Very Dim iPhone 5s Screen

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Elhanan322, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Elhanan322 macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2014
    About a month ago (I've been using my old iPhone 4 ever since) in the midst of texting my iPhone 5s's screen went super dim. It's so dim that about the only way that you can see the screen is in a pitch black room. All the rest of the software seems to be operating properly.

    I tried the obvious remedies first (adjusting the brightness settings, rebooting the phone, etc.) all to no avail. I called Apple support and they said to bring the phone in to the Genius bar. Unfortunately I found out there that they couldn't perform any work on my phone because the previous owner had opened up the phone which voided the original warranty :/

    So I decided to try taking it apart myself. I did it just once to see if unsnapping and then snapping some of the ribbon cables back into place would do the trick. No dice. Then I tried replacing the light sensor. That didn't work either. The screen is still very very dim. At this point I don't know if it's worth it to just give up on the phone or if there's still something to try. I don't know if replacing the screen would do anything.

    Does anyone have any ideas?
  2. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    pay the $129 apple charges to replace the screen??

    if its not the screen , then its going to be $269 to swap it out
  3. Elhanan322 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2014
    This might be a dumb question, but does Apple still perform work on devices that are outside of the warranty (even if they are paid services)? Just not something I've ever had to pursue as all my other Apple devices have worked well, or when they have needed work, have been under warranty so I haven't needed to pay anything additional out of pocket.

    I was honestly just thinking about replacing the screen myself since I've had it apart several times already.
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    They don't.
    Take it to a cell phone repair shop. Have them quote you. If you like the price, go for it. You shouldn't be charged unless their work is successful.

    oaying for an out of warranty replacement through Apple might also be an option.
  5. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Very happy here in Europe the warranty is two years long

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