Don’t Replace Your Broken iPhone – Repair It Yourself

Did you know that there are a number of common problems with iPhones which are relatively easy to repair yourself for much less than the price of a professional iPhone repair? Although your iPhone looks like it’s a well sealed unit, it’s actually quite easy to take apart and there are a number of suppliers of cheap generic parts to get your iPhone back up and running as if it were new.

Even if you’ve replaced your old damaged iPhone, its probably worth fixing it and selling it rather than just leaving it lying around until you throw it out one day.

So here are some of the most common iPhone problems and step by step guides to repair them.

The Most Common iPhone Problems And How To Fix Them

Cracked or Shattered Screens

By far the most common problem with iPhones, and most other smart phones, is a cracked, shattered or otherwise damaged screen, usually caused by a drop. Since the release of the iPhone 5, Apple has made it considerably easier for the screens on their phones to be replaced. The screen (with a few small camera, home button and speaker components) is a completely stand alone assembly and it simply plugs into the main body of the phone with a few ribbon connectors.

Get yourself a good quality replacement screen, which usually comes with the tools required to complete the repair and you’re ready to tackle repairing your iPhone.

Here are our guides to replacing your iPhone screen on a range of iPhone models:

Depleted Batteries

For most smartphone users, charging your battery is a daily activity. Because of this, you can expect your iPhone’s battery to lose around 20% of its capacity in the first two years (the general life of a mobile phone contract). A battery which no longer holds its charge is one of the leading reasons people upgrade their phone, not realising that it is in fact a very easy repair to carry out.

Here’s our guide to replacing your iPhone battery. Although this guide is done on an iPhone 6, the battery replacement for iPhone models 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus are all very similar.

Lightning Charger Port, Button & Switch Problems

The last set of common problems is generally due to mechanical wear and tear on the lightning port due to daily (or more frequent) charging or the buttons around your iPhone.

The lightning port replacement is a little more tricky than the other repairs listed here but it also one of the cheapest to carry out. If you’re experiencing problems with the charger port or your audio port, this fix will solve it. Here’s a step by step guide to replacing the lightning port assembly on your iPhone.

The volume and mute button assembly replacement fixes problems with your volume buttons not operating correctly or with your mute switch not functioning. Here’s a step by step guide to replacing the volume and mute button assembly on your iPhone.

Finally, the home button replacement. If you’ve got a faulty home button, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the button functionality can be easily fixed, usually for a couple of dollars and it shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes to complete. The bad news is that Apple’s touch ID sensor is paired to the logic board of the phone and for security reasons it cannot be reset. So in doing this repair, you’ll lose your touch ID functionality. The home button replacement can be done by following the steps in moving the home button across to your new screen in the screen replacement guides above.

That’s it, with the guides above you should be able to fix the majority of these common iPhone problems and they’re all relatively easy to do. If you’re looking to save money instead of buying a new phone or make some extra money off of selling your old phone then it’s definitely worth trying to repair your own iPhone.

Have you tried repairing any of the above problems on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.

Michael Klements
Michael Klements
Hi, my name is Michael and I started this blog in 2016 to share my DIY journey with you. I love tinkering with electronics, making, fixing, and building - I'm always looking for new projects and exciting DIY ideas. If you do too, grab a cup of coffee and settle in, I'm happy to have you here.



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