I Fixed My Broken iPhone Screen Using Apple’s Self Service Repair Kit

I break lots of iPhones. In truth, it is a part of my job.

The most up-to-date sufferer of a CNET drop test was the third-generation iPhone SE. I’m sorry to say the outcomes weren’t fairly.

The iPhone SE was amassing mud on my desk when I noticed the announcement that Apple was launching its Self Service Repair program right here within the US. It would seem this new program is aimed extra towards DIY-ers than individuals trying to save cash, particularly in case your damaged telephone remains to be underneath guarantee.

Since I contemplate myself to be pretty helpful relating to tasks like this, I determined to order a repair kit and discover out if I might convey some new life to this telephone that had basically change into a harmful paperweight.

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Download the restore handbook

I began my Self Service Repair journey at selfservicerepair.com. This is the web site Apple has arrange for ordering elements, versus the web site used for ordering the iPhone itself

Before you even take into consideration ordering any new elements or instruments, Apple encourages you to download and read the restore handbook for the telephone you are trying to repair.

I positioned the handbook for the iPhone SE and it is a mere… 79 pages lengthy.

Be certain to take a look at the precise directions for the restore you are trying to do. I centered on the part for changing the show, however there are additionally good tips about the best way to take care of the damaged glass in your telephone and the best way to deal with broken batteries.

There’s additionally a bit on among the instruments you may be utilizing and different provides you in all probability ought to to have readily available.

Ordering elements

The new display, adhesive and screw kit for fixing a broken iPhone SE.

The new show, adhesive and screw package for fixing my damaged iPhone SE.

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Undaunted by the handbook to this point, I moved on to ordering the elements and instruments I would wish to finish the job.

Repair elements and instruments can be found for the iPhone 12 and 13 sequence, in addition to for the most recent model of the iPhone SE.

The service is not only for display repairs. You can substitute the battery, backside speaker, digital camera, SIM tray and the taptic engine inside.

Prices fluctuate from telephone to telephone and job to job. The advisable show bundle for the iPhone SE, which incorporates the brand new glass, adhesive and screws prices $129.56 plus tax. This is about what it will price to get your display repaired by Apple, however with out the sense of accomplishment of doing it your self!

Apple does supply a credit score for returning the half you are changing. I despatched my damaged glass again for recycling, so my worth ought to come all the way down to round 100 bucks for elements.

Before I might add the bundle to my cart, I wanted to offer two items of data.

First, the serial quantity or IMEI quantity to establish the telephone that you just’re engaged on, which will be discovered on the field your iPhone got here in. Alternately, in your iPhone, launch the Settings app and go to General > About to search out the IMEI, which needs to be proven as a 15-digit quantity.

Second, to make sure you’ve learn the restore handbook and perceive what you are getting your self into, it is advisable enter a six-digit code discovered someplace within the handbook.

I’m not going to inform you the place to search out the code within the handbook, as a result of I assume it’s a good suggestion to have a look at the directions earlier than you dive in. But I will inform you that the code is totally different from machine to machine, so the code within the handbook for the iPhone 13 is totally different than the code for the SE.

Ordering instruments

With that out of the way in which, ordering the instruments was rather more easy.

Depending in your expertise as tinkerer, you would possibly have already got a few of these objects at house, so you may simply order the remaining instruments you want. Of course, there are different instruments available on the market that you could purchase that may find yourself being cheaper than those supplied right here.

But except you intend on doing repairs like this pretty usually,I assume renting an entire package is the way in which to go. For $49, you get all of the instruments it is advisable do the job. The package is particular to the iPhone mannequin you are engaged on, and also you get to maintain the package for per week.

That introduced my complete to $178 for elements and the device package rental.

At this level it needs to be famous that by renting the package, you are agreeing to a $1,200 (plus tax) maintain being positioned in your bank card to cowl the price of a misplaced or broken package. The fantastic print says that when the package is returned inside 7 days, full and undamaged, that the maintain might be launched inside 5 to 7 days. 

There was no turning again for me, however I would not blame you for investigating different choices at this level.

The case containing the screen replacement kit that users can rent from Apple for a mere $49 (plus deposit).

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Removing the broken display

As anticipated, the device package got here in a big, black rolling case, with every part packed neatly inside. A separate, smaller field contained the alternative display and different elements.

In addition to the instruments that come within the case, the instruction handbook additionally recommends having some additional provides readily available in your comfort and security, together with security goggles, cut-resistant gloves and an electrostatic discharge wrist strap and work mat.

Once I had my work space arrange, the primary matter of enterprise was to take away the broken display. This was probably the most difficult a part of the entire course of.

The Universal Display Removal device that got here with the package appears actually cool, however I could not get it to do a lot of something to assist me get the display to budge. I suspect it’s because the display on my iPhone SE was so badly damaged, the suction cups could not kind seal on the floor, even with the protecting cowl put in.

I wrestled with the device for about quarter-hour earlier than I ended up simply prying the outdated display off till I might break the adhesive holding it in place. I do not advocate this methodology in case you are changing the battery and have to hold your unbroken display intact. But in my case, brute pressure was one of the best resolution.

It’s value mentioning right here that the method for eradicating the show from the iPhone SE is totally different from that of the iPhone 12 and 13 sequence, which requires making use of warmth to loosen the adhesive. I did not get to check out the heated show elimination fixture described within the manuals for these phones, however it appears much more sophisticated than the device I tried to make use of. 

With the display out of the way in which, disconnecting the show’s cables was straightforward sufficient. The restore handbook very clearly confirmed how to do that. Keeping observe of all of the tiny screws was a distinct story, however that is why I purchased extras.

Installing the brand new iPhone SE show

After scraping off the remaining adhesive residue, the telephone was able to obtain its new display. Naturally step one right here is to use some new adhesive.

There’s little margin of error when making an attempt to get the skinny strip of black adhesive in simply the suitable place across the body of the iPhone. Luckily, the show bundle got here with sufficient provides for 2 makes an attempt, as a result of I nailed it on the second strive.

After reattaching all of the little cables and screwing every part again in place (do your self a favor and search for the best way to magnetize a screwdriver — I want I had executed this earlier than I began), it was now time for my favourite half.

The show press is the good device that comes within the package, and sadly, you solely get to make use of it as soon as. It’s principally like an enormous juice press you utilize to squeeze the brand new show into place. Once the 30-second timer is up, the show press goes again within the field, except you need to buy one of your own for $216.

I completed issues off with two contemporary security screws close to the lightning port, and the restore job was executed, however yet another step remained.

The successfully repaired iPhone SE.

Good as new!

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System Configuration

The restore handbook signifies that after performing a show alternative, “You might want to contact the Self Service Repair Store help group by chat or telephone to provoke System Configuration.”

The handbook states that the System Configuration course of helps to make sure that new elements are calibrated, firmware is up to date and biometric sensors like Touch ID are configured appropriately.

I reached out to a help agent through chat, which was quite simple. The entire course of took about 20 minutes, throughout which era I was capable of energy on the telephone for the primary time and make sure the brand new display was really working! And nothing was on fireplace!

On the entire, I’d say that changing the display on my iPhone SE with the Apple Self Service Repair Kit labored out simply fantastic. The display works nice, and after I put a brand new case on the telephone, I might ignore the damaged again glass (which is not an element lined by the Self Service Repair website).

However, moreover the show press, I’m undecided this huge device package was well worth the effort. The show elimination fixture did not work for me, and I solely ended up needing two of the 4 screwdriver bits, which I in all probability have round right here someplace already. 

The help handbook was very useful, and informed me precisely what I wanted to do — even when I did bungle a few steps alongside the way in which.

In the long run, if I select to do a restore like this once more, I’ll probably choose to simply purchase the instruments I have to complement those I have already got (minus the show press). 

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