How to replace cracked glass on the Iphone

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Jasonl007, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Jasonl007 macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2008
    Here is a way I found to replace the glass on the iphone 2g. I have not tried it on the 3g. Should work the same, First of all apple does not make this very easy at all. They have glued the glass to the LCD so it seems that you can not take off the glass with out breaking the LCD. Well you can if you careful

    Please remember before you try to take it on, it is not easy and you could mess up you LCD. If you do I guess you can order a new one on internet.

    Here are some tools you will need. First get the replacement glass off ebay. 19.95 the one I got OEM replacement. Two types of razor knife blades one stiff like a utility blade and one that comes for a box cutter that is flex able. Also some goo gone, and contact cement. Cotton Swabs.

    I have included some pictures so you can see how it is done.

    First thing you want to do is start at the top or bottom because they are not glued nearly as good. When you get to the LCD you will see that there is a film of glue holding the glass on want you want to do is use your razor blade as a scraper but keep it at a very low angle so you can slide alone the LCD with out scratching it.It will work best if you can get the blade under the glass but all the way down to the LCD so your leaving some glue behind. It will also work best if you can use a prying motion, also being careful not to dig or scratch the LCD. I used some goo gone to help with getting to glue off by applying it with Cotton swabs, but be care full I used a little much and it got under the lcd but did not hurt anything once it dried.

    This process is very labor intensive it took me 2 hours to get the glass off. You can switch between the stiff and flexable blade depending on what works best for you.

    Once you take the glass off. You will need to clean the LCD just like you would any other.

    Then take some contact cement and and your cotton Swab and apply some to the 4 corners of the iphone and the new glass. Then lay the glass in place and there you have it. A new iphone for 30 dollars. Yes the touch screen still works, I have not had any problems out of it. Enjoy

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  2. The Governor macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008
    Nice, looks like you did a good job there.

    Just a suggestion, maybe have a step-by-step layout along with pictures to throughly detail the step

    The only problem that I see is I don't see that many people will do this if they break their screen?

    But still, well done.
  3. TheRiseofTheFal macrumors regular


    May 9, 2008
    just a question as I presume its the same phone, but did it take 4 days for everything to get finished as the calendar shows a different date? and also did you jailbreak after you replaced the glass? just was curious because if there were pictures of all the steps in more of a sequential order this could be very helpful! thank you for taking the time to do this! I will definitely save this for reference
  4. Jasonl007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2008
    Thanks for the comments, The photos are in order as I fixed the phone, From being cracked to taking off the glass to the finished product the photos should go from left to right and top to bottom. It did not take 4 days, I took the glass off in 2 hours, and I received the replacement glass the next day. So if everything was there I would say 2hours 30 min. And to answer the question on jail breaking. It was not jail broke before. I wish I had some way of making a video I would try it again.
  5. The Governor macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2008
    Well, you could always do it again (break, fix, record, post).....all in the name of science or whatever.

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