How to unscrew a stripped iPhone 4S screw!

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Help Help! So I received my back light apple logo mod today and I started to install it except I got stuck at the easiest part... Taking off the back cover hah... So if anyone can help me I have all the tools I need but one of the screws won't come out! I clearly see it got stripped some how so I don't know what to do!!


    If anyone had any tips for me I would really appreciate it so much!!
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    The two screws near the dock connector are called "pentalobular screws," they do look different, and may not actually be stripped?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well yeah I know that, I already got one out.... On my old 4 I had switched out back many times with no issues... Now with my 4S only one screw comes out just find and the other is definitely stripped... It won't turn at all so I need some help lol there has to be a way!!
     
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    Jordan921

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    Bring it to a iPhone repair shop. Maybe they can help you get it out.
     
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    RS232

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    I'm in the same situation! Did some Googling and may try a tiny drop of superglue and a filed down old screwdriver! Let it set and get the silly thing out slowly. Have to buy a new set of screws - Philips ones next time!
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Was just going to post this, superglue works great on stripped screws. Make sure you don't use gorilla glue though, that stuff will leave a white stain around the screw. Acetone and a bit of scraping will soften & remove any excess superglue, just be sure to keep it off of plastic
     
  7. macrumors G3

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    This is the most effective thing you can use. It has industrial diamond dust in the liquid and it will get a purchase on completely rounded screw or bold heads.

    http://www.screwgrab.com/index.html
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I appreciate u linking me to screw grab stuff but I was hoping for something I can do now and today haha

    But yea as far as the Glue part. I have heard from many this had worked so what exactly do I do....
    Put a tiny but of glue on the screwdriver and then hold it on the screw for a while and try and unscrew it out? I really don't wanna get any glue on my phone haha so any tips appreciated it but looks like I will be trying this!


    And also where can we get another set of screws for iPhone 4S?? Thanks a lot macrumors! You guys always help a fellow apple user out!
     
  9. macrumors G3

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    ifixit probably lists the screw size and radioshack or somewhere similar probably has something that will work.
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    If the stripping isn't terrible, a small flat blade driver will work. However, everybody else's suggestions work better for more severe stripped heads.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    before adding any type of liquids or getting to crazy, try this first-

    if the screw will at least spin with a screwdriver, then apply pressure upwards on your backplate in the same direction that you would push to remove the plate while simultaneously turning the screw to loosen it(to the left). You should notice the plate slightly rising, meaning the screw is loosening. When you get to a point where the plate will go no further, slide the plate back down- the screw should be loosened far enough for you to take it off with your fingers.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors regular

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    But see that's my problem! The screw won't turn at all!!! I have 2 different screw drivers and I'm sittin here right now tryin to do this and it just won't budge at all!!! This Is crazy I have never had this much of an issue with a screw before, I tried putting a rubber band between the driver and screw and that didn't work either ughhh and I have no super glue so I may have to run out to home depot or radio shack to get some I don't know!! Any other ideas???
     
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    Fire.
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    The same thing happened to me, I tried everything from the rubber band to super glue to no avail. What you have to do is drill the head of the screw out with a very tiny drill bit. I would get some professional help if i were you with someone who is experienced with those tools because it requires a good amount of precision. Essentially, once you drill out the head of the screw, all you have to do is pull the back plate off. You'll lose the screw, so i suggest you order some new ones. Get the Phillips screws if you want to avoid the hassle again.
     
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    lordofthereef

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    Super glue is a buck at walmart. Just get it and do what these guys are saying rather than hoping for a remedy with items you already have at home.
     
  16. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I finally got them out and mod is completed! It's really sick! Many complements so far on it haha
     

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    RS232

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    Which method did you use to get the screws out?
     
  18. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Used a really sharp but small blade and literly just turned it till it popped out haha and got 2 new screws from apple they just gave me 2 for free
     
  19. macrumors member

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    which light mod did you go with? Also is the light on all the time or only when the phone is unlocked?
     
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    macrumors 6502a

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    Did you get them from a physical Apple Store's genius bar? or did you call Apple. My iphone 4s was purchased Thanksgiving 2011 so I'm just out of warranty. I ordered a replacement backplate since mine was shattered and my little brother just switched it out for me. But he said he couldn't do anything with the bottom screws which are now sticking out. He said he "stripped" them but I saw on the thread that these aren't just Phillip screws so I guess I just need a tool to tighten them all the way. Or maybe they are stripped and I need replacements

    I want to sell this phone because I now have an iphone 5. But wanted to have this bottom screw issue resolved before I sell it for the new buyer.
     
  21. macrumors 6502a

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    congrats on ricing out your iphone
     
  22. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well this is an old thread lol, but if you wanna get the screws out, all I did was take sharp blade/knife and just turn it really hard and get the screw out. If there is an apple repair shop near you I would take it there, whatever you Do don't bring it to apple though.

    Good luck!
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

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    Went to the Apple store a few days ago. Even though my phone was out of warranty (though not by too long - just a couple of weeks), the replaced the scews for me. Now it's on ebay
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    If you have removed a little bit of the screw before it stripped, and the screw is sticking a tiny bit above the metal, nail clippers work much more effectively than needle nose pliers to pry to screw out
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    You should notice the plate slightly rising, meaning the screw is loosening.[​IMG]
     

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