Just like so many other people, my iPhone 4 slipped out of my hands as I was taking it out of my pocket. I can't even count the number of times I've dropped my phone but this time didn't have such a happy ending. As it slipped out of my hands and fell to the ground, I heard the tell-tale "crack" of the iPhone face breaking on the parking lot cement. Hoping for the best, I picked up the phone and flipped it over only to discover the face shattered. My heart broke. When I brought it hope, little chards of glass kept coming out. My boyfriend ended up using masking tape to hold the little glass pieces together so I wouldn't cut my face until I could get a replacement. Knowing I wouldn't be able to afford a new iPhone, iFixit was my best alternative and I ordered the replacement screen assembly. I was relatively confident I would be able to handle the repair myself as I used to work on electronics when I was in the military.
The repair went really well. iFixit's instructions were really easy to follow.
I have two pieces of advice. First, I wore rubber gloves. I feel like cleaning tiny little metal components can be difficult and I didn't want to worry about messing up anything else on my phone. Sometimes the gloves can make it a little more difficult to handle the tiny little screws and washers, but it was worth it. My second piece of advice is to tape the screen before making the replacement. My screen broke into so many tiny little parts I don't think I would've had such an easy time removing all of the glass if it hadn't already been taped.
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