Apple iPhone 4 - Replacing the back cover

The back of the enclosure is broken or the camera lens is scratched.

  • iPhone 4
  • 4 Steps
  • Easy
  • 15 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 4’s defective back cover. This repair can help if the back cover is broken or cracked, or if your rear camera no longer takes sharp pictures because the lens is scratched.

Required tools

  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

4 steps
  1. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 4 - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. Depending on when your iPhone was manufactured, you’ll need either a Phillips screwdriver or a pentalobe screwdriver to open your phone.
    2. Depending on when your iPhone was manufactured, you’ll need either a Phillips screwdriver or a pentalobe screwdriver to open your phone. They are located to the right and left of the dock connector. Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 3.6 mm pentalobe/Phillips screws
  2. Removing the back cover

    iPhone 4 - Removing the back cover 01
    iPhone 4 - Removing the back cover 02
    1. Use your thumbs or the palm of your hand to push the back cover of your iPhone about 4 mm away from the bottom of the phone where the dock connector is (see figure 1).
    2. Then you can lift the back cover at the end that’s sticking out past the phone (see figure 2).
  3. Attaching the back cover

    iPhone 4 - Attaching the back cover 01
    1. Before you can put on the new back cover, you often have to remove the transparent film from the heat shield. Depending on the replacement part, there may also be protective films on the front and back lenses. Remove them so you can take sharp pictures.
    2. Put the back cover back on and carefully push it the last few millimeters toward the dock connector.
  4. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 4 - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.6 mm pentalobe/Phillips screws
    2. Then all you have to do is push in the SIM card tray.
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