As part of this week’s launch of Apple’s new self-service repair program, the iPhone maker has created a new set of repair guides – and you can download them for free.
Although these manuals are designed to be used in tandem with parts and tools ordered from Apple Self-service repair shopyou don’t need to place an order – or even own an iPhone – to download repair manuals.
Apple has posted all new repair manuals in one place where you will find all its product manuals for everything from the Apple Watch to the Apple Studio Display.
However, for now, the repair manuals are limited to devices covered by Apple’s self-service repair program – the iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE 2022.
Free iPhone Repair Manuals
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (3rd generation)
You can also find your way to these manuals by visiting Apple’s Orders. Self-service repair shop and selecting the “Read Manual” button.
These repair manuals provide insight into each of the models in Apple’s current iPhone lineup, so they’re worth a look even if you’re just curious.
There are diagrams of the inside of the iPhone, including a breakdown of where all the screws are and the various parts involved in performing various repairs.
More importantly, these repair manuals can also be useful for anyone who wants to try and undertake an iPhone repair even without Apple’s components and tools.
While we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone not exceptionally skilled in electronics repairs, the option is there, and it’s commendable that Apple makes repair manuals freely and publicly available to anyone who wants to peruse them.
We imagine that Apple expects most people reading these repair manuals to see how complicated some of the more detailed repairs are, such as screen replacements, and come away convinced that the best way to undertaking this is to order the appropriate parts and tools from Apple. .
Apple also wants to make sure you know what you’re getting into before you spend money on parts and tools. Although there are no skill-testing questions, you will need to enter a six-character manual code specific to your iPhone model before you can place an order.
Each manual also makes it clear that Apple wants you to read the entire manual before doing anything else, adding that you should not proceed “if you are not comfortable making repairs. as indicated”.
The ‘System configuration’ step
The repair manuals also contain other interesting details. In particular, while Apple will be happy to rent you all the physical tools necessary to carry out a repair, it is not a question of leaving its Software the tools come out of the walls of his company.
Instead, you’ll need to contact Apple’s self-service repair store after making repairs with “one-step system setup.” This includes calibrating screens and cameras or connecting secure components such as Touch ID or Face ID sensors.
System configuration is required if you installed a replacement display, battery, or camera. Ignore notifications about iPhone features on the lock screen until you complete system setup. Apple
This is how replacement parts are tied to your iPhone, avoiding issues like Face ID breaking or just seeing errors that say you’re not using a “genuine Apple part” or that your iPhone is broken. “unable to verify” your display or camera system.
Apple notes that this system setup step is also necessary to “ensure repair integrity” by confirming that a part was installed correctly, updating firmware, and assigning the correct wireless region to your card. mother.
Apple technicians will likely connect to your newly repaired iPhone remotely, and the manual adds that you’ll need a strong Wi-Fi network connection. Your device also cannot run a beta version of iOS.
As we pointed out earlier this week, Apple’s self-service repair program probably isn’t worth it for anyone who isn’t a DIYer at heart. There are no significant savings for individual repairs compared to simply taking your iPhone to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider for professional repairs.
The only way the self-service repair program makes sense for the average person is if you plan to repair multiple iPhones, or if you already have your own tools and therefore don’t need to rent a toolbox from from Apple.
Still, the new repair manuals are worth reading for anyone who wants to learn more about common iPhone repairs.