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    Default proper way to disassemble iphone

    I'd like to collect in this thread information regarding proper ways to disassemble the iPhone. So far everyone waves their hands and say "just consult the millions of websites", but from my experience, millions == 3 once you exclude "who cares how we land the plane".

    PDAparts takeapart makes it seem easy; just waves the magic opener tool past the black part and it magically comes off. Doubtful.

    Thinksecret is more candid about prying the hell out of it to get it off, from one side to the other. They don't seem to provide much insight either regarding how to safely get it off.

    ifixit seems to indicate where the catches are, sort-of, and advocates jamming a spudger into the dock connector. There may be enough info here to completely/correctly deduce how to do this, but it seems sketchy/imcomplete.

    Have I missed anything? Everyone else on the net seems to be "Duhhh, I hit it with the hammer and here's the insides"..



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    I'm pretty sure ifixit says not to jam the spudger into the dock connector haha. I've used ifixit in the past to take apart a couple of iPods and my mini and I've been satisfied wit the results. The thing is though that with any sort of diassembly, you always run the risk of damaging the product. Personally I think that's the way Apple makes them, which is why if you ever send in your iPod you always get a new casing back.

    IMO ifixit seems to be the most thorough of the guides. I haven't taken apart my iPhone yet though, so what I say may not hold any weight.

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    I am in the process of taking it apart and believe me it is NOT easy. I am being as gentle as I can and it is still a bitch to do

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    I tried using my iPod battery tools and ended up breaking the ends off without the metal back even budging...now that's tough to open!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitnaut View Post
    I tried using my iPod battery tools and ended up breaking the ends off without the metal back even budging...now that's tough to open!
    Just finished taking it apart once you do it , it actually is quite easy. I used:

    Guitar pick
    Butter Knife
    Precision screw driver (flat head)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lardnapkin View Post
    Just finished taking it apart once you do it , it actually is quite easy. I used:

    Guitar pick
    Butter Knife
    Precision screw driver (flat head)


    any damage to the casing?

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    Care to walk it through step by step?

    Did you use the butter knife to initiate access to the metal back? I have the black antenna cover off and the 3 Philips screws, I just can't seem to get a gap big enough on the metal casing to slide the plastic iPod tool in there to get it going...

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    Getting the Antenna cover off was easy, I followed the Ifixit.com instructions. After that it was a bit tricky:

    After removing the 3 phillips screws I stared on the side that did not have the volume button.

    I pried the small screw driver under the cover adn gently lifted until there is a visible crack at which point I edged with the guitar pick all the way to the corner, you will hear 2 pops and it busts loose.

    Then other side is the Bitch. After having mucked with it for 20 minutes I realised that I could ge the screw driver inbetween the cover and the battery and gently apply pressure, while the screwdriver is wedged I took the dull edge of a THIN butter knife and moved from front to back and it popped out easily. Now I am confident I can do it in under 2 minutes.

    There were only 1 "nick" on the black cover which was my fault as I got impatient...


    Key is not to get frustrated and f... it up by applying too much pressure. Like a hot date, gently and easy...and voila open like a book

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    lol let us know how it goes at lunch tom and please try to even make a vid if possible. lol that would be the best thing in the world!

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