Introduction

Prerequisite to replace the home button assembly in your iPhone 5s.

Please note that only the phone's original home button assembly will be capable of using the Touch ID functionality. Installing a new home button will only restore ordinary home button functions, not the Touch ID features.

Unscrew the single captive Phillips #000 screw securing the home button cable. The captive screw is fastened to the home button cable by a spring contact backing. During reassembly, ensure the contact is in the correct orientation—on the side of the screw nearest the LCD.
  • Unscrew the single captive Phillips #000 screw securing the home button cable.

  • The captive screw is fastened to the home button cable by a spring contact backing. During reassembly, ensure the contact is in the correct orientation—on the side of the screw nearest the LCD.

  • If your replacement part does not have this captive screw and spring contact, you will need to transfer them to the new cable.

The tiny "captive spring" came off of the back of the screw and I struggled to get it to go back on. I ended up placing the spring over the hole where the screw goes in, with the holes lined up then putting the screw through both.

Also, the replacement screen I received from ifixit.com was slightly different than the original. The small metal tab where this screw goes in was not slightly bent downward like the original. It didnt make any difference. The screw went back in as normal.

Nathan - Reply

Hi,

The home button doesn't work ?

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Sultan - Reply

BE CAREFUL HERE.

This so called 'captive' screw is not very captive at all and I have nearly lost it twice now.

If it does fall out, look closely at the pictures to figure out the orientation of the grounding finger.

Ben - Reply

Two things - As mentioned, the replacement screen is a bit different. Mine had a screw where an empty hole should have been for the "captive screw".. a bit confusing at first. Just remove it and carry on.

Second, if you're an occasional nunce like me, you might be confused by the little tab/prong/raised guy next to the screw. After you've screwed the "captive screw" in, that thing should be hovering above it/the metal plate of the screen, and should look just like the removal picture.

easleyjs - Reply

Out of curiosity, what happens if the "spring contact backing" is not in the correct orientation?

I re-assembled my phone without paying any attention to this, and it seems to work OK... maybe I coincidentally got it right without trying. What would happen if the contact was facing the wrong way?

wilsonmichaelpatrick - Reply

Hi Help !!! The home buton doesn't work anymore !

Chris91177 - Reply

what if you lose the spring contact. does the phone work without it? if not, where can I find a spring contact?

Andreas Kouroupis - Reply

I have this same problem. I lost mine but found the screw where can I order one from?

kristlewomack -

I also have this problem, do any home buttons come with this piece?

viarengo1 -

Hello. I lost the little 'spring clip'. My phone is working erratically. Could that be anything to do with the cip not being in place? Thanks

ggough60 - Reply

I am pretty sure I had replaced the captive spring wrong (didn't see the second image until I have completed the project). But the phone seems to have a perfectly working home button now.

Alan Kang - Reply

This screw/spring combo fell off right before reassembling. Good luck and found the screw again. So my advice: Put a tape around the screw/spring or dismount them from the cable and put them in a safe place. The spare screw delivered with the display was too short.

Tom Vee - Reply

I thought I lost the spring contact, but it actually just got rotated under the section of cable that the captive screw is attached to. The spring contact should be "captive" at the same place the screw is so it should'nt get lost too easily.

Anand Varma - Reply

On the phone I worked on, the screw wouldn’t separate from the “captive spring.” LEAVE IT! It’s more trouble than it’s worth to remove it, Just reuse the screw it will make the re-install on the new screw much easier. Also use the tweezers to hold the spring in the correct orientation as you screw it back on.

Benjamin Finley - Reply

During reassembly, I wasn’t sure wether the spring contact backing was beneath or above the cable. It is hard to see in the 2nd image in step 23.

But in step 24 the 2nd image shows that the spring contact backing is right under the cable.

So the spring contact backing goes first, then the cable and then of course the screw.

Wolfgang Bauer - Reply

For the life of me, I cannot get this screw out. I have been using the same screw driver and nothing has been working.

Warren Binder - Reply

I think there is one step missing here which shows a picture with the correct position of the ‘spring contact backing’. Consider the part which has a hole in the middle: the flat part is sided to top, making the round part sided to bottom. This is a clear picture of the ‘spring contact backing’: http://www.icellulartech.com/iphone-5s-h... (if the link is broken by the time you see it, type the name in Google).

Andre Silva - Reply

Fold the home button cable down, out of the way of the home button bracket. Fold the home button cable down, out of the way of the home button bracket.
  • Fold the home button cable down, out of the way of the home button bracket.

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Remove the two 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screws from the home button bracket.
  • Remove the two 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screws from the home button bracket.

Screws are stuck...! no way that I can unscrew them :-(

Sumit Bhatnagar - Reply

I had this issue, screws were so tight my screwdriver was starting to strip them. I managed to get one side off by applying massive pressure. I then wiggled the plate around to loosen the other side.

mrnoxious -

Hi every body! I would know much pressure the iphone 5s 's lcd can resist approximately !!? Have you ever stand on it?this happend for me , and in some positions under the direct sun light when the screen is ON , it seems that there is some pits on lcd ! ;-( please help ! If you had the same case! Help Thank You***

Bryan - Reply

I could not get a phillips #000 to release these, but a phillips #00 did the trick perfectly. South African version of the phone, if that makes a difference.

Andrew - Reply

these are the tightest screws I've ever seen in my life. Tried applying massive pressure and just stripped the screws. Not sure what to do now

Bob Mcroy - Reply

Use the #00 Philips on these screws

leeprobert - Reply

Went and bought a #00 when the #000 didnt work. Still no luck. About to lose my mind with frustration.

Mike Manning - Reply

I could not get the 000 or the 00 to work, therefore I tried a #1 flat head from the kit and it worked like a charm.

Sean O'Donohoe - Reply

Sometimes just switching to another screwdriver might help. I noticed that the screwdrivers you often get with displays assemblies are just crap. Invest in a good one.

Didier Daniel - Reply

I was successful by using a 1.5 Phillips screwdriver head from a Stronger toolkit TK-LA40-38PCS

Elaine Palmer - Reply

Glad I’m not the only one I guess. Using insane pressure for such small parts I was able to get the one not originally covered by the cable out. Then the trick of wiggling the bracket loosened the other one which was somewhat stripped by my earlier attempts with 00 and 000 Phillips. What a scare

Bill Pennock - Reply

I had success using the J000 screw from the iFixit Pro kit

Kalin Fetvadjiev - Reply

Remove the home button bracket from the display assembly.
  • Remove the home button bracket from the display assembly.

For those having problems transferring their home button to the new display assembly: When installing the home button into the new display assembly I had the problem that the bracket kept the button "pressed down" because the button did not sink into the front panel completely. After removing the home button and reassuring that there was no dust or similar particles preventing the home button from sitting correctly, I still had to push gently to get the home button into the correct position.

larscmueller - Reply

Wedge the the tip of a spudger underneath the home button cable assembly. The home button cable is affixed by mild adhesive.
  • Wedge the the tip of a spudger underneath the home button cable assembly.

  • The home button cable is affixed by mild adhesive.

  • Gently work the spudger underneath the cable to separate the home button cable from the front panel assembly.

  • Do not remove the home button yet, as it is still attached to the front panel assembly.

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If necessary, remove the tape over the home button on the front side of your cracked front panel assembly. Gently push the top left corner of the home button up away from the front panel.
  • If necessary, remove the tape over the home button on the front side of your cracked front panel assembly.

  • Gently push the top left corner of the home button up away from the front panel.

  • Do not push the home button all the way through—you only need to get a corner free, so that you can pry it free with a spudger.

  • This membrane is very thin. If you feel like you're going to tear the button, apply heat and try again.

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Peel the home button the rest of the way off of the display by prying gently with a spudger. Peel the home button the rest of the way off of the display by prying gently with a spudger.
  • Peel the home button the rest of the way off of the display by prying gently with a spudger.

DO NOT skip this step, or you will damage the very gentle rubber hold around the home button, and that may result in a broken home button.

Addison Rasmussen - Reply

Remove the home button assembly from the front panel.
  • Remove the home button assembly from the front panel.

Take a moment to clean any crud from the perimeter of the home button itself BEFORE reinstalling…

finnik2d - Reply

Take a moment to clean off any crud from around the perimeter ring of the home button. Use a sewing needle for its sharpness to CAREFULLY pick away any debris. Makes a clean assembly for when re-assembling the button back into a new display module.

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Conclusion

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

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Unfortunately this will never work, the sensor is paired to the logic board. If you want to replace the defective tactile switch, remove all the plastic/rubber parts on the flex cable and resolder a new switch or disassemble the switch and clean/replace the metal dome switch. If you want to repair fingerprint function, just give up.

Tom Chai - Reply

I purchased a full iphone 5S home button replacement assembly (comes with the home button attached to the flex cable) And now the fingerprint function does not show up at all. Where it's supposed to show in settings as "Touch ID and Passcode" It only says passcode. Restored as new to 7.1, still doing the same thing.. Anybody have ideas?

Casey - Reply

Only the home button that came with the phone has Touch ID function. In order to replace it and still have Touch ID, you would need to get it replaced at an Apple Store.

p3rs0nn -

I think you can easily break the Touch ID sensor

nguyenquanganh38 - Reply

Hey I changed my screen but now the home button doesnt work properly, it does work but it doesnt make the usual clicking sound and only works with a firm press, although the fingerprint does still work so not sure what the issue is.. any ideas?

Luke Earp - Reply

I bought the home button assembly replacement (the part without the button), but there are no steps regarding the separation of the button plate from the old flex assembly. Can you please give some advice?

Thank you.

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