Cracked back glass iPhone 5

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  1. Badfishy

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    I dropped my iPhone 5 a few weeks ago and it landed just right to crack the bottom piece of glass on the back. It just shattered and stayed there. I wasn't using a case cause' I'm cool like that! I figured I could easily hide it with a skin or case and it wouldn't even be noticeable. I then started scouring the web for a fix and couldn't find any. I wound up going to eBay and found the glass pieces for under $10 for the top and bottom set from China.

    I carefuly removed the broken glass with a precision screwdriver. It is glued to the casing pretty good. After removing all the glass and glue remnants, I cut and stuck permanent, double-sided tape to the back of the new piece of glass. I then lined it up to the casing and pressed firmly. It's been attached for about 2 weeks now with no problems. It looks and feels like new again! This was cheaper than paying my warranty deductible and I didn't use a replacement claim on something simple. I hope this helps some folks out there.

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  2. chris

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    Ouch. Good to hear you were able to source it cheap and fix it without issue.
     
  3. imutter

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    can you post the fixed phone for us to see?
    Thanks for the tip
     
  4. Badfishy

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    Here is the fixed product. Looks just like new, minis the nicks from when I dropped it.

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  5. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Nice job, Badfishy.
     
  6. Badfishy

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    Just figured I would share this research in case anybody else has the same issue. It's just more cost effective to fix it than pay the warranty deductible and lose a warranty trade in. I couldn't find anything else on the web and took a chance when peeling the broken glass off.
     
  7. Tattooed Alex

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    Great job on the replacement panel. No discoloration between the 2 panels?


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  8. Badfishy

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    Nope. They look identical to OEM. All of the prior glue must be removed to get it flush to the aluminum. I didn't want to glue it in case it was subpar quality, so I just used a permanent 3m double sided tape.
     
  9. Badfishy

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    Update:

    Still using the same replacement glass with no problems. In fact, I forgot all about it until a PM with some questions about it today. Glad I was able to fix it myself and save some money!
     
  10. jmp316

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    Nice fix.
     
  11. chris

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    Thanks for the update. Looks great. Excellent fix and at only $10.(y)
     
  12. liberated

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    Looks like a nice straight forward fix, so much for Apple's Nonsense about the computer looking for the best fit glass piece per aluminum frame, if true, then it's totally unnecessary :D
     
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    Thanks for the info
     

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