 04:46 AM #5
Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

Almost everyone had cracked their screen.  Almost no one takes the step you did to repair.  As I read your post and the step by step process, I notice my armpits begin to sweat.  A good a brave job by you!

Oct 08, 2017 05:00 AM #6
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose your post to highlight this week...well done!

Oct 08, 2017 07:46 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Judi and well done. You are braver than I am. I would have gotten a new phone.

Oct 08, 2017 07:51 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I carry insurance on my phone and every time my wife says we should drop the insurance I see dark clouds forming. I applaud your DYI mentality Judi K Barrett 

Oct 08, 2017 08:29 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Judi

Glad it all worked out. Not sure I would have taken this on as a DIY.


Oct 08, 2017 08:49 AM #10
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great work doing it yourself! It's great being able to say "I did that. It was hard, but I did it." Thanks for sharing!

Oct 08, 2017 09:05 AM #11
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I have Apple Care and insurance on my phone  Judi K Barrett  if this happened it would be covered .   Maybe you should look into it  I believe Apple care is free with new phones ... You certainly are brave

Oct 08, 2017 11:00 AM #12
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am glad that Kathy featured you in her "What I learned this week" since I had missed your original post.   Let me tell you - I would not have tried what you did - I am impressed! 

Oct 08, 2017 02:40 PM #13
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

Judi K Barrett you are so brave!  Congrats on getting it done successfully!  WOW!  

Oct 08, 2017 07:49 PM #14
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Judi.

Not a chance in hades, not for me anyway.  You go girl

Oct 09, 2017 05:04 AM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

My iphone 6 quit working last week at our home in Florida and not fixes to try. Oh the joy of buying an $850 iPhone 8 now that phones aren't subsidized. The $145 trade it eased the pain but only slightly.

Oct 14, 2017 11:47 AM #16
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