iPhone 5s cracked screen

Elbert C

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I have an iPhone 5s with a cracked screen that I want to try fixing myself. The ifixit repair guides have two guides for the display assembly. One with a home button, one without. In the guide it says I will need to transfer the original home button in order for the Touch ID to function. Does this mean if I get the assembly with a new home button the Touch ID feature won't work again?
Also, there is a dent on the corner where the display is cracked. Will it be a problem when replacing the screen?
 
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Elbert C

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Home button is matched to logic board. If you change the screen using 3rd party, original home button has to be used if you want it to work
Thank you, BugeyeSTI. I'll order the kit without the home button then and hope the dent won't cause too much of a problem when I install the new screen.
 

BugeyeSTI

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Thank you, BugeyeSTI. I'll order the kit without the home button then and hope the dent won't cause too much of a problem when I install the new screen.
When you get it apart, try to find something round with the same profile as the original corners shape(like a quarter drive socket) then use a small hammer and reshape the corner to match the others. It’s not very strong aluminum and is easy to reshape. I’ve done it many times when replacing screens on ipads and iPhones
 

Minho

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I have an iPhone 5s with a cracked screen that I want to try fixing myself. The ifixit repair guides have two guides for the display assembly. One with a home button, one without. In the guide it says I will need to transfer the original home button in order for the Touch ID to function. Does this mean if I get the assembly with a new home button the Touch ID feature won't work again?
Also, there is a dent on the corner where the display is cracked. Will it be a problem when replacing the screen?

You'll want to get rid of that dent. The replacement screen won't sit well and even if it does, the glass will be under stress and likely crack at the first minor drop.

A tool like this is very handy for working out the dents, just tap gently with a hammer against the side wall while the phone is sitting on a piece of wood. Make sure to remove any inner components that are in the way and again...be gentle!
 
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Elbert C

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When you get it apart, try to find something round with the same profile as the original corners shape(like a quarter drive socket) then use a small hammer and reshape the corner to match the others. It’s not very strong aluminum and is easy to reshape. I’ve done it many times when replacing screens on ipads and iPhones
You'll want to get rid of that dent. The replacement screen won't sit well and even if it does, the glass will be under stress and likely crack at the first minor drop.

A tool like this is very handy for working out the dents, just tap gently with a hammer against the side wall while the phone is sitting on a piece of wood. Make sure to remove any inner components that are in the way and again...be gentle!
Sorry for the late reply. I finally just got back home to my Mac that has my password for macrumors.
Thanks for the info you provided. I'll have to look for something with same profile in order to reshape it back.
 

sandiegomacrepair

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I recommend the GTOOL for that repair. You might want to take it to a shop that has one and make sure you get original quality parts too. GTOOL is expensive.
 

Elbert C

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Finally got the courage to work on replacing the screen. I didn't review all of the fixit step by step instructions before ordering a new screen, so I didn't get an iOpener for removing the front facing camera and sensor cable. Instead, I used a sock filled with some rice and it worked just as good. Anyway, everything is working good on the phone so far.



Never mind about the date. I forgot to connect it to our wifi network before taking the photo.
 

Minho

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Oct 4, 2017
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Finally got the courage to work on replacing the screen. I didn't review all of the fixit step by step instructions before ordering a new screen, so I didn't get an iOpener for removing the front facing camera and sensor cable. Instead, I used a sock filled with some rice and it worked just as good. Anyway, everything is working good on the phone so far.



Never mind about the date. I forgot to connect it to our wifi network before taking the photo.
Nice Job!
 

jeddouglas

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Inverness, UK
Finally got the courage to work on replacing the screen. I didn't review all of the fixit step by step instructions before ordering a new screen, so I didn't get an iOpener for removing the front facing camera and sensor cable. Instead, I used a sock filled with some rice and it worked just as good. Anyway, everything is working good on the phone so far.



Never mind about the date. I forgot to connect it to our wifi network before taking the photo.
Can I ask where you purchased the replacement screen from and how much you paid please? I am looking to do my first ever screen repair on any iPhone and in this case it is a 5s. I am in the UK and there are numerous suppliers of replacement screen for around £11 - £20 on Amazon but some of the reviews are not great.
 

Elbert C

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Can I ask where you purchased the replacement screen from and how much you paid please? I am looking to do my first ever screen repair on any iPhone and in this case it is a 5s. I am in the UK and there are numerous suppliers of replacement screen for around £11 - £20 on Amazon but some of the reviews are not great.
I ordered it from ifixit.com for $39.99 USD. They have a Europe store if you'd like to order from them.