Replacing the Home button

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

  • iPhone 5s
  • 10 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

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

Please note: For privacy protection reasons, Touch ID only works in combination with the original Home button. If you replace the Home button cable, you can no longer use the Touch ID function.

Required tool

  • Hard Plastic Pick

    Hard Plastic Pick

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

    €1.00 in 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 in the iDoc store
  • Plastic prying tool

    Plastic prying tool

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

    €2.00 in the iDoc store
  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

    €6.00 in the iDoc store
  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

    €3.00 in the iDoc store
  • Tweezers

    Tweezers

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

    €18.00 in the iDoc store
  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

    €10.00 in the iDoc store
  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

    €7.00 in the iDoc store

Required replacement part

  • iPhone 5s Basic Home Button Cable

    iPhone 5s Basic Home Button Cable

    How many times a day do you press your Home button? Since you need it to access most features, it’s pretty frustrating if yours stops working. You need to replace your iPhone 5s Home button cable if your Home button’s pressure point is acting up or nothing happens when you press it. Please note: For privacy protection reasons, Touch ID only works in combination with the original Home button and will no longer be available once you install this replacement part. If you’re having problems with Touch ID, please contact Apple directly.

    €9.00 in the iDoc store
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

With our tools and the right replacement part, your repair will be a success.

iPhone 5s Basic Home Button Cable

How many times a day do you press your Home button? Since you need it to access most features, it’s pretty frustrating if yours...

Basic Tool Kit

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together for €34.00

Getting started

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

10 steps
  1. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5s - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 5s.
    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 4.0 mm pentalobe screws
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  2. Lifting the display

    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone 5s - Lifting the display 04
    1. Put your iPhone 5s 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 aluminum frame and the display frame and press down the aluminum frame. Also use the hard plastic pick to raise the screen (see figure 2). This usually takes several attempts.
    4. Do not lift the display more than two centimeters to avoid tearing the Home button cable below it.
    5. 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).
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  3. Disconnecting the Home button cable

    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Home button cable 01
    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the Home button cable 02

    If the display is disconnected, only lift it a little bit. The Home button cable connects the display to the Lightning connector. This cable can tear if you lift the display too much.

    1. Remove the silver cover over the Home button connector by placing the pointed tip of the spudger slightly below the cover and lifting it out (see figure 1).
    2. Now you have to disconnect the contact from the connector.Carefully pull it off using the laboratory spatula or spudger.
    3. Once the cable is disconnected, you can lift the display at the Home button. Note that the LCD/touchscreen cables are still connected to the logic board (see next step).
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  4. Disconnecting the connectors

    iPhone 5s - Disconnecting the connectors 01
    iPhone 5s - 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 1.7 mm Phillips screws (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
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  5. Removing the Home button

    iPhone 5s - Removing the Home button 01
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Home button 02
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Home button 03
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Home button 04
    iPhone 5s - Removing the Home button 05
    1. Remove the Phillips screw (see figure 1). There’s also a little metal contact below it that usually gets caught on the cable set with the screw.

      1 x 2.0 mm Phillips screw
    2. Remove the two equally sized Phillips screws (see figure 2). Now remove the silver cover. Put everything in the same compartment of your organizer tray.
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screws
    3. Carefully insert the pointed tip of the laboratory spatula below the cable set, which is generally glued in place, to detach it (see figure 3).
    4. 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 4). You can also press in the Home button from the front side (see figure 5).
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  6. Installing the Home button

    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button 02
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button 03
    1. Now reinstall the Home button (see figure 1). Make sure the cable set is positioned correctly.
    2. Now put the cover back on and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screws
    3. Fold the cable set back over and screw it in place. Make sure you don’t turn the metal contact during this process.
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
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  7. Connecting the display

    iPhone 5s - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 5s - 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 1.7 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 1.2 mm Phillips screws
      1 x 1.7 mm Phillips screw (magnetic)
    4. Make sure you don’t screw the big 1.7 mm screw into a different thread because that could damage conductive paths on the logic board and cause a bluescreen.
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  8. Installing the Home button cable

    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button cable 01
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button cable 02
    iPhone 5s - Installing the Home button cable 03
    1. This step is pretty tough. Use tweezers or the spudger to position the cable set’s connector and then use the spudger to carefully press the connector onto the connection (see figure 1).
    2. If the connector is fitted correctly, put the silver cover over the connector. It’s easiest to position the cover using tweezers (see figure 2). Using the spudger, carefully press the cover on until it gently clicks into place (see figure 3).
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  9. Attaching the display

    iPhone 5s - 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.
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  10. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 5s - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
      2 x 4.0 mm pentalobe screws
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