Introduction

Use this guide to replace the home button assembly.

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.

You can also use this guide to replace the following parts:

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Image 1/1: Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.
  • Before disassembling your iPhone, discharge the battery below 25%. A charged lithium-ion battery can catch fire and/or explode if accidentally punctured.

  • Power off your iPhone before beginning disassembly.

  • Remove the two 3.6 mm P2 Pentalobe screws next to the Lightning connector.

Pentalobe P2

Enea Del Lama - Reply

  • The next two steps demonstrate using the iSclack, a great tool for safely opening the iPhone 6 Plus that we recommend for anyone doing more than one repair. If you aren't using the iSclack, skip to Step 4.

  • If the plastic depth gauge is attached at the center of the iSclack, remove it now—it's not needed for larger phones like the iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Close the handle on the iSclack, opening the suction cup jaws.

  • Place the bottom of your iPhone in between the suction cups.

    • Position the iSclack's upper suction cup against the display, near the home button.

  • Open the handles to close the jaws of the iSclack. Center the suction cups and press them firmly onto the top and bottom of the iPhone.

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Image 1/2: The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage any of the display cables. Image 2/2: Peel the two suction cups off your iPhone.
  • Hold onto your iPhone securely and close the handle of the iSclack to separate the suction cups, pulling the front panel up from the rear case.

  • The iSclack is designed to safely open your iPhone enough to separate the pieces, but not enough to damage any of the display cables.

  • Peel the two suction cups off your iPhone.

  • Skip the next three steps and continue on to Step 7.

It's very difficult if you want to remove a cracked screen. The suction cup and Islack won't work. Does anybody know a better way?

Herbert - Reply

I don't recommend replacing the home button. HOWEVER, I would purchase an iSesamo tool (I paid $8 for a 3 pack on FleaBay) and jam that in between the frame and bezel. Most effective way to open a iPhone. Once you get used to it an iSesamo becomes an extension of your arm.

iRevive Mobile -

I use Scotch Tape, shipping tape. Put a couple of layers over the crack screen. That seals it so you can use the suction cup to remove the front of phone.

Michael Wallace -

I used the plastic pry took and the spudger to open it up. I place the pry tool dead center below the home button and was able to put some pressure around the seam and the top popped up enough for me to get the spudger in there to hold it open and then work my way around with the plastic pry tool.

johnoconna -

Apply clear packaging tape to screen. Then suction cup to that.

Tracey -

Use clear nontextured tape place that over the phone screen. Refer to any guide that addresses replacing a shattered screen

Abigail Cherry - Reply

I know it's tough with cracked glass. You just need enough to get in a plstic pry tool or guitar pick. Then you can pry it apart. Just be patient, I cannot stress that enough; the electronics are very, very small and fragile.

Mike - Reply

Image 1/1: Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.
  • If you don't have an iSclack, use a single suction cup to lift the front panel:

    • Press a suction cup onto the screen, just above the home button.

    • Be sure the cup is pressed securely onto the screen to get a tight seal.

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Image 1/1: Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The display assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.
  • While holding the iPhone down with one hand, pull up on the suction cup to slightly separate the front panel assembly from the rear case.

    • Take your time and apply firm, constant force. The display assembly is a much tighter fit than most devices.

  • Using a plastic opening tool, begin to gently pry the rear case down, away from the display assembly, while continuing to pull up with the suction cup.

  • There are several clips attaching the front panel assembly to the rear case, so you may need to use a combination of the suction cup and plastic opening tool to free the front panel assembly.

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Image 1/2: Remove the suction cup from the display assembly. Image 2/2: Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.
  • Pull the plastic nub to release the vacuum seal on the suction cup.

  • Remove the suction cup from the display assembly.

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Image 1/3: Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone. Image 2/3: Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables. Image 3/3: In a pinch, you can use an unopened canned beverage to hold the display.
  • Pull the home button end of the front panel assembly away from the rear case, using the top of the phone as a hinge.

  • Open the display to about a 90º angle, and lean it against something to keep it propped up while you're working on the phone.

    • Add a rubber band to keep the display securely in place while you work. This prevents undue strain on the display cables.

    • In a pinch, you can use an unopened canned beverage to hold the display.

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Image 1/2: During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case. Image 2/2: During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case.
  • Several clips along the top edge of the front panel form a partial hinge, allowing the front panel assembly to swing open like a book.

  • During reassembly, align the clips just below the top edge of the rear case. Then, slide the front panel upward until its top edge is flush with that of the rear case.

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Image 1/1: One 2.3 mm screw
  • Remove the following Phillips screws from the battery connector bracket:

    • One 2.3 mm screw

    • One 3.1 mm screw

for the iPhone 6 Plus, all screws were Phillips #000

Michael Adams - Reply

Thank you :)

Daniel Benet - Reply

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  • Remove the metal battery connector bracket from the iPhone.

Was not able to remove the battery connector bracket as one of the cable connectors was glued/stuck to the underside. Instead moved the bracket out of the way to disconnect the battery. Care should be taken not to over bend/stretch the ribbon cable.

dwtan - Reply

That may be just the foam connector adhering to the bracket. If you pull up gently and twist slightly it should separate.

Evan Noronha -

It was the foam connector, and it did twist free with a gentle pull

Al Taylor - Reply

Image 1/1: Take care to '''only''' pry up on the battery connector, and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.
  • Gently pry the battery connector up from its socket on the logic board.

  • Take care to only pry up on the battery connector, and not the socket on the logic board. If you pry up on the logic board socket, you may break the connector entirely.

you may consider placing a thin non-conductive item between the connector and the socket like a bit of rubber band to prevent any power flowing during this procedure

Michael Adams - Reply

It was too close to other parts to pry up with either end of plastic tool. Finally used 1 tine of tweezer to lift edge. Came free easily

Al Taylor - Reply

Image 1/1: Three 1.2 mm screws
  • While holding the front panel open at about a 90º angle, remove the following Phillips screws securing the front panel assembly cable bracket:

    • Three 1.2 mm screws

    • One 1.5 mm screw

    • One 2.9 mm screw

There's an other panel with one screw in the middle.........

Herbert - Reply

I _love_ the color coding of screws. I know this is a little OCD, but it would be incredibly useful if there were an 8.5 X 11 you could print with indicated homes for where to drop items from each step of disassembly. That is, in the box for step 9, little colored circles for where to place each screw type. As long as you don't jostle the paper, it would make it a lot easier to know exactly where you are in reassembly.

cscarlson47shop - Reply

On my iPhone 6 plus, none of the screws listed in this step are removable with the Phillips 00 screwdriver! I got this far and now am stymied because I can't get these four screws out! Any other screwdrivers I should use?

garth libhart - Reply

You are absolutely right, and you will strip the heads if you try very hard with the PH00. These screws are all PH000.

oscar -

I used the 000 bit from the ifixit 54 piece kit.

hhandh - Reply

Actually you don’t need to do steps 12 to 18 if you attach the display panel to the iPhone box as shown in step 7 and handle your iPhone with care during the replacement. I didn’t disconnect the display panel mainly because the more you work on the interior of your phone the higher is the chance you break something.

Dany Castillo - Reply

That's what I was thinking.

The Wizard - Reply

I skipped this series of steps too. I was very careful when removing the battery and never had an issue with the screen leaning back against the box that this battery shipped in. I even broke half of the third strip of adhesive but used a plastic card to slide under the battery and it slowly lifted out without applying heat.

mark - Reply

I'm having trouble with one screw not wanting to come out. Any suggestions to keep from stripping the head and getting it?

Patric - Reply

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  • Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.

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Image 1/2: While still supporting the front panel, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and earpiece speaker cable connector. Image 2/2: While still supporting the front panel, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and earpiece speaker cable connector.
  • In the next four steps, take care to pry up only on the cable connectors, and not on their sockets on the logic board.

  • While still supporting the front panel, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the front-facing camera and earpiece speaker cable connector.

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  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the home button cable connector.

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Image 1/2: When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to [guide|29424|disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.|stepid=69596] Image 2/2: When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to [guide|29424|disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.|stepid=69596]
  • Use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the display data cable connector.

  • When reassembling your phone, the display data cable may pop off the connector. This can result in white lines or a blank screen when powering your phone back on. If that happens, simply reconnect the cable and power cycle your phone. The best way to power cycle your phone is to disconnect and reconnect the battery connector.

The piece of advice about power cycling the phone by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery proved crucial to the success of my repair (camera and lens replacement). At first when charging the phone after closing it, I got a dark, blank screen with an intermittent buzzing noise. After re-opening the phone and making sure all cables had been properly reconnected, I ignored the advice to power cycle the phone. Still all I got was a dark, blank screen (and intermittent buzzing if charging t). Then I opened it a third time (leaving the screen connected and attached at a 90 degree angle) and I only disconnected and reconnected the battery. Voila! When I closed the phone and powered it up, I got the screen to light up!

Gianni - Reply

Image 1/2: When reconnecting the digitizer cable, '''do not press the center of the connector'''. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage. Image 2/2: When reconnecting the digitizer cable, '''do not press the center of the connector'''. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage.
  • Finally, use a plastic opening tool to disconnect the digitizer cable connector.

  • When reconnecting the digitizer cable, do not press the center of the connector. Press one end of the connector, then press the opposite end. Pressing in the center of the connector can bend the component and cause digitizer damage.

some images and guidance regarding reassembly would be helpful. You don't need to use the spudger to get them back on: fingers are better because there's a really subtle click you feel when you get them seated properly.

cscarlson47shop - Reply

When you're reassembling, a note that this is the step where you should test for proper screen function would be really useful. First time I reassembled, I didn't seat something properly, got all the screws back together and then realized the screen wasn't functioning properly. Had to disassemble back down to step 14 and then re-reassemble.

cscarlson47shop - Reply

I am having this issues right now! I have unplugged and plugged in these cables at least 20 times and each time I get white lines. I finally have it to where there are only 4 white lines and I am almost willing to live with it. Any suggestions?

mattmay002 -

Clean the screen connectors incase they are not making a clean connection

Karen Jones - Reply

I'm having nightmares with the digitizer connector. Simply can't get it to work unless I'm applying some pressure on the connectors. Everything seems almost microscopically clean. Any suggestions friends?

Henry A -

could it be the replacement screen? test with your old screen and see if you have the same problem.

ChiangFeng - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • Remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.

Never remove the screen without disconnecting the battery. It's possible the back light can be blown and that's a even more difficult repair. Always, ALWAYS, disconnect battery before repairing items. (Unless it's not possible.)

Marvin Ballard - Reply

How do you disconnect the battery from the screen?

Shamil Bhatti -

The Step 11 disconnects the battery :)

jeffxtechs - Reply

I think you mean Step 8 :)

Jeff Suovanen -

How do you disconnect the battery from the phone

Brian - Reply

How do you disconnect the battery

I tried it once and

Brian - Reply

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  • Remove the two 1.8 mm Phillips #00 screws securing the home button bracket to the front panel.

This guide is pointless, iPhone 6/6 plus home button is not replaceable, period.

Tom Chai - Reply

Yes it is absolutely replaceable. You need to remember it is a encrypted security feature, so you'll need the apple ID or password to regain control again if replaced. That's the whole point to secure your data.

Mike -

Yes, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus home buttons are replaceable. I do several replacements for customers and they work just fine with one exception. The fingerprint reader around the home button does not work after replacing the home button

BrentTaylorBA - Reply

Hi Brent, I have a iPhone 6 plus with a shattered screen to repair and the home button is gone. You have said that you've been able to replace the home buttons successfully. I was wondering how you got past the error 53 problem when restoring it? Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.

arcadian212 -

Sorry Arcadian212, There is no way to bypass Error 53 unless you install the original button, update to iOS 9, then put in the new button.

iRevive Mobile -

Error 53 was resolved by Apple with an iOS update, so fortunately this is no longer an issue! As others have stated, it's perfectly possible to replace the home button, but you will lose fingerprint sensor functionality (the original sensor is paired to your iPhone's logic board at the factory, and only Apple can pair a new one).

Jeff Suovanen -

Why does that make it pointless? The guide is geared towards screen replacement, with the intent of using the original home button and a new screen. It clearly states this. What about this guide is pointless? It's actually very helpful.

abyss478 - Reply

Warning: The iphone 6 will brick after a restore if the home button is replaced. I agree with the other commenters that it is not a replaceable part because of this issue. If you try to restore the iPhone 6 after replacing the home button it will get stuck in recovery mode and give error 53 when a restore is attempted. I learned this the hard way! Please be careful and don't restore your phone if you do this repair.

max - Reply

What did you do after your phone got stuck in recovery mode ?

Lynn -

this help me a lot, i got Replacement Home Button Rubber Gasket for iPhone 6 from http://www.laimarket.com/home-button-rub..., and don't know how to raplace

Kevin - Reply

I had an error 53 when trying to restore a iphone 6 plus.

I bought a new heat shield with flex ribbon attached and installing that allowed me to get a restore complete.

steve - Reply

I couldn't get my fingerprint reader to work after following this guide. I ended up taking the phone back apart and replacing the new screens' backing plate and the attached home button cable with the old, original one and now the fingerprint sensor works!

fsharp320 - Reply

The little square rubber gaskets that cloak the mounting holes (little square nubs at the bottom of the picture in Step 19) for the Pentalobe Screws in Step 1 above had a tendency to fall off the screen. Further, if replacing the screen, these should also accompany the other items transferred to the new screen. This is just a small oversight I have seen from this repair guide, otherwise, smooth as silk.

Justin - Reply

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

buen día, cuando no me reconoce el touch id pero el boton si hace la función de botón ejemplo si me envía a home pero no reconoce el alcance fácil dos toques no reconoce el lector biométrico

Yamir Maximino - Reply

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  • Use the tip of a spudger to disconnect the home button connector from its socket on the home button cable.

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  • Carefully wedge the tip of a spudger underneath the home button connector cable.

  • Gently move the spudger across to separate the home button connector cable from the adhesive securing it to the front panel assembly.

  • 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.

Es necesario calentar para que se desprenda de una forma comoda

Yamir Maximino - Reply

i found using a needle works well too, as the fine point of the needle will be able to get under the adhesive and i can gently separate it.

ChiangFeng - Reply

heat thoroughly with a hair dryer. (away from your work area so you don't blast your parts all over the place!) pops right off.

edwardlyman - Reply

Image 1/2: 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. Image 2/2: The rubber gasket surrounding the home button is very thin. To prevent the gasket from tearing, we recommend applying a minimal amount of heat.
  • Using your fingertip, gently push, but do not remove, the home button up from the opposite side to free one edge of the home button gasket 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.

  • The rubber gasket surrounding the home button is very thin. To prevent the gasket from tearing, we recommend applying a minimal amount of heat.

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  • Carefully run the tip of a spudger underneath the perimeter of the home button to separate it from the front panel assembly.

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  • Lift and remove the home button assembly off the front panel assembly.

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Conclusion

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

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My iphone was screen broken and i change it with a original complete iphone screen, the home button works fine but the touch id dont work. I change the home button to the one that i have in the broken screen and still the touch id dont work. What can i do to fix the touch id?

Juanjo Checo - Reply

replace the flex cable which connects touch ID cable with mother board

engradnanriaz -

Hi guys, I replaced my front assembly and I'm having the opposite issue with my home button: The TouchID is working fine, but the home button being pressed is not working. I've tried re-seating the cable a few times. I'm normally pretty good at these kinds of things but I'm assuming I may have somehow crimped one of the ribbon cables.

My question: If something is damaged, is it more likely the cable on the back of the heat-sink that is damaged, or the home button ribbon cable itself? I realize that I will lose TouchID if its the latter, I just want to know what my options are. I'm having trouble searching the issue because everyone else has the issue where the TouchID doesn't work (for obvious reasons) but mine is working just fine.

Thanks for any advice.

Joshua Ryan - Reply

Hi everyone, I replaced the home button on my cell phone iphone 6+, the home button functionality works just fine, however the biometrics fingerprint reader does not work anymore. Any suggestions? Thank you

J Jesus Perez - Reply

Unfortunately, as stated in the introduction to this guide, that outcome is normal. For security reasons, the fingerprint sensor is coded to your phone's logic board at the factory. If you replace the button, you'll lose the fingerprint sensor function. Only Apple has the capability to pair new Touch ID sensors to existing phones. As far as I know, there are only two ways around this: (1) replace both your home button and logic board with a factory-paired home button and logic board harvested from another phone, or (2) pay Apple for an out-of-warranty repair (meaning you ship your phone to them and they give you a refurb in return).

Jeff Suovanen -

Hi guys, I replaced my front assemblyHi guys, an I'm having an issue with my home button: The TouchID is working fine, but the home button being pressed is not working. Why??What happens?I've just checked all connections and cables are ok...thanks so much.

tiagoenascimento - Reply

I am using 6 plus my phone home button heats always and drains the battery .Touch Id shows "Failed to set up Touch ID".I do know what to do. Please help me.............

Karankumar Kk - Reply

Where RUS language?

Michael JaNuaRy - Reply

Hello my name is ammy I am from India my question is I have a iPhone 6 Plus some kind of reason I am change iPhone screen and home button after that my scanner doesn't work .Give me some suggestions

ambrish singh - Reply

Hello Ambrish,

Unfortunately replacing the home button on the iPhone 6 Plus renders the Touch ID functionality useless. Jeff Suovanen replied with an excellent answer on this topic a couple of comments above this one.

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