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Tips for Replacing a Broken iPhone 3G glass and touch sensor

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My glass screen broke by popping and spinning up outside of my jacket, landing glass-side-down on a bumpy pothole  a few weeks ago. It was right before going to China, so I didn’t have time to take it to an apple store. I covered the glass with a screen protector (to stop shards from falling off), and waited until I had more time. I even tried having a phone store in China look at repairing it, but my language barrier got in the way. They all kept trying to use styluses to touch the screen. Now that I’m back, I decided to repair it myself and here are my findings.

Order a replacement screen and touch sensor together. Only my glass was broken, but they’re replaced as one unit.

First watch these two helpful videos for instructions. Make sure you remove the glass top with a suction cup (thanks Chris!), don’t pry it. Also, when removing the (unbroken in my case) LCD, do not pry on it. Instead pry on the metal frame it is attached to.

IMG_1251Do not use too much heat when loosening the glue of the broken glass. This was my only mishap. I used a 2200 watt heat gun and warped and melted off a piece of the plastic frame. Then I spent an hour trying to reheat and bend it back. Also, watch out for repositioning the center button – mine went back in a millimeter lower on one side so it feels different. (Actually this is probably because of the warped frame.) Regarding the rubber gasket; be careful, but some damage may be unavoidable on it.

It took us about 2.5 hours to complete it, and I recovered from the heat gun mishap so that it’s not visible and everything fit back eventually. Plus it was fun to see the insides of the iPhone. Good luck!

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Written by Jonathan

January 2nd, 2010 at 7:01 am

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  1. Hey Jonathon-
    This was a very creative way of fixing your iPhone! I would just warn everyone who’s attempting this at the risk of losing the Apple warantee, especially if you jailbreak it- I’m not as talented or technologically oriented as you might be. However, I can’t stand waiting in line at the Apple store, it drives me nuts every time. I left the name of the website I got my iPhone fixed at in the link above, but they’re authorized to fix iPhones and VERY affordable- As much as I paid for my IPhone, I didn’t want to take that chance. Good luck to those trying!


    4 Jan 10 at 11:15 am

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