How To: Fix your iPhone 4/3Gs/3G or iPod Touch: The Complete Guide

I got asked by a friend the other day, “Hey, do you know how to repair an iPhone 4? I dropped it and broke my screen.” I said, go on the interwebs. He looked at me with a daze and said, “I can’t find a good source. Do you know someone that will fix it?” Stunned, I told him to GO ON THE INTERWEBS because I know there are a ton of sites that give you step by step instructions for repairing your phone. That got me to thinking, there really isn’t a one-stop-shop (source) for all of this information compiled into one page. So as I sit here on my day off, I realize that this is something I can do without spending a lot of hours. So here it goes.

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Listed below you will find several sites and videos combined to give you the necessary information required to fix your iPhone 4/3G or iPod Touch.

iPhone 4:

This video below by DirectFix.com is a great ‘walk through’ of how to repair for your iPhone. DirectFix.com also provides the necessary parts and tools to repair your iPhone 4.

iFixit.com puts on complete how-to’s with step-by-step instructions on repairing almost all aspects of the iPhone 4. The guides are very easy to read and come with photos to walk you through the process. iFixit also has question areas if you get stuck or did something wrong through the repair process.

  • For the iPhone 4 on AT&T, you can go here.
  • For the iPhone 4 on Verizon, you can go here.
View a FULL list of .PDF repair instructions here.

iPhone 3Gs:

This video below by DirectFix.com is a great ‘walk through’ of how to repair for your iPhone. DirectFix.com also provides the necessary parts and tools to repair your iPhone 3Gs.

iFixit.com also has step-by-step instructions on how to repair the iPhone 3Gs screen (in addition to other tutorials). Head on over there to check it out here.

  • For the iPhone 3Gs on AT&T, you can go here.

iPhone 3G:

This video below by MissionRepair is a very good video showing you how to repair the screen of the iPhone 3G in about five minutes. It is a very simple video and you can just pause the video as you repair your phone. Make sure to have the proper tools and parts to repair your phone BEFORE you get started.

Again, if you want a step-by-step walkthrough, you can head on over to iFixit and read the 18 step guide.

For the iPhone 3G on AT&T, you can go here.

Here is another excellent guide to repair your iPhone 3G. It is in .PDF format. Click here to download.

Is your iPhone or iPod touch freezing up?

Then it needs to be restored. Check out this very simple video below that shows you how to restore your iPhone or iPod Touch.

 

iPod Touch repair

DigitalExpress provides and excellent video for repairing your iPod Touch 2nd and 3rd generation.

PDF Instructions for iPods:
iPod 3rd Generation Disassembly
iPod 4th Generation Disassembly 
iPod Mini Disassembly

 

 

Color iPhone Cases

Want COLOR on your iPhone and make it stand out from the crowd? We’ve got that for you here too.

 

Need Apple Help?

For those of you seeking service questions or want to go directly to Apple, go here.

 

*We are NOT responsible if you brick your device or mess it up in any way or void your warranty with Apple. You do this at your OWN RISK.

[Video] iPhone 3G gets Android 2.3 Gingerbread

iDroid developer Nick Pack decided he wanted to test out Android 2.3 Gingerbread and see if he could port it over to the iPhone 3G. Although his feat was accomplished, poor iPhone 3G was chugging along trying to run the latest Android build. With the Verizon iPhone around the corner, I’m wondering when someone is going to port Android over the iPhone 4. Well at least we know Android runs on the iPad.

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iOS 4.1 beta 3 released, cuts loose ends with iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G

iOS 4.1 beta 3 was released earlier to developers, almost a week after beta 2. While there is no change log included in this release, hopefully it means 4.1 is getting closer to a final release. The bad news with this release though was Game Center was unfortunately dropped from iPhone 3G and second gen iPod Touch users. There is no reason or mention from Apple for this but it looks like Game Center was too good to be true on those devices.

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Apple iOS 4.1 beta 2 for developers now available

Apple has posted up a new beta os iOS 4.1 for the iPhone. The first beta of 4.1 was released about two weeks ago on July 15th. Redmond Pie has put together a couple of noticable differences in this beta version.

  • iOS 4.1 Beta 2 contains a new baseband for iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G. If you rely on an unlock, DO NOT update to Beta 2.
  • Build number of iOS 4.1 Beta 2 is 8B5091b.
  • Gizmodo reports that this build has apparently solved the proximity sensor issue which was plaguing some iPhone 4 users since launch.
  • The Next Web reports that iOS 4.1 may have fixed the slowness issue of iOS 4 / 4.0.1 on iPhone 3G.

Glad to see it fixes a couple issues with the proximity sensor and actually makes the iPhone 3G a usable phone. Developers point your mouse here to download iOS 4.1 beta 2.

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[How To] Activate your iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G without official iPhone Carrier SIM

Sherif Hasim has figured out an easy way to activate iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G without needing the official iPhone carrier SIM. Please note it doesn’t unlock your iPhone but it activates it. But it helps you to hactivate your iPhone without the need to hack your iPhone.
Sherif had also discovered an exploit in the baseband (05.12.01) that was bundled with iPhone OS 3.1.3 earlier in the year. Activating your iPhone means giving it access to the Home screen by telling your iPhone that you are using one of the iPhone’s official carriers. Activating your iPhone is done through iTunes in order to use it with an official iPhone carrier. Read more of this post

[Guide] How to get Multitasking Enabled on iPhone 3G

Now that iOS 4 GM has been released to developers, it was only a matter of time before hackers got their hands on it. The iPhone 3G is not suppose to have multitasking attached to it due to memory issues but with a simple change of a file, you can have it up and running on your iPhone 3G.

FoneFrenzy is not responsible for any bricked or damage to your iPhone.

What you’ll need:

  • Jailbroken iPhone 3G with OS 4.0
  • Mac Only, will not work on Windows
  • OpenSSH

Directions:

  1. Firstly you will need to download Fugu on your Mac machine
  2. After you have finished downloading, launch Fugu and input your iPhone’s IP and root as username in the Fugu interface.
  3. A default password screen will follow, put alpine as password.
  4. After you have gained access to your device using Fugu, click the Go T toolbar button
  5. Now type in the following path in the Go To field “/System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/”
  6. Now press Go and you will be taken to a two-bar screen where one carrying your computer folders and other one showing iphone files.
  7. Now navigate to the N82AP.plist file and drag-and-drop it in the left panel to make a copy of it on your computer.
  8. Now open a Finder window by clicking its icon on the doc and also open the N82AP.plist file.
  9. Now access the capabilities of N82AP.plist by double clicking it and expand the capabilities tab.
  10. Now right click on the capabilities screen and select Add Row from the context menu.
  11. Now name the new row as Multitasking and set Boolean as it’s value type.
  12. Now re-access FUGO and drag the N82AP.plist file from the left bar to the right; select “overwrite” when prompted.
  13. Now reboot your iPhone 3G and see if all the multitasking features are enabled.

Also be on the lookout for my review of how iOS 4.0 GM runs on my iPhone 3G. I will definitely have the multitasking running on my phone to see how different it can be with it enabled.

[Directions via AddictiveTips]

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[How to + Video] Dual booting and porting Android Froyo 2.2. to your iPhone 3G – a complete guide

Got a hankering for porting Android 2.2 Froyo OS to your iPhone 3G? Well your instructions are below. Make sure to understand: Fonefrenzy is not responsible if you brick your iPhone 3G or any other phone for that matter, ever!

The success of porting Android 2.2 Froyo to iPhone 3G was achieved by development team and all works fine except its WiFi and Audio. However user will still be able to make a phone call and send SMS via iPhone 3G on Android 2.2 Froyo. Hit the link for instructions.

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iPhone update 3.1.3 follows short after iTunes 9.0.3, bug fixes is all

Apple released an update via iTunes today, the update includes a fix to the battery meter on the iPhone 3GS, resolves and issue where third-party apps would not launch, and fixes a bug that causes app crashes when using the Japanese Kana keyboard. The update is small but for some necessary. Its not iPhone OS 4.0 or the new 3.2 seen on the iPad so don’t get too excited. Engadget also reports that it does kill Blackra1n and possibly redsnow. If you are a Jailbreaker and you have not had any issues with your iPhone OS, do not jump to get this update just yet. For everyone else, proceed as necessary.