Replace 6 Plus home button gasket?

Shredder96

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I (and other people I think) have a 6 plus whose home button sometimes crackles a bit or pops, like a pre-click. I've opened up my phone to see if the home button itself was loose before, but it wasn't.

My question is can you replace just the rubber gasket which creates the actual pressing feel of your home button? The pictures I've seen lead me to believe you can.


Here's a link to the gasket I'm referring to: https://www.ifixit.com/Store/iPhone/iPhone-6-and-6-Plus-Home-Button-Gasket/IF269-016-1?gclid=CjwKEAiAlvilBRC5ueCzkpXb4kgSJADxop1BknGseCttxhL_Yn-rWYfx13wut6QHiBo6CWsoVErmnhoCkcrw_wcB
 

Shredder96

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Well, pretty sure the gasket's easy to replace. I bought one online for $2.99 so once that gets here I'll try to slap it in and post results.
 

Trey M

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I (and other people I think) have a 6 plus whose home button sometimes crackles a bit or pops, like a pre-click. I've opened up my phone to see if the home button itself was loose before, but it wasn't.

My question is can you replace just the rubber gasket which creates the actual pressing feel of your home button? The pictures I've seen lead me to believe you can.


Here's a link to the gasket I'm referring to: https://www.ifixit.com/Store/iPhone/iPhone-6-and-6-Plus-Home-Button-Gasket/IF269-016-1?gclid=CjwKEAiAlvilBRC5ueCzkpXb4kgSJADxop1BknGseCttxhL_Yn-rWYfx13wut6QHiBo6CWsoVErmnhoCkcrw_wcB
In my experience with this problem the 'pre-click' you describe is actually caused when debris of some kind gets in between the home button and the framing surrounding it.

My solution (which I learned from another member here on MR) is to get a cue tip, and pour rubbing alcohol on it. Then, apply pressure with the cue tip and move it in a circular motion around your home button. You obviously will want to be conservative when you pour the rubbing alcohol on the cue tip. However, if you follow these steps, it should fix the problem within an hour. I have had this problem a lot with several of my iPhones (though most notably on the 6 for some reason) and this fix has worked for me.
 

Shredder96

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May 15, 2012
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In my experience with this problem the 'pre-click' you describe is actually caused when debris of some kind gets in between the home button and the framing surrounding it.



My solution (which I learned from another member here on MR) is to get a cue tip, and pour rubbing alcohol on it. Then, apply pressure with the cue tip and move it in a circular motion around your home button. You obviously will want to be conservative when you pour the rubbing alcohol on the cue tip. However, if you follow these steps, it should fix the problem within an hour. I have had this problem a lot with several of my iPhones (though most notably on the 6 for some reason) and this fix has worked for me.

Thanks man, I'll definitely give that a go!
 

Shredder96

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Well, I swapped out the gasket which I now think is hilariously unimportant to the actual clicking mechanic of the home button! However I found that this bracket (pic below) is the backstop to the clicking mechanism -- which I also learned is just on the back of the home button itself.

So long story short, I partially disassembled my iPhone 6 Plus to find that my bracket was slightly bowed outward, so I ever so slightly bent it back to normal, and put it back together! Feels much better.



Dot in the center is the little backstop:
 
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Farsider

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I have the same problem and the rubbing alcohol clean does the trick.....for about month then it gets clogged up again. Seems to clog up quickly with finger oils and dirt.

I got some 99% rubbing alcohol off Amazon and it does the trick every time.

Never had a problem with my previous iPhones.
 

WilliamG

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In my experience with this problem the 'pre-click' you describe is actually caused when debris of some kind gets in between the home button and the framing surrounding it.

My solution (which I learned from another member here on MR) is to get a cue tip, and pour rubbing alcohol on it. Then, apply pressure with the cue tip and move it in a circular motion around your home button. You obviously will want to be conservative when you pour the rubbing alcohol on the cue tip. However, if you follow these steps, it should fix the problem within an hour. I have had this problem a lot with several of my iPhones (though most notably on the 6 for some reason) and this fix has worked for me.
I just happened across this thread in browsing, and can confirm - independently (I had no idea this was a general issue or that this was a possible solution!) that the rubbing alcohol+qtip combination worked a treat on my 6 Plus home button. That "gritty" button feel that started occurring in the last month or so was really bugging me. Took me fewer than 10 seconds to clean my home button this way, and the issue hasn't returned yet. If it does, I know how to fix it!
 

brainbcn

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Well, I swapped out the gasket which I now think is hilariously unimportant to the actual clicking mechanic of the home button! However I found that this bracket (pic below) is the backstop to the clicking mechanism -- which I also learned is just on the back of the home button itself.

So long story short, I partially disassembled my iPhone 6 Plus to find that my bracket was slightly bowed outward, so I ever so slightly bent it back to normal, and put it back together! Feels much better.



Dot in the center is the little backstop:
Did you softly push its bracket against home button in order to have its position back to expected normality? I am concerned about disassembly my iPhone due personal lack of ability in tasks like this. LOL .
 
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