Apple iPhone 5 - Replacing the Lightning connector

Your iPhone won’t charge, or the microphone and audio port aren’t working.

  • iPhone 5
  • 19 Steps
  • Medium
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 5’s defective Lightning connector. You need this repair if your computer doesn’t recognize your iPhone, you can’t charge your iPhone, the headphone output has a loose connection, or remote control of the headset isn’t working. You also need to replace the Lightning connector if people can’t understand you on the phone because your microphone isn’t working.

Required tools

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

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

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

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

    €5.00 at the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

    €2.00 at the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 5 Lightning Connector Schwarz

    iPhone 5 Lightning Connector Schwarz

    Du brauchst einen neuen Lightning Connector, wenn sich dein iPhone 5 nicht mehr laden lässt, nicht vom Computer erkannt wird, der Kopfhörerausgang einen Wackelkontakt hat oder die Fernbedienung deines Headsets nicht funktioniert. Auch wenn du beim Telefonieren nicht verstanden wirst, weil das Mikrofon defekt ist, muss das Teil ausgetauscht werden.

    €7.00 at the iDoc store
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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.

19 steps
  1. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5 - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 5.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are located to the right and left of the Lightning connector. LPut the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 3.6 mm pentalobe screws
  2. Lifting the display

    iPhone 5 - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 5 - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 5 - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone 5 - Lifting the display 04
    iPhone 5 - Lifting the display 05
    1. Put your iPhone 5 on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the front panel, you need a suction cup and the hard plastic pick. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with packing tape.
    3. Place the suction cup over the Home button (if possible) or next to it (see figure 1). While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic pick between the aluminum frame and the display frame and press down the aluminum frame. Also use the hard plastic pick to raise the screen (see figures 2 and 3). This usually takes several attempts.
    4. As soon as you can lift the screen a little bit (see figure 4), you have to carefully work your way around the outside until it’s loosened on both sides (see figure 5).
    5. Once the display is fully detached, you can flip it up at the Home button. Note that the display cables are still connected to the logic board (see next step).
  3. Disconnecting the connectors

    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the connectors 01
    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the connectors 02
    1. First remove the three Phillips screws from the silver cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
    2. Now you can disconnect the following three connectors (see figure 2). Be very careful.
    3. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up. Make sure you don’t break off the resistors that are soldered onto the logic board. In later batches of phones, the resistors are protected by a black plastic film.
      LCD
      Touchscreen
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece
  4. Disconnecting the battery connector

    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the battery connector 01
    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the battery connector 02
    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the battery connector 03
    1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the Phillips screws on the battery connector (see figure 1). Then lift the cover using the spudger (see figure 2). Put all the parts in the same compartment of the organizer tray.
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw (funnel head)
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now carefully lift off the battery connector by inserting the pointed tip of the ESD spudger slightly below the connector (see figure 3). If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
  5. Removing the battery

    iPhone 5 - Removing the battery 01
    1. Now remove the battery. It’s sometimes glued firmly in place. Insert the flat end of the spudger into the space between the battery and the logic board, and carefully lift the battery.
      The logic board is very sensitive. You can also lift the battery from the other side.If the battery’s really stuck on, use other leverage points to the right and left of the original spot to pry it off. If you still can’t detach the battery, you can use a heat gun to slightly warm the glue from the outside and soften it.
  6. Disconnecting the contacts

    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the contacts 01
    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the contacts 02
    1. First carefully lift off the antenna connector using the laboratory spatula (see figure 1).
    2. Then use the laboratory spatula to detach the Home button contact cable, which is lightly glued in place (see figure 2).
  7. Removing the screws

    iPhone 5 - Removing the screws 01
    1. Now remove the following five Phillips screws. Put the screws in different compartments of your organizer tray so you can easily identify them later.
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.1 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2,4 mm Phillips-Schraube
  8. Removing the speaker

    iPhone 5 - Removing the speaker 01
    iPhone 5 - Removing the speaker 02
    iPhone 5 - Removing the speaker 03
    1. Remove the silver cover attached to the cable (see figure 1).
    2. Now lift the speaker (see figure 2) and remove it by hand (see figure 3). A little bit of it is under the logic board. Turn the speaker to one side to remove it. Be very careful and make sure you don’t put too much strain on the logic board.
  9. Disconnecting the ribbon cable

    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the ribbon cable 01
    iPhone 5 - Disconnecting the ribbon cable 02
    1. Remove the Phillips screw and the silver cover below it (see figure 1). Put the parts in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the connector of the Lightning connector’s ribbon cable (see figure 2) by placing the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lifting it up. Then carefully fold the cable over.
  10. Testing the new Lightning connector

    iPhone 5 - Testing the new Lightning connector 01
    1. Temporarily connect the new Lightning connector.
    2. Then temporarily connect the battery and the display.
    3. Start your iPhone and check whether the headphone jack (including remote control of the headphones) and the microphone work. Check whether your PC recognizes your iPhone.
  11. Removing the Lightning connector

    iPhone 5 - Removing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 5 - Removing the Lightning connector 02
    iPhone 5 - Removing the Lightning connector 03
    iPhone 5 - Removing the Lightning connector 04
    1. Insert the laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it from the base. The cable is only glued in place at the point where the speaker was.
    2. Now carefully remove the ribbon cable using your fingers (see figure 2). In this process, use the spatula or spudger to detach the Lightning connector, headphone jack and microphone (see figure 3).
    3. Make sure you don’t lose the little washers (see figure 4).
  12. Preparing the new Lightning connector

    iPhone 5 - Preparing the new Lightning connector 01
    1. You need to take the following parts from the old connector:
      • Antenna cable
      • Microphone’s rubber seal
      • Soft stickers on the antenna connector and ribbon cable connector
  13. Inserting the Lightning connector

    iPhone 5 - Inserting the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 5 - Inserting the Lightning connector 02
    1. Now put in the Lightning connector (see figure 1). Make sure the washers are on the thread.
    2. Push the nipple of the microphone’s rubber seal into the little black groove and make sure that the Lightning connector and audio jack are fitted properly against the frame.
    3. Now connect the ribbon cable, put the cover over it and screw it in. (See figure 2).
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
  14. Installing the speaker

    iPhone 5 - Installing the speaker 01
    iPhone 5 - Installing the speaker 02
    iPhone 5 - Installing the speaker 03
    1. Turn the speaker to one side to put it in the original position (see figure 1).
    2. Put on the silver cover, which is attached to the cable (see figure 2).
    3. Now you can fasten the Philipps screws again (see figure 3).
      1 x 2.8 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.3 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
  15. Connecting the contacts

    iPhone 5 - Connecting the contacts 01
    iPhone 5 - Connecting the contacts 02
    1. Carefully connect the antenna connector.
    2. Then stick the Home button contact cable back on.
  16. Installing the battery

    iPhone 5 - Installing the battery 01
    1. Now put the battery back in the iPhone and position it as close to the logic board as possible.
    2. Click the battery connector back into place.
    3. Then put the cover on and screw it in.
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw (funnel head)
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
  17. Attaching the display

    iPhone 5 - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone 5 - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone 5 - Attaching the display 03
    1. Now reconnect the connectors (see figure 1). The LCD connector sometimes comes undone when you connect the touchscreen connector.
      LCD
      Touchscreen
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece
    2. Start your iPhone as soon as the connectors are securely attached. Check the function of the LCD, touchscreen, proximity sensor, front camera and earpiece.
    3. Now attach the cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
    4. Then carefully fold down the screen. Make sure that the edge of the screen where the cables are clicks into place properly. Now carefully press the screen on toward the Home button until it’s properly installed in the frame. (See figure 3).
  18. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5 - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.6 mm pentalobe screws
  19. Setting the time

    iPhone 5 - Setting the time 01

    When the battery is removed from the device, the iPhone loses the time and sets itself to 1:00 a.m. on 1/1/1970. You could have trouble connecting to the cellular network if the time isn’t set.

    After a repair, complete the following steps:

    1. Synchronize your iPhone with iTunes or connect to a WLAN network and wait until the time is set.
    2. Remove the SIM tray with the SIM card and reinsert it.
    3. Activate airplane mode on the device and then deactivate airplane mode.
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