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Apr 12, 2001

For those who want to repair their iPhones on their own without having to visit an Apple retail store or service provider, Apple now has a dedicated Self Service Repair program that provides the repair manuals, parts, and tools necessary for fixing the display, battery, bottom speaker, camera, display, SIM Tray, and Taptic Engine.


Repairs are available for the 2022 iPhone SE, the iPhone 12 models, and the iPhone 13 models at this time, and are limited to the above listed iPhone components. Apple has plans to expand to additional repairs and additional devices in the future, but for now, you can only do a limited number of fixes on the latest iPhones.

Before any repair can be completed, you need to read through the manual to see what it entails, and the manuals are also available if you want to attempt a repair on your own without Apple's components.

To get to a repair manual, you just need to visit Apple's Self Service Repair website. From there, click on the "Apple Repair Manuals" link under "Support." You can also click below to get directly to the manual that you're looking for. Note that all of the links are PDFs on Apple's site.
Each repair manual explains how the repair process works and it walks through the parts that are available for purchase. Repair manuals include details on how to set up for a repair, the steps required, and what to do if something goes wrong.

Many of Apple's repairs require a toolkit that is priced at $49 and weighs in at 70 pounds, so major fixes like swapping out a battery or replacing a display are rather involved compared to visiting an Apple retail store.

After downloading and reviewing a repair manual, those who want to proceed with Apple's tools and equipment can initiate an order on Apple's Self Service Repair website.

Article Link: How to Download Apple's Self Service Repair Manuals for iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone SE Models
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Jan 13, 2020
So you can only self repair an iPhone if it is a 12 or 13 model?

What about the awesome iPhone 8 Plus? with it's ATT iPhone evolution 5G which is actually much faster than the iPhone 13 Max with REAL 5G.

What a joke. this repair your own iPhone. And have to RENT 90 pounds worth of tools and send back.

Are they joking?


macrumors 6502a
Oct 15, 2011
Apple knows this is of very little practical use. The sole purpose is to say they have a self repair program and they know that. eg We have manuals, show the process you and let you hire the tools. The box is ticked.


macrumors regular
Mar 2, 2006
Claremont CA
This would take me longer to read (and execute) than to take it to Apple (or authorized service provider) and just get it fixed. I'll play to my strengths and let Apple et. al. play to there's! Neat to see the detail involved in doing it right. For the DYI guys and gals who like to do it themselves, have a blast, I just have other things I would rather do with my limited time on this Earth! ;-p


macrumors regular
Sep 8, 2009
Why is sand involved? I honestly don't see it anywhere else in the manual ?

Edit: Never mind it's for a bad battery event. I can't wait to hear about the local man who burned his house to the ground


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macrumors 65816
There will be SO many ****ed up iPhones!
Only because we built a culture of not taking ownership as to using and maintaining one's property. As someone that ran a Premium Service provider, built 3 cars and does most of my own maintenance, can do plumbing, concrete work, maintain computers/networks/servers, can do sales, etc....I feel too many have their job and don't grow outside of that.


macrumors 68000
Aug 1, 2000
What if Apple also committed to getting parts and repair info to independent computer/phone repair shops?

people don't want to do it themselves or have to head to an apple store sometimes.
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Jul 12, 2016
I decided I won't break my iPhone.
Me too.

However, What if you want/need your battery replaced? Would you use this kit or do you think would opt for Apple services and just pay the additional funds?

Me personally? I think I would be interested in tinkering with an older iPhone to experiment with (Which isn’t applicable), but probably not on the 13 Pro. That said, I would likely just drop by my local Apple Store and have them do it, which I’m fine paying the extra money.
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macrumors 6502
Aug 3, 2007
This is super progressive for Apple. I'm a little shocked - but also impressed. Will be interesting to see where this goes.


macrumors 6502
Jun 8, 2012
I’ve had apple do several screen repairs for me over the years.
Half of the time they admitted that they couldn’t put it back together properly so they issued a new unit.

What change does a regular user have?
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