You may have only thought that if you wanted to replace the back of your iPhone with something more fitting of your personality, or to replace one that's scratched or dinged, that you had to take it to the professionals. However, if you're up for a little DIY experience, you can replace the back panel fairly quickly. This guide shows you how you can up your DIY street cred with one simple tool as quickly as it takes to make a call.
Step 1: Gather the Tools
Change the back panel of your iPhone by first gathering these needed tools and supplies
- a pentalobe screwdriver
- reading glasses (magnifying glasses)
- iPhone back panel
Step 2: Find a Well-Lit Area to Work In
Locate an area in your home that has great overhead lighting and clear off a table. If you can't find a good spot, put a lamp on a table and take off the shade so that you get plenty of light.
Step 3: Remove the Screws
Locate the pentalobe screws on the bottom of the phone. There should be one on each side of the power connector.
Put on your eyewear at this time. These screws are very tiny, so to prevent stripping the head of the screws, you'll want to see them perfectly as you're removing them.
Insert the pentalobe screwdriver into the head of the screws. Turn the screwdriver in a counter-clockwise motion and gently pull out the screws as you're doing so. Set the screws aside.
Step 4: Slide the Old Panel Up and Remove It
Gently push up on the panel. It will only go up a tiny bit, so don't try to force it up after it stops, otherwise you'll risk breaking the phone. Grab the top end of the panel and pull it off. Again, do this gently so you don't break any parts of the phone that you need to connect the new piece.
Step 5: Insert the New Panel and Secure
Slide the new panel into place and then replace the screws back into the phone.
Expect to spend just a few minutes on the actual procedure of replacing a worn or boring iPhone back panel, once you have procured the needed tools and supplies. Contact your local computer services professional like iFly Repair, and ask them for help should you run into any issues with this project. Show off your new back panel to your friends, so they can see that you're now on your way to becoming an iPhone DIY expert.