UPDATE: Here is the tutorial about how to fix a shattered iPad screen.
I cracked my I Phone glass… twice. The first time I shattered it…the phone was unusable. The second time, it was at least still usable…see below. Both times, the BF came to the rescue! He is kind of a pro now 🙂 It takes 20 minutes (depending on crack severity), a few tools, a 10$ I Phone replacement glass, and patience!
Two things to remember before we start on the tutorial for how to replace a broken iPhone screen.
1. We bought the iPhone replacement glass from Amazon. For this tutorial, I used a repair kit for an iPhone 3G. Andy says to read the reviews and make sure most people have good things to say about the company. Andy recently fixed an iPhone 8 Plus and used this kit. The kit includes the glass and all of the tools needed to fix the screen.This company has kits to fix most models.
2. The glass repair kits are model specific (i.e. if you have an I-Phone 3G you will buy a different screen than if you have an I-Phone 3GS)
Andy also says the mini magnetic screwdriver is a MUST and he uses a kitchen towel so the tiny screws don’t roll around and fall off of the table.
How to Replace a Broken/ Cracked iPhone Screen
Step 1- Remove 2 screws at the bottom of the phone
Step 2- Use suction cup to lift the glass out of the phone body
Step 3- There are 3 wires that attach the glass to the phone. You need to detach all of them. –WATCH you tube VIDEO at the bottom of post for more info!
Step 4- Remove the 6 tiny screws on the sides of the phone.
Step 5- Remove the glass from the touch screen…
This is the phone without the glass or touch screen parts… kind of neat, huh 🙂
Here is the old glass
Step 6- Heat up the old glass to melt the glue…You have to remove the metal frame from the glass
Still heating up 🙂
Step 7- Remove broken glass from metal frame
Step 8- Remove the goo. We attempted some vlogging…don’t laugh!
Step 9- Use supplied 3M adhesive to attach new glass to metal frame!
One more vlogging attempt 🙂
Step 10- Repeat steps 1-7 in reverse order. Easy Peasy!
This is the original You Tube video the BF watched to learn how to do it–super helpful!
While I hope that you never need this tutorial…
But, just know that it is here and is EASY and CHEAP to fix 🙂
Comments & Reviews
Grand web site!
My lenovo yoga 2 11 with touch feature has the typical screen crack! Will the nail polish/superglue application likely mess up the function of the screen? The touch works on the right 1/2 of the screen.
That is cool
Do you know how to replace shattered glass on an iPad?
Jamie Dorobek says
Yes! Here is that post: http://www.creatingreallyawesomefunthings.com/ipad-screen-repair/
Question. I’m having the hardest time figuring out which kit to buy for the iPhone 5s. Anyway you could point me in the right direction? I love your site. Used your directions on how to replace an iPad screen and it worked like a charm!
Coooool thanks man!
Wooow am I glad I found you lot. Now wish me luck as I hope to try to replace my screen OMG 🙂
Samsung Galaxy S3 Repair?? Glad to see a fellow Longhorn 🙂 Hook em Horns!!
Jamie Dorobek says
Hook em’ horns 🙂
Beth Wagner says
My boyfriend is a manager at a place called Mobile Genius and they do any iPhone repair including water damage. Check them out at FiMyiPhone.com
Thank you! It worked!!!!!!!
HI, That’s great! Can it be done for an iPod Touch, or even for another kind of cell phone?
uhm im 16, and my iphone 3g fell onto concrete face first cause of some idiot boy. the entire screen is basically shattered. im terrified so i wont tell my parents. there really isnt anywhere for me to put a suction cup on t cause theres pieces of broke n glass everywhere. i put tape all over the screen though so no piece fall out. the phone works fie, i just need to change the screen. i dont no what to do help? 🙁
Mike & SHATTEREDi says
Hello all it always is cheaper to fix your device then replace it with a new one! That’s what I have been doing for the last 4 years. Take a look at my Facebook page you can look it up just search – SHATTEREDi we can fix and replace. We cover all parts and labor with a 90 day warranty. If you are not near us you can ship it to us most repairs are a fast turn around! Take a look share the page.
where do you buy the replacement screen? thank you so much!
Will this work if I dropped the phone and the light still goes on but nothing else shows up?
Where could I find the kit and glass for an iPhone 4S ??
Does this work for the Itouch as well? Can you buy that cover for the Itouch from Amazon and follow the same instructions as above? Thanks so much!
Now someone know if there is a similar fix for my little Palm Pre?
Thanks for all your great inputs.