Replacing the standby/volume control cable

You can’t adjust the volume or turn on your device, or the mute button isn’t working.

  • iPhone SE
  • 40 Steps
  • Medium
  • 120 min.
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Introduction

In this guide, we show you how to replace your iPhone SE’s defective standby/volume control cable on your own. You need this repair if the volume rocker switch isn’t working or has no pressure point. You also need it if you can’t mute or turn on your device. This guide can also help if the videos you record only have static or no sound at all, or if your phone isn’t triggering the camera flash.

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.

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Replacing the standby/volume control cable

Steps

40 Steps

Getting started

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40 steps
  1. Turning off your iPhone SE

    iPhone SE - Turning off your iPhone SE 01
    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 SE - Removing the enclosure screws 01
    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. Put the screws in the same container.
      2 x 3.8 mm pentalobe screw
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  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
    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.
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  4. 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
    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.
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.1 mm Phillips screw
    2. Disconnect the following three overlapping connectors in the order shown below. Be very careful. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below each contact and lift it up.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touchscreen
      Display
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  5. 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
    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 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    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.
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  6. Disconnecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 02
    1. Disconnect the plug connection on the Lightning connector’s ribbon cable. Place the pointed tip of the spudger very slightly below the contact and lift it up. The ribbon cable is lightly glued to the logic board. Detach it from the logic board and then carefully fold the cable over.
    2. Also use the spudger to detach the antenna cable from the logic board.
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  7. Removing the Lightning connector’s screws

    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector’s screws 01
    1. Remove the following seven Phillips screws. Put the screws in different containers so you can easily identify them later.
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
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  8. Removing the speaker

    iPhone SE - Removing the speaker 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the speaker 02
    1. Use the flat end of the spudger to carefully lift the speaker out of the enclosure. Note that there are two tabs holding the speaker in the device. One of the two tabs is under the logic board, below the antenna connection. The second tab is below the connection for the Home button on the Lightning connector.
    2. Use the tweezers to turn and remove the speaker.
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  9. Removing the Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the Lightning connector 04
    1. The Lightning connector is glued to the back cover. To detach the glue, use a heat gun to heat the back cover and the connector.
    2. Using the steel laboratory spatula, carefully disconnect the Lightning connector by inserting the steel spatula under various parts of the flexible flat cable.
    3. Carefully remove the ribbon cable using your fingers or the tweezers.
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  10. Removing the battery

    iPhone SE - Removing the battery 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the battery 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the battery 03
    1. The battery is attached to the back cover by two adhesive strips. One end of the two adhesive strips comes out below the battery and is folded up. Unfold the end to simplify the next step.
    2. Carefully pull the black end of the adhesive strips at a very flat angle to detach the battery. You can also separate the two adhesive strips and then remove one after the other. Hold the battery and your device in place the whole time.The adhesive strips could tear. If that happens, you can heat your device with hot air and then use the spudger to carefully pry out the battery.
    3. Once you’ve removed the adhesive strips, you can take out the battery.
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  11. Removing the rear camera

    iPhone SE - Removing the rear camera 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the rear camera 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the rear camera 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the rear camera 04
    1. Using the spudger, carefully disconnect the iSight camera’s connector from the logic board.
    2. Remove the black sticker.
    3. The camera is held in place by a rubber cover. The cover is hooked onto two metal tabs. Detach the cover from the two tabs and fold it over toward the edge of the back cover.
    4. Remove the camera.
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  12. Removing the SIM card

    iPhone SE - Removing the SIM card 01
    1. Remove the SIM card and SIM card tray from the enclosure.
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  13. Disconnecting the flexible flat volume cable

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the flexible flat volume cable 01
    1. Use the spudger to disconnect the flexible flat volume cable’s contact from the logic board.
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  14. Removing the antenna contact

    iPhone SE - Removing the antenna contact 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the antenna contact 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the antenna contact 03
    1. The antenna contact is fastened with two Phillips screws. Remove these screws.
      1 x 1.1mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.2mm Phillips screw
    2. Remove the contact from the enclosure.
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  15. Removing the logic board

    iPhone SE - Removing the logic board 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the logic board 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the logic board 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the logic board 04
    iPhone SE - Removing the logic board 05
    1. Remove the six screws that attach the logic board to the back cover.
      3 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
    2. Please note: The bottom of the logic board is connected to an antenna cable.
    3. Carefully lift the logic board and turn it 180° along its longitudinal axis, i.e. towards the volume rocker switch.
    4. Disconnect the antenna contact from the logic board.
    5. Remove the logic board from the back cover.
    6. Take the washer out of the enclosure and put it with the screws.
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  16. Removing the vibrator motor

    iPhone SE - Removing the vibrator motor 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the vibrator motor 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the vibrator motor 03
    1. Remove the three Phillips screws that hold the vibrator motor in place.
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
    2. Remove the motor.
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  17. Disconnecting the volume cable

    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the volume cable 01
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the volume cable 02
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the volume cable 03
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the volume cable 04
    iPhone SE - Disconnecting the volume cable 05
    1. The volume cable is glued to the back cover. Heat the back cover with hot air to prevent damage and make it easier to detach the cable.
    2. Using the steel laboratory spatula, carefully disconnect the flexible flat volume cable by gently inserting the spatula between the cable and the back cover.
    3. Remove the three Phillips screws that hold the volume rocker switch and the mute button in place.
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      You don’t remove the flexible flat volume cable from your device in this step.
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  18. Removing the flash cover

    iPhone SE - Removing the flash cover 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the flash cover 02
    1. The flash is also on the flexible flat volume cable. There’s a cover holding the flash in place. Unscrew the two Phillips screws holding the cover in place.
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
    2. Use the tweezers to remove the cover from the back cover.
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  19. Removing the flexible flat volume cable

    iPhone SE - Removing the flexible flat volume cable 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the flexible flat volume cable 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the flexible flat volume cable 03
    iPhone SE - Removing the flexible flat volume cable 04
    iPhone SE - Removing the flexible flat volume cable 05
    iPhone SE - Removing the flexible flat volume cable 06
    iPhone SE - Removing the flexible flat volume cable 07
    1. Unscrew the Phillips screw holding the standby button in place.
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
    2. Remove the rubber flap holding the rear camera in place to make more room. The rubber flap has a rubber block on one side, which is clamped into an opening in the back cover. Carefully pull the flap to avoid tearing the block off of the flap.
    3. Remove the black foam strip that’s stuck to the back of the standby button.
    4. Remove the volume rocker switch and the mute button to make the following step easier.
    5. One side of the standby button is attached to an axis on the back cover (blue arrow). To disconnect the button, you have to fold it out to an angle of at least 45°. Sometimes the flexible flat cable is still stuck to the back cover. Always be careful when detaching it to avoid damage.
    6. Remove the flexible flat volume cable from the enclosure.
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  20. Removing the controls

    iPhone SE - Removing the controls 01
    iPhone SE - Removing the controls 02
    iPhone SE - Removing the controls 03
    1. Remove the three buttons for the volume rocker switch, the mute button and the standby button. Start with the volume rocker switch.
    2. Remove the mute button.
    3. Remove the standby button from the enclosure.
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  21. Installing the controls

    iPhone SE - Installing the controls 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the controls 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the controls 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the controls 04
    iPhone SE - Installing the controls 05
    1. Insert the three buttons for the volume rocker switch, the mute button and the standby button into the enclosure.
    2. Start with the standby button. Pay close attention to the position of the standby button. There’s a rocker switch on the button that has to face up, i.e. towards the open side of the back cover.
    3. Install the mute button and then the volume rocker switch. Once again, pay close attention to the position. The mute button has an orange stripe. This stripe has to face up, i.e. towards the open side of the back cover.
    4. The volume rocker switch has to be installed so the plus symbol is between the mute button and the minus symbol.
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  22. Installing the flexible flat volume cable

    iPhone SE - Installing the flexible flat volume cable 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the flexible flat volume cable 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the flexible flat volume cable 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the flexible flat volume cable 04
    iPhone SE - Installing the flexible flat volume cable 05
    iPhone SE - Installing the flexible flat volume cable 06
    iPhone SE - Installing the flexible flat volume cable 07
    1. Position the standby button so it’s at an angle to the axis in the back cover.
    2. Attach the standby button to the axis using the side shaped like a hook (blue arrow). The standby button has to be at least at a 45° angle to the outer wall.
    3. Align the flexible flat cable in the back cover so the volume rocker switch and the mute button are facing the corresponding openings in the enclosure. This will make the following steps easier.
    4. Put the flash in the appropriate opening in the back cover and position the ambient microphone. Then attach the black foam to the standby button.
    5. Attach the black rubber flap to the enclosure again. You have to push the end with the rubber block into the opening in the back cover.
    6. Use the Phillips screw to secure the standby button in the back cover.
      1 x 1.8 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
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  23. Installing the flash cover

    iPhone SE - Installing the flash cover 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the flash cover 02
    1. Put the cover that holds the flash in place back where it was originally.
    2. Fasten the cover with the two Phillips screws.
      2 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
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  24. Attaching the volume cable

    iPhone SE - Attaching the volume cable 01
    iPhone SE - Attaching the volume cable 02
    1. Use the three Phillips screws to attach the volume rocker switch and the mute button to the enclosure, and gently press on the flexible flat cable so it sticks to the back cover.
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      1 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      1 x 1.6 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
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  25. Installing the vibrator motor

    iPhone SE - Installing the vibrator motor 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the vibrator motor 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the vibrator motor 03
    1. Put the vibrator motor in its original position.
    2. Use the three Phillips screws to attach the motor to the back cover.
      1 x 2.3 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
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  26. Installing the logic board

    iPhone SE - Installing the logic board 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the logic board 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the logic board 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the logic board 04
    iPhone SE - Installing the logic board 05
    1. Put the washer back in.
    2. Position the logic board so you can access the bottom of it.
    3. Connect the antenna cable to the socket on the bottom of the logic board.
    4. Put the logic board in the back cover.
    5. Use the six screws to attach the logic board to the back cover as before.
      3 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw (not magnetic)
      2 x 2.1 mm Phillips screw
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  27. Connecting the antenna contact

    iPhone SE - Connecting the antenna contact 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the antenna contact 02
    iPhone SE - Connecting the antenna contact 03
    1. Put the antenna contact back in its position in the enclosure.
    2. Fasten the contact with the two Phillips screws.
      1 x 1.1mm Phillips screw (at 90° angle)
      1 x 2.2mm Phillips screw
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  28. Connecting the flexible flat volume cable

    iPhone SE - Connecting the flexible flat volume cable 01
    1. Connect the flexible flat volume cable’s plug contact to the logic board.
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  29. Inserting the SIM card

    iPhone SE - Inserting the SIM card 01
    1. Reinsert the SIM card and SIM card tray into the enclosure.
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  30. Installing the rear camera

    iPhone SE - Installing the rear camera 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the rear camera 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the rear camera 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the rear camera 04
    1. Put the rear camera in the original position in the back cover.
    2. Attach the camera with the rubber cover you removed before by hooking the cover onto the two metal tabs.
    3. Put the black sticker back on.
    4. Connect the camera to the logic board.
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  31. Installing the battery

    iPhone SE - Installing the battery 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the battery 02
    iPhone SE - Installing the battery 03
    iPhone SE - Installing the battery 04
    1. You need to put on two new adhesive strips to attach the battery to the back cover. The adhesive strips have to be positioned so the two tips end just before the flexible flat volume cable, and the strips are centered between the logic board and the outer wall opposite it.
    2. Use your fingers to firmly press the adhesive strips onto the back cover so they won’t get stuck on the red film when you pull it off.
    3. Remove the red protective film.
    4. Position the battery so that it’s centered on the adhesive strips. You can also use the black end of the adhesive strips to orient yourself. The battery has to line up exactly with the white adhesive strips. Make sure there’s enough space between the battery and the logic board for the battery connection.
    5. Fold over the black end in the middle.
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  32. Installing the Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Installing the Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Installing the Lightning connector 02
    1. Put the Lightning connector in its original position in the back cover.
    2. Press on the flexible flat cable firmly so the glue will stick to the back cover better.
    3. Make sure the microphone with the rubber sleeve, the Lightning connector and the headphone jack are fitted properly in the frame.
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  33. Installing the speaker

    iPhone SE - Installing the speaker 01
    1. Put the speaker back where it was originally. Note that there are two tabs holding the speaker in the device. One of the two tabs is under the logic board, below the antenna connection. The second tab is below the connection for the Home button on the Lightning connector.Use the tweezers to turn the speaker and insert it.
    2. Drehe den Lautsprecher mit der Pinzette hinein.
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  34. Fastening the Lightning connector’s screws

    iPhone SE - Fastening the Lightning connector’s screws 01
    1. Fasten the Lightning connector with the seven Phillips screws.
      1 x 3.0 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 3.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.3 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 2.7 mm Phillips screw
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  35. Connecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector

    iPhone SE - Connecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the antenna connector and Lightning connector 02
    1. Connect the antenna cable to the logic board.
    2. Reconnect the Lightning connector to the logic board.
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  36. 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
    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.
      2 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
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  37. Connecting the display

    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 01
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 02
    iPhone SE - Connecting the display 03
    1. Reconnect the connectors. Connecting the display connector sometimes takes a few tries. Be very careful to avoid bending the connectors.
      Front camera/sensor/earpiece/ambient microphone
      Touchscreen
      Display
    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.
      1 x 1.4 mm Phillips screw
      1 x 1.5 mm Phillips screw
      2 x 1.1 mm Phillips screw
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  38. Attaching the display

    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 01
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 02
    iPhone SE - Attaching the display 03
    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.
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  39. Fastening the enclosure screws

    iPhone SE - 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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  40. Setting the time

    iPhone SE - 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 isn’t 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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