Apple iPhone 5c - Replacing the Home button

The Home button only sometimes works or doesn’t work at all.

  • iPhone 5c
  • 8 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 5c’s defective Home button cable on your own. You need this repair if the Home button no longer works or only sometimes works.

Required tools

  • Hartplastik-Plektren

    Hartplastik-Plektren

    You need a flat but stable tool such as a pick to pry out parts that are glued in place.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • For storing screws

    For storing screws

    We recommend storing your screws so you don’t mix up the various screws and small parts.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

    We recommend using tweezers to remove screws and various small parts from your device.

    €16.00 at the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

    You need a flat plastic prying tool to disconnect the various plugs and connectors.

    €1.00 at the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

    You need a flat and sturdy prying tool to disconnect glued parts.

    €9.00 at the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

    A suction cup is perfect for lifting smooth surfaces such as displays or rear glass panels.

    €2.00 at the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €10.00 at the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 5c Home Button Kabel

    iPhone 5c Home Button Kabel

    Du brauchst einen neuen Home Button für dein iPhone 5c, wenn der Druckpunkt deines Home Buttons gar nicht mehr funktioniert oder sich nur noch sporadisch drücken lässt. Übergangsweise kannst du einen digitalen Home Button auf deinem Bildschirm einrichten. Wähle dazu die "AssistiveTouch"-Funktion unter Einstellungen > Allgemein > Bedienungshilfen > AssistiveTouch > Aktivieren. Baue anschließend die neue Taste ein, damit du wieder einen ausbalancierten und durchgängig hör-und fühlbaren Druckpunkt hast. Wie immer haben wir das Ersatzteil getestet, um sicherzustellen, dass es unserem hohen Qualitäts- und Funktionalitätsstandard gerecht wird.

    €5.00 at the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

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iPhone 5c Home Button Kabel

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Getting started

If you get stuck or have questions, you can post a comment for each step. We’d be happy to help.

8 steps
  1. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5c - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 5c.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are located to the right and left of the Lightning connector. Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screws
  2. Lifting the display

    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone 5c - Lifting the display 04
    1. Put your iPhone 5c on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the front panel, you need a suction cup and the hard plastic pick. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with packing tape.
    3. Place the suction cup over the Home button (if possible) or next to it (see figure 1). While lifting the screen with the suction cup, insert the hard plastic pick between the plastic frame and the display frame and press down the plastic frame. Also use the hard plastic pick to raise the screen (see figure 2). This usually takes several attempts.
    4. As soon as you can lift the screen a few millimeters (see figure 3), you have to carefully work your way around the outside until it’s loosened on both sides (see figure 4).
  3. Disconnecting the connectors

    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the connectors 01
    iPhone 5c - Disconnecting the connectors 02
    1. First remove the four Phillips screws from the silver cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same compartment of your organizer tray. Then lift the cover to remove it.
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the following three connectors (see figure 2). Be very careful. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up.
      Touchscreen
      LCD
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
    3. Test the new display.

      • Temporarily connect the new display assembly.
      • Start the iPhone and check whether the LCD and touchscreen work properly. Make sure the connectors are securely plugged in to the connections. If not, the display will remain black or stripes will appear on it.
      • If the display is slightly yellow, see the last step in this manual.
  4. Removing the Home button

    iPhone 5c - Removing the Home button 01
    iPhone 5c - Removing the Home button 02
    iPhone 5c - Removing the Home button 03
    1. Remove the two equally sized Phillips screws (see figure 1). Now remove the silver cover. Put everything in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screws
    2. Carefully insert the pointed tip of the laboratory spatula below the cable set, which is generally glued in place, to detach it (see figure 2).
    3. The Home button is glued to the screen from the inside. Carefully remove the rubber coating using the spudger to avoid scratching the screen from the inside (see figure 3). You can also press in the Home button from the front side.
    4. Once the cable set is detached, you can lift it out.
  5. Installing the Home button

    iPhone 5c - Installing the Home button 01
    iPhone 5c - Installing the Home button 02
    1. Now reinstall the Home button (see figure 1). Make sure it’s positioned evenly on the other side.
    2. Now put the cable set back on and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screws
  6. Connecting the display

    iPhone 5c - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 5c - Connecting the display 02
    1. Reattach the connectors (see figure 1). The touchscreen connector sometimes comes undone when you connect the LCD connector.
      Touchscreen
      LCD
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
    2. Start your iPhone as soon as the connectors are securely attached. Check the function of the LCD, touchscreen, proximity sensor, front camera and earpiece.
      If the connectors aren’t connected properly, stripes will appear on the display or parts of the touchscreen won’t work.
    3. Now attach the cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw
  7. Attaching the display

    iPhone 5c - Attaching the display 01
    1. Then carefully fold down the screen. Make sure that the edge on the upper part of the screen where the cables are clicks into place properly. Now carefully push the screen on toward the Home button until it is properly installed in the frame.
  8. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5c - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screws
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