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Introduction

The volume and power buttons are connected to the same ribbon cable. If just one of the three buttons fails, you will have to replace all three in order to fix it.

  1. Turn the device on  it side with the buttons away from you. Using the SIM Card Eject Tool, insert the narrow end into the ejection hole. Press firmly into the hole until the SIM card tray pops out far enough to grab with your fingers.
    • Turn the device on it side with the buttons away from you.

    • Using the SIM Card Eject Tool, insert the narrow end into the ejection hole.

    • Press firmly into the hole until the SIM card tray pops out far enough to grab with your fingers.

  2. Pull the tray out with your fingers . Remove the SIM card. Remove the SIM card.
    • Pull the tray out with your fingers .

    • Remove the SIM card.

  3. Remove the one T2 screw from the side of the phone near where the SIM card tray was.
    • Remove the one T2 screw from the side of the phone near where the SIM card tray was.

    This step is not at all necessary. Just skip it, it will make no difference.

    Michael Madden - Reply

    It is smaller than T2, none of my 3 ifixit kits would fit it.

    Kelly Spongberg - Reply

  4. Insert a plastic opening tool into the space where the SIM card tray used to be. Gently pry the back away form the phone frame until you hear and audible click of the back separating.
    • Insert a plastic opening tool into the space where the SIM card tray used to be.

    • Gently pry the back away form the phone frame until you hear and audible click of the back separating.

    To be clear, the silver “rim” does not separate from the black portion of the frame that extends around the back and sides and covers both logic boards; this is all one single piece.

    Be extra careful of the area near he power button, where the trim is thin and delicate and may break easily (especially if you’re trying to separate the silver from the black ;)

    Michael Madden - Reply

  5. Insert the plastic opening tool into the space you created between the phone back and frame. Slide the plastic opening tool along the outside of the phone, underneath the back, to separate the rest of the clips holding the back onto the frame.
    • Insert the plastic opening tool into the space you created between the phone back and frame.

    • Slide the plastic opening tool along the outside of the phone, underneath the back, to separate the rest of the clips holding the back onto the frame.

  6. Rotate the back over to the side, being careful not to damage the fingerprint sensor ribbon cable. Use a plastic opening tool to separate the fingerprint sensor from the back of the phone.
    • Rotate the back over to the side, being careful not to damage the fingerprint sensor ribbon cable.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to separate the fingerprint sensor from the back of the phone.

    • On reassembly, add a piece of simple scotch tape to hold the fingerprint sensor to the phone back.

    • Set the phone back aside.

    if you leave the finger print scanner you can remove the screws and snap the back plate back on then once the second plastic frame is removed you can then disconnect the other end of the cable

    ben person - Reply

  7. Remove the 6 silver 2.9mm screws from the back of the phone with a JIS #000 bit.
    • Remove the 6 silver 2.9mm screws from the back of the phone with a JIS #000 bit.

    • Remove the 11 black 3.5mm screws with the same JIS #000 bit.

  8. Turn the phone over, with the screen up. Insert the opening tool between the screen and the silver trim that surrounds it.
    • Turn the phone over, with the screen up.

    • Insert the opening tool between the screen and the silver trim that surrounds it.

    • Run the plastic opening tool around the circumference of the phone to separate the clips of that hold the trim to the frame.

  9. Turn the phone back over, with the screen down. Lift the trim piece off of the phone and set aside.
    • Turn the phone back over, with the screen down.

    • Lift the trim piece off of the phone and set aside.

    There is metal mesh tape covering the area in the center, just above the battery, to the right of the fingerprint sensor cable connector. Remove this tape to expose a clip that holds the frame in place.

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  10. Using a plastic opening tool, separate the fingerprint ribbon connector from the motherboard. Using a plastic opening tool, separate the fingerprint ribbon connector from the motherboard.
    • Using a plastic opening tool, separate the fingerprint ribbon connector from the motherboard.

    This step is not necessary if you’re careful not to rip the ribbon cable.

    Michael Madden - Reply

  11. Using a set of tweezers, pull off the small piece of tape on top of the ribbon cable  connector on the left side of the motherboard. Using a set of tweezers, pull off the small piece of tape on top of the ribbon cable  connector on the left side of the motherboard.
    • Using a set of tweezers, pull off the small piece of tape on top of the ribbon cable connector on the left side of the motherboard.

  12. Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to scrape the glue away from the ribbon cable. Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to scrape the glue away from the ribbon cable.
    • Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to scrape the glue away from the ribbon cable.

  13. Using a plastic opening tool or spudger, open the zip connection by prying up on the right (black) side of the connector. Using the tweezers, carefully pull the the ribbon cable out of the connector. Using the tweezers, carefully pull the the ribbon cable out of the connector.
    • Using a plastic opening tool or spudger, open the zip connection by prying up on the right (black) side of the connector.

    • Using the tweezers, carefully pull the the ribbon cable out of the connector.

  14. The button ribbon cable is very fragile, especially near the down volume button. If you intend on reinstalling this piece later, be careful not to rip it. Using a plastic opening tool or tweezers, pry the edge of the button strip away from the phone.
    • The button ribbon cable is very fragile, especially near the down volume button. If you intend on reinstalling this piece later, be careful not to rip it.

    • Using a plastic opening tool or tweezers, pry the edge of the button strip away from the phone.

    • Once all of the buttons are free, the whole assembly should simply lift out.

    • Glue may be required to hold the new buttons to the phone.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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3 Comments

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corispastries - Reply

I need help. When I plug the charger in it would turn on but since the power button was broken I had to buy a new one and today I had received it. Now I did everything correctly however, on step 14 I didn't use tweezers since I didn't have any to remove the ribbon and the ribbon didn't get affected but on top where the ribbon goes in at broke. It should still turn on. So I put everything back and put the charger in and it charges but it doesn't show that it's charging now. And whenever I hold the power button the light twitches but the phone doesn't turn on or even show the percent of the battery which never did that until now. Did I do something wrong? Current trying to redo everything.

Tylor Everett - Reply

I can’t believe I was able to fix this thing! Amazing. Ordered the button, took it apart with my kit and rebuilt it. Not to mention I took apart my Mac ProBook and fixed that too!! Apple Store - It’s hopeless, your data is gone forever. Get a new machine. Best Buy - It’s hopeless, your data is gone forever. Get a new machine.

Nope!

Matt Cave - Reply

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