iPhone 3G and 3GS Volume Button

$4.95

Product code: IF137-013-1

 
 

iPhone 3G and 3GS Volume Button

$4.95

Product code: IF137-013-1

Product Overview

Back before volume buttons came standard on cellphones, the best way of dealing with ambient noise was by either hushing it with a dramatic arm-waving, or dodging it with a fighter jet. Break the sound barrier today with our iPhone 3G and 3GS volume button.

This button is the external rocker switch used to adjust volume levels. This button interfaces with buttons on the iPhone's headphone jack.

Compatibility

Identify your iPhone

  • All 3G and 3GS iPhones

Product Details

  $4.95

 
 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

One year warranty

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Replacement Guides

iPhone 3G

Difficulty: Moderate

iPhone 3GS

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iPhone 3G
16 GB
8 GB
iPhone 3GS
16 GB
32 GB
8 GB
 

Stories

My Problem

The volume button on my son's iPhone 3GS, being used as an iPod Touch, fell off. Being a 4 yrs old boy, he could only comprehend so much about how to change the volume on his apps.

My Fix

Using the smartphone repair kit from iFixit and the manual on the website and through the app, the repair went smoothly and easily.The kit had everything I needed to perform the operation, except a bit of glue for the case reassembly. The step-by-step instructions with pictures and diagrams helped a great deal. The process took about an hour to take apart and put back together because I had help from the 4 yrs old. He learned why not to touch super glue and hold his fingers together. (momma used solvent before it fully set) I would have taken a picture, but he ran off with the device to show the rest of the family that he could change the volume all by himself now.

My Advice

Keep the younger kids away from the project.

My Problem

My iphone 3GS was turning off and rebooting by itself repeatedly in about 3-5 minute cycles. Also was not charging properly. I looked up the problem and the consensus was that the battery should be replaced. Ifixit was strongly recommended as a reputable parts and information source on several sites I researched.

My Fix

I purchased the battery replacement kit from ifixit and studied the instructions. The instructions are detailed in the exact process required to do the repair. I followed the instructions, replaced the battery and now the phone works as it should. Sounds simple and straightforward, and it was. Took less than an hour.

My Advice

Well, of course it helps to have some experience with removing and replacing delicate ribbon cables. Those things are like paper...be very gentle. If you get frustrated, walk away and come back when you chill out.

TEENY TINY SCREWS- These screws are small as dust particles... (lol). Don't drop any and keep them organized. Know where each screw belongs. Maybe work over a cloth or something so if you do drop it, it will not bounce off into infinity. The ifixit screwdriver seems to be magnetized, so that helps, but the problem is more in handling them. There are 3 or 4 different sizes of screws and the difference is not visually apparent (to the naked eye), so keep track of them with little plastic bags or some sort of trays or an egg carton or something.

REMOVING THE DISPLAY- (Step 3,4) When you remove the display with the suction cup, be sure to put a piece of wide strong tape (duct/masking/gaff) across the display and case end with the switch and headphone. That is the side opposite from where you are pulling with the suction cup. This will make a hinge for the display bezel. All the display connections are just under the display on that end, and you do not want to have them get broken when you pull the display away from the case. I heard some horror stories of that happening. Don't let that happen to you. That would kill the phone and render your purchase irrelevant.

Also hold the phone with one hand in a manner where your thumb and another finger can act as "stoppers" to prevent the display from yanking out too far. You only need the display to come up a little bit. You can then spudge it up further.

THE CONNECTOR 3 RIBBON CABLE- (Step 7) My phone has the slide-out ribbon cable. Removal is simple enough- just slide it out. However, reconnection is a bit tricky, and I ended up using a small needle-nosed pliers to grasp the ribbon and push it back into place. Of course, you must first position the ribbon partially (half way) into the socket. It is challenging to hold the phone, eyeball the socket and place the ribbon and then hold the phone so the ribbon does not slide back out…be patient!

STEP 12 re-assembly. When reinstalling the motherboard, be certain that the screw holes line up. They will line up when the motherboard is correctly in place. This can be a bit tricky to accomplish. The main thing that may get in the way of this is if the SIM card holder is not lined up in its bracket on the phone case. If you have a problem getting the motherboard into position, check the SIM card holder position.

And don’t forget that camera holding bracket!

OVERVIEW- Experience helps, but if you are patient and gentle, you will get your phone back to it’s proper condition.

My Problem

3GS had original battery and wouldn't hold a charge.

My Fix

Go the replacement battery and followed the web page instructions. After replacement, the battery wouldn't charge and the iphone would re-boot over and over. I opened the case and checked all the connections - same story.

I called Mike at ifixit and he said it sounded like I had a defective battery and they would ship me another that same day. The new replacment came in 2 days and that fixed the problem.

Thanks for the great support and service!!

My Advice

None.

My Problem

I have two iPhone 3GS with a broken screen and a battery that drains almost instantly after a full charge. Decided to give it a try fixing after watching some videos on the site.

My Fix

It didn't go as smoothly as compared to the video - but was able to find a way to put things back in order.

My Advice

The replacement battery that I've got will not fix easily on the sides as compared to the original battery. It will not align properly and is slanted so I spent sometime figuring out how to make it align to the sides. But to no avail. I left it at a slanted position but was glad that it worked.

Just hope that the parts are the same as the original. Easy to fix back and will not give you trouble.

My Problem

Volume button had fallen off, and the Front panel had been broken from being dropped.

My Fix

The repair went well, it took me about 4 hours because i was very nervous about screwing something up. I did break the copper ground connector that is suppose to be in contact with the bezel. I managed to solder it back on though. In the end it worked out perfect!! Phone is working just fine.

My Advice

TAKE YOUR TIME! Get several small containers to put the different sets of screws in. With every step in the directions I placed the screws in their own little container and labeled that container. This saves you from playing a guessing game of which screws go where when you are reassembling it.

My Problem

my friend passed and his mom gave me his phone, the volume button was missing.. I found and ordered the button and tool from your site with ease and was suprised at the low cost! I even got a 5$ coupon which helped with a later purchase of a new battery! Thanks :) I appreciate it!

My Fix

The repair went smooth, I'd imagine. I had my boyfriend do it ;) I heard no complaints though!

My Advice

do it with love

My Problem

Got the iphone from a friend. No Wifi, no volume button and cracked back. From ifixit I learned to open the front and saw wifi antenna was disconnected. Decided to go whole hog. Ordered volume button and the back. Used a combination of the two guides to proceed.

My Fix

Everything went well. I was super cautious until I had it all back together. Than got in a hurry to try it. All worked except ear sound. Opened it up again and found I forgot to re-attach the flex cable. After that it worked great. So now my wife has a nicer looking 3G than I do.

My Advice

Slowly, slowly and check and check. I printed out the guides and marked up which screws went where. That made a difference.

My Problem

the could not use the touch screen.

My Fix

The repair took some time but the step by step instructions are great on ifixit.com. The parts where exact and high quality.

My Advice

If you need to repair or replace your iPhone battery or front glass, some pointers. The front glass is relatively simply, but the battery is a little harder. But ifixit online step by step you can get thru it. Word of advice, do not buy iPhone parts from ebay or amazon, buy from here. At Ifixit you know your getting high quality items, my touch screen works like original. Also the parts are very small, so if the part being off by just a little will be hard to put back together.

My Problem

A bad battery was causing phone to shut off / reboot randomly with remaining charge reading between 50 - 85% especially when running any app that used location services (Google maps etc.). The external portion of volume button (silver / chrome) fell off and was eventually lost after be glued back on a few times.

My Fix

It was fairly simple to replace the battery. The ifixit guide was very helpful / detailed. I took the advice of another user who suggested taking the silver/chrome portion off the replacement button and gluing it on as opposed to completely disassembling the phone (down to the bezel) which probably saved 45 mins. All in all the repair took about an hour (10-15 min of which was used looking for a misplaced screw)

My Advice

Dedicate a nice clean and clear (light colored) area for the repair. Include a container to hold your screws (as I found out can be moved pretty far with just a hard breath) some have suggested a cupcake pan. A suction cup is the easiest way to remove the screen and you can pick up at a dollar store. I also used some alcohol and q-tips to remove the grime around the bezel / screen edge. Separating the button cover from the base is done by using a small screwdriver / x-acto knife. You can use a toothpick to apply the glue to the center of button base making sure to avoid getting too close to the button edges (to prevent gluing the base to the case screwing up the button function / movement). Best advice, take your time don't rush it especially when trying to remove the mother board, it takes a bit of finesse.

My Problem

My iPhone 3GS kept shutting down on me to the point where it wouldn't even function as a time-keeping device. Over 90% of the crashes/shut-downs, the battery level was showing over 95% too! I was on the verge of switching to an Android until a quick Google search (how ironic) brought me to ifixit's site where numerous other fed-up iPhone users had the same problem. Turned out all my phone needed was a new battery! At least it keeps me from joining the dark side for the meantime...

As for the Volume Button, it was for my wife's phone, also an iPhone 3GS. It just simply broke off one day.

My Fix

Repair was fairly easy, considering I've tinkered with small electronics and gadgets for most of my life. It was a little time consuming though, especially for the Volume Button on my wife's iPhone (approx. 2 hours). It's nice how Apple numbers all of their connectors - it's as simple as following the numbers sequentially!

My Advice

Just follow the step-by-step instructions. Everything is well labelled and documented in both the videos as well as the PDFs. Careful with prying out the battery though; they tend to bend VERY easily.

 

Related Questions

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Volume keeps turning itself down

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