I have a previously broken iPhone 5c that I removed the offending parts from. The screen was shattered beyond repair, and the battery was in pretty bad condition. I'm planning to buy some new parts and repair it, but I don't want to spend around $100 and find out that other parts are broken and it's non-salvageable.

Is there a way to test the phone, maybe by making it ring or vibrate, without a battery or a screen?


It works, it's charging and vibrating, but it seems to be trying to notify me of something important, as it is vibrating every 3 seconds. is this normal or what

  • You could switch it to silent, then plug it into iTunes. That might test if it was still at all alive, then see if iTunes sees it at all. – Tetsujin May 9 '15 at 15:14
  • @Tetsujin I plugged it in and iTunes doesn't seem to recognize its existence. Is there any way I could apply power to the phone without a battery? That might work. – 2xedo May 9 '15 at 16:28
  • only using another battery of the same rating – Tetsujin May 9 '15 at 16:29
  • Okay, I went and dug the old battery out of the trash and I think I can reattach it and use it. Although I don't know if it's safe to do so since, well, it was in not-so-good condition when I took apart the phone, and it's been in the trash for a day, so now the casing is a bit wrinkled and it's slightly bent. It's not leaking acid or anything, but will it explode and kill me or something if I attach and charge it? – 2xedo May 9 '15 at 17:00
  • Try it let us know ;) – Tetsujin May 9 '15 at 17:06

I think on iPhones the 3 second vibratíon indicates a screen problem

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    Welcome to Ask Different. Do you have a source or other information that you can use to elaborate on this? – bjbk Dec 31 '15 at 21:43

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