The standby button or volume control pf your iPhone SE (2nd generation) no longer works?

Even if your iPhone's mute button or flash light is broken, it is still necessary to replace the volume control cable, as the mentionend components all share the same cable. How the replacement works in detail you'll learn in this foto instruction.

The photos in this repair guide show the iPhone 8 because we decided to reuse the photos from the iPhone 8 manual. As the two devices are almost identical in construction and the repair steps to be carried out are also the same, we don't see any problem here.

We wish you good luck with the replacement of your volume control cable!

Required tools

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  • Menda ESD Spudger

    Menda ESD Spudger

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

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  • Steel Laboratory Spatula

    Steel Laboratory Spatula

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

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  • Suction cup

    Suction cup

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

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  • Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    Pentalobe PL1 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing pentalobe PL1 screws.

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  • Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    Phillips PH00 screwdriver

    You need the right screwdriver for removing PH00 screws.

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  • Y-type Y000 screwdriver

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Getting started with the repair of your iPhone SE (2020)

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36 steps
  1. Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation)

    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Switching off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) 03
    1. Turn off your iPhone SE (2nd generation) completely in the first step, to protect it from potential damage during repair.
      To do so, keep the standby button pressed until the "Power off" slider appears.
    2. Wipe the slider from left to right. Your iPhone will shut down completely in about ten seconds.
  2. Removing the rear case screws

    • 2 × 3.4 mm Pentablobe
    1. Remove the two Pentalobe screws to the right and left of the Lightning connector with a Pentalobe screwdriver. Then put the screws in your screw storage box.

    In order not to lose any of the removed parts or screws, we recommend that you use a screw storage box. For example, you can convert an old sewing box into a screw storage box. We use a high-quality magnetic pad on which you can also arrange the components exactly as you found them in your phone. This way you know exactly where each screw has been and makes it much easier for you to assemble it later.

  3. Heating up the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Heating up the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Heating up the display 02
    Used tools
    Heat gun
    1. First, place your iPhone SE on a soft, clean surface to prevent scratches when lifting the display.
    2. Since the display is glued to the edge, you will need to heat it up to make it easier to detach from the rest of the case.
      To do this, use a hot air device like a heat gun or alternatively a regular hairdryer to drive evenly over the edge of the display from the outside.

    The rule of thumb for warming up is: you should still be able to touch your device without it becoming unpleasantly hot.

    Used tools
  4. Detaching the display

    After opening the iPhone SE (2nd generation) the warranty for protection against dust and splashing water of the IP67 classification expires.

    1. Press the suction cup on the display in the area above the home button and pull it upwards. By lifting the display screen, you create a narrow gap between the aluminium and display frames.

    If the display screen is badly broken, apply parcel tape to it beforehand.

    1. Insert a flat plastic tool into the narrow gap between the aluminium frame and the display frame and try to use it to additionally push the aluminium frame upwards. We use flat plastic picks for this.

    Take care not to insert the picks on the side of the standby button too far, in order not to damage the display's flex cable.

    1. Drive the pick once completely around the display frame. Keep warming the edge of the display and leave individual picks in the frame to prevent the adhesive from rejoining in the areas that have already been loosened.
    Used tools
  5. Opening the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Opening the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Opening the display 02

    Never open the display more than 180° while it is still connected, otherwise the flex cables may tear.

    1. Now carefully push the display upwards with the plectrum so that the lugs come off the aluminium frame.
    2. Then open it laterally towards the standby button. Lean the display against a stable object to avoid overstretching the flexible cables,
  6. Disconnecting the battery connector

    • 2 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    • Connector

    Disconnect the battery connector immediately at the beginning of the repair. This not only prevents a short circuit, but also ensures that you do not accidentally switch on your phone during the repair.

    We're using photos of iPhone 8 in this guide. The battery connector may look slightly different in iPhone SE (2nd generation), but it's in the same place in the device.

    1. Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the four screws of the contact cover and carefully lift it out of your device with tweezers.
    2. Now disconnect the battery contact by carefully sliding a plastic spudger under the plug and lifting it off. We always use a plastic spudger for this.


  7. Disconnecting the display connectors

    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the display connectors 04
    Used tools
    • Connector
    1. Using the plastic spudger, lever off the two connectors that are attached to the display (display and home button).
    Used tools
  8. Disconnecting the FaceTime connector

    • 3 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Using the Phillips screwdriver (PH00), loosen the three Phillips screws to remove the cover over the FaceTime connector.
    2. Use a spudger to carefully detach the FaceTime connector from the board.
    3. Now you can remove the display completely.
  9. Removing the iSight camera

    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 3.0 mm Standoff
    • Connector
    1. Unscrew the two screws which fasten the bracket plate of the iSight camera and put the bracket plate aside.

    There are special screwdrivers for removing the internal thread screw, but you can also use a regular, thin slotted screwdriver.

    1. Disconnect the camera by carefully prying off its connector using a spudger.
    2. Then remove the camera from your iPhone using tweezers.
  10. Disconnecting the connector of the volume control cable

    • 1 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.7 mm Phillips
    1. First remove the screws of the bracket plate located above the connector of the standby and volume button.
    2. Carefully separate the connector from the logicboard with the spudger.
  11. Removing the plastic bracket

    • 2 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    1. First unscrew the four Phillips screws from the plastic bracket to be able to remove the bracket afterwards.

    One of the screws is screwed into the side of the backcover.

    1. Remove the other two screws, which attach a kind of connecting item under the plastic bracket, and take it out of your device.
  12. Removing the Wi-Fi antenna

    • 1 × 1.3 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. First unscrew the Phillips screws with which the Wi-Fi antenna is attached.
    2. Now carefully lever the antenna connector off the board with a plastic spudger.
    3. Loosen the slightly stuck antenna with the help of a little hot air and a flat, stable lever tool by sliding it under the antenna. We always use a steel spatula in this case.
    4. Once everything is loose, you can remove the antenna from your iPhone SE.
  13. Removing the SIM card tray

    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the SIM card tray  01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the SIM card tray  02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Removing the SIM card tray  03
    Used tools
    1. Take a SIM tool or a paperclip to remove the SIM card tray from your phone. To do so, press the SIM tool into the small hole in the SIM card tray.
    Used tools
  14. Disconnecting the logic board connectors

    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 04
    iPhone SE (2020) - Disconnecting the logic board connectors 05
    Used tools
    • Connector
    1. Carefully detach the three connectors from the logic board with a spudger.
    Used tools
  15. Removing the logic board

    • 1 × 2.4 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2.1 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    1. Untighten the three screws that hold the logic board in place.
    2. Please note, that the Phillips screw is covered by a sticker (see our photo).

    3. With the screws loosend you can carefully remove the logic board. Next to the two holes for the iSight camera, there is a plastic holder for a screw.
      This plastic holder lies above the logic board.
  16. Removing the speaker

    • 1 × 1.2 mm Y-type
    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.1 mm Phillips
    1. First unscrew the three screws from the cover plate that is attached above the flexible cable of the speaker, and remove the cover plate.

    For the Y-type screw you need a suitable Y-type screwdriver.

    1. Then carefully separate the speaker connector with a spudger and lift up the flex cable.
    2. Loosen the screws that hold the speaker in place.
    3. As a last step, lift the speaker and the flex cable out of your device.
  17. Removing the Taptic Engine

    • 1 × 2.0 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2.0 mm Phillips
    1. First, carefully pull off the small flex cable that is located above the Taptic Engine connector.
    2. Then loosen the screws that hold the Taptic Engine in place.
    3. Use a spudger to carefully detach the Taptic Engine connector and take it out of your phone.
  18. Removing the battery

    The battery is glued to the case with four adhesive strips. The adhesive strips have tabs to pull them out. The tabs are glued to the top and bottom edges of the battery.

    1. Use tweezers or a spatula to peel off the black tabs. Underneath are the white adhesive strips.
    2. Now pull out the adhesive strips very slowly. Keep the strips as flat as possible at the level of the iPhone.
    3. Firmly hold the battery and iPhone while pulling out the last adhesive strip to prevent the battery from falling out of the device.

      If one of the adhesive strips tears, you have to pry out the battery carefully using a battery spudger. Try to bend the battery as little as possible.

    4. Once all the adhesive strips are off, you can remove the battery.
    Used tools
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  20. Removing the volume control cable

    • 1 × 2.4 mm Standoff
    • 2 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    1. First loosen the standoff screw that fixes the cover plate over the flash and take it out of your device.
    2. Then remove the five Phillips screws that fix the flex cable of the standby and volume button.

    If you heat the flex cable briefly with hot air, it will be easier to remove it from the backcover

    1. Drive with the flat side of the steel spatula under the flex cable and carefully separate it piece by piece from the bottom of the back cover.
    2. Take the cable out of the back cover as soon as it is completely detached.


  21. Installing the volume control cable

    • 2 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 2.3 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.4 mm Standoff

    When inserting the flex cable, make sure that the cable lies flat and does not bend.Make sure that the microphone and the flash light are correctly aligned before you screw the flex cable tight.

    1. Put the flex cable of the standby and volume button back into the backcover and fix it with the five Phillips screws.
    2. Check the pressure sensitivity of the keys after tightening them. Readjust if necessary via the screws.
    3. Press the entire cable, including microphone and flashlight, firmly into the housing.
    4. Attach the cover of the flash light with the stand-off screw.


  22. Inserting the battery

    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the battery 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the battery 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the battery 03

    Keep distance on all sides between the new battery, the frame and other components.

    1. Insert the battery back into your iPhone SE. Use the battery connector as a guide to align it correctly.

    Once you have inserted the battery, remove the logicboard at this point to properly position the battery.


  23. Installing the Taptic Engine

    • 1 × 2.0 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2.0 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. Put the Taptic Engine back between battery and Lightning connector.

    Make sure that the screw holes of the taptic engine fit correctly.

    1. Press the Taptic Engine connector so that it clicks into place.
    2. Fix the Taptic Engine with the screws that were previously loosened.
    3. Put on the small flex cable and attach its connector.
  24. Inserting the speaker

    • 1 × 2.1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.2 mm Y-type
    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    1. Put the speaker back in its original place and press it firmly.

    Be sure to position the flex cable correctly between the battery and speaker.

    1. Now screw the speaker back on.
    2. Attach the connector of the flex cable.
    3. Place the cover plate over the flex cable and fix it with the screws.
  25. Inserting the logic board

    • 1 × 2.4 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 2.1 mm Standoff
    • 1 × 1.6 mm Phillips
    1. Put the logic board back into its original place. The camera bracket must be seated above the board.
    2. Screw the logic board tight.
  26. Connecting the connectors on the logic board

    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the connectors on the logic board 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the connectors on the logic board 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the connectors on the logic board 03
    • Connector

    Attach the three connectors on the logic board.

    1. First position the connectors over their sockets and then carefully press them down with your finger.
  27. Inserting the SIM card tray

    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the SIM card tray  01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Inserting the SIM card tray  02
    1. Slide the SIM card holder back into its corresponding opening on the device frame.

    If the holder does not slide in easily, check the position of the logic board again.

  28. Installing the Wi-Fi antenna

    • 1 × 1.3 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. Put the Wi-Fi antenna back into the case of your iPhone SE.
    2. Screw the antenna mount to the case frame.
    3. Then press it lightly to reattach the adhesive film.
    4. Now attach the connector of the antenna.
  29. Installing the plastic bracket

    • 1 × 2.5 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Put the small connector piece in its original place and screw it tight.
    2. Now insert the plastic bracket and screw it tight as well.
  30. Attaching the connector of the volume control cable

    • Connector
    • 1 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 2.7 mm Phillips
    1. Attach the connector of the standby and volume buttom again.
    2. Put the bracket plate back on the connector and fasten it with the screws.
  31. Installing the iSight camera

    • Connector
    • 1 × 2.9 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 3.0 mm Standoff
    1. Put the camera back into its case opening and press it firmly.
    2. Now attach the camera connector.
    3. Put the cover plate of the camera back on and screw it tight.
  32. Detaching the old and aligning the new adhesive frame

    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the old and aligning the new adhesive frame 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the old and aligning the new adhesive frame 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Detaching the old and aligning the new adhesive frame 03

    After opening and attaching a new adhesive frame, your iPhone is again protected against dust and splash water, but not 100% waterproof!

    1. First remove all remaining adhesive residues on the metal frame and display, so that the new adhesive frame fits smoothly. Use tweezers or a spudger to help you.
    2. Try aligning the adhesive frame on the back cover of your iPhone SE to ensure proper placement.

    The corners of the adhesive frame differ and help with the correct alignment on the back cover.

    Used tools
  33. Attaching the FaceTime connector

    • Connector
    • 3 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Place the display upright on the upper case frame and connect the FaceTime connector on the logicboard.
    2. Now sideline the display on the the case frame.
    3. Place the bracket plate back over the FaceTime connector and fix it with the three Phillips screws.
  34. Connecting the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Connecting the display 03
    • Connector
    1. Attach the connectors from the home button and the display to the logic board.
  35. Attaching the battery connector

    • Connector
    • 2 × 2.6 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.0 mm Phillips
    1. Reattach the battery connector.
    2. Place the bracket plate over the battery connector and fix it with the four Phillips screws.
  36. Attaching the display

    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 03
    iPhone SE (2020) - Attaching the display 04
    • Wrong position
    • Right position
    1. Position the display on the side of the case frame and carefully fold it onto your iPhone.
    2. If a specific cable is not seated correctly, problems like spots on the display can occur. Therefore, before closing, make sure that the chip on the cable is in the right position. Use our photo to find the exact position.

    3. Then press the entire surface of the display into the case frame.
  37. Fastening the rear case screws

    • 2 × 3.4 Pentalobe
    1. Screw the two pentalobe screws to the left and right of the Lightning connector into the rear case of your iPhone SE.
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