How to Disassemble the iPhone 5C for Screen/Parts Repair

Apple announced the iPhone 5C on September 10, 2013. Different from the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5C is built with brand new plastic rear housing available in five colors: green, pink, blue, yellow and white. However, we found the teardown process and the innards are similar to the iPhone 5 after we took apart the 5C. You can follow our step-by-step disassembly to replace the broken parts on your iPhone 5C, such as the cracked iPhone 5C screen, the useless iPhone 5C battery, the damaged iPhone 5C rear housing or the broken iPhone 5C charging port flex cable. ETrade Supply is always your best choice to get the iPhone 5C replacement parts.

How to Disassemble the iPhone 5C for Screen/Parts Repair

Tools needed:

Metal Spudger Opening Tool

Pentalobe Screwdrivers

Small Phillips Screwdrivers

Flathead Screwdrivers

Tweezers

Step 1

Power off the iPhone 5C and take out the SIM card tray with the eject pin.

take out the SIM card tray

Step 2

Use Pentalobe screwdrivers to undo 2 screws at the bottom of the handset.

Use Pentalobe screwdrivers to undo 2 screws

Step 3

Carefully pry up the iPhone 5C LCD screen assembly with the help of the metal spudger opening tool.

pry up the iPhone 5C LCD screen assembly

Step 4

Undo 4 Phillips screws to remove the metal plate covering the LCD assembly connectors.

Undo 4 Phillips screws to remove the metal plate

Step 5

Release 3 connectors to separate the LCD display assembly from the iPhone 5C rear housing with the help of spudger opening tool.

Release 3 connectors to separate the LCD display assembly

NOTE: After the LCD assembly is free, if you need to replace the cracked iPhone 5C screen, now you have to remove the ear speaker assembly and front camera & sensor flex cable at the top of the LCD assembly. And remove the home button at the bottom and the LCD heat shield. Here we didn't tear them down.

iPhone 5C LCD display assembly

Step 6

Undo 2 Phillips screws to remove the retaining bracket that covers the battery connector.

Undo 2 Phillips screws to remove the retaining bracket

Step 7

Disconnect the battery connector to lift up the battery carefully and remove it using the spudger opening tool.

Disconnect the battery connector

lift up the battery

Step 8

Undo 2 screws on the retaining bracket that holds the iPhone 5C rear facing camera in place at the top right corner. Then release 1 connector on the motherboard to remove the rear camera.

Undo 2 screws on the retaining bracket

release 1 connector

Step 9

Release 2 screws at the top left corner to remove the vibrating motor.

Release 2 screws to remove the vibrating motor

Step 10

Release 1 connector and 7 screws to take out the loud speaker and charging port flex cable.

Release 1 connector and 7 screws

take out the loud speaker and charging port flex cable

Step 11

Release the last connector to lift up the motherboard cautiously because there is a fragile connector on the top. Disconnect it and then the motherboard is free.

Release the last connector

lift up the motherboard cautiously

Disconnect the connector

Now we have finished the complete iPhone 5C teardown process.

iPhone 5C Teardown Parts

  1. BY gaga
    |

    Hi my phone suddenly blacked out while I waa watching so I charged it but when I tried to open it. It didnt open.

  2. BY Ruben
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    Hi, I am wandering if anyone knows the name for the connecter on top, I accidently ruined the whole connected im referring to the one highlighted in the picture that appears on Iphone 5c but not on Iphone 5. picture http://www.etradesupply.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/111.jpg

    Thank You

    P.S. how would I fix that part of the phone?

    • BY kaye
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      Hi,you mean you broken the connector or just the black small nub on top of the connector, if just the small nub, then it won’t cause much inconveniences.

  3. BY Wilson
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    Hi,
    If my Iphone 5C the clock system is not running (Time freeze) upon screen lock.
    And also the WiFi setting always lost connection (Always need perform network
    reset.
    Question is which part i need to order to correction.
    <This problem arise during charging, the lighting wire deform.

    Regards,
    Wilson

  4. BY Kristy
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    That black strip under the motherboad what is it called and where can i buy one at

    • BY May
      |

      Hi Kristy, the black strip is the heatsink for motherboard, we sell it with the rear housing, please check on eBay or Amazon to see if you can buy it, good luck.

  5. BY jake
    |

    in the charger bit it isn’t charging bc there is something in it what do I do!

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