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DIY Repair: Finding iPhone Parts

written by: luis84•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 9/29/2010

Learn where to find iPhone parts and make your DIY iPhone repair easier. Find commonly needed parts such as replacement screens, digitizers, headphone jacks, cameras and just about anything else. Get great prices, fast shipping times and even learn how to buy in bulk!

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    DIY Dilemma

    Repairing your iPhone can be a wise decision. If you have knowledge with repairing electronics or phones, you should find that repairingiPhone Repair  the iPhone is a fairly easy process. Some of the most common repairs include speaker replacement, camera replacement and screen replacement.

    One of the hardest steps in the DIY repair process is to find iPhone parts. There are typically very few venues on a local level that sell iPhone parts. Obtaining replacement parts from Apple is not an option. Utilizing some great local webpages and the internet, it is possible to find iPhone parts locally and at a cheap price.

    As a general rule, purchasing iPhone parts on the internet will lead to better selection and better prices. Shipping is typically not a big cost with replacement parts due to the low weight. Ordering online is ideal for ordering multiple replacement parts or ordering in bulk.

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    Local iPhone Parts

    Finding iPhone parts locally is likely to be a challenge. Locating parts locally will be much easier if you live in a large city or a well populated area. The internet is without a doubt, the best resource for locating spare and replacement parts locally.

    Some great sources to find parts locally include your local newspaper. Many people will list broken or damaged iPhones for sale for parts. These can be a great, cheap way to buy parts locally.

    Additionally Craigslist can be an invaluable resource. Craigslist covers most local markets including big and small cities. It even goes as far as to cover some international markets. Visit Craigslist and select the closet city or market to you. Search for "iPhone" in the search box and sort through the listings. It is your responsibility to contact the seller and setup an exchange.

    Craigslist may not always be the most reliable source. Depending on where you live, results may vary. If you do not wish to purchase parts locally or did not have any luck finding them, you can easily obtain them on the internet; often at a much better price.

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    Ordering Online

    The easiest method to locate and order iPhone parts is over the internet. There are many different sources. Here are a few that are known to be generally reputable and have decent prices.

    • iFixit iPhone Parts. iFixit has a very wide selection of iPhone parts for all of the different models. They even carry some handy kits that come with tools included. They are one of the best places to buy replacement screens and screen kits. Prices are on the high side but they even include free manuals to help you complete the repair.
    • iPartsRepair. The presentation of their website may not be as impressive as some of the others, but the service is reliable. Parts come quickly and generally as advertised. Prices are some of the lowest available and they have a wide selection of parts for all iPhone models available.
    • eTechParts. Good selection of parts, especially for the iPhone 4. Great place to locate replacement cameras and headphone jacks. Prices are very reasonable and they offer great shipping options.
    • eBay. Another great place to find replacement parts for the iPhone. Quality can vary greatly but the prices found on eBay are often as good as it gets. Shipping and reliability depends on each individual seller. This is a particularly good place to get 2nd Gen parts and some harder to find stuff.

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    The Details

    Finding iPhone parts is a great way to kick-start your DIY repair. Most iPhone problems can be fixed by anyone with a little technical experience. Things such as replacing or fixing stuck home buttons, replacing damaged cameras, replacing headphone jacks and changing broken screens yourself can save a fortune.

    For more information on DIY iPhone repair, read some of these great guides: