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April 17, 2014
Faulty home button or ribbon cable
I have been using my iPhone with a faulty home button or ribbon cable for so long I can't remember. It came to the point a month ago where the button didn't work at all. So I had to assign the optional assistive touch button to access or close apps and that drove me insane. Enough is enough I finally threw in the towel and got online to see if there was a fix and sure enough iFixit popped up. I thought why the !@#$ not. The video and step by step guide seemed simple enough and they even had the right tools. So I placed my order which arrived within a week. Not too bad. Following the video and step by step guide as I thought was easy enough and though the screws were so tiny having the right tools for the job made things quite easy. The only thing I think I did wrong was apply to much force when lifting the front panel off the backing case with the suction cup which came right off without needing to pry the two apart with the tools. Luckily I didn't damage anything. I replaced both the ribbon cable and the button as I wasn't sure which was faulty. Putting things back was fairly simple as well and my phone powered up without any issues. Freakin awesome. Thank you iFixit I am so happy.
My advice is don't wait too long to fix your device. I had to use the assistive touch button for so long that now even though with the new home button in place, out of habit I still look for that damned assistive touch button.
January 14, 2014
I dropped my phone and the home button stopped working...poor battery charging practices apparently were messing up my battery as well so I swapped both.
Everything went smoothly...don'
Not as scary as it looks, you really need to use some muscle to get the glass open at the bottom. Use the battery pull tab inside the phone instead of the pry tool to get the battery out safely.
November 18, 2013
Nothing exciting. Dropped my phone in the toilet. Home button stopped working after it dried out in the rice. Decided I couldn't live with the assisted control button.
The removal and installation of the home button ribbon cable itself was a breeze. Getting the case open was far more difficult than I thought it was going to be. The video you have does not show exactly how difficult it is. Once I used the suction cup to get the front panel open enough for the tool to go in all the clips let go and the front panel came off far quicker and with more force than I thought it could and the result was a torn digitizer cable. Now my phone does nothing, blank screen. I can connect it to iTunes and see it. But none of the buttons work on the phone and while it is connected to a power source it just keeps making the sound it does when you first connect it to a power source. I ordered the front panel. Hope that fixes it.
UPDATE: installed a new front panel assembly. Everything works great EXCEPT the home button...still. Still looking for a fix for my home button issue.
My advice would be to grow a third hand so you can really secure the phone while opening it. My clips gave way far easier than expected resulting in the broken cable.