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Home Button intermittently working

Recently, the Home button on my iPhone 5 started working intermittently. I have recently repaired a few things in my phone (battery, volume buttons & cables) but each time all seemed to work ok. But recently, the Home button stopped functioning. Then, it would function again and then not. I tried shorting the contacts for the home button and that seemed to work which told me it was the button itself. But today I tried something new which confused my analysis and I thought I would throw it out here. I attempted to activate my phone in the normal manner with the home button. No luck so I used the soft keys I have turned on to activate the phone. While using the phone I attempted to change apps with the home button, no luck. But then I used the pwr button/home button combo to take a screen shot and it worked fine? I thought "wow, I am surprised that worked". I then tried just the home button and nothing. Then the combo and it took the picture. I did this back and forth several times with the same results. So, if my issue is the button itself then why does it work as described above? I'd love to purchase the part and repair this problem but don't want to chase an unknown problem with random new parts. All help much appreciated.....

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Well it's tricky, because it's likely one of two things. Either the home button cable, or the Lightning dock. If you've modified the Lightning dock like you said, it kinda makes me think it's the cable

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Also, I understand not wanting to throw away money and time, however these parts are fairly cheap

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Thanks for the answer. Not sure where I said I had modified the Lightning dock? Maybe during another procedure and I didn't realize it? Anyway, I could try the HB or HB ribbon cable and see what happens. I have not found any good descriptions of the difference in failure types between the Home button and the HB Ribbon Cable. I can see where the Ribbon Cable might fail as the receptor for the button pushes but what on the button itself fails? And, I don't get the part about it working for screen shots but not for its usual HB functions. Any insight into that one?

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You said you shortened the contacts. I figured you meant on the Lightning dock. Yeah, that one has me stumped, how it would work for one purpose and not the other. Also the "physical" home button, likely isn't the issue, it's the ribbon cable. That's where you're getting your connections from

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Have you checked the two prongs on that meet the home flex cables contact pads? They are attached to the charging port and can bent easily. If they are bent but still intact--- CAREFULLY---- lift the depressed prong up. If it breaks or if it's already broken off, swamp the charging port out and if you have an extra home flex, swap that out too for good measure. Generally solves the issue.

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I did look at them when I shorted them to check their function. They seemed in tact and in the proper place but I could check them again. I wonder if I tried to carefully clean them and their contact discs if it would fix this issue?

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I would try that. Be gentle, they're very fragile

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Another thing I've noticed with bent 5G and any 5G that's using a cheap non-OEM spec frame, is that the screen itself won't lay quite low enough into the frame to actually allow the home button prongs on the charging port to contact the pads on the home flex. If you can put the home flex on the prongs and (not attached to the screen) and get home button functionality to work, this is probably the issue. I've put a small piece of rolled kapton or electrical tape under the ribbon that houses the prongs, raising it up slightly and thus making contact and fixing the problem.

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