How to replace a broken iPhone 5c screen in under 10 minutes

Shattered your iPhone 5c screen? We can help you replace it in under 10 minutes!

It's never a good day when you drop your iPhone and realize the screen has broken. Luckily, the iPhone 5c is one of the easier iPhone DIY repairs when it comes to screen replacements. We showed you a while back how to replace a busted iPhone 5c display. Since then one of our favorite parts suppliers, eTech Parts, has made this particular repair even easier by offering displays that come with small parts already pre-installed. That means there's nothing to transfer. Just replace the front assembly and you're done, making this an easy repair, even for beginners!

The main difference between this guide and my other 5c guide is the level of difficulty and convenience. This guide is the route we'd recommend for 90% of people looking who are looking to replace their own iPhone 5c screen. It only costs about $15 more and will save you tons of time, and possible headaches.

These are the parts that will already come pre-installed on your iPhone 5c display as opposed to having to transfer them over on your own:

  • LCD Shield Plate
  • Front Camera with Induction Flex Cable Assembly
  • Front Camera
  • Earpiece Speaker
  • Earpiece Bracket
  • Home Button with Rubber Gasket
  • Home Button Flex
  • Home Button Bracket

Sound like a lot of time saved? That's because it is!

1. Discounted tools and parts

There are lots of parts suppliers out there but not all of them are created equal, especially fly by night Amazon and eBay resellers. That's why we recommend always using a supplier that specializes in iPhone parts and offers a warranty of some kind. We highly recommend eTech Parts whose customer service and part quality just can't be matched. eTech offers shipping to many countries throughout the world.

30% off high quality parts and tools

eTech has been kind enough to offer up a coupon code for all the iMore DIY'ers in tons of countries throughout the world that will give you 30% off your entire order. Just use the following coupon code when checking out:

  • eTech coupon code: iMore

Here's a complete list of parts and tools we recommend for this particular repair. Clicking any of the buy links will take you directly to that item on eTech's site.

Note: Some folks have trouble getting the screen off with a suction cup if the screen is extremely spidered. This why we recommend picking up a razor blade as well in case you run into this problem. We can show you an alternate way of removing the display.

2. Power off your iPhone

Before performing any repair on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you should always remember to power it off. Simply hold down on the Power button until you see Slide to Power off. One you're sure your iPhone is turned off, proceed to the next section.

3. Remove the dock screws

There are two security screws that secure the screen to the frame and they sit on each side of the dock connector. Use your 5-point security screwdriver to remove them. They are both the same size so it's okay if you mix them up.

4. Remove the broken display

  1. Place your suction cup slightly above the Home button assembly and secure it to the screen. How to replace a broken iPhone 5c screen in under 10 minutes
  2. Holding the iPhone in place with one hand, gently pull upwards on the suction cup until you free the bottom of the screen. You should now be able to use your fingers to slowly raise up the screen and expose where the front assembly is connected to the logic board.
  3. Remove the four screws holding down the shield that covers the display cables. To do this, use your #000 screwdriver. These screws are different sizes so make sure you keep them organized in a way you can remember for re-assembly.
  4. Once all four screws are removed, carefully remove the shield and set it aside.
  5. Now use your spudger tool in order to remove the three cables shown in the image below.
  6. The display assembly should now be free from the body of the phone.

Note: We used the suction cup method here but if the screen is extremely spidered, you may not be able to get a firm seal with a suction cup. If that's the case, carefully work your way around the bottom of the phone between the frame and display assembly with a razor blade until you can gently pry up using the flat end of your nylon spudger tool instead.

5. Replace the broken display

  1. Attach the three cables on the new display to the logic board of your iPhone 5c.
  2. Replace the display shield and the four screws you removed earlier.
  3. Lay down the display and snap it in place. Remember, don't ever force the display down. Make sure it's lined up correctly and starting from the top, snap it in place gently.

6. Replace the dock screws

  1. Use your security screwdriver to replace the two screws that sit on either side of the dock.

7. Test the new display

How to replace a broken iPhone 5c screen in under 10 minutes

Once your iPhone 5c is fully put back together, it's safe to turn it back on and begin testing the new front assembly. To do so, check the following functions:

  • Place a test call and make sure the earpiece functions correctly
  • Type on the keyboard extensively to test for dead spots
  • Make sure transferring from earpiece to speakerphone works correctly
  • Place a call and put your finger over the proximity sensor to ensure the screen goes dark
  • Test the front facing camera to ensure it is working properly
  • Test the Home button by single and double tapping, ensure both work as they should

If all of the above checks out okay, you're good to go!

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