Have you been upset about the fact that you purchased a black iPhone 4 because Apple was having issues producing the white model? Have you been waiting for a solution to keep your current device and have the ability to switch between the two? If this topic relates to you, look no further, the following article will describe a stepwise approach on how to convert your black iPhone 4 white one.
The first step of this conversion is understanding what needs to be replaced. The parts that need replacing are the glass screen/lcd unit and the back cover. The chassis of the device is the same on both models.
The second step of the repair is acquiring the right tools for the job. The tools needed are a phillips screwdriver, a case opener tool, a flat head screw driver, and most importantly a lot of patience.
Step by step disassembly instructions are as follows: remove the back cover by removing the two screws on the bottom of the phone and push up. Next follow the internal instructions below:
First, remove the sim card holder. Second remove the battery by pulling up on the battery tab. Next, remove the buzzer by unscrewing the two screws holding it in place and lift up. Next remove the five screws at the top of the phone and remove the ribbon cover. Next, lift up on the 5 tabs connected to the motherboard. Next unscrew the large screw near the tabs at the top of the motherboard. Next, remove the water indicator in the middle of the phone and remove the screw below it. Next, remove the two screws holding the metal plate down in the middle of the phone. Next remove the metal plate and remove the cable connected to the motherboard. Next remove the two screws at the bottom of the phone. Next remove the camera tab and pull up on the camera. Next remove the small connector at the bottom of the iPhone. Next remove the motherboard by pulling up slightly. Next remove the 10 screws holding the screen in. Next use your case opener tool to remove the screen from the chassis. Please perform the previous steps at your own risk. The phones components are very fragile.
Once the black cover and screen are removed you will need to prepare your white parts. The screen/digitizer/lcd assembly will need to use the mesh grill from the old screen for the new one. Also make sure that the back cover you acquire has the rail/plastic frame attached to it. After making sure the above steps are complete, reassemble the iPhone with the white parts indicated above.
This is a very difficult process, but will solve many frustrations for those iPhone users who just can’t wait for the white model to be released.
There are several other conversion colors available through aftermarket repair shops; however, be careful not to use non-apple certified items as they immediately void the warranty.