Second generation of iPhone. Model A1241 / 8 or 16 GB capacity / black or white plastic back. Repair is more straightforward than the first iPhone. requires screwdrivers, prying, and suction tools.

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Trick to getting the mute switch to stay in mute button?

I have fixed a few mute switches on a couple 3G's and 3GS's. But I find it really hard to make sure the mute switch is actually in that little hole on the button. Is there any type of trick to assure that the switch is in it's proper spot in the button? It's just a pain to have to out the whole phone back together just to take it apart again. Thanks for any help and feedback.

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I have had that exact issue. Most of the assemblies will have adhesive to keep that little stick (usually green or red) inside the button, however it is pretty much useless due to the amount of pressure needed to actually flick the switch, in turn dislodging the button.

Fix - Super glue. I know it sounds dodgy but it does the job. Just be very careful not to glue any of the circuitry or you will run the chance of ruining the entire assembly. Below are two pictures, the first shows where is safe to glue displayed by a circle. The arrow is the vibrator circuit.

Place a decent amount of super glue in the circled area but make sure to not use to much as it will cause seepage and it will possible leak onto other parts of the circuit.

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Once the glue has been applied quickly place the vibrator circuit on top holding down firmly for at least 5 minutes. Remember, the longer you hold it the better.

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Once this has been completed you will find that the red stick with stay firmly in place with the button as long as all screws are replaced in their correct holes.

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What about super gluing the actual mute button itself as well?

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Yep super glued the mute button itself to the switch (its really easy) and that made a world of difference - try it! You just have to be super careful to only get glue on the switch 'head' and nothing else.

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