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Friend had somehow cracked his screen and lost the home button at the same time! He ordered the screen himself and had me put it on but he did not order a home button. Didn't really bother to ask him how he lost his home button.
Was really simple and straightforward. Way easier than replacing the screen. Opened up his phone - I was able to remove the button assembly (two small phillips screws) without having to remove and disconnect all of his screen cables. Put the home button in place and screwed the rest of the assembly back on. All done!
Not really related to just this repair but it is advice with any iPhone repair.. Make sure you keep track of the screws as they are really small. Magnets can work but if a screwdriver or something like that suddenly snaps to the magnet - it could knock off the small screw and you will have no clue where it went. I would recommend always keeping the magnet just attached to the screwdriver itself. You could always just keep the small screws in the container. Other than the screws there isn't really much to worry about!
My phone would only keep a charge for 2 hours and would go dead. My home button had to be pressed several times to work.
When I saw the ifixit website and how easy the instructions were to repair, I thought I need to try this.
The repair went great! The instructions were given step-by-step and were so easy to follow. The tools that I order were very inexpensive and worth the purchase. I now have a phone that will last me a lot longer and I paid a fraction of would it would have cost to do an insurance claim or send it somewhere to be fixed.
Watch the instructions carefully before you start the step-by-step process. Make sure the screws that you take out are put on a piece of paper that is labeled as to where you took these screws out. That way you will not get mixed up to which screws go where.