How Difficult Would It Be to Replace the Home Button?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MICHAELSD, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

    MICHAELSD

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    I was stupidly using my iPad while dozing into a needed sleep, only to begin to fall asleep, let go, and have the iPad bring back my focus with a thud to the wood floor. It was only a one or two foot drop, and thankfully, the center of the screen landed on my MagSafe power adapter. I don't see any marks on my screen at all (iPhone 4 couldn't withstand that so well), but my home button got a few annoying marks. I saw iPad home buttons for around $5 on eBay, and I'd be fine with paying a little to get a new home button if anything just because it's cheap to fix and I'm annoyed that this happened.

    Would I need to take my entire iPad apart? Which sellers are known to have OEM parts? Thanks.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    If its anything like the construction of the iphone then you will need to remove to screen. In doing this you will void your warranty, so you will not be covered if the iPad breaks in the future.
     
  3. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    I would take it back to the Apple store and let them do it.
     
  4. b.c. macrumors 6502

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  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    I truly don't understand. You would completely dismantle your iPad to replace a fully functioning home button because it has a few marks on it? That seems reckless to me. The potential for damaging the unit's functionality and voiding the warranty seems too great compared to the potential benefit.

    But hey, to each his own.

    Cheers,
     
  6. MICHAELSD thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I wasn't sure how complicate replacing it would be. I won't completely take my iPad apart to replace the home button, but if it was a quick two screws, one cable disconnect, and one "plop the button off," I would consider replacing it since it would only cost $5-$10. Thanks, anyway.
     

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