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DIY : Disassembling iPhone 3G – What YouTube DIY Video Doesn’t Show You

June 27, 2010 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 6 Comments


I’m quite a DIY person and I like to break fix things. Now it’s time for me to repair my 20 months old iPhone 3G and give it a little bit more juice. I’m gonna give you some hints on how to disassemble your iPhone 3G and hopefully you too can break fix your iPhone 3G/3Gs in near future.

I’ve decided to change some parts  and extend it’s battery life too. I went shopping for some iPhone 3G parts from some online website and got the parts a week after. Because I’m gonna DIY, buying parts of the Internet is definitely gonna be cheaper.



Replacement Parts
Here’s the list of parts I bought:

  • iPhone 3G 16GB Back Cover – High Quality (White)
  • iPhone 3G Chrome Bezel
  • iPhone 3G Battery – 1600mAh (200mAh more than original battery)
  • iPhone 3G Sim Card Tray Holder Slot – OEM (White)
  • iPhone 3G Power Sleep Hold Key Button Switch for replacement (OEM)
  • iPhone 3G Handfree Headset Jack Cover Chrome Ring
  • iPhone 3G Side Chrome Volume Up Down Button key (OEM)
  • iPhone 3G Silent Mute Switch Button – White
  • iPhone 3G Vibrator For Replacement
  • A set of iPhone/iPod Plastic Tool-kits

YouTube DIY Video
There are plenty of DIY videos to repair iPhone 3G on YouTube. Be sure you find the one which is clear and easy to understand. You don’t wanna miss any important steps which could probably render your iPhone useless.

I followed these YouTube videos to remove the battery and to replace the back cover.

The DIY Process

Removing the front screen.

Removing the motherboard.

Removing the battery, top and bottom components and the chrome bezel.

The newly replaced white back cover – nice :)

The end product with a mirror-like screen protector film.

Tips and Hints

  1. Tools
    Get yourself a good set of precision tool screw drivers. Get a good piece of magnetised Phillips head screwdriver as you may need that most of the time. If it’s not magnetised, you can temporary magnetise it with a small fridge magnet. Picking up the micro screws can be a pain. You will also need a good pair of tweezers.
  2. Removing the screen
    The two YouTube videos have got different ways of removing the front screen off the casing. I suggest you get a suction cup to remove the front screen. Using the iPhone plastic toolkit can potentially damage the rubber padding running along the side of the screen.
  3. Removing the screws
    iPhone 3G is a very compact phone so everything inside the iPhone is very very tiny. So make sure you put all the tiny screws somewhere safe and make sure you put them into groups. (e.g.: back cover screws, motherboard screws and etc)
  4. Cables
    Listen and pay attention to the YouTube video as it will advice you on the cables you have to detach before removing the screen and motherboard. You can to do it correct and be patience when you’re trying to put it back together. It can get pretty tricky.

Caution
It may look easy to replace parts on the iPhone but I can assure you it’s not. I DO NOT condone anyone to disassemble their iPhone 3G especially if it’s still under contract. This post is just for your viewing pleasure only.

Some of the parts I purchased are OEM parts so re-assembling the iPhone can be tougher trying to fit it properly. Lastly, patience is very important here if you wanna get it done correctly.

Replacement Parts Available
I have some leftover new replacement parts for the iPhone 3G. Anyone who is interested can email me.



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roderick
roderick

Hi.

l'am roderick.glad to see your post.

Mike Yip
Mike Yip

Nice stuff, only thing I dared to do was change the casing on mine.

Muhamad Aizat
Muhamad Aizat

Hello..

Can i know where did you shop all the parts and how much have spent for the parts..

Thank you!

Muhamad Aizat
Muhamad Aizat

Hello..

Can i know where did you shop all the parts and how much have spent for the parts..

Thank you!

Jason
Jason

Hi there, can i ask where did you get your back cover from? i had trouble with the front chrome bezel that doesn't fit the current backcover that I just bought.

are you able to point me to the website that you bought off the parts?

thanks!

JAson

Jason
Jason

Hi there, can i ask where did you get your back cover from? i had trouble with the front chrome bezel that doesn't fit the current backcover that I just bought.

are you able to point me to the website that you bought off the parts?

thanks!

JAson

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