Apple iPhone SE - Replacing the Home button

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

  • iPhone SE
  • 11 Steps
  • Easy
  • 30 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone SE’s defective Home button cable on your own. You need this repair if the Home button no longer works or only sometimes works. Please note: We do not recommend replacing the Home button. For privacy protection reasons, Touch ID only works in combination with the original Home button.

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
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Replacement parts and tools for this repair

Our tools plus the right spare part help you fix your device easily.

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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.

11 steps
  1. Turning off your iPhone SE

    iPhone SE - Turning off your iPhone SE 01
    iPhone SE - Turning off your iPhone SE 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.
  2. Removing the enclosure screws

    iPhone SE - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the enclosure screws 02
    • 2 × Pentalobe
    1. You need a pentalobe screwdriver to open the iPhone SE.
    2. Remove the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure. They are located to the right and left of the Lightning connector. Store these screws in the same box.
  3. Lifting the display

    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 01
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 02
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 03
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 04
    iPhone SE - Lifting the display 05
    1. Put your iPhone SE on a soft, clean surface to avoid scratching the back.
    2. To lift the display, you need a suction cup and a hard plastic pick. If the screen is severely cracked, cover all of it with tape before you continue. Risk of injury due to broken glass.
    3. Place the suction cup over the Home button if possible (otherwise, put it next to the button). While lifting the display with the suction cup, use the hard plastic pick to press down the aluminum frame. At the same time, insert the hard plastic pick between the aluminum frame and the display. This usually takes several attempts.
    4. Once a little gap has opened up between these two parts, you can open it further by slightly turning the pick.
    5. As soon as you can lift the display a few millimeters, you have to carefully work your way around the outside until it’s loosened on both sides.Don’t take off the display all the way. You have to disconnect the Home button first.
    6. There’s a metal cover blocking the Home button. Carefully detach the cover using a pair of tweezers.
    7. As soon as the cover is off, you can disconnect the Home button from the flexible flat Lightning cable.
  4. Disconnecting the battery contact

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the battery contact 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the battery contact 02
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the battery contact 03
    • 2 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. The battery contact and the contact for the flexible flat Lightning cable are under a cover. This cover is fastened with two Phillips screws. Remove the Phillips screws using a Phillips screwdriver and then lift the cover with a pair of tweezers. Put all the parts in the same compartment of the organizer tray.
    2. Carefully detach the battery contact using the spudger. Insert the pointed tip of the spudger slightly below the connector. If you don’t have a spudger, you can also try using your fingernail.
  5. Disconnecting the display contacts

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 02
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 03
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 04
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 05
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the display contacts 06
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    • Connector
    1. First remove the four Phillips screws from the silver cover. Put the screws in the same container. Then lift the cover to remove it.
    2. Disconnect the following three overlapping connectors in the order shown in the image. Be very careful. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below each contact and lift it up.
  6. Removing the Home button

    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 04
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 05
    iPhone SE - Removing the Home button 06
    • 1 × Phillips
    • 2 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    1. First remove the single Phillips screw fastening the home button cable and fold it up.
    2. Then remove the two equally sized Phillips screws on the home button bracket. Then take off the bracket and store everything together.
    3. Carefully insert the steel laboratory spatula below the cable set, which is glued on, to detach it.
    4. The Home button is glued to the screen from the inside. Using your finger, carefully press the button inward from the front side.
    5. Once the cable set is detached, you can lift it out.
  7. Installing the Home button

    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 04
    iPhone SE - Installing the Home button 05
    • 2 × 1.2 mm Phillips
    • 1 × Phillips
    1. Put the Home button in its original position and gently press it onto the display so the glue will stick.
    2. Put on the silver cover and screw the Home button in place with the two Phillips screws.
    3. Then place the cable on the hole of the cover plate and fasten it using the Phillips screw.
  8. Connecting the display

    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 03
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 04
    • Front camera flex
    • LCD
    • Digitizer
    • 1 × 1.4 mm Phillips
    • 1 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    • 2 × 1.1 mm Phillips
    1. Reconnect the connectors. Connecting the display connector sometimes takes a few tries. Be very careful to avoid bending the connectors.
    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 display connectors aren’t connected properly, stripes will appear on the display or parts of the touchscreen won’t work.
    3. Install the cover and screw it in place.
  9. Connecting the battery contact

    iPhone SE - Connecting the battery contact 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the battery contact 02
    iPhone SE - Connecting the battery contact 03
    • Connector
    • 2 × 1.5 mm Phillips
    1. Connect the battery contact to the logic board.
    2. Put the cover back on and screw it in place with the two Phillips screws.
  10. Attaching the display

    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 03
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 04
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 05
    1. Insert the display into the enclosure at the upper edge where the connection cables are. The display has to click into place correctly.
    2. Before you can connect your device to the display, you have to connect the Home button to the Lightning connector and secure them with the cover.
    3. Carefully press on the display toward the Home button until it’s entirely in the frame. The display has to be flush with the frame.
  11. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone SE - Fastening the enclosure screws 01
    • 2 × 3.8 mm Pentalobe
    1. Now screw in the two pentalobe screws at the bottom of the enclosure.
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