Removing the volume control cable

Volume control isn’t working

  • iPhone 6
  • 21 Steps
  • Medium
  • 45 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone 6’s defective volume control cable on your own. You need this repair if your volume control buttons aren’t working or have no pressure points.

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.

    €16.00 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 6 Volume Control and Mute Button Cable

    iPhone 6 Volume Control and Mute Button Cable

    This replacement part is a new volume control and mute button cable for the iPhone 6.

    €14.00 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 6 Volume Control and Mute Button Cable

This replacement part is a new volume control and mute button cable for the iPhone 6.

Basic Tool Kit

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Getting started

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21 steps
  1. Turning off your Device

    iPhone 6 - Turning off your Device 01
    iPhone 6 - Turning off your Device 02
    1. Turn your iPhone off completely to avoid damaging it during the repair.
    2. Press the standby button for about three seconds until the slider appears.
    3. Wipe it from left to right. Now your iPhone will shut down completely, which can take about ten seconds.
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  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6 - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the enclosure screws 02
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone 6.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. Put both screws in the same container.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
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  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone 6 - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone 6 - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone 6 - Lifting the display 03
    1. Put your iPhone 6 on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the front panel, you need a suction cup and a hard plastic pick. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with packing tape before you continue.
    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. As soon as you can lift the screen a few millimeters, you have to carefully work your way around the outside until it’s loosened on both sides (see figure 3).
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  4. Disconnecting the battery connector

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the battery connector 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the battery connector 02
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the battery connector 03
    1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the Phillips screws on the battery connector (see figure 1). Then lift the cover (see figure 2). Put all the parts in the same container.
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now carefully lift the battery connector by inserting the pointed tip of the ESD spudger slightly below the connector (see figure 3). If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
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  5. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    1. First remove the five Phillips screws from the silver cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it.
      1 x 3.1 mm Phillips screw
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the following four overlapping connectors (see figure 2) in the order shown below. Be very careful. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      LCD
      Touchscreen
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  6. Removing the vibration motor

    iPhone 6 - Removing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the vibration motor 02
    1. Remove the two screws that hold the vibration motor in place (see figure 1).
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Now remove the vibration motor (see figure 2)
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  7. Removing the battery

    iPhone 6 - Removing the battery 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the battery 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the battery 03
    1. The battery is attached to the enclosure by two adhesive strips. Use the laboratory spatula to detach the two black ends of the adhesive strips from the battery (see figure 1).
    2. Now pull off the adhesive strips very slowly. Hold the adhesive strips as flat as possible at the level of the iPhone. (See figures 2 and 3).
    3. Now simply remove the battery.
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  8. Removing the silver cover

    iPhone 6 - Removing the silver cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the silver cover 02
    1. First remove the two Phillips screws from the silver cover (see figure 1). Put both screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it (see figure 2).
      1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw
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  9. Removing the Wi-Fi cover

    iPhone 6 - Removing the Wi-Fi cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the Wi-Fi cover 02
    1. First remove the four Phillips screws from the Wi-Fi cover (see figure 1). Put the screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it (see figure 2).

      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
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  10. Disconnecting the connector

    iPhone 6 - Disconnecting the connector 01
    1. Disconnect the connector for the volume control cable (see figure 1).
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  11. Removing the volume control cable

    iPhone 6 - Removing the volume control cable 01
    iPhone 6 - Removing the volume control cable 02
    iPhone 6 - Removing the volume control cable 03
    iPhone 6 - Removing the volume control cable 04
    1. Remove the three Phillips screws that hold the volume control cable in place using a Phillips screwdriver (see figure 1). Because of the logic board’s position, you can only loosen the screw on the right in the turquoise circle (see figure 2), but not remove it. You remove this screw when you take out the cable set.
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
    2. Insert the laboratory spatula below the ribbon cable and carefully detach it from the base (see figure 3).
    3. Remove the volume control cable along with the screw we mentioned before (see figure 4).
      If you can’t remove the screw as described, you’ll have to remove the logic board first (see our guide on how to do that).
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  12. Installing the volume control cable

    iPhone 6 - Installing the volume control cable 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the volume control cable 02
    iPhone 6 - Installing the volume control cable 03
    1. Put the new volume control cable in the original position and screw it in place with the three Phillips screws (see figure 1). Be very gentle and careful when screwing in the 1.8 mm Phillips screw.
      2 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
      Unfortunately, if you can’t get the screw on the far right (see figure 2) back in, you’re going to have to remove the logic board to solve the problem.
    2. Afterwards, attach the connector for the volume control cable to the logic board.
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  13. Installing the Wi-Fi cover

    iPhone 6 - Installing the Wi-Fi cover 01
    1. Now install the Wi-Fi cover and screw it in place (see figure 1).
      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw
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  14. Installing the silver cover

    iPhone 6 - Installing the silver cover 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the silver cover 02
    1. Now install the silver cover (see figure 1) and screw it in place with the two Phillips screws (see figure 2).
    2. 1 x 2.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.9 mm Phillips screw

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  15. Installing the battery

    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 01
    1. Attach new adhesive strips below the battery. Otherwise, the battery will have too much room and move around
    2. Now put the battery back in the iPhone and connect the connector (see figure 1).
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  16. Installing the vibration motor

    iPhone 6 - Installing the vibration motor 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the vibration motor 02
    1. Place the new vibration motor at the original location (see figure 1).
    2. Screw the vibration motor in place again (see figure 2).
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
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  17. Connecting the display

    iPhone 6 - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone 6 - Connecting the display 02
    1. Reattach the connectors (see figure 1). Connecting the LCD connector generally takes a few tries. Be very careful to avoid bending the connector.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touch ID cable
      LCD
      Touchscreen
    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 are not connected properly, stripes will appear on the display or parts of the touchscreen will not work.
    3. Now attach the cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 3.1 mm Phillips screw
      3 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw
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  18. Installing the battery

    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 01
    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 02
    iPhone 6 - Installing the battery 03
    1. Attach new adhesive strips below the battery. Otherwise, the battery will have too much room and move around
    2. Now put the battery back in the iPhone and connect the connector (see figure 1).
    3. Put on the silver cover and screw it in place (see figure 2).
      1 x 3.2 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
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  19. Attaching the display

    iPhone 6 - 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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  20. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone 6 - 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 screw
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  21. Setting the time

    iPhone 6 - Setting the time 01

    When the battery is removed from the device, the iPhone loses the time and sets itself to 1:00 a.m. on 1/1/1970. You could have trouble connecting to the cellular network if the time is not set..

    After a repair, complete the following steps:

    1. Synchronize your iPhone with iTunes or connect to a WLAN network and wait until the time is set.
    2. Remove the SIM tray with the SIM card and reinsert it.
    3. Activate airplane mode on the device and then deactivate airplane mode.
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