Replacing the back cover

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

  • iPhone 5c
  • 44 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 120 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 5c’s defective back cover on your own. This repair can help if the back cover is warped or scratched, or if your rear camera no longer takes sharp pictures because the lens is scratched.

Required tool

  • Hard Plastic Pick

    Hard Plastic Pick

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

    €1.00 in 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 in the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €2.00 in the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €6.00 in the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

    €3.00 in the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €18.00 in the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €7.00 in the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 5c Back Cover in Blue

    iPhone 5c Back Cover in Blue

    If your back cover is warped or scratched, you can replace it with this new enclosure. Whether or not your cover’s busted, this is a great way to see how your phone looks in a different color. As always, we’ve tested this replacement part to make sure it meets our high standards for quality and functionality.

    €59.00 in the iDoc store
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Replacing the back cover

Steps

44 Steps

Getting started

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

44 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
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  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).
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  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.
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  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.
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  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).
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  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).
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  10. Option 1: Removing the battery

    iPhone 5c - Option 1: Removing the battery 01
    iPhone 5c - Option 1: Removing the battery 02
    iPhone 5c - Option 1: Removing the battery 03
    iPhone 5c - Option 1: Removing the battery 04
    1. Carefully lift up the black end of the sticker (see figure 1) and then use a pair of scissors to cut it through the middle (see figure 2).
    2. Now you have to pull half of the adhesive strip off to the side very slowly to remove the adhesive strip (see figures 3 and 4). Repeat this process for the other half and then remove the battery.
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  11. Option 2: Removing the battery

    iPhone 5c - Option 2: Removing the battery 01
    1. It will really help if you use a heat gun to warm up the battery from the bottom so the glue gets softer.
    2. Now remove the battery. It’s 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.
    3. It may take a while to remove the battery. Don’t use too much force because parts could be damaged if the spudger slips.
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  12. Removing the vibration motor

    iPhone 5c - Removing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the vibration motor 02
    1. Remove the two screws that hold the vibration motor and its support frame in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.1 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the vibration motor (see figure 2).
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  13. Removing the volume and mute button bracket

    iPhone 5c - Removing the volume and mute button bracket 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the volume and mute button bracket 02
    1. Remove the three Phillips screws in the volume and mute button bracket. This bracket is glued to the cable set. Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray (see figure 1).
    2. 3 x 1.7 mm Phillips screws
    1. Now take off the little metal cover and put it with the screws (see figure 2).
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  14. Removing the flash cover

    iPhone 5c - Removing the flash cover 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the flash cover 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the flash cover 03
    1. Now remove the two Phillips screws that hold the cover over the flash in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
    2. Remove the cover (see figure 2) and lift the flash (see figure 3). Put the screws and cover in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
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  15. Removing the standby screws

    iPhone 5c - Removing the standby screws 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the standby screws 02
    1. First remove the sticker (see figure 1).
    2. Now remove the two Phillips screws (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screws
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  16. Removing the cable set

    iPhone 5c - Removing the cable set 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the cable set 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the cable set 03
    1. The cable set is lightly glued in place. Carefully detach it using the laboratory spatula (see figures 1 to 3).
    2. Now you can remove the cable set.
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  17. Removing the buttons

    iPhone 5c - Removing the buttons 01
    1. Remove the volume, mute and standby buttons.
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  18. Removing the screws

    iPhone 5c - Removing the screws 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the screws 02
    1. First, use the laboratory spatula to detach the Home button contact cable, which is lightly glued in place (see figure 1).
    2. Now remove the following three Phillips screws (see figure 2). Put the screws in a compartment of your organizer tray so you can easily identify them later.
      2 x 2.7 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
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  19. Removing the speaker

    iPhone 5c - Removing the speaker 01
    1. Now lift the speaker and remove it.
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  20. Removing the Lightning connector

    iPhone 5c - Removing the Lightning connector 01
    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.
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  21. Removing the antenna cable

    iPhone 5c - Removing the antenna cable 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the antenna cable 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the antenna cable 03
    1. First remove the black sticker (see figure 1).
    2. Now remove the Phillips screw (see figure 2).
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
    3. Insert the spudger (prevents scratches on the inside of the glass) below the antenna ribbon cable and disconnect it from the back cover (see figure 3). Put both of them in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
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  22. Removing the SIM card tray ejector lever

    iPhone 5c - Removing the SIM card tray ejector lever 01
    1. Unscrew the Phillips screw and remove the ejector lever. Put both of them in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      1 x 2.0 mm Phillips screw
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  23. Removing the four retaining brackets

    iPhone 5c - Removing the four retaining brackets 01
    1. Each of the four retaining brackets is secured with two Phillips screws. Remove them. Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      8 x 1.1 mm Phillips screws
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  24. Removing the antenna connection

    iPhone 5c - Removing the antenna connection 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the antenna connection 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the antenna connection 03
    1. Remove the little copper contact (see figure 1).
    2. Now remove the black sticker. There’s another screw below it (see figure 2).
    3. Unscrew the Phillips screw and remove the connection piece. Put both of them in the same compartment of your organizer tray (see figure 3).
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
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  25. Installing the antenna connection

    iPhone 5c - Installing the antenna connection 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the antenna connection 02
    iPhone 5c - Installing the antenna connection 03
    1. Put the connection piece in the original location and screw it in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 1.2 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now put on the black sticker (see figure 2).
    3. Then put the little copper contact back under the connection piece (see figure 3).
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  26. Attaching the four retaining brackets

    iPhone 5c - Attaching the four retaining brackets 01
    1. Attach the four brackets using the Phillips screws.
      8 x 1.1 mm Phillips screws
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  27. Installing the SIM card tray ejector lever

    iPhone 5c - Installing the SIM card tray ejector lever 01
    1. Attach the ejector lever using the Phillips screw. The higher part of the ejector lever is to the left of the SIM card slot.
      1 x 2.0 mm Phillips screw
    2. Check whether you can push the SIM card tray in and out.
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  28. Connecting the antenna cable

    iPhone 5c - Connecting the antenna cable 01
    iPhone 5c - Connecting the antenna cable 02
    1. Stick the antenna cable to the back cover again and screw it in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
    2. Put the black sticker back on (see figure 2).
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  29. Inserting the Lightning connector/speaker

    iPhone 5c - Inserting the Lightning connector/speaker 01
    iPhone 5c - Inserting the Lightning connector/speaker 02
    1. Now put in the Lightning connector.
    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. Put the speaker back where it was originally.
    4. Now you can fasten the Philipps screws again (see figure 1).
      3 x 2.7 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 3.2 mm Phillips screws
    5. Now stick the Home button contact cable back on (see figure 2).
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  30. Inserting the buttons

    iPhone 5c - Inserting the buttons 01
    1. Put the volume, mute and standby buttons back where they were originally.
    2. The rocker frame for the standby button has to face downward.
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  31. Installing the cable set

    iPhone 5c - Installing the cable set 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the cable set 02
    • Insert the new cable as shown in figure 1 (see figure 1).
    • Attach the standby button’s metal rail to the frame (see figure 2). Make sure the standby button is positioned correctly. The metal bracket should hang down.
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screws
    • Now stick the sticker back on below the Phillips screw.
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  32. Installing the flash

    iPhone 5c - Installing the flash 01
    1. Put the flash into the recess and fasten the cover over it with the two Phillips screws.
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
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  33. Installing the volume and mute button bracket

    iPhone 5c - Installing the volume and mute button bracket 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the volume and mute button bracket 02
    iPhone 5c - Installing the volume and mute button bracket 03
    1. Connect the vibration switch and volume controller at their original location (see figure 1).
    2. When you install the vibration rocker switch, make sure the vibration switch is facing downward (you can see the orange stripe outside along the frame). This makes it easier to connect the button to the rocker switch the right way.
    3. Put the little metal cover back where it was originally (see figure 2).
    4. Then screw in the volume and mute button bracket (see figure 3).
      3 x 1.7 mm Phillips screws
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  34. Installing the vibration motor

    iPhone 5c - Installing the vibration motor 01
    1. Put in the vibration motor and fasten the two Phillips screws that attach the support frame and the vibration motor.
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.1 mm Phillips screw
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  35. Installing the battery

    iPhone 5c - Installing the battery 01
    1. Now put the battery back in the iPhone. Depending on how you removed the battery, you may have to attach two new adhesive strips. See here under step 4.
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  36. 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.
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  37. 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
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  38. Connecting the contacts

    iPhone 5c - Connecting the contacts 01
    Now reconnect the following connectors:
    • Antenna connector
    • Dock connector plug
    • Standby/volume cable set connector
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  39. 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
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  40. 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
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  41. 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
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  42. 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.
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  43. 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
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  44. 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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