Whats up YouTube?! I have a fantastically
interesting video for you today. If you are watching this you either have deep love for
technology guts, OR… your phone is broken… And you want me to show you how to fix it.
Well… You’re in the right spot. Today I am going to show you how to do a GLASS ONLY
iPhone repair with Dry ICE! If you are subscribed to my channel already … You are seriously
the best type of human. If you have not yet subscribed…. Hit that subscribe button and
buckle up. We are JerryRiggin’ all the things. So I have two cracked, but still completely
functional iPhone screens in front of me that have already been removed from their phones.
The black one is an iPhone 6, the white one is an iPhone 5. You can watch my previous
videos for the screen removal process. This particular video is JUST explaining the Dry
Ice Glass removal. I paid about 5 bucks for this block of dry ice. Now, iPhone screens are made up of a few different layers. The important layers that YOU need to worry about is the top layer, which is just glass.
Under that you have the digitizer layer and the LCD. Both of those are fused together
in one unit. And is about as fragile as an egg shell. You think I’m joking
about that egg shell stuff? But I’m not. Its VERY fragile. Now… normally when a tech does a ‘glass
only’ repair. They either have super expensive refurbishing equipment, OR it is possible
to use a heat gun to bring the phone up to 100 degrees Celsius. To melt the glue between
the Top Glass and LCD layer, it is a difficult and painstaking process. Now, I was on the
phone with TECH MD, another YouTube channel about a week ago, and we were talking about
the new Liquid Nitrogen machines that can FREEZE off the glass. These liquid nitrogen
machines can get down to -140 degrees Celsius. Which is incredibly cold. But the machines
also cost thousands of dollars. Now, Dry ice, while not as cold as liquid
nitrogen, gets to about – 80 degrees Celsius, and is available at most grocery stores. So
I was curious to see if that was cold enough to accomplish a ‘glass only’ repair. AND IT WAS! As
you’ve seen, I set the broken glass screens on the dry ice, and let it sit for about 5-10
minutes to get to temperature. Then I can lift the screen up and gently twist it in
my hands to break away the glass from the LCD. When I tell you to be gentle… I mean
GENTLE. It’s like trying to flex Doritos without cracking it. I was also able to use a razor blade and playing cards to help persuade the
glass off the LCD. The iPhone 6 screen was easier than the iPhone 5 screen. The nice thing about dry ice is that it is
never actually a liquid. So you don’t have to worry about liquid damaging your screens.
It goes from a icy solid, to a gas through a process called ‘Sublimation’ Now… this
is also important to know… because Dry Ice is made up of Solid Carbon Dioxide. Carbon
dioxide is not as good as oxygen when it comes to staying alive… so make sure to open any
windows in your car or kitchen when you are transporting this stuff. I don’t want any
dead Do-It-Yourselfers out there. Hit that thumbs up button if you enjoy Oxygen. I am going to test the iPhone 6 screen by
plugging it back into the phone. And everything functions! Yeah Science! It still has glue
residue on the screen, so I still need to clean that off, Apply the liquid optical adhesive, and the new glass layer: BUT ALL that will be explained at minute mark 8:20 in the linked video. Dry ice is also extremely cold and can BURN
you. Yes. Ice can burn. Treat it like a hot coal from a fire, wear gloves if you have
to touch it directly. I imagine that with a 5 dollar block of ice like this one… an
experienced tech could repair about 4 or 5 phones before it sublimates into oblivion. The more glass I remove from the screen, the
quicker the screen warms up. So I have to keep setting it on the block of ice to cool
down and get the glue brittle again before I can break off more glass. The iPhone 5 was much more shattered than
the 6. But with my razor blade I could put a little pressure on each shard of glass and
break it off individually. It is much easier to work with a cold phone than a hot phone.
When I do this repair with heat it is blazing hot and almost untouchable the entire time. Now… for those of you attempting to do this
repair… Keep in mind that even though both of my phones were successful, ive been doing
this for a long long time. For noobs, the success rate is very low. I’ve broken hundreds
of screens trying to get good at this. So it might be more cost effective and healthier
on your sanity to just buy the complete screen and install that, instead of attempting the
brain surgery equivalent of cell phone repair. As you can see the iPhone 5 is also fully
functional. If you want to watch the glue cleaning and Liquid optical adhesive application,
and the installation of the new glass, click this link to watch the video starting at the
4 minute mark. Make sure to keep the LOCA glue off of the edges of the LCD, so it doesn’t
seep into the backlight. Thank you so much for watching and subscribing.
My viewers like YOU make videos like this possible. I appreciate it a ton! Leave any questions
in the comments. I hope to see you around!