Broken iPhone Glass? Touch Screen Still Functional? Read this.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Mystahwoaini, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    Hi, As we all know the iPhone screen has been switched from plastic to ultra thin touch sensitive glass. Because of it's thinness, its break-ability has increased 200% for those relatively clumsy and accident prone. I advise you now, order a heavy duty silicone case now, if you're prone to dropping things.

    Now, to the topic.

    My iPhone has recently been dropped and the bottom part of the screen has been rendered shattery.

    Making it look like this.


    Ah, but don't fret my dear friends, if you have the same problem, here's what might help.

    Of course I'm sure this probably has been done before.

    link here:

    But plastic is so scratchable! And my hardware store doesnt have plastic that thin.

    So here's the alternative, also you may need that link to reference some things.

    What you need:

    Go on ebay and look for : iPhone Outer Screen

    here's an example , sure beats the whole LCD panel for a whopping $180 USD

    - Now, its ONLY the glass, if your touchscreen doesn't work, you need the whole panel.

    - Case remover tool, Mini Phillip screwdiver, plastic knife/spudge

    - Glue remover, (Goo Gone)

    - Glass Adhesive, preferably quick dry.

    Now. To the directions.



    We need knowledge on how to take apart the iPhone. But not the whole thing!

    Just the back cover, the antenna cover and the Metal frame!

    Easy enough?

    heres a link for detailed instructions and photos, also a video.

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    Remember, All we need to do is remove the cable latch of the Headphone wire, from the back ,metal cover. and the Metal chrome frame surrounding the screen.

    1) Remove all 10 screws around the screen. don't lose em!

    2) Remove the Frame.

    3) Now that the glass is exposed, use a blunt knife, plastic or wooden reccomended. Or a plastic spudger, Carefully SCRAPE ! yes SCRAPE off the cracked parts.

    4) Now, the glass is GLUED ON TO THE LCD SCREEN, Be very careful, you do not want to puncture the LCD. This is where the GOO GONE comes in. Spray a bit on the exposed surfaces under the crack, DON'T GET THE INSIDE OF THE PHONE WET, this included the cables, and the logic board, and the battery!

    5) Repeat. (avoid touching the home button)

    6) Eventually you'll be able to pull off the rest of the glass.

    7) When Done. Carefully add some glue on to the edges of the LCD, making a rectangular kind of shape. Make sure you spread it evenly, cause there is no way back when you place it on.

    8) Put a dot of glue on the Glass you bought.

    9) Smear it on the black corners.

    10) CAREFULLY MEASURE out WHERE IT goes! THE POSITION is VERY IMPORTANT. ( Note the HOME button is the key)

    11) Glue it on and place it on , let it dry for a while , ( place it near the sun, but not directly, like near the window) for around 5-10 minutes

    12) Okay , Now its time to reattach the frame, and screw it back on.

    13) Reattach the ribbon cable on the headphones on the back cover.

    14) Pop the frame back on, pop the black antenna cover back in and you're SET!!

    Thanks for reading hope this helps. :D
  2. macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    Well , this is an actual tutorial.

    So, anyway. The process is simpler than it sounds. And i was just telling people, that there is no need to remove EVERYTHING. including the logic board, and the battery, unless you want to , and are really careful, and intricate in your electronic/techinical fixes. because I'm not, and I hope this saves a lot of extra steps.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2005
    I thought the iPhone was always class? I thought that was one of the selling points, 'optical grade glass'.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2008

    what kind of glue i need? And i must cover all surface of glass our only black sectors and perimeter of lcd screen ? I want to do at home because in service it cost in Latvia about 100 euros...
  6. macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    I am curious, i cracked my phones screen today, the touch part still works, but where exactly is that touch part located? under the glass on the screen?
  7. macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009

    Do you think it's important to use Goo Gone SPRAY rather than the liquid form? It seems impossible to find (the spray) outside of the US.


  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    what if I have the first iPhone?
    how do I replace the glass part only?
    any help?
  9. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2004
    Germantown, MD
    Take it to the Apple Store. They fixed mine when it vibrated itself off a table. ;)
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2009
    Just had this happen to me for the second time. They’re great phones, but this time it cracked when I dropped it in the grass. The first time this happened, I paid $200 at the Apple Store for a new phone.

    However, this time, I found a somewhat more affordable solution. If you are in the Dallas area, I would recommend Cracked Phone Screen. They will replace the cracked face for $89.99 while you wait. It took the technician a few minutes and the phone is as good as new. You can even mail them your phone and they will fix it and mail it back. Their number is (214) 550-0707 and their web site is
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Iphone 2g repair

    How can i trust any online Repair faculty? How do you know they will repair it and not rip you off? Also whats a reputable Online iphone repair center? I saw this website offed iphone glass repair for 2g. Has anyone tried this company i found them by just googling iphone repair. Please I love my 2g iphone and cause it metal and doable until this happened. It works prefect for me cause i have it unlock for use on att prepaid :D.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2012

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