Apple iPhone 5 - Replacing the vibration motor

The vibration motor isn’t working

  • iPhone 5
  • 9 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace a defective vibration motor. You need this repair if your phone doesn’t vibrate or only barely vibrates.

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 Vibrationsmotor

    iPhone 5 Vibrationsmotor

    Keine Lust mehr, Anrufe und SMS zu verpassen, wenn dein Smartphone stummgeschaltet ist? Falls dein iPhone 5 nicht mehr oder nur noch schwach vibriert, liegt das wahrscheinlich an einem defekten Vibrationsmotor. Ersetze ihn durch einen neuen, damit du in Zukunft keine Nachrichten mehr verpasst. Wie immer haben wir das Ersatzteil getestet, um sicherzustellen, dass es unserem hohen Qualitäts- und Funktionalitätsstandard gerecht wird.

    €5.00 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.

9 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. Replacing the vibration motor

    iPhone 5 - Replacing the vibration motor 01
    1. Remove the three screws that hold the vibration motor and its support frame in place.
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.4 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the vibration motor, detach it from the support frame and insert the new vibration motor with the old support frame.
  6. 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
  7. 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).
  8. 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
  9. 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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