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Evening all, has anyone ever replaced the front screen on an iPhone 4s? My mum has numerous deep scratches on her, as well as a cracked back glasss panel (which appears easy enough to fix) but the … Read More
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8m, 3w agoPosted 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Evening all, has anyone ever replaced the front screen on an iPhone 4s?

My mum has numerous deep scratches on her, as well as a cracked back glasss panel (which appears easy enough to fix) but the front screen looks really complicated!

If you have done it before...
- Do you reckon someone with limited experience could do it?
- Would it be easier to pay more for the full LCD digitizer part rather than just the screen itself?
- Is there an easier option anyone could recommend to make this like new?

Cheers all
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8m, 3w agoPosted 8 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol

Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
#2
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
#3
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.

Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.

However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.

Edited By: joshp on Sep 28, 2016 22:17
#4
Check out YouTube for info, lots of vids showing how it's done. Took me 45 mins to replace mine bought off eBay
#5
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.

I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha


123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!


pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha


joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha

If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
#6
ka0s2016
Check out YouTube for info, lots of vids showing how it's done. Took me 45 mins to replace mine bought off eBay
I found a few, just looked something off a movie when the terrorist is building a bomb under spotlight hahaha

Did you do it recently? Was it your first attempt? What did you buy?
#7
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?

Here is a little more advice:

If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!

I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.

Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.

For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.


Edited By: joshp on Sep 28, 2016 22:48
#8
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Superb answer mate, thanks!
#9
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Superb answer mate, thanks!

No problem.

Just to add, also when disassembling ensure you keep note on the screws because they are different sizes (even though some look the same) and you could cause damage by putting them in the wrong place, I've seen this happen.

Finally, remember to put everything back in it's original place, no matter how small as it will serve a purpose and also take into consideration that sometimes the proximity sensor will not work with the replacement and that is very difficult to resolve.
#10
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Superb answer mate, thanks!
No problem.
Just to add, also when disassembling ensure you keep note on the screws because they are different sizes (even though some look the same) and you could cause damage by putting them in the wrong place, I've seen this happen.
Finally, remember to put everything back in it's original place, no matter how small as it will serve a purpose and also take into consideration that sometimes the proximity sensor will not work with the replacement and that is very difficult to resolve.
Proximity sensor?!
#11
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Superb answer mate, thanks!
No problem.
Just to add, also when disassembling ensure you keep note on the screws because they are different sizes (even though some look the same) and you could cause damage by putting them in the wrong place, I've seen this happen.
Finally, remember to put everything back in it's original place, no matter how small as it will serve a purpose and also take into consideration that sometimes the proximity sensor will not work with the replacement and that is very difficult to resolve.
Proximity sensor?!

Yes, see the smaller black line at the top (if its a white model). That's it. It basically turns the screen black when you place it to your ear during a phone call so you don't press any buttons. Try it during a phonecall, cover it with your finger and you'll see it turns the screen black.

Google the part "iPhone 4S proximity sensor", you'll see many 'fixes' because it is a common issue but you may be lucky and it'll be fine.
#12
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Superb answer mate, thanks!
No problem.
Just to add, also when disassembling ensure you keep note on the screws because they are different sizes (even though some look the same) and you could cause damage by putting them in the wrong place, I've seen this happen.
Finally, remember to put everything back in it's original place, no matter how small as it will serve a purpose and also take into consideration that sometimes the proximity sensor will not work with the replacement and that is very difficult to resolve.
Proximity sensor?!
Yes, see the smaller black line at the top (if its a white model). That's it. It basically turns the screen black when you place it to your ear during a phone call so you don't press any buttons. Try it during a phonecall, cover it with your finger and you'll see it turns the screen black.
Google the part "iPhone 4S proximity sensor", you'll see many 'fixes' because it is a common issue but you may be lucky and it'll be fine.
Ah, got it. Cheers mate.
#13
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Just a quick one on the digitizer mate, I wasn't actually going to buy the digitizer alone (which works fine), I was actually thinking of just buying the glass cover (which has the damage) in a kit, what are your thoughts on that?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Glass-Replacement-Back-Front-screen-for-iPhone-4-4S-Rear-Battery-Cover-Case-/272278611364
#14
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Just a quick one on the digitizer mate, I wasn't actually going to buy the digitizer alone (which works fine), I was actually thinking of just buying the glass cover (which has the damage) in a kit, what are your thoughts on that?http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Glass-Replacement-Back-Front-screen-for-iPhone-4-4S-Rear-Battery-Cover-Case-/272278611364

No, as I said above. Buy a completed display. You probably are not going to be able to separate them because they are adhered together as it is extremely difficult to do without damaging them, you already have enough of a challenge by disassembling the phone itself for your first time.


Edited By: joshp on Sep 29, 2016 12:51
#15
Good advice in the previous posts. Just to add to these don't buy the cheapest one you can find. I'm my experience I've fixed a number of 4 and 4s because of dodgy or cracked screens and the quality of the LCD and digitizer has been poor. A recent one I fixed only had a new LCD fitted several months before it failed again. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend on it in the end.
#16
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Just a quick one on the digitizer mate, I wasn't actually going to buy the digitizer alone (which works fine), I was actually thinking of just buying the glass cover (which has the damage) in a kit, what are your thoughts on that?http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Glass-Replacement-Back-Front-screen-for-iPhone-4-4S-Rear-Battery-Cover-Case-/272278611364
No, as I said above. Buy a completed display. You probably are not going to be able to separate them because they are adhered together as it is extremely difficult to do without damaging them, you already have enough of a challenge by disassembling the phone itself for your first time.
Understood mate, thanks.


Evouk
Good advice in the previous posts. Just to add to these don't buy the cheapest one you can find. I'm my experience I've fixed a number of 4 and 4s because of dodgy or cracked screens and the quality of the LCD and digitizer has been poor. A recent one I fixed only had a new LCD fitted several months before it failed again. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend on it in the end.
They appear to range between £14-£25 for the full kit, is that sufficient?
#17
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Just a quick one on the digitizer mate, I wasn't actually going to buy the digitizer alone (which works fine), I was actually thinking of just buying the glass cover (which has the damage) in a kit, what are your thoughts on that?http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Glass-Replacement-Back-Front-screen-for-iPhone-4-4S-Rear-Battery-Cover-Case-/272278611364
No, as I said above. Buy a completed display. You probably are not going to be able to separate them because they are adhered together as it is extremely difficult to do without damaging them, you already have enough of a challenge by disassembling the phone itself for your first time.
Understood mate, thanks.
Evouk
Good advice in the previous posts. Just to add to these don't buy the cheapest one you can find. I'm my experience I've fixed a number of 4 and 4s because of dodgy or cracked screens and the quality of the LCD and digitizer has been poor. A recent one I fixed only had a new LCD fitted several months before it failed again. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend on it in the end.
They appear to range between £14-£25 for the full kit, is that sufficient?

I thought that was a tad expensive: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-iPhone-4S-LCD-Screen-Replacement-Touch-Digitizer-Assembly-Front-Glass-Black-/121511448689?hash=item1c4aa59071:g:1e0AAOSwi0RX0Szo

I use to pay around £10 about 1 year ago. The are about £9 now.

I don't find paying more helps to be honest unless you go with a secondhand genuine display - I've done that before. I think it's just luck with the generic displays.
#18
Check the screen works first by connecting to the motherboard before taking it all apart. The iFixIt guide is good and download a screw template to make sure you know where all the screws come from and go back in their original place.

A screen is cheap on eBay but recently I have had quite a few non working ones delivered, hence checking first.
#19
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
joshp
JusticeForThe96
matt1234556
I did one a few years ago.
I had never done one before, just followed a guide online, printed a sheet which you put all the screws in certain places and went for it. The screen came with tools etc. It already had the digitizer attached.
It was a fairly long procedure as you have to take pretty much everything apart, but it was acheivable.
The 4s is getting quite old now so there is probably less value in repairing it now.
Thank you for the information, I think i'm in the exact same position you were.
I fancy my chances, just wondered if anyone else had any experience in finishing it perfectly on their debut! haha
123batman321
If your unskilled at this type of job (like me) it coukd go either way. I replaced screen on a 3gs made a crackin job screen worked great but unfortunately i destroyed the connection for the speaker lol
Given the 4s is quite old id suggest getting a newer model rather than messing about with the screen either that or replace the back bit but leave screen as is
The only reason for considering this is to remove any additional need for buying a new phone, plus it still works just fine, it's just a bit of an eyesore!
pigthemaster
it's fiddly as hell don't bother!
My original thought was this, that it would take ages and I would end up with one screw left over at the end too... haha
joshp
Coming from someone who is experiecned (I've repaired over 50 iPhone 4's and 4S's) it could go either way for your first time. The 4S is the better model of the 2 to fix because whilst they are similar there are tiny things you could do while replacing the display which would render other functions nonfunctional, more so in the 4.
Keep in mind that in order to replace the display you will need to remove nearly all of the internal parts of the iPhone. It is one of the most difficult iPhones to replace the screen.
However that said, if you are careful if is perfectly doable. Perhaps watch a video on YouTube first and see how confident you're.
You sound like the man for the advice then! haha
If I do decide to crack on with it.... Would you recommend buying the screen+digitizer+back cover+tools pack off eBay? Or something else?
Here is a little more advice:
If you do crack on, make sure you buy complete LCD screen with the digitiser, not just a digitizer!
I warn you, sometimes the philips included in the tool set it terrible and will round off the screws, use a decent quality one as you don't want to be doing that.
Finally, test the LCD before actually fitting as you often get bad ones and the last thing you want to be doing is disassembling the phone again or the seller accusing you of damaging it during assembly.
For your question, eBay is fine if you take the above into consideration.
Just a quick one on the digitizer mate, I wasn't actually going to buy the digitizer alone (which works fine), I was actually thinking of just buying the glass cover (which has the damage) in a kit, what are your thoughts on that?http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Glass-Replacement-Back-Front-screen-for-iPhone-4-4S-Rear-Battery-Cover-Case-/272278611364
No, as I said above. Buy a completed display. You probably are not going to be able to separate them because they are adhered together as it is extremely difficult to do without damaging them, you already have enough of a challenge by disassembling the phone itself for your first time.
Understood mate, thanks.
Evouk
Good advice in the previous posts. Just to add to these don't buy the cheapest one you can find. I'm my experience I've fixed a number of 4 and 4s because of dodgy or cracked screens and the quality of the LCD and digitizer has been poor. A recent one I fixed only had a new LCD fitted several months before it failed again. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend on it in the end.
They appear to range between £14-£25 for the full kit, is that sufficient?
I thought that was a tad expensive: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-iPhone-4S-LCD-Screen-Replacement-Touch-Digitizer-Assembly-Front-Glass-Black-/121511448689?hash=item1c4aa59071:g:1e0AAOSwi0RX0Szo
I use to pay around £10 about 1 year ago. The are about £9 now.
I don't find paying more helps to be honest unless you go with a secondhand genuine display - I've done that before. I think it's just luck with the generic displays.
Ah right, I think because the one I need has the tools and the back glass panel too it's coming in more expensive actually. Unless I buy them separately I suppose. Cheers again mate, you've been a great help.
#20
paul123edwards
Check the screen works first by connecting to the motherboard before taking it all apart. The iFixIt guide is good and download a screw template to make sure you know where all the screws come from and go back in their original place.

A screen is cheap on eBay but recently I have had quite a few non working ones delivered, hence checking first.
Thats good advice mate thanks
banned#21
I know of a website that charges £16.99 to repair the whole thing, that includes the cost of the screen as well.
#22
WonkyDoctor
I know of a website that charges £16.99 to repair the whole thing, that includes the cost of the screen as well.
A website? So do you send it away to them?

Let's have a look mate, you got a link?
#23
Its not that difficult if you can follow simple instructions. As above I have experience in this done over 15 screens myself. The first one is always the hardest. The main thing is to watch youtube videos such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHH-zbNgJx0

but then watch a few others just to get an idea of how to do it. Download a screwmat like this so you know which screw goes where. I downloaded a free one from the internet and then used double sided tape to rest the screws in the relevant position. The main thing is the screws as they are all different sizes. If you put one of the longer screws where a short one is supposed to go it can damage things.

Also as previously said replacing screens on the 4S is a tiresome job as you have to basically take everything out ... battery, mother board, camera etc. When putting back in place you need to ensure everything is as should be and all connections are solid. Takes about 30 minutes to an hour to do.
#24
Oh PS: as above buy the screen and digitizer.
#25
krazyasif786
Oh PS: as above buy the screen and digitizer.
Excellent mate, cheers for the advice.

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