Changing the back of an iPhone 3g?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by TyloBedo, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. TyloBedo macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Well the back on my iphone 3g has a big crack down the back and I was wondering if there is a website I could order a replacement.

  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Its not as simple as you think unless you're good at taking the whole phone appart and putting all the components on the new case.
  3. gerbort macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2008
    There are repair companies out there that will do this tedious repair for you. It's definitely not something I would do, or advise a newbie to do. Check out They do good work, and i'm pretty sure they do full iPhone repairs/parts replacement.
  4. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    Actually, I don't think it's that difficult. A friend of mine ordered a back for his 2G, and successfully replaced it. He said it was not very difficult. He recommends using a loupe and making sure you have the proper tools for the tiny screws, and don't loose them like he did!

    The back comes with the attached switches. That was actually his reason for replacing the back - the ringer switch had been damaged in a fall and no longer worked. He paid something like $90 on eBay for the back. I thought that was pricey, but it was fully refurbished (all new switches).

    In general, serviceability is better with newer iPhones, at least as far as what I have read. My friend commented that after seeing how it's put together, he wouldn't attempt a glass replacement on a 2G, but the back was a snap.
  5. CupertinoiPhone macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Cupertino, CA
    Do not change the Back Case - It is still better than Fake cases in the Market

    To change a back on 2G is quite simple, hardly takes 5 minutes.
    To change the back for iPhone 3G/S is totally different story, you have to take out each & every component in your iPhone.


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