Start a Cell Phone Repair Business in 30 Days - Day 4 - Learn How to Fix iPhones

Updated on February 1, 2018


Now that you have all of the right equipment, tools, and parts, you are ready to get started fixing phones. Today is all about fixing iPhones, one of the easiest and cheapest phones to fix. The iPhone is a great place to start. The parts are cheap and the repair process is so easy a caveman can do it. There are many resources you can find online to help you get started and in this article, I will show you where to find them and a few tips and tricks of the trade.

The Different Kinds of iPhones

There are many different generations of iPhones that are still currently being used out there. At the time of this writing the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S and 6 are still in service. While all of the phones are very similar, there are many big differences between the generations. Let's take a look at the iPhone 4S first.

Broken iPhone
Broken iPhone

iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S is probably the most unique out of all of the iPhones I had listed above. The reason behind this is that the iPhone 4S requires you to practically take the entire phone apart to replace the screen. Before you go running away, know that while there are a lot of steps to completing this repair, the steps are easy to learn and easy to remember. The benefit of doing the iPhone 4S repair is that a lot of other components like the battery and charging port are very simple and don't involve removing the screen at all. Check out a video that shows you how to remove the screen on an iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is the first generation where the front screen comes out without removing any components. This is a big deal in the cell phone repair industry as it allows you to replace phones at a more rapid pace. More speed means more profits. The price of the LCD assembly on the iPhone 5 isn't much more than the iPhone 4S either, making it the ideal phone to fix. Though the screen is easy to repair, some components like the charging port are harder to fix and require the removal of the screen and battery before you can reach the part. Check out a video on how to fix the iPhone 5 screen.

Water Damaged iPhone
Water Damaged iPhone

iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C is virtually identical to the iPhone 5 when it comes to screen, battery and charging port replacement. If you attempt to do more complex repairs such as the power or volume buttons, you will notice a few differences. Since the iPhone 5C is make of plastic, you don't have to worry about bent corners. If a corner is mangled or torn up, you can easily reshape it with an exacto knife without it looking too MacGyver. Check out a video on how to replace the iPhone 5C screen.

Broken iPhone
Broken iPhone

iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S is the first Apple phone to introduce the fingerprint sensor. With the added technology comes the major difference in repair. The home button is attached with a cable to the motherboard of the phone. Upon lifting the iPhone 5S screen from the frame, if you are not careful, you can easily tear the cable. If you tear the cable, you can replace the button, but the touch ID is practically history. Other than that, the repair is very similar to the iPhone 5 and 5C. The battery of the iPhone 5S uses a new adhesive to hold it to the frame. That adhesive is extremely strong. I recommend heating it up on a digital hotplate before removing it. The charging port houses the connector that the touch ID sensor connects to. If you have to replace the charging port, keep this in mind. Check out a video on how to replace the iPhone 5S screen.

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is a whole new monster. Considering it's larger size, you can expect the obvious that the interior of the phone is very different. There are major things to consider here. First of all, that annoying cable that connects the touch ID home button to the motherboard now is attached to the back plate of the iPhone 6 display. It runs up to the top of the LCD assembly and connects where the display does to the motherboard. It is stuck to the frame very strongly, so I recommend you head it up a bit before you remove it. Next, the front-facing camera assembly is a bit different. It is attached with 3 screws to the assembly and is kind of a pain to align properly. The proximity sensor is stuck to the assembly really well. I also recommend heating up the LCD assembly before removing that cable. Other than that, it's pretty much the same as iPhone 5S except with more screws. Check out a video on how to replace the screen on an iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 plus

While it is possible to fix the iPhone 6 plus, at the time of this writing, the cost of the LCD assembly is outrageous. The market just isn't ready for that type of repair cost. I will update this when the price drops a bit.


This point of this article is to expose you to the different generations of iPhones and to inform you that while they are very similar, they have a lot of differences. Using YouTube as a resource is very helpful in learning iPhone repair. You can pause and rewind as necessary. The videos listed are for the LCD assembly of the iPhone series. If you want to learn how to do different repairs, the resources are available on YouTube, as well as other websites.

Let's Take a Vote!

Did you find this article to be helpful?

See results

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      6 weeks ago

      Thanks again and again...

    • profile image


      4 months ago

      this article is inforrrmative and interesting,please where is links to the other 2 to 30 topics ?

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      These articles are really useful! Where can I find day 5?

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      Nice information and really helpful.i found it more convienent for beginners. cheers

    • profile image

      Steve Gonzalez 

      2 years ago

      These are such great articles!! I am just in the beginning stages of opening a repair business and what perfect timing to have this information at hand...Thank you so much!!

    • profile image

      James Gribben 

      2 years ago

      This series of instructional articles are very informative


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)