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!