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iPhone 3G Front Panel Replacement

The front panel and digitizer can be separated and replaced on the iPhone 3G.

단계 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

This is what should be left after removing the LCD.

단계 1 Front Panel  ¶ 

  • This is what should be left after removing the LCD.

단계 2  ¶ 

Be careful when using a heat gun in the forthcoming steps. Use it at a very low heat setting, and make sure not to melt the touch screen plastics or Home button. The metal frame tends to conduct heat very well so try to avoid touching these hot areas. If the glass has shattered at the top or bottom be especially patient and gentle when removing fragments.  In extreme cases you may have to pick off any glass shards that remain glued to the plastics. Using a heat gun or hairdryer, heat the top left area of the touch screen.

단계 2  ¶ 

  • Be careful when using a heat gun in the forthcoming steps. Use it at a very low heat setting, and make sure not to melt the touch screen plastics or Home button. The metal frame tends to conduct heat very well so try to avoid touching these hot areas.

  • If the glass has shattered at the top or bottom be especially patient and gentle when removing fragments. In extreme cases you may have to pick off any glass shards that remain glued to the plastics.

  • Using a heat gun or hairdryer, heat the top left area of the touch screen.

  • Use your fingernails to slowly lift up the left corner. The touch screen plastics are held to the touch screen with adhesive. It may take some work to free the corners.

  • If it seems like too much force is being applied to lift the touch screen plastics, try using the heat gun again.

  • Heat and repeat for the right side.

단계 3  ¶ 

Once the top is free, use the heat gun to heat the sides of the touch screen. Use a spudger to free the sides of the touch screen plastics.

단계 3  ¶ 

  • Once the top is free, use the heat gun to heat the sides of the touch screen.

  • Use a spudger to free the sides of the touch screen plastics.

단계 4  ¶ 

Heat the bottom corners with the heat gun. Again, use your fingernails to free the corners. Remove the touch screen plastics from the touch screen.

단계 4  ¶ 

  • Heat the bottom corners with the heat gun.

  • Again, use your fingernails to free the corners.

  • Remove the touch screen plastics from the touch screen.

단계 5  ¶ 

In order to adhere the new panel, peel as much of the existing adhesive off of the front panel frame as you can.

단계 5  ¶ 

  • In order to adhere the new panel, peel as much of the existing adhesive off of the front panel frame as you can.

  • This will ensure a better fit and ensure good attachment of the new adhesive.

단계 6  ¶ 

Place custom fit adhesive strips or double stick tape on the upper area of the front panel plastics. Use the flat end of a spudger to press the adhesive strips to the plastic frame. This will clear out bubbles and ensure good adhesion.

단계 6  ¶ 

  • Place custom fit adhesive strips or double stick tape on the upper area of the front panel plastics.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to press the adhesive strips to the plastic frame.

  • This will clear out bubbles and ensure good adhesion.

단계 7  ¶ 

Place the second adhesive strip or double stick tape on the home button end of the front panel frame. Run the flat end of a spudger over the strip to stick it down and push bubbles out from under the sticker. Run the flat end of a spudger over the strip to stick it down and push bubbles out from under the sticker.

단계 7  ¶ 

  • Place the second adhesive strip or double stick tape on the home button end of the front panel frame.

  • Run the flat end of a spudger over the strip to stick it down and push bubbles out from under the sticker.

단계 8  ¶ 

Using the tip of a spudger to start, peel the adhesive backings off of the strips on the front panel plastic. The adhesive backing is fairly thin, be sure you are only peeling up the backing and not the adhesive itself. The adhesive backing is fairly thin, be sure you are only peeling up the backing and not the adhesive itself.

단계 8  ¶ 

  • Using the tip of a spudger to start, peel the adhesive backings off of the strips on the front panel plastic.

  • The adhesive backing is fairly thin, be sure you are only peeling up the backing and not the adhesive itself.

단계 9  ¶ 

Peel the protective plastic off of the inside of the front panel glass. There are three separate pieces: be sure to peel up the home button piece, center glass piece and the piece under the cables. Failure to peel these up could mean poor adhesion and a murky screen. Try not to touch the inside of the glass to avoid putting fingerprints between the display glass layers.

단계 9  ¶ 

  • Peel the protective plastic off of the inside of the front panel glass.

  • There are three separate pieces: be sure to peel up the home button piece, center glass piece and the piece under the cables. Failure to peel these up could mean poor adhesion and a murky screen.

  • Try not to touch the inside of the glass to avoid putting fingerprints between the display glass layers.

단계 10  ¶ 

Fold the front panel cables down toward the home button recess to get them out of the way. The cable labeled as "#2" should lay as shown when you merge the two pieces of the front panel. The cable labeled as "#2" should lay as shown when you merge the two pieces of the front panel.

단계 10  ¶ 

  • Fold the front panel cables down toward the home button recess to get them out of the way.

  • The cable labeled as "#2" should lay as shown when you merge the two pieces of the front panel.

단계 11  ¶ 

Ensuring that the upper cables are folded clear, align the top of the front glass with the front panel frame. Ensuring that the upper cables are folded clear, align the top of the front glass with the front panel frame.

단계 11  ¶ 

  • Ensuring that the upper cables are folded clear, align the top of the front glass with the front panel frame.

단계 12  ¶ 

Press the front panel and front panel frame together, ensuring the the home button ends are aligned. Press the front panel and front panel frame together, ensuring the the home button ends are aligned.

단계 12  ¶ 

  • Press the front panel and front panel frame together, ensuring the the home button ends are aligned.

단계 13  ¶ 

Firmly press both ends of the phone to ensure the attachment of the adhesive.

단계 13  ¶ 

  • Firmly press both ends of the phone to ensure the attachment of the adhesive.