iPhone 4S Home Button Gasket Repair Guide

iPhone 4S Home Button Gasket Repair Guide

It is the rubber gasket beneath your iPhone 4S home button assembly. Now this piece definitely needs to be replaced, in case, if the home button rubber gasket of your iPhone 4S device is either worn out or broken.

Reminder: The home buttons of both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are quite distinct underneath. Just ensure that the home button flex cable of your iPhone device is properly replaced.

The DIY repair of your iPhone device is quite possible with only prerequisites being patience, ample time and correct tools.

iPhone 4S Home Button Gasket Replacement

iPhone 4S Home Button Gasket Repair Guide

Tools Required:

  • Plastic razor tool.
  • Tweezers tool.
  • Flathead Screwdriver.
  • 5-Point Pentalobe Screwdriver.
  • Phillips #000 Screwdriver.
  • SIM Card Extract Tool.

Step 1:

  • Just power off your iPhone device.
  • Then unscrew both of the 3.6 mm Pentalobe screws located near the dock connector, with your Pentalobe screwdriver.
  • Using both of your thumbs, just slide the back panel for about 2 mm towards the device’s top edge.
  • Pull and remove the back panel away from your iPhone and make sure not to rip any plastic clips.

Step 2:

  • Unscrew both of the Phillips screws (a single 1.7 mm screw and single 1.5 mm screw) attaching the battery connector with the logic board.
  • Use your plastic razor tool to disconnect the battery connector away from your iPhone.
  • Again use your plastic razor tool to remove the pressure contact away from the battery connector’s beneath.

Reminder: Be very cautious not to remove any of the pressure contact points off the logic board.

  • Now wedge the plastic razor tool’s edge just in between the outer case and the battery next to your iPhone’s bottom left corner.
  • Then slide the razor tool along the battery’s right edge and open it up at several points to fully detach it away from the adhesive sticking it with the outer case.
  • Peel off the exposed clear plastic pull tab to separate the battery from the adhesive sticking it with your iPhone.
  • Take out your iPhone 4S battery.

Step 3:Dock connector cable:

  • Unscrew both of the Phillips screws (a single 1.5 mm screw and a single 1.2 mm screw) attaching the dock connector cable cover with the logic board.
  • Then just detach the metal dock connector cable cover.
  • Use your plastic razor tool’s edge to detach the dock cable off its socket on the logic board.
  • Then just peel off the dock connector cable from the adhesive sticking it with the logic board as well as the speaker enclosure side.
  • With the plastic razor tool’s edge, just disconnect the cellular antenna cable away from its socket on the logic board.
  • Remove the cellular antenna cable from the metal fingers attached with the logic board.

Step 4:Rear camera removal:

  • Use the plastic razor tool or a tweezers tool or a spudger tool to remove the outer plastic ring.
  • Unscrew all the four Phillips screws (single 2.7 mm screw, single 2.6 mm screw, single 1.3 mm screw and a single 1.2 mm screw) attaching the cable cover with the logic board.
  • Now use the plastic razor tool’s edge to detach the cable cover tabs from their slots attached with the EMI shield on the logic board.
  • Raise the cable cover from its top edge and pull it away from your iPhone.
  • With the plastic razor tool edge, detach the rear camera connector away from its socket on the logic board.
  • Gently take out the rear camera from your device.

Step 5:SIM Card:

  • With your SIM card extract tool or any paperclip, try to extract the SIM card as well as its holder.
  • Then just detach the SIM card as well as its holder.

Step 6:Logic Board:

  • Carefully detach all the five cables (front facing camera cable, headphone jack/volume button cable, display data cable, digitizer cable and the power button cable) located next to the logic board’s top.
  • Unscrew the 1.5 mm Phillips screw near the headphone jack, which attaches the grounding clip with the logic board.
  • Use your spudger tool tip to detach the small grounding clip away from the logic board.
  • Gently grab the grounding clip and pull it away from your iPhone.
  • Use your flathead screwdriver to unscrew the 4.8 mm standoff screw located next to the headphone jack.
  • With your plastic razor tool’s edge, detach the Wi-Fi antenna away from the logic board.
  • If visible, just peel off the black tape piece wrapping the screw located next to the power button.
  • Unscrew the hidden 2.6 mm Phillips screw under the black tape piece attaching the logic board.
  • Unscrew all the screws (a single 2.5 mm screw next to the vibrator motor, a single 2.4 mm screw and a single 3.6 mm standoff screw near the battery alongside the logic board) attaching the logic board with the case.
  • Cautiously raise the logic board end from near the speaker enclosure and move it away from your iPhone’s top edge.
  • Then detach the logic board.

Step 7:Vibrator:

  • Insert the razor tool just in-between the vibrator and your iPhone’s side.
  • Detach the vibrator from the adhesive sticking it with your iPhone 4S.

Step 8:Speaker Enclosure assembly:

  • Unscrew both of the 2.4 mm Phillips screws from the speaker enclosure assembly’s side.
  • Detach the small plastic bracket installed beneath the screw near the dock connector cable.
  • Then detach the speaker enclosure assembly from your device.

Step 9:Display Assembly:

  • Peel off the small black tape pieces wrapping the display mounting tabs.
  • Unscrew the 1.5 mm Phillips screw attaching the display assembly located next to the power button.
  • Unscrew the 1.5 mm Phillips screw located near the headphone jack.
  • Unscrew the 1.5 mm Phillips screw located near the lower microphone.
  • Unscrew the 1.5 mm Phillips screw located near the dock connector cable.
  • Unscrew about one half turn, all the three big Phillips screws alongside the volume button of your device.
  • Again unscrew all the three big Phillips screws on the other side of your device for about one half turn.
  • With your plastic razor tool edge, carefully detach the display assembly alongside its entire perimeter.
  • Then detach the display assembly away from your device.

Step 10:Home button assembly:

  • With the plastic razor tool’s edge, carefully peel off the home button assembly‘s bottom right corner away from the display assembly.
  • With the tweezers tool, just peel off the home button assembly from the adhesive sticking it with the display assembly.
  • Detach the home button assembly away from the display assembly.
  • Detach the home button away from the home button gasket.
  • Now you are left with the bare home button gasket.

Step 11:

  • Now replace the old home button gasket with the new one.
  • To reassemble your iPhone 4S device, just follow the above mentioned steps in reverse order.

Now your iPhone 4S is equipped with a brand new home button gasket.

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