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March 6, 2014
Got tired of using the "white dot" accessibility mode since my power button broke. Took the opportunity to replace button, cable, and new battery.
I like to fix stuff. I've repaired many generations of iMacs, laptops, iPads, and PCs... that being said, this repair was relatively easy. The THREE hardest parts were taking the screen off (go slow and be gentle), not losing screws (I had magnetic mat and still lost a couple.. iFixit sells replacements)
Worked on first try...LIKE NEW! Battery even held charge with wifi enabled for close to 17hrs! I'm so glad I repaired. One caveat... my contract was up for renewal in few months... anytime you do a repair.. be prepared for the occasional failure and have a backup plan. For me.. it was a throw-away phone and wait if all went bad. Thankfully it didn't!
March 5, 2014
After a while using a hard case cover on my iphone 5, I noticed problems with the power and lock button. I started using the assistive touch, but got tried of it. Also I went to different places, they said I had to leave my phone a few days (not gonna happen) and the prices were to expensive. That's when I decided to make it on my own.
After watching the video, I went then with the step by step instructions. I have to say, piece of cake, ^_^ Turned on my iphone with no problem. Just like new.
First advice: always try and use the correct tools. My favorite the magnetic project mat, all the screws stayed in place and the islack helped me even more because I have arthritis. Thank you, iFixit!
February 21, 2014
The power button no longer operated. The battery life was deplorable.
Though it had its moments, all went smoothly, especially after reviewing all the others comments and learning upfront what not to do.
Read many comments first, learn from others what not to do.
February 13, 2014
My power button slowly became less and less responsive until it stopped working all-together.
The repair was tedious (took apart the entire phone) but fun. The power button worked perfectly for a few days, but has since become slightly less responsive. Still much better than before though.
The power button itself is such a simple part it probably doesn't need to be replaced. I think taking apart the phone and re-seeding the connections is what helped most.
January 18, 2014
The power button on a handed down iPhone 5 was not working. Also the batter needed to be replace. To be sure, I ordered the Audio Control and Power Button Cable to make sure I covered all aspects of what may be wrong.
The repair took allot of time as I was being ginger with opening the iPhone and the battery removal. Opening was successful, then I met with a very stuck battery. I watched the battery removal video and was convinced I was not using enough force to remove the battery. I did get it out and continued with the repair.
I even took the advice of another user by using a soldering iron on the mute switch plastic pins to get them to fuse and sit properly in the housing. Everything went smoothly on way back out. Closed the iPhone with care and then found that be power button was not working which was the point of half of my repair. After plugging it in to get the phone to turn on, I was met with a dysfunctional home button which worked previous to the repair.
Upon talking with iFixit who were very helpful and diligent, I was sent out a replacement cable. Again attempted the repair in case it might have been a faulty cable and perhaps the gold pins to the home button were bent. After a successful physical replacement of the cable and check of the pins, the iPhone's power and home buttons were still not working.
Doing research I did a restore of the iPhone which yielded no success. I also found an article about small jumpers on the motherboard being damaged after a battery repair. Looking at the area the damage can occur I know I used the plastic tool to pry up the battery at that location while moving up the length of the battery to free it. At this time I think it was that process which damaged the motherboard in the area responsible from power and home button control. I feel awful as I could have had a functional iPhone 5, but at the same time learned allot about servicing them. It looks like at this point I will have to go with a $229-$279 out of warranty repair/replacem
Talk to iFixit if you run into trouble, they're really willing to help and find solutions to assist you with the process of repair. If working on an iPhone 5 in regard to a very adhered battery, be very careful along the left side of the motherboard. Find pry points against screw housings or use the pointed end of a spudger like a lever to slowly bring the battery up without touching the motherboard, that should remove the chance of damage. If you are in doubt about a step, take your time and be careful. Otherwise my physical repair of the button went well, just functionality was lost due to damage.
January 17, 2014
My screen was cracked and the sleep and volume down buttons were no longer working.
Following the steps within the provided videos and tutorials and being very very patient allowed me to fix everything on my phone and it works and looks like new.
Be patient and be detailed. Keep track of each step and label every part you remove so you know where it goes. I used double sided tape and a piece of paper and pen to keep the tiny pieces organized and labeled. It worked great. DON'T RUSH!
January 9, 2014
Power button wasn't working. I just replaced the home button because I thought it would look cool and the phone would already be open so I thought, what the heck, why not.
It works better now. Still a couple clicks to get it working but that may also be my cases' fault. The process was pretty difficult and time consuming. The Phillips driver that was sent was so hard to use on the tiny screws inside the phone. I had to use a pocket knife to get most of them. And some screws alone took 10+ minutes to get out. It was pretty stressful but after I got all the screws out, the process and steps were easy to follow.
Look for a better Phillips screw driver. A smaller one than the one on this site. And use the YouTube video and written steps. But be careful because they don't take out the screws in the same order. Do it on white paper. Or on a white poster board. Use double sided tape. Place the screws on the tape and label above the tape where you got them from. Or an even better idea if you have any artistic ability. Make a enlarged sketch of the opened phone and place the screws around were you took them from.
January 4, 2014
My Power/Lock button stopped working about a year into having the phone. I finally decided, with the upgrade to iOS7 and loosing my jailbreak, that I would attempt to fix the problem.
I followed the steps listed in the guide slowly, labeling all the screws and taping them down to paper. I did not have any problems with following the guide. Still not sure if just changing the metal button or having to change the button inside with the ribbon connection and the metal button at same time is best. So far the change in the metal button has worked, but still does not feel like it works the same as new.
Tape down and label all the little screws to paper.
Look into changing the Audio and Power Cable at the same time, might have better results than just changing the metal button.
Look into changing the battery as well. For $25, I'm sure its worth having a better battery that your original iP5 battery.
December 24, 2013
The lock button of the iPhone did not work well; it had to be replaced. The battery was very weak, we changed it as well.
The full repair took almost 6 hours, and was successful.
Tearing the iPhone apart went well by following simply the steps from the guide. The long part was after the last step of the guide. There's two metal pieces glued on the audio control cable. iFixit did not send them with the replacement cable we ordered. We had to use the ones from the original cable. Ungluing the metal part for the volume button was easy with a hairdryer. But ungluing the other was very very difficult.
The metal piece is small, and has a small piece of foam on it. It was very difficult to remove from the original audio control cable (the glue is strong here). And when removing the piece with the hairdryer, the foam unglued itself from the metal piece. It had to be replaced with polystyrene and double sided tape. This replacement took hours.
Rebuilding the iPhone went smoothly by following the steps from the guide in reverse order.
DO order the replacement audio control cable WITH the metal pieces. It's a lot of trouble to retrieve the ones from the previous audio control cable.
December 5, 2013
For a while now, my wife has been complaining that her lock button was only working part of the time. About a month ago, it finally took a dump and wasn't working at all. It would click, but nothing would happen. She couldn't lock the phone, couldn't turn it off, and most importantly, she couldn't snap a screen shot. Pure torture.
This was my first time doing any type of repair on an iPhone. I was a little nervous at how small everything was and of course, how expensive the phone was. When I first popped the front panel off, my opening tool slipped and went crashing into the viscera of the phone. I thought it over. Luckily, everything turned out fine, the repair continued seamlessly, and the replacement of the lock button actually worked!
I think for a first repair, this one was pretty rough. Lots of little pieces, little pieces that you have no idea how much pressure you need to use to get them out.
Here is my advice:
Watch the video at least once before you start.
Read the instructions. I mean, READ.
Do your repairs on top of a towel to prevent anything from rolling around.
Start with light pressure when removing parts.
Keep all of the parts in order when you remove them.
Eat something beforehand.
Please...take your time.