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prereq only (full home button guide includes removing gasket)

  1. Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws securing the home button bracket.
    • Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips screws securing the home button bracket.

    Again, you need a #000

    Tobias - Reply

    My new part had the left home button bracket screw installed. You need to remove it (and can re-use it) before putting the home button bracket back on. If you are attempting this repair, you probably don’t need this tip. But just in case!

    eschrank - Reply

    Confirming what eschrank said. When re-assembling the home button onto the new front panel assembly remove the pre-installed screw, place the home bracket on the assembly then re-use the pre-installed screw to fasten the home bracket (left side).

    Gregory Hall - Reply

    After I finished reassembling my phone, I had an annoying clicking noise when using the phone. I opened it again and found a lose screw sitting near the jack module! It’s the one you can see in step 21 picture, over the circled one on the right. It shouldn’t be removed (there’s no reason) and I absolutely don’t know how it got lose. I’ve put it back where it belongs and will see how things go. (If I don’t add anything after this comment, that means everything’s back to normal.)

    gourgou - Reply

  2. Remove the home button bracket from the front panel. Remove the home button bracket from the front panel.
    • Remove the home button bracket from the front panel.

    It is possible to over-tighten these screws, causing the home button to malfunction.

    doog - Reply

    It is also possible for the tiny metal piece (not really a screw) that goes over the center of the home button to come out of the bracket & be lost, which will cause issues for making contact when the button is pressed. Now I can't seem to find any kits with a complete replacement...not sure if this is going to affect my fingerprint id capability because I'm having another issue of my phone being disabled due to the cracked lcd that caused the security code to be input several times which has locked me out completely. I'm still trying to find a way to not lose the pictures and videos that I haven't downloaded to my computer. Anyone have any ideas on either issue? Thanks in advance! ;-)

    Dawn - Reply

    Are the home buttons for a 6 plus and 6s plus interchangeable?

    Sheila Smith - Reply

    HI THERE, I WAS WORKING ON IPHONE 6g. I REPLACE THE HOME BUTTON AND AFTER I FINISH THE PHONE WAS DEAD. I WENT BACK AND REPLACE LCD SHIELD PLATE. AND STILLS THE PROBLEM. WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? ANY ONE DOES HAVE ENCOUNTER THIS ISSUE BEFORE CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME. rosyavellaneda6@hotmail.com

    Rosie Godinez - Reply

    When going backwards, and reassembling, this is where you change from Phillips #00 driver, back to Phillips #000 driver.

    Robert de Schepper - Reply

  3. Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the home button cable connector by pushing it up and away from the home button. Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the home button cable connector by pushing it up and away from the home button.
    • Use the point of a spudger to disconnect the home button cable connector by pushing it up and away from the home button.

    During this step, I couldn't separate the two connectors. I accidentally managed to tear the flex cable which passes under the LCD shield/plate and up to the other LCD connectors which attach to the motherboard. Can this cable be replaced to restore Touch ID functionality if everything else is intact?

    I can't see any special chip on that part, just seems like an I/O connector?

    James - Reply

    Yep you can. Touch ID functionality won't be lost.

    Didier Daniel -

    I have managed to separate the connector with quite a lot of patience and perseverance. Although there is no sign of physical damage on either side (button end, button-cable/plate end) the Touch ID functionality was lot. Assuming that the damaged side is that of the button cable/plate, this item is not sold on the EU store.

    Massimo Pinto -

    I have found by gently heating the broken screen side with a heat gun or reworker, it makes removing the home button and the connector so much easier to remove with the tip of the spudger and a press on the home button from the front side

    darren - Reply

    During reassembly the home button did not function. I verified the connectors were seated correctly but no read of touch nor of even pressing to return to home screen. This was resolved by me following the guide 'iPhone 6 Home Button Cable Replacement' to swap out my old, original shield plate with the one on the iFixit unit (effectively replacing the home button cable connector with my original one).

    Now up and running.

    Ryan - Reply

  4. The rubber membrane surrounding the home button is very thin and tears easily. Apply mild heat (with an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer) to soften the adhesive securing the home button membrane.
    • The rubber membrane surrounding the home button is very thin and tears easily.

    • Apply mild heat (with an iOpener, heat gun, or hair dryer) to soften the adhesive securing the home button membrane.

    • Using your fingertip, apply firm, constant pressure on the home button from the front side of the display assembly, until the membrane starts to separate 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.

    I used a hair dryer on this part. It made removing the home button extremely easy. Just take it slow

    peterhubner - Reply

    I too used a hair dryer and slow pressure as did Peter. I found that the adhesive would slowly release if I just held a little constant pressure with my finger and waited.

    Patrick Langvardt - Reply

    This being my first time I found that this step and the following steps to be the most difficult and time consuming. It required A LOT of patience because the rubber membrane and the adhesive holding the cable really don’t want to release without sufficient heating and I was concerned about overheating the assembly. Using a hair dryer on the slowest setting finally worked.

    fiftysomething - Reply

    Cette étape demande vraiment de la patience. J’ai juste attendu en exerçant une faible pression et au bout d’un moment ça s’est décollé.

    Il ne faut pas mettre trop de pression et avoir un bon éclairage pour voir l’état de la membrane au fur et à mesure.

    Chloé Bossuette - Reply

    I made the mistake of not using a hair dryer, I slowly pried the part up but in doing so the adhesive strip was no longer reusable. With no glue in the house I used a piece of the old battery adhesive strip as I changed the battery first. I cut the strip into very fine pieces, placed them under the steel cover plate in order to pinch the rubber gasket. Changing the battery and glass plate was easy but the tiny adhesive strip held me up for over an hour. Without the adhesive strip on the rubber gasket the push button will not work. I need to find out what glue is suitable for this application.

    Joseph O'Brien - Reply

    Joseph, I use this tape. The version I use is made by 3M. I find it’s a good compromise—strong enough to hold well, but loosens with heat and isn’t so strong that you rip the membrane (or whatever delicate phone part you’re working with) should you need to remove it. I’m not endorsing Amazon; you can get this stuff on eBay, from most phone repairers, etc. It comes in 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 1cm—just about any width you’d want, and is fairly easy to work with.

    ​1mm x55M Clear Double Sided Strong Adhesive Tape For Phone LCD Screen Repairby GENNEL DirectLearn more: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B019OSYR1Q/r...

    Bonnie Baxter -

    Hair dryer worked the best!!! just be patient, takes like 5 min… use the tip of the spudger and skratch a little bit on the corner.

    Renata Torres Balderas - Reply

    I used the heat from my halogen bulb desk lamp and it did the trick right-away

    Rich Tea - Reply

  5. 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.

    Don't get in a hurry with the ribbon. Heat and a gradual constant pressure did the trick.

    Patrick Langvardt - Reply

    • Use the point of a spudger to carefully separate the home button cable from the adhesive securing it to the front panel.

    • If the cable doesn't separate easily, apply heat using an iOpener or hair dryer to soften the adhesive, and try again. Be careful not to damage the cable.

    This step really requires patience- I had to heat the area several times and “spudge” from both sides before the cable successfully loosened. Even under a strong magnifying glass, it will look like the middle section with the tiny circuit board is fused into the plastic, but it’s just strong adhesive, which eventually softens.

    Dan - Reply

    Dan, is there any source that indicates the maximum temperatures to which you can heat the different areas of an iPhone when necessary to loosen adhesives? Or time/power parameters for specific heat guns?

    Tomas Delaveau -

    This part almost killed me. In the video, they’ve already loosened the adhesive so she pops it right off. The hair dryer should be set to hot and low blowing. It’ll take a few minutes & a few tries) to loosen the adhesive. I aimed at all sides of the cable (ie at both ends where the cable meets the case & straight on at the circuit board). To finally get it off, I mixed up using a spudger to play with it and a very fine tweezer to finally get a good enough grip to pull the button assembly off.

    dhcohen67 - Reply

    I believe is better to heat the panel from te outside because the heat transfer would flow in a way that the adhesive will be at a higher temperature than the cable

    Tomas Delaveau - Reply

    would love to know temperature allowances/tolerances here. how hot is too hot? What temp does the adhesive relax at?

    flow in - Reply

    How do you remove the metal backplate shield's connector [which interfaces with the home button] glued to the plastic coating on the screen?

    Valtér Hégér - Reply

  6. Once all the adhesive has been separated, remove the home button from the front panel.
    • Once all the adhesive has been separated, remove the home button from the front panel.

    • If you are replacing a broken front panel, there may be glass shards stuck to the home button. Carefully remove any remaining glass before transferring your home button to a new display.

    • Your replacement part may come with an extra Phillips screw already installed left of the Home Button. Remove the unnecessary screw so that you can reinstall the home button bracket.

    One thing to note for re-assembly. You have to make sure the home button is firmly in place. Otherwise, a lack of adhesive will cause the home button to sink into the iPhone after it's fully assembled when you try to press it.

    rskrobe - Reply

    Are you sure that you screwed the metal plate back in far enough? I don't have any issues and can't believe that Apple would rely on adhesive to hold the home button from sinking into the phone. Especially as it's the most pressed button on the iPhone.

    Thomas Hallett -

    Yeah, you have to buy new gaskets if you want you're home button to stick to the digitizer frame when pressing. Don't believe me? Just see what happens when you press the button without new adhesive :) And heck I bought 50 gaskets for only $5 from China.

    Didier Daniel -

    On the old screen,there were 2 little rubber covers that fit on the screw mounts (that hold the pentalobe screws from Step 1) that I transferred to the new part.

    jefowler4th - Reply

    I would add a few extra steps to this (i had to disassemble and reassemble 5 times).

    First, adding the Ifixit forward facing camera replacement, and I would add the steps 12-16 fromt his guide on how to take off the heat shield (also has the fingerprint cable).

    http://www.instructables.com/id/iPhone-6...

    Thanks again.

    Roland Bodenheim - Reply

    after placing the home button again, it dose not read my finger prints anymore! any idea? Thanks.

    Khal Sh - Reply

    For all the iphone 6 series once the original home button ribbon is torn or damaged the touch ID will never work again. Even if you replace the home button/ribbon. This is a security feature implemented by Apple. Once the original cable for the phone has been damaged or replaced, the touch ID functionality is gone forever.

    Tony - Reply

    Dear After replacing the cracked screen successfully I turn it ON and the apple logo keeps coming and going as if it is like rebooting continuously any IDEA?

    Cesar

    cesarclaudio - Reply

    I'm having the same issue. Did you ever get a response to your question?

    Kevin Rivera -

    This is missing a step ... most replacement screen assemblies also are missing a small metal plate that sits under the place where the home button connector and flex cable connector rest. Apparently without this metal the touch ID cannot be enabled. That said .. I'll not know on this phone since after following these directions and finding out I needed to pull apart the home button a second time to place this metal plate there the connector would not separate and it ripped the flex cable from the connectors completely. Now it's time to get a new home button and touch ID will never work on this phone again :(

    cueball - Reply

    My new screen comes with the home button cable, if I just swap the original home button to the new front panal will I retain touch ID? Or do I need the original cable too?

    nathanation - Reply

    if you want touch id to work the cable going from the home button to the logic board must be changed also

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IEWAQiu...

    Eric Ocegueda - Reply

    That isn't what my home button looks like? It didn't have the little sensor on it, just the button and it still worked but now doesn't... Anyone know why?

    Emie Jayne - Reply

    despues de serguir la guia fue exitosa solo que tengo un problema no reconoce la huella me dice error al configurar el touch id alguna solucion???

    CHARLES - Reply

    When I was transferring my home button, it was covered in tiny shards of glass as the instructions warned. I found I was able to remove many of the shards and to clean up the button by wrapping a piece of scotch tape around my finger sticky side out and then gently dabbing at the shards.

    davechar - Reply

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205628

    Does this iOS update mean that it is no longer necessary to replace the cable going from the home button to the logic board as well?

    Peter Barnett - Reply

    The only “problem” that I had, was that the home button connector on the iFixit replacement screen assembly was “floating” and made it very difficult initially to connect the home button cable connector. i eventually glued it down to the screen assembly with some Pritt glue and the connection was easy.

    Peter Barnett - Reply

    Thanks for everything.

    I just bout the Fix Kit from iFixit, I did every step 9-11 times, carefully. Everytime I try to turn on the phone when everything is assembled it won’t turn on. The screen remains black eventhough the phone is on and itunes can detect it. if I put the broken screen back I get the creen powered on.

    Is my recently aquired screen replacement broken? Thanks

    Will - Reply

    Solved. The new screen was not working. I now hace some stains on the upper part of the screen.

    Will -

    I had set my phone up as an erased “new iPhone” prior to the repair. After completing this repair my Touch ID appeared to be working normally and I added 4 fingerprint profiles. After a few hours Touch ID failed and the fingerprint profiles disappeared. Attempting to add them again would not work. After performing a “Hard Reset” the previously entered fingerprints returned and functionallity has been completely normal for a couple of days now. I will repost if another failure occurs.

    Steve Mattson - Reply

    When moving original home button to new screen, a tiny dab of adhesive from a Pritt Stick helped hold the cable onto the front panel. Great guide, all worked well, and touch ID working, thanks.

    Mike Cowley - Reply

    My home button was extremely loose when installed in this fashion. To help remedy it, I installed the gasket sandwiched between the button and glass instead of on the rear face of the button. Not perfect, but a much better feel. Prior to that, the button actually stuck out further than the glass.

    kwschnautz - Reply

    So my repair went off without a hitch, but my home button when I click it kinda has a hollow-like sound/feel to it, is it something I did wrong?

    Peter Keller - Reply

    You didn’t show removing the top part, camera, etc.

    William Wong - Reply

    I did not have a hair dryer on hand so I used the metal tweezers very carefully to lift the gasket and connector. Reinstalling it was tricky but I found sticking the connector back onto the two tiny pins made it a lot easier to guide the button into place.

    Nicholas Hooker - Reply

    I replaced my battery and my screen on an Iphone 6 for under $100. My phone looks and works like new. Great online tutorial, just go slow and be careful. I dropped a screw in the carpet and thought I was screwed. By some miracle I spotted it, the size of a pin head. Use a magnetic try if possible and do the work over a tile floor. I’m 66 years old, you can do it!

    Thomas m Burke Jr - Reply

    On the screen I purchased from iFixit, the the connector’s cable was .5mm too long so that it wouldn’t fit on the two tiny pins. But I have put it all back together and it works great.

    Greg Scott - Reply

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

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Home button robin cable malfunction after replaced.

Replaced broken Home button robin cable, now the phone will not turn on unless I unplug the home button cable from the mother board! I've thought of placing the phone in recovery mode and placing the phone in factory setting then trying to reconnect the cable, BUT to do that the home button has to be WORKINGand it's NOT working. Also the phone as the current iOS on it... Any ideas other than buying a new home button cable and trying the replacement again?

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