iphone 3g home button fix

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by toeme, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. toeme macrumors newbie

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    For those people who have to press hard on the home button for it to register, i suggest you try my method first before you go and break the digitizer and and pry out the home button.

    The way i fixed it was by adding tape to the back side of the ribbon with the copper that touches the board of the logic board. By applying tape to the back side, you're lifting up the ribbon so that it can contact the logic board, thus registering the home function when press.

    lift the ribbon with a flat head or something flat so that it doesn't stick to the plastic.
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    it should be on the right side of the button. Gently lift up the ribbon so that it gives you room to add tape on the bottom(or something that lifts it up)

    When this is accomplished make sure that the ribbon is still aligned so that it can connect to the logic board
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    the part that says "J3 >" is where the copper connector is going to touch.

    after you have finish that, make sure to put the screen back and then test out your home button. If that doesn't work, then you can go ahead and buy a new home button.

    pictures provided by rapidrepair.com
     
  2. chargit macrumors 6502a

    chargit

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    Very Good iDea!

    Good idea! I have thought about bending that connector up before to help it make contact but didnt think about a simple piece of tape to help it hold up!
     
  3. Gadgetgeezer macrumors regular

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    You can bend the connectors up with a very small, thin pair of tweezers - has worked for me but you have to be very very careful. Let's face it, these connectors do get a bit squashed after many thousand presses of the home button.
     
  4. chargit macrumors 6502a

    chargit

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    ya I broke one of the connectors on a 3gs and had to replace it. they are very fragile!!
     
  5. Osmarche macrumors newbie

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    I have a better solution!

    Hello guys I have a solution that may work for everyone, atleast thouse who's iPhones' home buttons are not responding as they should, I have a theory which was how I came to this way of fixing it, I fix mine this way!! Ok first you have to know that one thing that makes the home button unresponsive is DIRT! My theory is that aur finger's natural oil and all the dirt that can be in contact with the button actually gets inside the circuitry of the button, preventing the two layers to contact... Ok now to the solution, you will need two things one is kerossene and the other is a needle, you will open your phone with the best method you can find, i found mine on YouTube just look it up, then one you have opened you phone you will look for the home button, and you will see that there are two structures, one on top of the other that come close to each other when you press the button, you will also see there is a very small gap in between those layers that become visible once you realease the button, ok here, is what you need to do, using the needle or something like that you need to put two or three very small drops of kerossene in the gap and the press and realease the home button many times until it stars working fine again. You will be surprises to see your home button working just as it worked when you first bought it.
     

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