Apple iPhone 5c - Removing the logic board

Remove the logic board

  • iPhone 5c
  • 18 Steps
  • Medium
  • 60 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to remove your iPhone 5c’s logic board on your own. You need to remove the logic board if you want to clean it.

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.

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  • 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
  • Phillips screwdriver with centering pin

    Phillips screwdriver with centering pin

    Phillips screwdriver with practical centering pin for logic board screws.

    €4.00 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
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  • 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
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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.

18 steps
  1. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5c - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 5c.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are located to the right and left of the Lightning connector. Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screws
  2. Lifting the display

    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 04
    1. Put your iPhone 5c 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 plastic frame and the display frame and press down the plastic frame. Also use the hard plastic pick to raise the screen (see figure 2). This usually takes several attempts.
    4. As soon as you can lift the screen a few millimeters (see figure 3), you have to carefully work your way around the outside until it’s loosened on both sides (see figure 4).
  3. Disconnecting the connectors

    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the connectors 01
    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the connectors 02
    1. First remove the four Phillips screws from the silver cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray. Then lift the cover to remove it.
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the following three connectors (see figure 2). Be very careful. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up.
      Touchscreen
      LCD
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
    3. Test the new display.

      • Temporarily connect the new display assembly.
      • Start the iPhone and check whether the LCD and touchscreen work properly. Make sure the connectors are securely plugged in to the connections. If not, the display will remain black or stripes will appear on it.
      • If the display is slightly yellow, see the last step in this manual.
  4. Disconnecting the battery connector

    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the battery connector 01
    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the battery connector 02
    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.
      2 x 1.6 mm Phillips screws
    2. Now carefully lift 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 iSight camera

    iPhone 5c - Removing the iSight camera 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the iSight camera 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the iSight camera 03
    1. Remove the two Phillips screws and the silver cover.
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now disconnect the connector. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up (see figure 2).
    3. Now lift the camera out of the phone (see figure 3).
  6. Disconnecting the cables

    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the cables 01
    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the cables 02
    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the cables 03
    1. Lift the standby/volume cable set connector to remove it (see figure 1). Carefully place the pointed tip of the spudger or spatula below the contact and lift it up.
    2. Disconnect the connector of the Lightning connector’s ribbon cable (see figure 2) by placing the flat end of the spatula very slightly below the contact and lifting it up. Then carefully fold the cable over.
    3. Carefully lift off the antenna connector using the laboratory spatula (see figure 3).
  7. Removing the SIM card tray

    iPhone 5c - Removing the SIM card tray 01
    1. You can use the SIM Tool or a paperclip to remove the SIM card tray. Press the SIM Tool into the small hole in the SIM card tray to remove it.
  8. Removing the logic board screws

    iPhone 5c - Removing the logic board screws 01
    1. Now unscrew all six screws that hold the logic board in place.
    2. Three of the screws have an internal thread. You can remove them with a flathead screwdriver or the spatula. Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      3 x 2.7 mm Phillips/flathead screws
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
    3. Under the yellow circle, there’s a copper contact that can fall out easily. Make sure you don’t lose it.
  9. Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna

    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna 01
    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna 02
    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna 03
    1. Slightly raise the logic board using the spudger (see figure 1) and turn it around the longitudinal axis by the plastic tab (see figure 2).
    2. On the other side, disconnect the antenna connector by carefully pulling it off the plug head using the spudger (see figure 3). It’s sometimes lightly glued in place.
    3. Carefully remove the logic board.
  10. Installing the Wi-Fi antenna

    iPhone 5c - Installing the Wi-Fi antenna 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the Wi-Fi antenna 02
    1. Reconnect the antenna connector to the logic board (see figure 1) and put it back in its original position (see figure 2).
    2. Make sure you insert the logic board properly between the two contacts at the level of the camera.
  11. Fastening the logic board screws

    iPhone 5c - Fastening the logic board screws 01
    1. Now fasten all six screws that hold the logic board in place.
      3 x 2.7 mm Phillips/flathead screws
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
  12. Connecting the contacts

    iPhone 5c - Connecting the contacts 01
    Now reconnect the following connectors:
    • Antenna connector
    • Dock connector plug
    • Standby/volume cable set connector
  13. Connecting the camera

    iPhone 5c - Connecting the camera 01
    iPhone 5c - Connecting the camera 02
    1. Reconnect the camera, put the cover over it and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
  14. Connecting the battery

    iPhone 5c - Connecting the battery 01
    iPhone 5c - Connecting the battery 02
    1. Now reattach the battery connector (see figure 1).
    2. Then put on the cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.6 mm Phillips screws
  15. Connecting the display

    iPhone 5c - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 5c - Connecting the display 02
    1. Reattach the connectors (see figure 1). The touchscreen connector sometimes comes undone when you connect the LCD connector.
      Touchscreen
      LCD
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
    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.
      If the connectors aren’t connected properly, stripes will appear on the display or parts of the touchscreen won’t work.
    3. Now attach the cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
  16. Attaching the display

    iPhone 5c - Attaching the display 01
    1. Then carefully fold down the screen. Make sure that the edge on the upper part of the screen where the cables are clicks into place properly. Now carefully push the screen on toward the Home button until it is properly installed in the frame.
  17. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5c - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screws
  18. Setting the time

    iPhone 5c - 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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