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iPhone Back Glass Fix The ‘EASY’ Way – Plus Clear Mod

iPhone Back Glass Fix The ‘EASY’ Way – Plus Clear Mod


Before we get started, I highly recommend
NOT attempting this project in any way, shape, or form. Apple has made this repair impossible on purpose. I did find a few methods that work for removing
the back glass on an iPhone 8 and an 8 Plus, but the risks involved are extraordinary and
your phone might very well end up looking worse after the repair than it did before
you started. Now that we have that out of the way, I am
going to attempt this repair while leaving all the guts of the phone intact. So let’s get started. [Intro] There are a few videos online of people using
extreme heat to remove the broken glass on their iPhones. The heat is so extreme, I figured it might
be safer to move to the other end of the thermometer and see how cold we can get the adhesive before
it gets brittle and loses its effectiveness so it will break off with the glass. Putting your phone in a conventional freezer
for a few hours will not work since a standard freezer is about zero degrees Fahrenheit or
negative 18 degrees Celsius And the epoxy holding the glass to the metal inside of the
iPhone is still effective at that temperature. If you are considering doing this yourself,
first of all, you’re crazy, and second, make sure you watch this video all the way through. I explain a lot. My first attempt is with the refrigerant I
got off of Amazon. It brings the temperature down to about negative
60 degrees Fahrenheit Tetrafluoroethane is the chemical used inside of this spray, and
it can displace oxygen, meaning that if use it in an area that’s not well ventilated,
you might suffocate and die. So try to avoid that part. The can was inexpensive and seems to be working
for the most part. You can see the frost start to accumulate
over top of the glass as the temperature drops. The lower the temperature, the less holding
ability the adhesive has under the glass. Remember, right now we’re working at about
negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit Safety glasses are pretty mandatory since glass is basically
going everywhere, so that negative 60 is working, but it’s still taking longer than I would
like. After about 10 minutes I’ve only cleared 20%
of the glass. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already
and let’s take this repair to the next level with a safety liquid that’s much much colder. Liquid nitrogen is involved in our next attempt
at removing the glass in the back of an iPhone, but don’t freak out because it’s actually
not that hard to get a hold of. Luckily I’m pretty good friends with the King
of Random over here, and he has a good supply. But Grant, tell us where people can get liquid
nitrogen on their own if they need some. [Grant] If you guys want to get some liquid
nitrogen, it’s actually super easy to get. It would be a lot closer than you think if
you get on Google or Yellow Pages if anybody uses that anymore. Look for a welding and gas supply company. They’re probably going to have some. The only qualifier is you’re going to need
some safe way to transport. So you’re going to need something like a Dewar,
spelled D-E-W-A-R. A Dewar. It’s basically a glorified insulated thermos
made for liquid nitrogen. So if you have one of those, no permits are
required and it costs you about $5 per liter. If you go in there with something like a thermos,
you can pick up one of these for maybe $10 or $20. My first one was $5 at Walmart. Depending on the person you talk to, they
may let you take some liquid nitrogen. [Zack] There’s no guarantee this is going
to work, but huge thanks to the King of Random for attempting this experiment with me. Let’s see what happens. [Scalding water sounds] [Zack] Alright, so now the phone is able to
sit inside of the liquid nitrogen and hopefully it gets to temperature. We want that back panel and the metal to be
about the same. And I can hear the glass cracking. Hopefully that’s the epoxy or the adhesive
underneath the glass and the metal. Whoa. [Zack] Alright, just getting it back to temperature
again. Keep in mind that there is clear adhesive
on the front of the phone holding the front glass to the LCD, which is also affected by
liquid nitrogen. I’m making sure to only allow the back of
the phone to dip into the liquid so the screen doesn’t get destroyed. As the liquid nitrogen evaporates into just
regular nitrogen, it’s a dielectric gas, meaning it won’t affect the internals of the phone. The extreme cold, on the other hand, might. Liquid nitrogen is negative 321 degrees Fahrenheit
So keeping the liquid off the internal circuits as much as possible is important. There are specific cryogenic machines that
circulate liquid nitrogen under a metal plate made specifically for cell phone repair. So if you have a repair shop and are doing
this on a regular basis, you might want to invest in one of those. It’s a little more controllable than the pure
liquid. It took about 7 minutes to remove all the
glass from the iPhone using this liquid nitrogen. Much quicker than the Tetrafluoroethane. The camera frame is welded to the metal frame
of the iPhone and it might be possible to preserve this, but since my lens was already
cracked from a previous drop test, I’ll just crush out the lens with my pliers. Replacement lenses are pretty inexpensive
on Amazon. I am removing the camera lens last because
glass dust can get inside the optical image stabilization mechanism and cause the focus
to stop working. Like I mentioned before, there is quite a
bit that can go wrong during this operation. Luckily the phone still works and turns on. Thumbs up for that. The lithium battery does need to get back
to room temperature before it will behave like normal. So we were successful in removing the back
glass panel. What do you think about that? [Grant] I think it looks crazy. You know, I almost feel like you should just
take some epoxy and make see-through epoxy and just keep the phone that way cuz that’s
a pretty intense look. I’m actually really surprised that it turned
back on. I mean liquid nitrogen I wasn’t so worried
about, I was just worried about the condition of this phone. Blown away that it’s working. [Zack] So what do think…with the liquid
nitrogen inside of the phone, are we more worried about the contacts like the solder
points, or the battery being disrupted by the liquid nitrogen? What’s the weakest point inside with cold
temperatures? [Grant] I honestly think contraction is probably
going to be the weakest point because liquid nitrogen itself isn’t going to damage anything. It’s not going to affect chemically anything
inside of the phone. All it’s going to do is contract. It’s going to freeze things to the point where
they contact. So if there’s anything in here that’s breakable,
like maybe solder points, if they get too cold, they could snap. But it wouldn’t be because of the chemical
reaction at all. So I love playing with liquid nitrogen for
that reason. It’s very non-toxic itself, so very noncorrosive. It doesn’t do any damage. It’s like using pure alcohol on this thing
– once it’s gone, it’s gone. [Zack] Well, if you have not seen it, Grant
Thompson has been able to make liquid nitrogen in his basement. I will link that video here. Now let’s see what happens when we take it
to the opposite end of the temperature spectrum and use heat to try to remove the back glass
panel. [Zack] This time I’ll be working on a cracked
iPhone 8 Plus. Apple’s out of warranty repair for this piece
of glass is currently an insane $399. We’ve seen that Apple’s epoxy looses its effectiveness
as the temperature drops past negative 100. Now let’s see what temperature the iPhone
epoxy starts to liquefy at the other end of the temperature spectrum using heat. Once again, while iPhones might survive the
extreme temperatures during the short repair, there is still plenty that can go wrong, so
I don’t recommend doing any of this to your phone. It’s much safer just to put your phone in
a case or slap a skin on it to hide the cracks, and just pretend you never dropped it. And if you’re mad that iPhones aren’t repairable,
vote with your wallet and get something else. One thing I did wrong with this phone is I
pulled off the camera lens too early, exposing the fragile plastic sensors to heat and glass
dust early on. If I ever do this again, the camera lens should
come off last. I found this sweet spot to liquefy the adhesive
around 350 degrees Fahrenheit – just hot enough to melt your fingers off and start
your house on fire. When Steve Jobs and Apple were designing the
first iPhone, they specifically sealed it shut because Steve Jobs didn’t want people
fiddling around inside their phones, not even to change the battery. So this new, unrepairable glass design is
right on par with what Steve would have wanted if he were still here. I learned a lot about Steve Jobs from his
biography on Audible, which I’ll link down in the video description if you’re into that
kind of thing. The guy might have been a bit crazy and not
so nice to people who want to fix their expensive electronics, but his life story is very interesting. Audible will let you download his book for
free with a 30 day trial. Just go to Audible.com/jerryrig. Or text the word “jerryrig” to 500-500. Even if you cancel your trial, you get to
keep the book, it’s a win-win. I normally listen while I’m at the gym or
running outside during the summer months. If you remember, it took me about 7 minutes
to clear the glass off the back of the iPhone 8 using liquid nitrogen, but as of now, it’s
been about 25 minutes since I started using the heat gun. A common hair dryer, which I don’t own, would
not be near hot enough for this project – you need a heat gun. I do feel like the liquid nitrogen was a bit
easier. It’s hard to keep the phone heated to that
blistering 350 degrees it takes to liquefy the adhesive under that glass layer. As soon as the temperature drops below 300,
the adhesive solidifies again. After getting all the glass off and letting
the phone cool down to room temperature, I turned it on and everything is still working,
lucky for us. You can see both phone here side by side. Now let’s get the replacement panels back
on the phones. Fun fact: Apple does not sell replacement
parts for their phones, to the general public anyway. So every glass piece you buy is an illegal
copy. It’s not illegal to sell replacement parts
for cellphones – just replacement parts with the Apple logo on them since that part’s trademark. I’ll still link some of them in the video
description though. Apple does sue these counterfeit sellers into
oblivion every now and then, so let me know if the link goes out of stock. Lucky for us, it’s kind of like whack-a-mole
and another counterfeit seller usually takes their place pretty quickly. I would rather buy replacement parts from
Apple directly, but since they don’t allow that, here we are. I got rid of the white color on my panel and
the Apple logo since clear phones are kind of what I do, and I can also add on the replacement
camera lens at this point with some flexible clear B-7000 adhesive. Then I can re-adhere the whole thing down
to the phone body with double sided tape. It’s obviously not water-resistant anymore,
but that waterproofing was lost when the back was cracked either way. I think it looks sweet. You can’t see the electronics like inside
of a Samsung or LG, but it’s unique. A lot of replacement backs will come with
their own adhesive already installed. It just depends on which supplier you’re buying
from. You can see how difficult it is to remove
the camera lens with all the little welding points along these inner rings, but I was
able to salvage this one off of the 8 Plus. Even if my camera unit did get melted into
oblivion, the camera units are cheap, and I’ll replace that from the inside of the phone
on a different day. It’s my fault for not leaving the camera lens
in place longer for protection. Not too shabby. A few scuffs along the aluminum side from
the aggressive glass removal, but the back glass panel is now crack free. Would I ever do this again? Probably not. But at least now we know that the back glass
panel on phones is replaceable with extreme heat or cold and plenty of blood, sweat, and
tears. One of the questions you might have is does
the wireless charging still work? And yes, it does work on both phones. Here in my truck we can see the yellow light
come on when the wireless charger starts interacting with the phones. And the battery charging indicator pops up
as well. If you remember from the beginning of this
video, I have one more cracked iPhone 10, which might be fun to try with dry ice. It’s about half as cold as liquid nitrogen,
but a little bit easier to obtain. Thanks for making it this far in the video. I hope your phone has a long crack-free life. And don’t forget to check out Audible in the
video description. Audible.com/jerryrig j-e-r-r-y-r-i-g all lowercase. You can always text the word j-e-r-r-y-r-i-g
to 500-500 and get the same deal. Get a free book and it gives you something
to do in your spare time. Thanks a ton for watching and I’ll see you
around.

100 thoughts on “iPhone Back Glass Fix The ‘EASY’ Way – Plus Clear Mod”

  1. I didn't expect to see Grant in this video. I didn't realize you two were close. I hope you are doing as okay as you can be in a time like this.

  2. Коли мені подарують айфон, я його продам і куплю два кращих смартфони, а на решту нокію 3310. ))

  3. Apple is so dang greedy, i just can’t believe such people. As if they will not be held accountable for their mischief, and making the rich richer and poor poorer. Apple is a complete joke.

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