Step by step instructions on how to replace a broken loud speaker in your iPhone
The loud speaker in your iPhone is what makes it possible for you to talk on speakerphone, play music, and hear alert notifications for text messages, phone calls, and more. If the loud speaker is defective or blown, you may experience symptoms such as no sound at all except through the earpiece, crackling audio, or intermittent audio issues. If any of that sounds like something you're experiencing, your loud speaker will most likely have to be replaced. If you're out of warranty or own an older iPhone, a DIY repair can save you some money if you aren't yet ready to purchase a new iPhone. No matter what iPhone model you have, we can walk you through how to replace the loud speaker all on your own!
How to replace the loud speaker in an iPhone 5s
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms described above in your iPhone 5s and you're out of warranty, a speaker replacement is one of the easier repairs to perform. It sits right on top of the dock assembly meaning only a few screws and some adhesive stands between you and a newly functioning speaker.
The iPhone 5c comes apart much like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Actually, they're most identical. Just like the iPhone 5s, the loud speaker sits atop the dock assembly. Getting to it is super simple and the part itself will cost you far less than purchasing a new iPhone.
The iPhone 5 introduced an all new design made of solid high quality aluminum. The position of the loud speaker also changed from its predecessors. That's okay though, since this change didn't make it any harder to repair. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c followed in its footsteps a year later. Parts and directions can vary slightly, so if you've got an iPhone 5 with a blown speaker, you'll want to follow the directions in the link below.
The iPhone 4s loud speaker sits along the bottom of your iPhone, directly on top of the dock. It's also one of the easiest repairs you could have to perform. With very few components to remove, a replacement loud speaker is a cheap and easy job. So even if your iPhone 4s isn't your primary iPhone anymore, I can't think of any reason not to fix it and keep it around as a trusty backup phone, should the need ever arise.
The iPhone 4 was released in two flavors; GSM and CDMA. What guide you'll use to replace your iPhone's speaker will depend on which one you own. Both are super simple but the actual part and procedure may vary slightly. If you have a Verizon or Sprint iPhone 4, you'll want the CDMA guide below. If you have an AT&T variant, you'll want the GSM guide. If you're outside the US, you just need to figure out whether the carrier you purchased to use your iPhone 4 with is CDMA or GSM, then use the correct guide.
How to replace the loud speaker in an iPhone 3G or 3GS
The iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS may be slightly long in the tooth but that doesn't mean they don't still make great music players or iPods either at the gym or for smaller children. If the loud speaker isn't working, a repair is super simply and will cost you less than $20.