iphone 5 screw dulled out, can't unscrew to fix

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jetlagged, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. jetlagged macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2012
    my iPhone 5 which I bought in 2012 is nearing the end of its life unless. I've replaced the battery once already a few months ago. I've changed the defective charging port last year.

    Now the charging port is acting up again, so I took it to a local smartphone repair shop again, they said I need to replace the charging port because there's a problem with the Lightning port itself. It would charge on and off, and it's very positional. It still charges, but I have to have it in a certain position for it to work and sometimes it doesn't.

    Anyways, the guy couldn't unscrew one of the screw coz its dulled out completely. He took it to another shop next door, they couldn't unscrew it. So he took it to another repair shop 30 feet away, and then another shop. They all couldn't open the screw.

    so yeah I have an iPhone 5 that's on its last leg unless they can find a way to unscrew that screw to replace the port. I'm home now.

    what's the solution? I mean I already went to like 5 repair shops today. and I'm not very handy with electronics or else I'd try to fix it myself. the last resort is to get and iPhone SE. I'm not going to anymore repair shops.
  2. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    I think it may be time to get a new phone. The SE is a good phone. Mine works great.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You made your choice.
  4. jetlagged thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2012
    Well my iPhone 5 is still charging. but it's just a ticking timebomb and it's just a matter of time before it stops. I don't really want to get a new iPhone at all anytime soon until the iPhone 7 is announced or released. Are there any ways around to getting that screw off so they can change the charging port?
  5. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    Why not just get a Dremel tool and drill the head off the screw?

    Use a tiny bit and drill the head off carefully.

    You're already looking at throwing the phone out.

    Just take your time, work slowly and precisely, and center the small drill head on the screw head. Drill slow with very little pressure.

    Go only deep enough that the head pops off of the screw.

    If you've never done anything like this before, then find someone who has. Most likely your father (you haven't stated your age).

    This has commonly been done in many industrial jobs for decades if not centuries. And will be very simple and fast on a tiny screw like the iPhone. Just be slow, precise, and careful.

    Once the phone is opened, you can use other tools to remove or unscrew the threaded part of the screw from the frame.

    Obviously, this is at your own risk. If you don't think you can perform this operation, then either find someone who can, or weigh your willingness to take a chance.

    But from my view, if it's going in the trash anyway, then why not try and fix it.
  6. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    I assume you've cleaned it thoroughly? Lightning ports I find are very prone to getting dust impacted in them, and I think EVERY time I have had people complain and them not charging right, a good (15 minute) cleaning has done the trick.
  7. HEK macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2013
    US Eastern time zone
    I want to see the ezeout for this size screw, grins

    Leave screw threads in and crazy glue phone back together. Most likely last repair anyways.
  8. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    One possible idea that just came into my mind is this. Using the proper sized screwdriver put a small drop of epoxy on the screwdriver and put it into the screw letting it set up. Perhaps then There will be enough tension to hold the screw as you unscrew it.
  9. HEK macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2013
    US Eastern time zone
    Might work
  10. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    I was just going to suggest something similar. You'd have to replace/leave out the screw, but it should work.

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