The evolution and complication of devices is really starting to part the seas from those who know what they’re doing, to those who can do things, to those who think they can do it, but prove that they can’t. It can definitely be a daunting, intimidating task to repair your device, whether it is an iPod needing a new battery, or a bruised and battered iPhone. Organization, paired with some skill and know-how, is the key to properly fixing any device.
The day of DIY Kits and repairs is upon us and its’ popularity is growing more and more every day. People are realizing day in and day out that even though their device may be broken, it, it may be worth the money to repair it. There are tons of places to get parts these days, but if you’re not quite sure what to do with those parts, you can get lost, quick.
Here are a couple quick tips that can help you ensure that your repair goes smoothly, and you keep track of what you’re removing and where.
First off, when you open up your phone, take a photograph, or find a picture that you can refer to when you’re re-assembling your phone. Taking pictures throughout the process, will help you when you’re stuck scratching your head and wondering where you should have placed that one lonely screw that was left over when it was all back together.
Next, grab a piece of paper and start sketching the inside of your phone. You’re going to sketch an outline of the inside of your phone. Draw circles for spots that indicate where a screw will be held. Multiple pieces of paper can/should be used, the further into your phone you dive.
Above you see the outline of the motherboard for a Verizon iPhone 4. The complexity of screw placement in this particular type of phone is pretty wild. There are many different size screws, and many different locations. Without organization, you will misplace screws and/or lose them.
When all screws are removed and placed on the piece of paper you drew the sketch on, tape them to the paper. As ridiculous as it may seem, all it takes is one bump, a/c unit turning on, or cough, and your screws will be all over. We used this technique for a Verizon iPhone 4 Repair, but you can apply this technique to any type of repair you may be performing.
When you’ve replaced the damaged parts, you’ll be in awe at how easy it will be to retrace your steps, and put screws back in the same spot. If you have any hesitations at all, we do highly recommend contacting a cell phone repair professional so that you don’t screw anything up.
This article was brought to you by guest author Chris Johncke, founder of iFixyouri, a website service dedicated to repairing all iDevices.
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