iPhone 3G and 3GS Volume Button

$4.95

Product code: IF137-013-1

Product Overview

Back before volume buttons came standard on cellphones, the best way of dealing with ambient noise was by either hushing it with a dramatic arm-waving, or dodging it with a fighter jet. Break the sound barrier today with our iPhone 3G and 3GS volume button.

This button is the external rocker switch used to adjust volume levels. This button interfaces with buttons on the iPhone's headphone jack.

Compatibility

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  • All 3G and 3GS iPhones

Product Details

  $4.95

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

6 month warranty

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Replacement Guides

iPhone 3G

Difficulty: Moderate

iPhone 3GS

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Product Details Edit

iPhone 3G and 3GS Volume Button

 

Compatibility

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

Stories

My Problem

I have two iPhone 3GS with a broken screen and a battery that drains almost instantly after a full charge. Decided to give it a try fixing after watching some videos on the site.

My Fix

It didn't go as smoothly as compared to the video - but was able to find a way to put things back in order.

My Advice

The replacement battery that I've got will not fix easily on the sides as compared to the original battery. It will not align properly and is slanted so I spent sometime figuring out how to make it align to the sides. But to no avail. I left it at a slanted position but was glad that it worked.

Just hope that the parts are the same as the original. Easy to fix back and will not give you trouble.

My Problem

Volume button had fallen off, and the Front panel had been broken from being dropped.

My Fix

The repair went well, it took me about 4 hours because i was very nervous about screwing something up. I did break the copper ground connector that is suppose to be in contact with the bezel. I managed to solder it back on though. In the end it worked out perfect!! Phone is working just fine.

My Advice

TAKE YOUR TIME! Get several small containers to put the different sets of screws in. With every step in the directions I placed the screws in their own little container and labeled that container. This saves you from playing a guessing game of which screws go where when you are reassembling it.

My Problem

my friend passed and his mom gave me his phone, the volume button was missing.. I found and ordered the button and tool from your site with ease and was suprised at the low cost! I even got a 5$ coupon which helped with a later purchase of a new battery! Thanks :) I appreciate it!

My Fix

The repair went smooth, I'd imagine. I had my boyfriend do it ;) I heard no complaints though!

My Advice

do it with love

My Problem

Got the iphone from a friend. No Wifi, no volume button and cracked back. From ifixit I learned to open the front and saw wifi antenna was disconnected. Decided to go whole hog. Ordered volume button and the back. Used a combination of the two guides to proceed.

My Fix

Everything went well. I was super cautious until I had it all back together. Than got in a hurry to try it. All worked except ear sound. Opened it up again and found I forgot to re-attach the flex cable. After that it worked great. So now my wife has a nicer looking 3G than I do.

My Advice

Slowly, slowly and check and check. I printed out the guides and marked up which screws went where. That made a difference.

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

A bad battery was causing phone to shut off / reboot randomly with remaining charge reading between 50 - 85% especially when running any app that used location services (Google maps etc.). The external portion of volume button (silver / chrome) fell off and was eventually lost after be glued back on a few times.

My Fix

It was fairly simple to replace the battery. The ifixit guide was very helpful / detailed. I took the advice of another user who suggested taking the silver/chrome portion off the replacement button and gluing it on as opposed to completely disassembling the phone (down to the bezel) which probably saved 45 mins. All in all the repair took about an hour (10-15 min of which was used looking for a misplaced screw)

My Advice

Dedicate a nice clean and clear (light colored) area for the repair. Include a container to hold your screws (as I found out can be moved pretty far with just a hard breath) some have suggested a cupcake pan. A suction cup is the easiest way to remove the screen and you can pick up at a dollar store. I also used some alcohol and q-tips to remove the grime around the bezel / screen edge. Separating the button cover from the base is done by using a small screwdriver / x-acto knife. You can use a toothpick to apply the glue to the center of button base making sure to avoid getting too close to the button edges (to prevent gluing the base to the case screwing up the button function / movement). Best advice, take your time don't rush it especially when trying to remove the mother board, it takes a bit of finesse.

My Problem

My iPhone 3GS kept shutting down on me to the point where it wouldn't even function as a time-keeping device. Over 90% of the crashes/shut-downs, the battery level was showing over 95% too! I was on the verge of switching to an Android until a quick Google search (how ironic) brought me to ifixit's site where numerous other fed-up iPhone users had the same problem. Turned out all my phone needed was a new battery! At least it keeps me from joining the dark side for the meantime...

As for the Volume Button, it was for my wife's phone, also an iPhone 3GS. It just simply broke off one day.

My Fix

Repair was fairly easy, considering I've tinkered with small electronics and gadgets for most of my life. It was a little time consuming though, especially for the Volume Button on my wife's iPhone (approx. 2 hours). It's nice how Apple numbers all of their connectors - it's as simple as following the numbers sequentially!

My Advice

Just follow the step-by-step instructions. Everything is well labelled and documented in both the videos as well as the PDFs. Careful with prying out the battery though; they tend to bend VERY easily.

My Problem

The volume button had fallen off and the power button was non-functional

My Fix

As this was my first iPhone (3GS) repair, the process took a long time (approx. 3 hrs?). Battery replacement on 2 others took 45 mins, then 20 mins.

My Advice

iFixit guides were good but they could be great:

Step 4 could suggest running the spudger UNDER the black ribbon labeled 1. This make is a lot easier.

Step 6 was the most difficult to understand since the picture doesn't show enough detail and the tab that lifts up is so tiny. I could not get the tab to lift up. I ended breaking a small piece of the plastic past the tab. Luckily it had no apparent effect. I would suggest a simple drawn diagram showing the location and position of the tab before and after it is lifted.

Also, one washer came off of one screw, but I had to idea which one.

My Problem

The Volume Button appeared to have been lost. I wanted to renew it so it would work.

My Fix

The repair went O.K., but the process was excessive. I realized when I got to the last step that only the top silver strip on the Volume Button had fallen off. In fact, the top silver strip on the new, replacement, Button fell off as I was trying to insert the complete button. I replaced it after I had inserted the thicker bottom portion of the Button. But this could have been done without having taken the entire 3GS apart. All that was needed to be done was to clean the original switch w/o removing it or anything else, and glue the new silver top onto the old bottom. Additionally, I have no significant confidence that the new top will stay on the new bottom because it had very weak glue and does not appear well secured.

So, a better solution for me would have been to have a new top (or even the entire new button from which I could just take the top) and some proper glue to use after cleaning the old button bottom part.

I did learn that I could, indeed, disassemble the 3GS and get it back together. But, separating the silver rim from the back plastic was trecherous -- could have badly broken the rim. And the glue that holds them together is not nicely reusable, so I think the assembly is weaker now.

Since it is next to impossible for the entire Volume Button to come out of the phone -- without major breakage, I think the likely problem of the silver top falling off should have been pointed and simply re-glueing a new one on should have been pointed out.

I did learn how to replace the battery in the process, so I will be ready to do this when the battery goes bad.

My Advice

Point out that the most likely problem is for the silver top to come off and provide some glue with the replacement button so that the user can simply remove the top and transfer it to the old button bottom.

vgivan's Story Photo #127879
vgivan's Story Photo #127878

My Problem

Both buttons broke

My Fix

This is my first time I do some this like this but it went very well.

My Advice

Have patience

 

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Volume keeps turning itself down

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