Replacing the back cover

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

  • iPhone 5s
  • 45 Steps
  • Difficult
  • 105 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 5s’ 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
  • 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
  • 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 5s Back Cover in Space Gray

    iPhone 5s Back Cover in Space Gray

    Maybe you dropped your iPhone 5s on its back, or maybe it just got scratched up in your pocket or bag. The point is, it’s not in such great shape. Replace the cracked or broken back cover with a new one. This repair can also help if your rear camera no longer takes sharp pictures because the lens is scratched.

    €59.00 in the iDoc store
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Replacing the back cover

Steps

45 Steps

Getting started

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

45 steps
  1. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5s - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 5s.
    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 4.0 mm pentalobe screws
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  2. Lifting the display

    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 04
    1. Put your iPhone 5s 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 figure 2). This usually takes several attempts.
    4. Do not lift the display more than two centimeters to avoid tearing the Home button cable below it.
    5. 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 Home button cable

    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Home button cable 01
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Home button cable 02

    If the display is disconnected, only lift it a little bit. The Home button cable connects the display to the Lightning connector. This cable can tear if you lift the display too much.

    1. Remove the silver cover over the Home button connector by placing the pointed tip of the spudger slightly below the cover and lifting it out (see figure 1).
    2. Now you have to disconnect the contact from the connector.Carefully pull it off using the laboratory spatula or spudger.
    3. Once the cable is disconnected, you can lift the display at the Home button. Note that the LCD/touchscreen cables are still connected to the logic board (see next step).
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  4. Disconnecting the connectors

    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the connectors 01
    iPhone 5s - 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 1.7 mm Phillips screws (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
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  5. Removing the iSight camera

    iPhone 5s - Removing the iSight camera 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the iSight camera 02
    iPhone 5s - Removing the iSight camera 03
    1. The camera is attached with a rubber strap to stabilize it. Insert the laboratory spatula or a pair of tweezers below the rubber strap and uncover the camera (see figure 1).
    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 battery connector

    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the battery connector 01
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the battery connector 02
    iPhone 5s - 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.
      2 x 1.6 mm Phillips screws
    2. Now carefully lift the battery connector by inserting the pointed tip of a 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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  7. Removing the screws

    iPhone 5s - Removing the screws 01
    1. Now remove the following seven Phillips screws. Put the screws in different compartments of your organizer tray so you can easily identify them later.
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
      2 x 3.5 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 2.9 mm Phillips screws
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  8. Removing the speaker

    iPhone 5s - Removing the speaker 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the speaker 02
    1. Now lift the speaker as shown in figure 1.
    2. A little bit of the speaker is under the logic board. Turn the speaker to one side to remove it (see figure 2).
    3. Take it out by hand.
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  9. Removing the Lightning connector

    iPhone 5s - Removing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Lightning connector 02
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Lightning connector 03
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Lightning connector 04
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Lightning connector 05
    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. Use the spatula or spudger to loosen the headphone jack (see figure 2), the microphone (see figure 3) and the Lightning connector (see figure 4).
    3. Now carefully remove the ribbon cable using your fingers (see figure 5).
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  10. Disconnecting the cables

    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the cables 01
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the cables 02
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the cables 03
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the cables 04
    1. First remove the sticker next to the camera. There’s a screw below it (see figure 1).
    2. Then lift the standby/volume cable set connector to remove it (see figure 2). Carefully place the pointed tip of the spudger or spatula below the contact and lift it up.
    3. Disconnect the connector of the Lightning connector’s ribbon cable (see figure 3) by placing the flat end of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lifting it up. Then carefully fold the cable over.
    4. Carefully lift off the antenna connector using the laboratory spatula (see figure 4).
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  11. Removing the SIM card tray

    iPhone 5s - 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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  12. Removing the logic board screws

    iPhone 5s - Removing the logic board screws 01
    1. Now unscrew all six screws that hold the logic board in place.
    2. Four of the screws have an internal thread. The one next to the rear camera isn’t magnetic. You can remove this screw 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
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips/flathead screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screws
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  13. Removing the bracket

    iPhone 5s - Removing the bracket 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the bracket 02
    1. Remove both Phillips screws (see figure 1) and the bracket below them (see figure 2) that connects the antenna to the frame. Put the parts in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.4 mm Phillips screw
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  14. Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna

    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna 01
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna 02
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna 03
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Wi-Fi antenna 04
    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).
    3. Carefully remove the logic board.
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  15. Removing the battery

    iPhone 5s - Removing the battery 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the battery 02
    iPhone 5s - Removing the battery 03
    iPhone 5s - Removing the battery 04
    iPhone 5s - Removing the battery 05
    1. Carefully lift up the black end of the sticker and then use a pair of scissors to cut it through the middle (see figures 1 to 3).
    2. Now you have to pull half of the adhesive strip to one side very slowly. Hold the adhesive strips as flat as possible at the level of the iPhone (see figure 4). Repeat this process for the other half and then remove the battery (see figure 5).
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  16. Removing the vibration motor

    iPhone 5s - Removing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the vibration motor 02
    1. Remove the three screws that hold the vibration motor and its support frame in place (see figure 1).
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
      1 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the vibration motor (see figure 2) and detach it from the support frame glued to it.
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  17. Removing the volume and mute button bracket

    iPhone 5s - Removing the volume and mute button bracket 01
    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.
    2. 1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (funnel head)
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
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  18. Detaching the cable set

    iPhone 5s - Detaching the cable set 01
    1. The cable set is lightly glued in place. Carefully detach it using the laboratory spatula.
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  19. Removing the flash cover

    iPhone 5s - Removing the flash cover 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the flash cover 02
    iPhone 5s - Removing the flash cover 03
    1. Now remove the two Phillips screws that hold the cover over the flash in place (see figure 1).
      2 x 1.6 mm Phillips screws
    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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  20. Removing the standby screw

    iPhone 5s - Removing the standby screw 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the standby screw 02
    iPhone 5s - Removing the standby screw 03
    iPhone 5s - Removing the standby screw 04
    1. First remove the elastic cover (see figure 1) and the foam sticker (see figure 2).
    2. Now remove the Phillips screw (see figure 3).
      1 x 1.9 mm Phillips screw
    3. Detach the little antenna cable that’s glued on from the standby switch (see figure 4). Put everything in the same container.
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  21. Removing the standby button

    iPhone 5s - Removing the standby button 01
    1. Turn the metal switch to the side to remove it. The standby button is glued to it. This part is a bit tricky.
    2. Now you can remove the cable set.
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  22. Removing the SIM card tray ejector lever and buttons

    iPhone 5s - Removing the SIM card tray ejector lever and buttons 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the SIM card tray ejector lever and buttons 02
    1. Remove the buttons and the Phillips screw, and then remove the ejector lever. Put everything in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      1 x 2.0 mm Phillips screw
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  23. Removing the antenna cable

    iPhone 5s - Removing the antenna cable 01
    1. Insert the spudger (prevents scratches on the inside of the glass) below the antenna ribbon cable and disconnect it from the back cover.
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  24. Removing the four retaining brackets

    iPhone 5s - 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 1.6 mm Phillips screws
    2. Now take all of the small adhesive parts and transfer them to the new back cover.
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  25. Attaching the four retaining brackets

    iPhone 5s - Attaching the four retaining brackets 01
    1. Attach the four brackets using the Phillips screws.
      8 x 1.6 mm Phillips screws
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  26. Sticking the antenna cable in place

    iPhone 5s - Sticking the antenna cable in place 01
    1. Stick the antenna cable to the new back cover.
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  27. Installing the SIM card tray ejector lever

    iPhone 5s - Installing the SIM card tray ejector lever 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the SIM card tray ejector lever 02
    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.
    3. Now insert the buttons.
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  28. Installing the standby button

    iPhone 5s - Installing the standby button 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the standby button 02
    iPhone 5s - Installing the standby button 03
    iPhone 5s - Installing the standby button 04
    iPhone 5s - Installing the standby button 05
    iPhone 5s - Installing the standby button 06
    iPhone 5s - Installing the standby button 07
    1. Attach the switch’s hook to the metal bar and move the switch to the frame (see figures 1 and 2).
    2. Put the little antenna cable back in its original location (see figure 3) and screw the switch in place (see figure 4). Check whether you can press the standby button as usual.
      1 x 1.9 mm Phillips screw
    3. Now put on the soft black sticker and the elastic cover (see figures 5 and 6).
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  29. Installing the flash

    iPhone 5s - Installing the flash 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the flash 02
    1. Put the flash into the recess and fasten the cover over it. The cover has to be wedged into the recess (see figure 1). Fasten the two Phillips screws (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.6 mm Phillips screws
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  30. Installing the volume and mute button bracket

    iPhone 5s - Installing the volume and mute button bracket 01
    1. Connect the vibration switch and volume controller at their original location.
    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 switch to the rocker switch the right way.
    3. Then screw in the volume and mute button bracket.
    4. 1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (funnel head)
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
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  31. Installing the vibration motor

    iPhone 5s - Installing the vibration motor 01
    1. Put in the vibration motor and fasten the three Phillips screws that attach the support frame and the vibration motor.
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
      1 x 2.5 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
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  32. Installing the battery

    iPhone 5s - Installing the battery 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the battery 02
    iPhone 5s - Installing the battery 03
    1. Attach the new adhesive strips. Press the adhesive strips firmly onto the back cover before you pull off the film (see figures 1 and 2).
    2. Now put the battery back in the iPhone (see figure 3).
    3. Fold over the black tear-off strip in the middle.
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  33. Installing the Wi-Fi antenna

    iPhone 5s - Installing the Wi-Fi antenna 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Wi-Fi antenna 02
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Wi-Fi antenna 03
    1. Reconnect the antenna connector to the logic board (see figure 1) and put it back in its original position (see figure 2). Use figure 3 to check whether your logic board is in the right place.
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  34. Installing the bracket

    iPhone 5s - Installing the bracket 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the bracket 02
    1. Install the bracket that connects the antenna to the frame (see figure 1), and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.4 mm Phillips screw
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  35. Fastening the logic board screws

    iPhone 5s - Fastening the logic board screws 01
    1. Now screw in all six screws that hold the logic board in place (see figure 1).
      3 x 2.7 mm Phillips/flathead screws
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips/flathead screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 2.3 mm Phillips screws
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  36. Connecting the contacts

    iPhone 5s - Connecting the contacts 01
    1. Now reconnect the following connectors:
      Antenna connector
      Battery connector
      Dock connector plug
      Standby/volume cable set connector
      When you connect the thin antenna connector, make sure it’s fitted properly. Press it carefully onto the slot.
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  37. Inserting the Lightning connector

    iPhone 5s - Inserting the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone 5s - Inserting the Lightning connector 02
    1. Now put in the Lightning connector (see figure 1).
    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 (see figure 2). Now connect the ribbon cable again.
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  38. Installing the speaker

    iPhone 5s - Installing the speaker 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the speaker 02
    iPhone 5s - Installing the speaker 03
    1. Turn the speaker to one side to put it back where it was originally. Make sure it’s inserted properly (figure 1).
    2. Now you can fasten the Philipps screws again (figure 2).
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw (smooth head)
      2 x 3.5 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screws
      2 x 2.9 mm Phillips screws
    3. Connect the antenna cable (figure 3) and the ribbon cable again.
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  39. Connecting the battery

    iPhone 5s - Connecting the battery 01
    1. Then put the cover on and screw it in place.
      2 x 1.6 mm Phillips screws
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  40. Connecting the camera

    iPhone 5s - Connecting the camera 01
    iPhone 5s - Connecting the camera 02
    1. Reconnect the camera (see figure 1) and attach the rubber strap again. The strap has to be on the side below the clip (see figure 2).
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  41. Connecting the display

    iPhone 5s - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 5s - 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 1.7 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (magnetic)
    4. Make sure you don’t screw the big 1.7 mm screw into a different thread because that could damage conductive paths on the logic board and cause a bluescreen.
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  42. Installing the Home button cable

    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button cable 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button cable 02
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button cable 03
    1. This step is pretty tough. Use tweezers or the spudger to position the cable set’s connector and then use the spudger to carefully press the connector onto the connection (see figure 1).
    2. If the connector is fitted correctly, put the silver cover over the connector. It’s easiest to position the cover using tweezers (see figure 2). Using the spudger, carefully press the cover on until it gently clicks into place (see figure 3).
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  43. Attaching the display

    iPhone 5s - 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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  44. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5s - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 4.0 mm pentalobe screws
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  45. Setting the time

    iPhone 5s - 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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