Now if your iPhone 5 device has started to prompt for error each time you opt to connect with any wifi network, then most probably the wifi antenna of your device is faulty. Additional indications of a bad wifi antenna might also include inability to find any networks at all.
And there are some instances, where some users earlier thought that their devices were connected to some wifi network only to find later that nil data were loaded, regardless of any network they were availing.
Now in case, if any of such issues are quite similar to what you all were recently experiencing, then possibly your Wifi antenna needs a replacement.
The following is a step by step guide on how to repair/replace your iPhone5 Wifi Antenna:
- Phillips #000 Screwdriver.
- Pentalobe Screwdriver.
- Plastic Razor Tools.
- Flathead Screwdriver.
- Suction Cup.
- SIM Card Extract Tool.
- Spudger tool.
iPhone 5 Wifi Antenna Replacement Guide
- First of all, power off your device.
- With your Pentalobe screwdriver, just unscrew and remove both of the 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws near the Lightning connector.
- Now press the suction cup just above the home button assembly.
- Then hold your device down with your one hand and carefully lift up the suction cup to detach the front panel assembly slightly away from the rear case.
- Use your plastic razor tool, to carefully pull the rear case down, while you pull up the display assembly with the suction cup.
- Keep on sliding the razor tool around the front panel assembly edges and gently detach the left and right side clips.
- After releasing the clips on the bottom as well as around the front panel assembly sides, just separate the front assembly’s bottom away from the rear case assembly.
- Gently pick the front panel assembly up to right about 90 degrees angle making a right angle with the rear case assembly.
- Unscrew and remove all the Phillips screws (two 1.2 mm and a single 1.6 mm screw) which attaches the front panel assembly cable bracket with the logic board.
- Then detach the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board assembly.
- With your plastic razor tool, just pop off and disconnect the Digitizer cable, LCD cable and the Front-facing camera cable as well as the sensor cable.
- Then just detach the front panel assembly away from the rear case assembly.
Step 4: iPhone 5 battery removal
- With your Phillips screwdriver just unscrew and remove both of the Phillips screws (single 1.8 mm and a single 1.6 mm screw) which attaches the metal battery connector bracket with the logic board.
- Detach the metal battery connector bracket away from your device.
- With your plastic razor tool, carefully disconnect the battery connector from its socket on the logic board.
- Take out the iPhone 5 battery.
Step 5: Logic Board assembly
- Use the spudger tool tip to pop off the cellular data antenna cable connector from its socket on the logic board.
- Use the Phillips screwdriver to unscrew and remove both of the Phillips screws (single 1.5 mm and a single 2.3 mm screw) that attaches the top logic board bracket with the rear case assembly.
- Detach the bracket away from the top of the logic board.
- With the spudger tool’s flat end, just pop off all the cables including button assembly cable, upper as well as the lower interconnect cable, away from the logic board.
- Unscrew and remove both of the Phillips screws (two 1.3 mm screws) from the rear case inner top.
- Unscrew and remove, with your Phillips screwdriver, the single 1.2 mm screw located within the logic board bracket mid-section.
- Detach the mid-section bracket away from the logic board.
- With your spudger tool, disconnect the Lightning connector cable from its socket on the logic board.
Carefully peel off the cable from the logic board.
- With a SIM card extract tool or any paperclip, try to eject both the SIM Card as well as the SIM card tray.
- Take out the SIM card tray from your device.
- Unscrew and remove all the screws (two 2.3 mm Phillips screws, two 2.7 mm standoff screws and a single non-magnetic 2.7 mm standoff screw) that attach the logic board with the rear case assembly.
- Just flip the logic board assembly towards the rear case battery section.
Reminder: Don’t try to remove the logic board assembly away from the rear case yet, as there might be a single cable which is still connected with the logic board underside.
- Use your spudger tool tip to disconnect the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector away from its socket with the logic board underside.
- Detach the logic board assembly away from the rear case.
Reminder: Keep your logic board safe and secure to prevent any type of damage to the circuitry.
Step 7: Wifi Antenna removal
- With the spudger tool’s flat end, just disconnect the Wi-Fi antenna away from the rear case assembly, starting right from the cable connection’s underneath.
- Detach the Wi-Fi antenna away from the rear case.
- Replace the old Wifi antenna with the new one.
- Now to reassemble your iPhone 5 device, just follow the above steps in reverse order (back from Step 7 to Step 1).
Your iPhone 5 device is ready with a new Wifi antenna and now you can connect to any network connection without any hassle.
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