How cracked iPhone back glass is professionally restored
- Abdullah Kabani is the owner of Telè, a phone-repair company in Oklahoma.
- He shows us how he restores the cracked back glass on three different iPhones.
- This includes lasering off the adhesive, taking the glass off, gluing a new back on, and cleaning.
The following is a transcript of the
Narrator: My name's Abdullah. I am a phone-repair-store owner. Today, I'll be showing you the repairs of three different iPhones in three different conditions. They all have a similar issue, a cracked back glass. The repairs are pretty similar, but each model has a few different steps.
Once all that adhesive is vaporized, we'll take it out of the laser machine and we'll go over to our work bench and start cracking away this glass. When breaking off the back glass, we have to be super careful not to let the blade puncture through the
During the second laser run, right here, you'll see we're vaporizing the residual glue left over after removing the glass. Once the second laser round is done, we'll take it back over to our workstation and we'll brush off the rest of that glue. [brushing] I use a metal brush that gets in and scrubs that adhesive right off of there. You have to have a surgeon's precision, because if you go in and get those metal brush teeth into a gap, you could damage a component.
Now that I've removed all the glass, I can finally start putting the phone all the way back together. When I'm re-adhering the back glass to the frame, I use industrial-strength glue. It's called B-7000. Straight from the Apple factory, they use cold press glue. We try not to get too close to the edges. That way we don't have a lot of seepage. After the
[glass crackling] Moving on to the iPhone 8, as you can see, this one, it's cracked, but it's definitely not as bad as the XS. And it just has hairline cracks all over the place, but thankfully it's not missing any chunks, so it looks like the inside components should be fine. So, this back glass comes off almost exactly like how the iPhone XS did. The only difference is, with it being the first iPhone that Apple used the back glass on, they actually made the glue a lot stronger for some reason. So, this repair, I tend to go a little bit slower when I'm breaking off the glass, and it tends to fling a lot farther just 'cause it's on there harder.
[glass crackling] One key difference with the iPhone 8 back glass
Right here we have the
With the iPhone 12 Pro Max, we face a new issue, and that's the MagSafe. There are strips of magnets that go around the wireless charging coil, and those can be ripped off along with the glass when you're pulling it off, so you have to be very careful that we don't rip the wire connected to those magnetic sections. [scrubbing] Although it might seem like a nightmare of a process, I find it really fun, and it's also very fun to see the before and afters. And that's one of the main reasons why I do what I do, just to see the transformation of bringing things back to life.
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