Apple iPhone 4s - Replacing the back cover

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

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

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 4s’ 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

  • Heat gun

    Heat gun

    You can use a heat gun to heat parts that are glued on so they’re easier to remove. In most cases, you can also use a hairdryer.

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  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

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  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

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  • 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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Required replacement part

  • iPhone 4s Back Cover in Black

    iPhone 4s Back Cover in Black

    Maybe you dropped your iPhone 4s on its back, or maybe it just got scratched up in your pocket or bag. The point is, it’s not in such great shape. Replace the cracked or broken back cover with a new one. This repair can also help if your rear camera no longer takes sharp pictures because the lens is scratched.

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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

iPhone 4s Back Cover in Black

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iPhone 4s Back Cover in White

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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 4s - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open your phone.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. 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 screws
  2. Removing the back cover

    iPhone 4s - Removing the back cover 01
    iPhone 4s - 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 4s - 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 4s - Fastening the enclosure screws 01

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