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Oooops home button cable connector removed / lost! Easy to repair?

Hey guys, recently replaced the screen on my iphone 6 plus after damaging it. Replacement went well (with the exception of finger print not working, using original home button etc). I wasn't too bothered about that and carried on using device for months without issue.

Then i came to update my iphone to latest ios and encountered error 53 whilst updating, my phone is now constantly asking to be connected to itunes but always fails with error 53. I've taken the phone apart again and it looks as if i've damaged the home button connector at some point (the original black connector block that connects to the flex cable is completely missing). I'm pretty sure i did this months ago, but somehow managed to reconnect the home cable in such a fashion that the home button function was working but not the finger print sensor.

I was going to buy a new home button, remove the connector and resolder to my original home button cable. Does this sound doable?

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Images below, connector is totally missing (is not attached to long flex cable either)

Images below are the connect on the home button cable.

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Yeah, it seems to have broken off and away :)

You'll need to solder a new one in place.

It is a PIA to solder on a flex cable. Temperatures can't be excessive, and if I were to do it, I'd use preferably low-melt leaded solder to allow for the least heat possible during soldering.

It should not be impossible for someone with the right skills and tools.

If you have that kind of experience, that's the way to go.

If you don't have that kind of experience, consider sending it for repair to someone who has. I can recommend some people depending on were you live, in case you need the info. If you insist on attempting the repair yourself, consider my suggestion to train first by soldering some connectors on some flex cables. Good luck!

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Can you post a photo of what exactly is damaged? I'm not too sure which home button part you are talking about.

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please, I have the same problem, my home button's connector is gone and I have got a new one but I need your help to solder it on. Please, what do you mean by PIA soldering on flex cable. Thanks

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Had a new connector soldered on and hey presto all good! Managed to restore and update phone (no error 53 this time!)

I'm so pleased I can use my iPhone 6 plus again!

Big thanks to all who replied and especially James @ www.gadgetrepairnottingham.co.uk for performing the micro soldering repair !!

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Thanks for the nice comment.

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I definitely think this will solve my issue for my original touch id. I know the cable isn't damaged except the connectors on my home button. I replaced the home button flex cable and that didn't solve it. My home button works, but my touch id doesn't. I really hope to find someone in the united states that can solve this issue. Otherwise I may have to send my iphone 6 out to the united kingdom again. I love their work. Fixed my dead backlight for about $132+ and took about 2 weeks total to the united kingdom and back to the united states.

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Is it lost or just stuck to the other cable end?

It could be that when you plugged it in, you broke the connector on either the long cable (running behind the metal plate) or short cable (home button flex cable itself), and it remained lodged into the other end.

If that's the case, be careful while prying it out. And if the long cable is damaged, replace it.

If the home button cable is the one damaged, then you'll have to try the approach you described. But first, my advice would be to train a couple of times even if you have to throw away a couple of fake home buttons or other scrap flex cables, since if you damage the original, your phone will remain stuck with this error. That's how I would do it anyhow.

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Definitely looks salvageable. Since the pads are still intact, you can harvest an old one carefully and solder it onto this one with the right tools.

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Good to know, i'm going to take it to a local electronics shop that does micro soldering ... i dont fancy taking it on with my huge fat sausage fingers! Will let you know how i get on!

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That's a safer bet.

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