Rebuilding an iPhone 5 (replacing rear case)

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  • wysiwyg

    Back off, you mean front and everything off.

    Buy one with all the buttons in place, swapping buttons is the pita.

    Premier Icon thetallpaul

    Have a look at for a guide


    Be prepared to loose a couple of hours of your life but it’s quite doable. Screen is quick and easy, rear housing means stripping phone completely down.

    A local pone shop to me offered to do it for £50, I got a new housing off t’internet for £15… if I had to do it again I’d probably just pay the £50. If you do decide to do it your self get a good set of precision screwdrivers and don’t use the chocolate ones that come free with the case.

    Premier Icon Sandwich

    iFixit for the guide and Maplin/Ebuyer for the screwdrivers. Screen is easy-ish (I did the one on my 5 twice, clumsy, moi?) if you can get the bits with the buttons in place then it will save you quite a bit of time and faffing.


    Being bent (the phone) and smashed screen that keeps going dead light coloured with vertical lines i was going to have a go at rebuilding it with a new rear metal case and new screen.

    How difficult are they to take apart and get the back off? Im asking here as there are a billion useless pages out there in internet phone world.

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