Replacing Glass


New Member
Jan 27, 2009
I am about to replace the glass & digitizer (the lcd is fine). I have googled extensively for many nights and read countless instruction pages and watched a couple of videos. I does not look that hard (but nothing ever does until you try it). I have a few questions for those who have done this process before:

1) How difficult is it actually? I consider myself pretty technically proficient. I build my own pcs, have hard modded an xbox (ok, this took me a couple of days, but that was only because I suck at soldering), etc. I am still a bit nervous.

2) What should I use for an adhesive? I have seen places selling a special iPhone screen tape, but I don't want to wait for shipping (I live in Canada). I won't use crazy glue because of the off gassing.


New Member
Jan 18, 2009
I haven't tried it but just before you do this, just to let you know It will void your warranty. You can get a replacement from Apple for $200 and you can also try and go to the Apple store and get it replaced for free - some people have come back with success stories.


Jun 4, 2007
Atlanta, Georgia
I replaced the glass digitizer on my last 3G (and broke the LCD in the process so I had to replace that as well). It was not that difficult but you must have patience. You have to remove the metal "frame" for lack of a better word from the old glass and digitizer and that requires a heat gun or a hair dryer. That was probably the most difficult aspect because the frame is VERY easy to bend and it affects the placement of the glass if you don't get it straightened back out.

You must also be VERY careful when removing the electronic components from the interior of the phone because the prongs bend easily and it could cause the screen to become unresponsive.