iPhone 3G and 3GS Mute Button

$4.95

Product code: IF137-012

Product Overview

The first iterations of the television failed to incorporate a mute button, leaving it up to viewers to either buy the products being advertised, or call and kindly ask for the sound to be suspended. Muzzle your iPhone today with our iPhone 3G and 3GS mute button.

Important: This button is the external toggle switch used to switch between silent and ring mode. This button connects to a switch on the phone's headphone jack that toggles the silent/ring setting.

Compatibility

Identify your iPhone

  • All 3G and 3GS iPhones

Product Details

$4.95 White

 
 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

$4.95 Black

 
 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

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Replacement Guides

iPhone 3G

Difficulty: Difficult

iPhone 3G

Difficulty: Difficult

iPhone 3GS

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iPhone 3G
16 GB
8 GB
iPhone 3GS
16 GB
32 GB
8 GB
 

Stories

My Problem

Poca duración de batería y botón de mute no funcionaba bien tras una caída

My Fix

La batería la cambie sin mucha dificultad según las indicaciones de ifixit. El botón también, pero sigue fallando.

My Advice

El botón es sin más el componente. Así qué no os servirá de nada cambiarlo si os falla. Yo ajuste las conexiones y tornillos del mute pero nada. Sigue fallando. El pedido vino con herramientas necesarias.

My Problem

My phone is usually on vibrate. I don't like it possibly going off during a meeting and I share an office. A few months ago, my phone started to vibrate for no reason. During the middle of the night, under my pillow when no one was texting me. At about the same time, I noticed that it was vibrating when I pulled it out of my purse and also when I put it in my pocket. When I pull it from my pocket or purse, I use the left top corner. It vibrated whenever you pressed lightly on the left top corner. I really did not want to keep the mute button OFF. I really love my phone so I didn't want to upgrade even though its available to me. And I can't resist a tech DIY challenge.

I found this site and found another user who had a similar problem. It suggested that it be the mute button and a possible need for a replacement of the headphone jack. I did not have the appropriate tools according to this site. I did instead use tweezers, a philips 00 screwdriver and a suction cup that I took from one of my kids toothbrush holders. I got nervous about opening up the phone, but I did it twice, but did not get through the whole list of instructions because I was so nervous.

My Fix

I chose to purchase the spudger and the mute button replacement. I took a deep breath, told the kids not to pull on me while I was doing this project and opened the phone up again. I went through all of the instructions but could not actually get the battery out. I worked around that step. I had issues with putting the mute button in and keeping it in while reassembling, it was so small. AND I HAVE SMALL HANDS! I ended up using a strip of painter's tape to keep track of the little screws and grouped them by Step number and by size. Everything went very well and it was completely fixed when I got it back together. It was good that I had a couple of run throughs before the actual work.

In many places the instructions say "gently" and "carefully" and those are really handy. I can't imagine doing this project with bigger hands however.

My Advice

Make sure you have good light, tweezers, felt or towel. Tweezers are needed to help put the tiny screws in place. Oh and Duh, back up everything first.

Also, I figured out really late that if you have little kids, you really need to have a towel or something under your work area. That way, when your toddler wants to pull on you, and you drop the tiny tiny screws, it will drop but not necessary run all the way across the kitchen floor and under the stove. Just sayin...

My Problem

The silver piece broke of the mute switch rendering it useless and the phone can't be switched to vibrate.

My Fix

Repair took about an hour. I went slowly and steadily through the teardown.

My Advice

PERFECT! Take your time and be methodical and it is pretty straight forward to get as deep as you want into the iPhone internals. This repair requires the removal of a fair bit of the internals to properly reach and remove the switch.

My Problem

the could not use the touch screen.

My Fix

The repair took some time but the step by step instructions are great on ifixit.com. The parts where exact and high quality.

My Advice

If you need to repair or replace your iPhone battery or front glass, some pointers. The front glass is relatively simply, but the battery is a little harder. But ifixit online step by step you can get thru it. Word of advice, do not buy iPhone parts from ebay or amazon, buy from here. At Ifixit you know your getting high quality items, my touch screen works like original. Also the parts are very small, so if the part being off by just a little will be hard to put back together.

My Problem

The mute switch had snapped off and no longer worked.

My Fix

The repair was extremely straight forward. The pictures and instructions on ifixit were very helpful. I'd never done anything like this so I took my time and it still only took me about half an hour.

My Advice

When putting the little screws back in it helps if you dip the tip of the screwdriver in silicone to help hold the screws in place until the thread starts.

My Problem

The mute button was flaking out and would randomly vibrate when touched very lightly. After doing some research online, the problem seemed to be a bad switch.

My Fix

The process took a little over an hour. I managed to drop two screws off the table on the rug, however they were recovered. I decided against the second beer as I quickly realized this task was going to require very fine motor skills (finer than my fine motor skills after a handful of beers, anyway). That turned out to be a very good idea...

My Advice

Don't drink if you are doing a difficult repair.

You MUST have the proper tools for this job, and in addition to the tools recommended by ifixit, I'd make sure you have a very small pair of tweezers handy and also a small (very small) magnet for retrieving screws that may get lodged in the phone case. Small tweezers are handy so you can place the screws into the holes. That part seemed to consume the most time for me.

It would be great if ifixit sold a plastic template of the phone that was threaded so you could screw the removed screws into it so they aren't lost and so you remember where they go back into the phone. I thought I was missing one screw near the mute button but I realized that one of the holes was supposed to be filled by a screw that holds the logic board to the case.

My Problem

I had dropped my phone cracking the screen. Still worked, just cracked. A friend gave me theirs which I dropped in a puddle, making the dock connector and home button not work, so I used the module from my phone. I then had a phone fully functional and one with a cracked screen and broken dock connector and (I would notice later after fixing) a torn ribbon connecting the camera.

My Fix

Fixed the screen and dock connector and, with the exception of the camera I still have to fix, works great! Looks like new with the screen.

My Advice

Keep aware of the camera ribbon when pulling out the logic board. Also, invest in a good case.

My Problem

I was actually fixing the iPhone of a friend of mine. The silver part of the mute switch of his phone had broken off, and he had to use a sharpened pencil to mute and unmute the phone.

My Fix

Surprisingly well! I was a little intimidated by the "difficult"-label this guide has on iFixit (esp. as this was my very first phone-DIY-experience), but things went very smoothly. Didn't take too long either (45 minutes or so).

My Advice

Three things:

1. the iFixit-guide mentions using a #00 screwdriver, but I found a #000 to be handier.

2. I found it to be unnecessary to take the volume button circuitry and headphone jack assembly completely out of the phone as steps 21-23 suggest: as soon as the volume button circuitry is loose, you can lift it just enough to take out the old mute switch and replace it with the new one.

3. Replacing the motherboard in exactly the right position is without question the trickiest part of this entire (dis)assembly!

My Problem

The mute button on my wife's iphone 3GS died and would cause the phone to vibrate randomly.

My Fix

The repair went smoothly. I followed the instructions to the letter and had no problems.

My Advice

Set all your screwed out in a pattern that matches where they were removed from.

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g15389's Story Photo #146320

My Problem

I had an issue with intermittent muting of the phone when mute was on. After reading the guide and responses, I decided to give it a try.

My Fix

The repair went great! Photos were very helpful and gave me the necessary help to replace the button.

My issue was actually due to a cracked housing that holds the mute switch on the inside of the phone, probably damaged in a drop. The housing sheared in half and caused a mis-alignement of the external switch ($4.95 part) and the internal mechanism. After installing the new part, aligning the internal switch, and reassembling it works perfectly.

My Advice

A few pieces that help you when working:

1) A mechanics magnetic bowl. You can pick them up at home depot for around $10 and work great for holding your screws. It reduces the chance of knocking them off of the table.

2) A screw driver magnetizer. It will help greatly when trying to align the small screws.

3) Definitely get the spudger and suction cup from fixit. A must have for undoing the connections and removing the screen.