When your iPhone's Home button becomes unresponsive or the cables are detached or broken, the Home button has to be replaced. You can take your iPhone back to your cellular provider or the Apple store for repairs, but replacement can be expensive and you may have to wait days or weeks for your iPhone to be fixed. You can save time and money by replacing the Home button yourself, but you should allow several hours to complete the Home button repair. If you are uncomfortable working with electronic components or if you are concerned about voiding your iPhone's warranty, do not attempt this repair.
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Things you need
- Small Phillips head screwdrivers
- Small flathead screwdrivers
- 5-Point screwdriver
- Plastic iPod-opening tool
- Paper clip
- Replacement iPhone Home button
Power down your iPhone.
Unscrew the Phillips or 5-point screws from the bottom of your iPhone near the dock connector.
Push the back panel of your iPhone up and away from the dock connector.
Pull your iPhone's rear panel away from your phone.
Unscrew the Phillips screw that holds the battery connector to your iPhone's logic board. Use your iPod-opening tool to pry the battery's connector up, and remove the contact clip from your phone.
Use your battery's clear pull tab to remove the battery from your iPhone.
Remove the Rear Panel
Insert a paper clip into the SIM card ejection hole. Push the paper clip in until the SIM card and holder pop out of your iPhone.
Remove the two screws next to the area where the battery sits. The screws hold down a small, rectangular piece of metal. Remove this metal piece. Pry the dock cable connector off of the logic board using the iPod-opening tool.
Peel the dock ribbon cable off of the logic board. Lower the speaker enclosure.
Use your iPod-opening tool to remove the lower antenna connector off of its socket on your iPhone's logic board.
Unscrew the Phillips screw on the bottom of the logic board that secures the logic board to the case. Remove all five of the Phillips screws that secure the connector cover to your iPhone's logic board.
Lift the top edge of the connector cover away from the logic board, using your iPod-opening tool. Pull the connector cover away from the logic board. Remove the connector cover completely from your iPhone.
Lift the rear camera connector up off its socket using the iPod opening tool, and remove the camera.
Remove the white circular sticker on the phone, and unscrew the Phillips screw underneath it.
Disconnect all five of the connectors at the top of your iPhone, using the iPod-opening tool.
Unscrew the standoff near the headphone jack at the top of your phone. The standoff is a hex-shaped screw that creates a buffer between the logic board and case. Standoffs are commonly used in computers to prevent the motherboard from touching the case. Remove the entire logic board from your iPhone by simply pulling it straight out of your iPhone with your fingers.
Remove the Logic Board
Unscrew the Phillips screw that is securing the speaker enclosure to the inside of your iPhone, and pull the speaker enclosure out.
Unscrew the two screws at the top of your phone that secure your iPhone's vibrator to the frame, and remove the vibrator.
Unscrew the Phillips screw that holds the front panel. Unscrew the three Phillips screws near the volume button on the side of the phone. Unscrew the Phillips screw near the microphone. Unscrew the Phillips screw near the dock connector ribbon cable.
Unscrew the four screws located near the SIM card and Sleep button.
Remove the Speaker and Display Assemblies
Insert the iPod-opening tool between the rubber around the glass frame and the inner metal frame.
Lift the front panel away from the metal frame. You will hear the adhesive below the home button peel away from the metal frame.
Guide the LCD cables and the digitizer out of the metal frame.
Remove the Front Panel
Lift the home button ribbon cable retainer out of the case, using the iPod-opening tool.
Pull the home button ribbon cable out of the socket. Remove your old home button from your iPhone.
Insert the new home button into the socket. Route the home button ribbon cable carefully through your iPhone case.
Replace the Home Button
Locate and count all of the screws you removed from your iPhone to ensure that you have all of the required screws.
Examine all of the pieces you removed to make sure they are not damaged. If any items are damaged, order a replacement part from Apple or a reputable iPhone parts dealer.
Reassemble your iPhone by following all of the instructions you used to disassemble your iPhone in the reverse order.
Reassemble Your iPhone
Tips and warnings
- Replace all of your iPhone's 5-point screws with Phillips screws to prevent the screws from becoming stripped.
- Order all of the parts you need before you attempt to disassemble or reassemble your iPhone.
- Opening your iPhone to replace your Home button will void your iPhone's warranty. If your iPhone is still under warranty or you are worried about voiding your warranty, take your iPhone to your cellphone provider or the Apple store for the repair.
- Any deviation from these instructions can cause your iPhone to stop working.
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