Replacing the display

The screen is broken or remains black.

  • iPhone 5c
  • 16 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 5c’s defective display unit. You need this repair if the glass is cracked, the touchscreen no longer responds to touch, or the LCD remains black or flickers.

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
  • 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
  • Basic Tool Kit

    Basic Tool Kit

    Do you need to repair your smartphone? This kit includes the tools you need to tackle basic repairs for yourself, from the ESD spudger to the suction cup, as well as the iDoc magnetic pad that holds your screws and small parts in place while you work. Not sure what goes where? Don’t worry – our detailed repair guides tell you what tool to use for each step.

    €25.00 in the iDoc store
  • Pro Tool Kit

    Pro Tool Kit

    Do you need to repair your smartphone? This kit includes all the tools you need for professional-quality repairs, from the ESD spudger and suction cup, to screwdrivers and tweezers, as well as the iDoc magnetic pad that holds your screws and small parts in place while you work. Not sure what goes where? Don’t worry – our detailed repair guides tell you what tool to use for each step.

    €45.00 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 Display

    iPhone 5c Display

    Fix your iPhone 5c with this helpful display repair kit. Your new display will be a real sight for sore eyes if the glass is cracked, the touchscreen no longer responds to touch, or the LCD remains black or flickers. This powerful LCD display ensures consistent illumination so you can get a good look at your screen even in bright sunlight. The new display comes equipped with stable plug connections that make it easier to connect the LCD and touchscreen cables, while the precise workmanship ensures a perfect fit in your iPhone’s frame. As always, we’ve tested this replacement part to make sure it meets our high standards for quality and functionality.

    €49.00 in the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

With our tools and the right replacement part, your repair will be a success.

iPhone 5c Display Repair Kit

Repair your iPhone 5c with this convenient display repair kit. Your new display is a real sight for sore eyes if your display...

for €69.00

Getting started

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

16 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. Removing the earpiece

    iPhone 5c - Removing the earpiece 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the earpiece 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the earpiece 03
    1. The earpiece is on the back of the display unit. Remove the two Phillips screws from the cover on the earpiece (see figure 1) and put them in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      1 x 4.0 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the cover. It’s hooked on in two places. Carefully detach the hooks on one side and lift out the cover. Put it in the container with the screws you removed beforehand (see figure 2).
    3. Then uncover the earpiece (see figure 3) so you can remove it with your fingers.
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  5. Removing the front camera/sensor

    iPhone 5c - Removing the front camera/sensor 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the front camera/sensor 02
    1. Remove the cable set. It’s lightly glued to the sensors. Carefully pull it off of them using the laboratory spatula (see figure 1).
    2. Now you can lift the cable set with your fingers. Fold it so the camera is over the rear panel (see figure 2). You don’t need to remove the heat shield.
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  6. Removing the rear panel

    iPhone 5c - Removing the rear panel 01
    1. Now remove the six Phillips screws that hold the metal cover in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
      4 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
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  7. Removing the Home button

    iPhone 5c - Removing the Home button 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the Home button 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the Home button 03
    1. Remove the two equally sized Phillips screws (see figure 1). Now remove the silver cover. Put everything in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screws
    2. Carefully insert the pointed tip of the laboratory spatula below the cable set, which is generally glued in place, to detach it (see figure 2).
    3. The Home button is glued to the screen from the inside. Carefully remove the rubber coating using the spudger to avoid scratching the screen from the inside (see figure 3). You can also press in the Home button from the front side.
    4. Once the cable set is detached, you can lift it out.
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  8. Preparing the new display

    iPhone 5c - Preparing the new display 01
    1. Not all available displays have the same features. If necessary, you’ll have to take some of the following parts from your old display before installing the new screen (see figure 1):
      • Front camera bracket (lightly glued in place)
      • Sensor bracket (lightly glued in place)
    2. You can also take the sticker from your old display.
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  9. Installing the Home button

    iPhone 5c - Installing the Home button 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the Home button 02
    1. Now reinstall the Home button (see figure 1). Make sure it’s positioned evenly on the other side.
    2. Now put the cable set back on and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screws
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  10. Attaching the rear panel

    iPhone 5c - Attaching the rear panel 01
    1. Now place the silver rear panel on the back of the new display and screw it in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
      4 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
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  11. Installing the camera/sensor cable set

    iPhone 5c - Installing the camera/sensor cable set 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the camera/sensor cable set 02
    1. First put the ambient microphone in the little black groove (see figure 1).
    2. Then attach the front camera and the sensor to the corresponding brackets (see figure 2).
      It’s important to position the sensors correctly because, otherwise, the proximity sensor won’t be fully functional.
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  12. Installing the earpiece

    iPhone 5c - Installing the earpiece 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the earpiece 02
    iPhone 5c - Installing the earpiece 03
    1. Put the earpiece back in its original position (see figure 1). Then put the cover back on (see figure 2).
    2. Now fasten the Phillips screws (see figure 3). Make sure the front camera is centered on the front of the display. Move it slightly if necessary.
      1 x 4.0 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw

    Note that the screws aren’t the same length. If you mix them up, a screw will press against the display glass from the inside and damage it.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Optional: Correct the color temperature of the display

    iPhone 5c - Optional: Correct the color temperature of the display 01

    Since iOS 10, the color temperature of the display can be adjusted.

    • open "Settings"> "General"> "Accessibility"> "Display Accommondations"
    • select "Colour Filters"
    • activate "Colour Filters"
    • select the filter "Colour Tint"
    • the color intensity can be adjusted with a slider
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