Pentalobe screwdriver for common iPhone models

Pentalobe screwdrivers or pentalobe screwdrivers for security screws, which are used by Apple and Huawei, among others, are available in numerous designs. For example, if you want to repair your iPhone or unscrew smartphones like the P9, you need the appropriate screwdrivers / bits. In this article I have summarized what pentalobe, the right tool and iFixit are all about.

Pentalobe screws on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. These can only be loosened with a special pentalobe screwdriver / pentalobe screw driver. Image: Sir Apfelot

Pentalobe screws on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. These can only be loosened with a special pentalobe screwdriver / pentalobe screw driver. Image: Sir Apfelot

What are pentalobe screws?

Screw head profiles whose indentation for the appropriate screwdriver or bit is composed of five overlapping circles are referred to as pentalobe or pentalobular. The flower-shaped profile is mainly used in Apple products to prevent opening with common household tools. The security screws known as “Pentalobe Screws” were first used in 2009 to secure the battery in the MacBook Pro of that time. The screws have been in use on the Apple iPhone since the iPhone 2010 released in 4. Has detailed explanations Wiki for you.

Pentalobular screw head - various sizes

Like slotted, cross and other screw heads, there are also different sizes of pentalobe screws. Here is a brief overview:

  • TS1 / 0,8 mm - used in iPhone generations 4, 5 and 6
  • TS4 / 1,2mm - used in the MacBook Air since 2010, in the MacBook Pro Retina since 2012
  • TS5 / 1,5 mm - used in MacBook Pro 2009 (15 inch)
A pentalobular screw head on the underside of the Apple MacBook Pro 2012. As with the iPhone, you need a pentalobe screwdriver to open / repair it. Image: Sir Apfelot

A pentalobular screw head on the underside of the Apple MacBook Pro 2012. As with the iPhone, you need a pentalobe screwdriver to open / repair it. Image: Sir Apfelot

Pentalobe screwdriver for iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Co.

The above-mentioned and other sizes for pentalobe screwdrivers or tools called “pentalobe screw drivers” are available from different suppliers. The size 1IPR of the "Torx Plus Security" profile with a star shape instead of the five-petal flower is also suitable for some screw models from Apple products (Details). If you want to be on the safe side, it is best to buy a corresponding set, which is usually offered for 11 to 16 euros. Some sets of screwdrivers and bits, for example from iFixit, are much more extensive and expensive, but can also be used for more than just Apple devices.

Here are some offers on Amazon (price indication: July 2018):

  • iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit with flexible attachment, also for Phillips Torx profiles - 29,95 EUR
  • Meterk 61-in-1 set with screwdriver, flexible attachment, bits and spatula - 10,99 EUR
  • ORIA 60-in-1 set with screwdriver, flexible attachment and bits - 15,99 EUR
  • Hama 10-piece universal set including Apple-compatible attachments - 13,61 EUR
  • Qiaoyou MacBook repair tool with screwdriver, spatula, brush, etc. - 14,99 EUR

Which screwdriver do I need for my Apple device?

You can easily find out which pentalobe screwdriver you need for your Apple iPhone, MacBook or other device to change the battery, replace the display or make other repairs (if possible). The first named provider for special equipment tools, iFixit, offers on the website of the same name numerous teardown posts and  Instructions for disassembling and repairing electronic device. 

Recommended reading: iPhone X teardown from iFixit

In addition to other details about devices, their hardware and the complexity of the structure, the individual articles usually also indicate which tools, which screwdrivers and which bits are required. Just enter your device in the search and you will find information on the right tool and illustrated instructions for dismantling iPhone, MacBook and Co.

Recommended reading: Nintendo Switch teardown from iFixit

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