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