The iPhone 6/6 Plus has revolutionized how daily tasks in our lives are completed with minimal stress, but there comes a time in every smart device’s life when a malfunction occurs. Apart from the iPhone screen, the home button is one of the most utilized components, so ensuring it’s functioning at all times is mandatory.
Where is the Home Button on the iPhone 6/6 Plus?
There are only four physical buttons on the iPhone, but located on the front of the iPhone you’ll find the home button, which houses a majority of the devices functionality. The home button on the iPhone 6/6 Plus has a unique component, and that’s the Touch ID. The Touch ID has a fingerprint identity sensor built into the home button so only you can unlock your iPhone. iOS 7 and 8 also house some interesting features and shortcuts such as:
- Access Siri
- Music App Controls
- Accessibility Controls
- Favorite/Recent Contacts
When your Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus home button is not working, you’ll find yourself struggling to complete the simplest tasks. If your iPhone’s home button sticks more than your gum or you’re receiving error 53 playing over and over, now is the time to fix your broken iPhone 6/6 Plus’ home button to regain your technology freedom.
Common iPhone 6 Home Button Problems
Repeatedly slamming your finger into a broken, sticky, or burning hot iPhone 6/6 Plus home button won’t magically fix your crippled device. If your one-year Apple warranty has expired, it may be time to invest in the professional services of CPR Cell Phone Repair, or fix your Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus’ broken home button yourself with a DIY kit. Before you drop a single dime, try these three simple tips to fix an unresponsive home button.
- Recalibrate Unresponsive Home Button
- Open any general app like, Weather that comes pre-installed on your iPhone 6/6 Plus.
- At the same time, press and hold the Power (sleep/wake) button until the “slide to power off” slider appears.
- Release the power button and then press and hold the home button until the, “slide to power off” slider vanishes.
- The application you’ve chosen closes, and you’ll now have a more responsive iPhone 6/6 Plus home button.
- Enable On-Screen Home Button
- If recalibrating your home button fails, then enabling your on-screen home button is your next priority.
- Simply go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch > Toggle On
How to Replace iPhone 6/6 Plus Home button
Error 53 After Replacing iPhone Home Button
As technology advances, there’s still room for dreadful technical malfunctions like, error 53. This common error occurs when replacing a broken home button’s Touch ID on the iPhone 6/6 Plus with an unoriginal part from another phone, or a damaged flex cable. This error will display when restoring or upgrading from iTunes after you’ve tried fixing your iPhone’s Touch ID. Every iPhone 6/6 Plus home button Touch ID sensor is encrypted with a unique serial number that’s not interchangeable with any other device. To fix this annoying error, replacing a basic accessory i-e USB cable is a quick and inexpensive fix. Apart from changing USB port or cable, your other option is to replace the cable connecting your Touch ID.
NOTE: Before you try to replace the iPhone 6/6 Plus home button yourself, keep in mind that you may get such an error after replacing the home button, but if you still want to take the risk, read the DIY guide to replacing the iPhone 6/6 Plus home button found below.
DIY Guide to iPhone 6 Home Button Replacement
If none of the recommended options worked and you’re willing to play doctor, investing in the right tools to resurrect your home button is necessary. Please note that only the iPhone 6/6 Plus’ original assembly will be able to use the Touch ID function. Installing a new home button will only restore normal home button functionality, and not the Touch ID features.
- Small suction cup
- Plastic opening tools
- Phillips #00 screwdriver
- P2 pentalobe screwdriver iPhone
- Power off your iPhone 6/6 Plus and remove the two 3.6 mm pentalobe screws next to the lighting connector or where you commonly plug your phone in.
- Take your suction cup and press it right above the home button ensuring it’s securely tight on the screen.
- Hold the iPhone firmly with one hand, and with the other, pull up on the suction cup to slowly separate the front panel assembly from the rear of the case.
- Utilizing the plastic opening tool, gently pry the rear case down and away from the display assembly. While doing so, continue to pull up with your suction cup.
- Note: There are several clips holding the front panel assembly and the rear case, so use a combination of the suction cup and the plastic opening tool to free the front panel assembly slowly.
- Gently pull the plastic nub on the suction cup to release the vacuum seal and then remove the suction from the display assembly.
- Using the top of the phone as a hinge, pull the home button end of the front panel away from the rear case.
- Remove the five Phillips screws that secure the front panel assembly cable bracket. There will be the following screws:
- Three 1.2 mm screws
- One 1.7 mm screw
- One 3.1 mm screw
- Remove the front panel assembly cable bracket from the logic board.
- Using the flat end of the spudger tool, disconnect the front-facing camera, sensor cable connector, and the home button cable connector.
- Then, disconnect the display data cable connector using the same side of the spudger tool as before.
- Use the flat end of the spudger tool to disconnect the digitizer cable connector.
- Now slowly remove the front panel assembly from the rear case.
- Remove the two 1.9 mm Phillips #00 screws that secure the home button bracket.
- Remove the home button bracket from the front panel.
- Using the point of the spudger tool, disconnect the home button cable connector by gently pushing it up and away from the home button.
- Slowly and gently push the top left corner of the home button up and away from the front panel. Do not push the home button all the way through as this membrane is very thin.
- Gently peal back the home button the rest of the way off of the display with the spudger tool.
- Using the point of the spudger tool, carefully separate the home button cable from the adhesive that’s securing it to the front panel.
- Once the adhesive has been stripped, remove the home button from the front panel.
- You may need to remove the rubber gasket around your home button depending on your replacement model.
- Using a set of tweezers, carefully pull the gasket up and off of the home button carefully so you don’t snag it on the home button cable.
- To reassemble your iPhone 6/6 Plus, simply follow these instructions in reverse order and you have officially fixed your iPhone’s broken home button.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace My iPhone 6 Home Button?
Rather than taking the risk and hassle of doing the repair yourself, you can use one of the many repair services. Here are the leading vendors and costs associated with repairing a broken iPhone 6/6 Plus home button.
Official Apple Service
If you’re within your one-year Apple Care warranty, Apple will charge you $79.00 to repair your broken home button. If you’re Apple Care warranty has expired, expect to pay approximately $200.00 for all iPhone 6/6 Plus home button repairs.
If paying $200.00 is not in your budget to repair your broken home button, shopping for the best price is going to save you time, money, and headaches. Some services like iFixandRepair are charging $70.00, and Genius Phone Repair is quoted at $104.99 to fix an iPhone 6/6 Plus home button.
CPR Cell Phone Repair Service
Ensuring your iPhone 6/6 Plus home button is properly fixed the first time for the right price, iPhone 6 repair service by CPR is the most reliable solution. To replace a broken home button for the iPhone 6/6 Plus, you will be spending $75.00 to ensure your phone is functioning like new.
If none of these options worked, you probably need a professional repair for your iPhone 6/6 Plus home button. Our experienced technicians are happy to help. We keep parts for most common repairs in stock, so most of the time you can walk in a wait while we repair your phone. We also offer a mail-in repair service for customers who can’t get to a local store.