The truth about the Original 2G iPhone Glass and Digitizer Replacement!

Hello everyone, this post is in response to the THOUSANDS of you that have read my earlier post about iPhone 3G Glass and Digitizer Replacements. I just need to clarify some of the questions that we receive constantly about this particular repair.

The dreaded Original iPhone 2G “cracked glass” issue!

We are flowing a massive amount of 3G Glass Replacements through our business these days but we still get questions about the Original 2G iPhone Parts and I want to clear up a few inquiries right here:

1. The 3G Glass and Digitizer WILL NOT WORK in your Original 2G iPhone. As they look similar from the outside, they are 100% different products and not interchangeable.

2. The Original 2G iPhone Glass Repair is more expensive than the 3G iPhone Glass Repair. The reason is that the 2G version of the glass was an assembly of the glass, digitizer, and LCD screen. The 3G version has a separate LCD screen, and therefore it’s a less expensive assembly.

3. You cannot just replace the glass on the 2G iPhone (or the 3G for that matter). To fix a cracked glass on a 2G iPhone we must replace the glass, digitizer and the LCD as I stated above. These parts are (for a lack of better term) “fused” together from the factory. There is just no way to safely separate and reuse any of these parts.

4. You cannot use “plexiglass” and perform your own “cheap” repair. This is ridiculous. I have seen posts advising this and I challenge anyone to prove that they can get the touch digitizer and LCD off of their broken glass front and get it to work with a home made plexiglass front. Can’t be done.

5. We don’t sell “Do-it-yourself” 2G iPhone Glass/Digitizer/LCD assemblies because the repair is TOO DIFFICULT to perform without ruining the back on your unit during disassembly. If you don’t care about your back being bent up then you can try it, but trust me you should leave this repair to the experts. The 3G version is much easier but it’s still only for the very “technically inclined” end user.

This will help with some of the common questions, for sure. We know that there are many theories out there but you can take solid advice from us here at Mission Repair. We’ve repaired THOUSANDS of units and it makes perfect sense to listen to the voice of experience. Still have questions? Give us a call at 866-638-8402 and we’ll get you on the phone with a technician right away!

Thanks everyone, have a great weekend. Ryan

11 thoughts on “The truth about the Original 2G iPhone Glass and Digitizer Replacement!

  1. Sorry Ryan, but you are wrong buddy,

    I was recently given a 2G phone because the previous owner had upgraded to a 3G. Anyways, it came with a small crack in it (no big deal) but running around one day, it fell out of my pocket and the screen shattered.

    Looking at it, I knew I could fix it. Here’s what I did…………

    Ordered a screen from eBay <$20.

    Carefully removed the pieces and shards of glass AND silicon sealant from the iPhone and the digitizer. This was done very carefully with a razorblade. I used the outside aluminum frame for leveraging.

    Next, I cleaned the top and bottom black areas from glass shards and alcohol swabbed the digitizer.

    I carefully "beaded" clear silicon around the outside of the iPhone’s digitizer (not necessarily on) and the put the glass on. I lett the iPhone sit overnight underneath my EeePC (for warmth) and…………….

    Fully functional in the morning.

    There were minor issues. The first time I put the glass on, I did NOT bead around the digitizer, dust got in. Also, I did not FULLY clean the top and bottom black areas of the iPhone so a (relatively) large air gap occurred and a corner was "iffy" as far as touch-sensing.

    Hope this $20 fix gave everyone some hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Sean

    P.S. I encourage anyone to e-mail me questions.

    P.S.S. I did not ruin the back of my iPhone because I DID NOT REMOVE IT! Hehe, 😉

  2. Hello Sean, nice reply, thanks for the info. I stand corrected to my point #3 in my original post, I guess you’re right. It IS possible to replace just the glass! Hopefully someone will try some plexiglass and blow me away on #4 too!!

    We here at Mission Repair ONLY offer the factory-style installation on the original iPhone 2G (of the pre-glued glass, digitizer and LCD assembly) so we can offer a 1 year warranty on the repair. It’s sealed, dust free and factory tested to withstand daily use.

    But hey, if you’re technically inclined to cut out the broken glass on your iPhone, Sean states that it can be done!

    Congratulations on your fix, nice job. It sounds like you really had the technical mentality and “guts” to dig into your iPhone!

    Take care, Ryan

  3. I accidentaly bought the lcd seperatly for the 2g and i wanted to know where i can find the digitizer, because i found the glass seperatly too

  4. Sean,

    Hope you’re still around, I could definitely use your help. On my 2g iphone, I removed all the shards of glass and had bought just the glass cover on ebay. Now, where exactly is the digitizer located on the phone? I can see the wiring for it but I’m wondering if it’s just the top and bottom areas or was it something that covered the entire screen that was basically glued in between the glass and lcd?? Thanks for the help

  5. Hello Ruicitio-

    I can field this one- the digitizer is in between the LCD and the glass and covers the entire surface of the screen. The tricky part (and Sean said that he’s done it!) is getting that digitizer removed without damage. Good luck!! Let me know how it came out!

    Thanks, Ryan

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  7. I used a heat gun and a plastic putty knife and the glass came right off the digitizer without any problems.

  8. I have to say that Sean had a better ending with the 2G replacement than I did. Having changed the front glass on other cell phones when my boss at work dropped her 2G I took on the job of fixing it. I ordered the glass from eBay, and proceded to take the phone apart. I will have to dissagree with Ryan about damaging the cover, I was careful and had no problem there. But when I tried to seperate the glass from the digitizer I cracked the LCD screen. I wound up buying (out of my own pocket) the entire assembly and fixing it that way…..Lesson learned……I don’t even attempt to fix a 2G anymore without quoting a price including the entire assembly…. I much prefer the way they built the 3G, it’s no problem changing the glass/Digitizer. I’m also with Ryan in that I would never try and fix either phone with out the factory parts that come with the digitizer attached….

    PS Ryan, you said in one of your blogs that if any of us had been able to fix the broken screens on these iPhones to send a resume, because you always need more techs…..Well, make me an offer and start sending me broken phones

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  10. Thank you! you save me money and problems, i am from nicaragua and i fixed cellphones, i was about to open the 2g iphone. thanks

  11. The truth about the 2G glass coming off the digitizer being easy is a crock.
    These guys are lying through their teeth. I have tried on numerous occasions to accomplish this feat using heat, razor blades, etc. always with the same results, the digitizer cracks or fails.
    Yes you can pick the glass off but making the digitizer stick you have to have a touch sensitive adhesive made by 3M and probably others.
    The digitizer has to work to use to, you have to apply so much heat that first you cannot handle the piece. so how do you do all the scraping and such. I call B–lsh-t to the whole deal. If you do one it wasn’t worth it and if you did 2 you have maybe 6 hours in the 2. so whats the sense.

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