With the release of the iPhone 7 came a massive change to one of Apple’s main features—the home button. Instead of including the physical button that we are all accustomed to, Apple replaced it with a sensory driven button that, when pushed, no longer depresses. Though the feature is undeniably brilliant, with change always comes room for error. If you’re experiencing issues with the home button, consider our suggestions for an iPhone 7 home button replacement.
iPhone 7 Home Button Functions
Though Apple revamped the design of the home button, the basic functions it performs remain the same. You can still:
- Unlock your phone using Touch ID
- Access Siri
- Access Apple Pay
- Return to the home screen
Apple’s Taptic Engine powers the new home button. This means that even though you aren’t pushing a button, it can recognize if you are force touching, tapping, or pushing it. These actions can also be customized in your Settings app to respond to specific pressures of your choosing.
iPhone 7 Home Button Not Working?
If you’ve found that your home button is not working properly, you’ll also notice Apple has designed a feature to address the issue. Once your phone detects a malfunction with the home button, it will display a message that says, “The home button may need service.” After this message is displayed, an on-screen home button will appear for your use as a temporary fix.
There are many reasons your home button may be malfunctioning, but the most common issues involve falls and water damage. The iPhone 7 received an IP67 rating, meaning it is dust resistant and water resistant (up to 1 meter of water, for 30 minutes), but accidental damage still happens.
iPhone 7 Touch ID Disclaimer
Due to the design of the home button, replacing the button will result in loss of the Touch ID feature. The home button will only serve basic functions such as: returning home, accessing Siri, etc. after replacement. Currently, the only repair available that will restore the phone to its full functionality is through Apple.
iPhone 7 Home Button Replacement Cost
If you aren’t content with using the on-screen home button as a solution, there are options for home button repairs. Use this list of vendors as a starting point in your decision to pay for a repair or tackle the issue yourself.
Official Apple Store
Every iPhone comes with a year-long warranty from Apple. However, this warranty does not cover water-related damages even though the iPhone 7 claims to be waterproof. Because of this exception, the only other coverage option available is through AppleCare +. This option costs $129 for coverage that includes water damage, and then $99 for the actual repair—a total of $228.
If you don’t have AppleCare+ or aren’t under warranty, the repair will cost $319 for an iPhone 7 and $349 for an iPhone 7 Plus.
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Other vendors, such as iFix It, sell tools and replacement kits that you can use to do the repair yourself. However, these kits and replacement parts can end up being costly if you don’t own any of the tools initially.
We recommend visiting your local CPR for an iPhone 7 home button repair that is fast and affordable. Our technicians are skilled in iPhone 7 repairs and can even give you a free estimate on the damage! Walk-in for a repair done within the same business day, or mail us your device from the convenience of your home.
How to Replace iPhone 7 Home Button – DIY Guide
If you wish to take things into your own hands and perform the repair yourself, then follow our DIY instruction guide. Before you begin, please note that replacing the home button will result in the loss of the Touch ID feature. For a repair that does not affect your Touch ID, Apple recommends taking your iPhone 7 to a certified Apple service center. Please also be aware that any repairs you make on your own may void your warranty with Apple.
- Power your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus off.
- Locate the ear speaker, which also doubles as a loudspeaker at the top of the display assembly.
- Unscrew and remove the three PH00 screws that hold the speaker in place with a bracket.
- Remove the bracket.
- Move the front camera module to the left of the display assembly to allow clearance for the ear speaker to be removed.
- Unscrew the two PH00 screws that attach the bottom part of the ear speaker to the display assembly.
- You’ll notice four pressure connections beneath the ear speaker. These make contact with the sensor flex still attached to the display assembly.
- Use a spudger to lift the sensor portion of the flex just above the oval ear speaker passage.
- Be careful not to dislodge the ALS/proximity housings that adhere to the display assembly. If you remove the housings, it may prevent the successful transfer to a new display assembly; especially if the new part has the housings pre-installed.
- Remove the sensors from the display assembly.
- Use a spudger to remove the microphone and speaker contacts from the display assembly.
- Spudger beginning where the long flex connects with the display assembly.
- Use the gap created at this point as a guide for the spudger. Use caution as the speaker contact area is thin and may be easily damaged.
- A bracket attached to the display assembly with three Y000 (tri-wing) screws secures the home key/fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the display assembly.
- A fourth Y000 screw secures the physical home key to the bracket.
- Remove the above screws to detach the bracket.
- Use a spudger to remove the home key flex from the display assembly starting at the FPC connector and working toward the home key.
- Use 100℃ hot air for 15 seconds to soften the adhesive if spudgering is difficult.
- Before removing the LCD plate from the display assembly, release it from the flex cable at the bottom of the LCD.
- Unscrew the six Y000 screws (three on each side) that secure the LCD plate to the display assembly.
- While holding the upper portion of the LCD plate away from the display assembly use a spudger to get in between the display flex and the LCD plate.
- Insert the spudger where the FPC end of the flex comes in contact with the LCD plate.
- Wedge the spudger in between the LCD flex and the plate.
- Replace with a new home button and follow these instructions in reverse to reassemble your iPhone.
If you’re experiencing any issues with your iPhone 7 or want assistance with your home button replacement, bring it to your local CPR! We specialize in iPhone 7 repairs that are always speedy and done at a reasonable price. Find a location and give us a call or stop in.