Prerequisite to replace the home button assembly in your iPhone 5s.

Please note that only the phone's original home button assembly will be capable of using the Touch ID functionality. Installing a new home button will only restore ordinary home button functions, not the Touch ID features.

  1. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement, Home Button Assembly: step 1, image 1 of 2 iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement, Home Button Assembly: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Unscrew the single captive Phillips #000 screw securing the home button cable.

    • The captive screw is fastened to the home button cable by a spring contact backing. During reassembly, ensure the contact is in the correct orientation—on the side of the screw nearest the LCD.

    • If your replacement part does not have this captive screw and spring contact, you will need to transfer them to the new cable.

    The tiny "captive spring" came off of the back of the screw and I struggled to get it to go back on. I ended up placing the spring over the hole where the screw goes in, with the holes lined up then putting the screw through both.

    Also, the replacement screen I received from was slightly different than the original. The small metal tab where this screw goes in was not slightly bent downward like the original. It didnt make any difference. The screw went back in as normal.

    Nathan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


    The home button doesn't work ?


    Sultan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Home button not working (but touch ID still works) is a symptom of the metal backing plate rotated by 180°. Home button will appear to work when phone is open but will stop working when screen is clicked into phone shell.

    Father Ted -


    This so called 'captive' screw is not very captive at all and I have nearly lost it twice now.

    If it does fall out, look closely at the pictures to figure out the orientation of the grounding finger.

    Ben - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Two things - As mentioned, the replacement screen is a bit different. Mine had a screw where an empty hole should have been for the "captive screw".. a bit confusing at first. Just remove it and carry on.

    Second, if you're an occasional nunce like me, you might be confused by the little tab/prong/raised guy next to the screw. After you've screwed the "captive screw" in, that thing should be hovering above it/the metal plate of the screen, and should look just like the removal picture.

    easleyjs - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Out of curiosity, what happens if the "spring contact backing" is not in the correct orientation?

    I re-assembled my phone without paying any attention to this, and it seems to work OK... maybe I coincidentally got it right without trying. What would happen if the contact was facing the wrong way?

    wilsonmichaelpatrick - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hi Help !!! The home buton doesn't work anymore !

    Chris91177 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    what if you lose the spring contact. does the phone work without it? if not, where can I find a spring contact?

    Andreas Kouroupis - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I have this same problem. I lost mine but found the screw where can I order one from?

    kristlewomack -

    I also have this problem, do any home buttons come with this piece?

    fdsajky675 -

    Hello. I lost the little 'spring clip'. My phone is working erratically. Could that be anything to do with the cip not being in place? Thanks

    ggough60 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I am pretty sure I had replaced the captive spring wrong (didn't see the second image until I have completed the project). But the phone seems to have a perfectly working home button now.

    Alan Kang - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This screw/spring combo fell off right before reassembling. Good luck and found the screw again. So my advice: Put a tape around the screw/spring or dismount them from the cable and put them in a safe place. The spare screw delivered with the display was too short.

    Tom Vee - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I thought I lost the spring contact, but it actually just got rotated under the section of cable that the captive screw is attached to. The spring contact should be "captive" at the same place the screw is so it should'nt get lost too easily.

    Anand Varma - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    On the phone I worked on, the screw wouldn’t separate from the “captive spring.” LEAVE IT! It’s more trouble than it’s worth to remove it, Just reuse the screw it will make the re-install on the new screw much easier. Also use the tweezers to hold the spring in the correct orientation as you screw it back on.

    Benjamin Finley - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    During reassembly, I wasn’t sure wether the spring contact backing was beneath or above the cable. It is hard to see in the 2nd image in step 23.

    But in step 24 the 2nd image shows that the spring contact backing is right under the cable.

    So the spring contact backing goes first, then the cable and then of course the screw.

    Wolfgang Bauer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    For the life of me, I cannot get this screw out. I have been using the same screw driver and nothing has been working.

    Warren Binder - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I think there is one step missing here which shows a picture with the correct position of the ‘spring contact backing’. Consider the part which has a hole in the middle: the flat part is sided to top, making the round part sided to bottom. This is a clear picture of the ‘spring contact backing’: (if the link is broken by the time you see it, type the name in Google).

    Andre Silva - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I had a problem when reassembling, I removed this little screw and the spring contact from my original screen to put them in the new one, but the new one had already its own screw, soI just removed it and tried to put the screw from my original screen into the new one but it didn’t work, and the worst thing of all is that I lost the screw that came with the new screen and that’s the only one that works.

    Elías Eduardo Reyes Vázquez - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    May seem silly to say this…. however it might prevent some confusion for others.

    my replacement screen had a screw that needed to be removed in order for the captive screw and home button cable to be secured.

    Dean Allan Land - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    When I unscrewed it, the spring contact part moved too & the little prong rotated under the cable. I thought (mistakenly) that this was its intended position. The screw also came loose, which made reassembly difficult until I saw that 2nd photo above and realized what the orientation was supposed to be.

    The order is screw -> cable hole -> spring contact -> screw hole.

    The rounded edge of the spring contact should face the bottom of the phone to match up with the hole’s rounded edge. The perpendicular ‘lip’ should sit flush against the metal plate. The prong should stick up toward where the screen will be. Really, there’s only 1 possible way to put it on correctly, but without seeing the correct orientation first, or if the screw detaches from the cable, it’s kind of a pain to get them back together.

    seijihuzz01 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    With my phone I needed to use a PH0000 screwdriver. The provided PH000 (and my own from another screwdriver set) was too large. Indeed, every Phillips head screw in my phone needed the PH0000 and not the PH000 driver.

    rhowehmd - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    It is MUCH EASIER if you leave the screw ATTACHED TO THE CABLE. Just gently unscrew until you are able to detach the cable. The screw will stay attached to the cable unless you pull it out, which will help a lot in reassembly. Just make sure, as you handle the cable in the next steps, that the screw doesn’t fall off!

    Athanasius Pernath - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Hello my home button only works sometimes, touch id works perfectly.

    Can you give me some hint, I already opened it to see if everything seemed okay, and it does. But it doesn’t work.

    I wonder were does the cable or contact of the home button are connected to. How does it work?

    (usually to be able to fix smt you need to know how it should be working)

    thanks for advices

    qiplayer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


    1) Line up the round part with the bracket on the back of the screen.

    2) (On my SE model, at least) there’s a small lip that sits on the -left- side of the bracket.

    3) With the screen laying flat, the display facing your work mat, the “spring”/little raised lever should point up towards you.

    Order from bottom (closest to desk) to top (closest to you):

    screen bracket > spring > home button cable > screw.

    This was the hardest part of the repair for myself, using only the tools from the SE screen repair bundle.

    Good luck!

    Jordon B - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    My home button sticks up ‘proud’ of the glass which leaves a sharp edge on the outside rim of the button. Is there a fix for this?

    Robert Stroud - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The screw and clip came un done and i don’t know how any of you managed to get that laughably small clip and screw back together. After hours of trying, I gave up. It’s not worth this much hassle just to fix up an old iphone. You’d have to be a &&^&^$^ robot to be able to put a screw that tiny through a loop, force it into a clip, then line it up with a screw hole. All without using your fingers because your fingers are 500x the size of the head of the screw. I wish I didn’t just waste money buying a new screen and battery for this old phone.

    John M - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    For the love of god, is it REALLY necessary to have that super small clip on the screwdriver to be there? It popped out when i unscrewed that piece and it’s been a good hour since I’m trying to put it back its position, it is impossible, i cannot do it, somebody please respond, is it vital for it to be there? I’m getting very annoyed!

    Juan Jimenez - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  2. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Fold the home button cable down, out of the way of the home button bracket.

    Aiuto, ho sostituito il touch screen e non mi funziona più il riconoscimento dell’impronta digitale (touch id). Chi può aiutarmi. Grazie

    Orazio Coccia - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  3. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 1.4 mm Phillips #000 screws from the home button bracket.

    Screws are stuck...! no way that I can unscrew them :-(

    Sumit Bhatnagar - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I had this issue, screws were so tight my screwdriver was starting to strip them. I managed to get one side off by applying massive pressure. I then wiggled the plate around to loosen the other side.

    mrnoxious -

    Hi every body! I would know much pressure the iphone 5s 's lcd can resist approximately !!? Have you ever stand on it?this happend for me , and in some positions under the direct sun light when the screen is ON , it seems that there is some pits on lcd ! ;-( please help ! If you had the same case! Help Thank You***

    Bryan - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I could not get a phillips #000 to release these, but a phillips #00 did the trick perfectly. South African version of the phone, if that makes a difference.

    Andrew - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    these are the tightest screws I've ever seen in my life. Tried applying massive pressure and just stripped the screws. Not sure what to do now

    Bob Mcroy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Use the #00 Philips on these screws

    leeprobert - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Went and bought a #00 when the #000 didnt work. Still no luck. About to lose my mind with frustration.

    Mike Manning - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I could not get the 000 or the 00 to work, therefore I tried a #1 flat head from the kit and it worked like a charm.

    Sean O'Donohoe - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Sometimes just switching to another screwdriver might help. I noticed that the screwdrivers you often get with displays assemblies are just crap. Invest in a good one.

    Didier Daniel - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I was successful by using a 1.5 Phillips screwdriver head from a Stronger toolkit TK-LA40-38PCS

    Elaine Palmer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Glad I’m not the only one I guess. Using insane pressure for such small parts I was able to get the one not originally covered by the cable out. Then the trick of wiggling the bracket loosened the other one which was somewhat stripped by my earlier attempts with 00 and 000 Phillips. What a scare

    Bill Pennock - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I had success using the J000 screw from the iFixit Pro kit

    Kalin Fetvadjiev - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Both of the screws have blue loc-tite on them. Best to make sure you have the right screw driver for the job. Also, if you have the “iopener”, you can apply a little “heat”. That will loosen up the loc-tite.

    Dean Allan Land - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    these screws are impossible to get out…

    Cameron Bell - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    With my phone I needed to use a PH0000 screwdriver. The provided PH000 (and my own from another screwdriver set) was too large. Indeed, every Phillips head screw in my phone needed the PH0000 and not the PH000 driver.

    rhowehmd - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I had issue with the brand of the screwdriver. A cheap “iphone compatible micro crosspoint” screwdriver removed the outer screws with grace, but it started stripping the home button screws. Same happened for some other Chinese brand precision driver collection with PH 00 and PH 000. With one last hopeless try, I found another PH 00 in the shed (it says Japan, but no clue what the brand is), and the stripped screw unscrewed at the lightest touch. I believe it's not tightened hard but we've been using a poor screw driver without a snug fit. It's extremely difficult to tell if the driver is any good until you try it. Visually comparing the good and the bad driver I can't tell any difference at all.

    Harmony867 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Ich bekomme die schraube nicht auf gibt es da einen Trick ?

    Doktor Crimson - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  4. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the home button bracket from the display assembly.

    For those having problems transferring their home button to the new display assembly: When installing the home button into the new display assembly I had the problem that the bracket kept the button "pressed down" because the button did not sink into the front panel completely. After removing the home button and reassuring that there was no dust or similar particles preventing the home button from sitting correctly, I still had to push gently to get the home button into the correct position.

    larscmueller - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  5. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Wedge the the tip of a spudger underneath the home button cable assembly.

    • The home button cable is affixed by mild adhesive.

    • Gently work the spudger underneath the cable to separate the home button cable from the front panel assembly.

    • Do not remove the home button yet, as it is still attached to the front panel assembly.

    It can be easier to come in from the other way than shown in the image, near the home button.

    Calion - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I confirm, for me it was way easier from the home button. But you must be careful as it’s easy to pull the cable more strongly from that side (more effective, but less control)

    Athanasius Pernath -

    I think this is easier to do with the blue ifixit opening tool (this guy: iFixit Opening Tool) than the spludger. It gets underneath the cable more easily.

    Jonathan Stucklen - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Totally agreed

    Miroslav Bartuněk -

    As mentioned above, coming from the left side (closer to the actual home button) worked better for me. I gently pried under the round tab on the upper left of the home button cable assembly, which was the only part not glued down.

    Ize - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Mein Home Button ist kaputt gegangen was soll ich ruhen und ist das schlimm

    Sim Aben - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  6. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • If necessary, remove the tape over the home button on the front side of your cracked front panel assembly.

    • Gently push the top left corner of the home button up away from the front panel.

    • Do not push the home button all the way through—you only need to get a corner free, so that you can pry it free with a spudger.

    • This membrane is very thin. If you feel like you're going to tear the button, apply heat and try again.

    I used UNDU adhesive remover on the membrane. It swelled and distorted and came and recovered to original shape when the UNDU dried out. Problem is getting more adhesive to replace the existing thin adhesive.

    Without the adhesive , the home button protrudes from the glass and wobbles round a lot. I used a relatively wide piece of 3M 5908 VHB tape cut out to fit, which stuck to the metal base of the home button. This is not ideal, as it makes the button harder to press, but it does seal the home button from dust and water. Some thin strips to just adhere to the membrane would be OK, but not be environmentally sealed. Next time I would use the VHB strips and tiny dots of silicone in the corners. (Syringe is good for precise silicone and the VHB tape holds everything flat and level while the silicone sets.)

    Transplanting the touch ID sensor is extremely tricky, but it did work. Buying the front screen including a home button might leave the adhesive to stick the old touchID sensor to the new screen.

    B Louis - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The membrane seems very thin and I didn’t want to chance tearing it. I used a heat gun and applied gentle heat and pressure on the top left side. Eventually, the membrane came away cleanly without tearing and the adhesive was still tacky enough to hold it down on the new screen.

    edc - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  7. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 2 iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Peel the home button the rest of the way off of the display by prying gently with a spudger.

    DO NOT skip this step, or you will damage the very gentle rubber hold around the home button, and that may result in a broken home button.

    Addison Rasmussen - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  8. iPhone 5s Home Button Assembly Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the home button assembly from the front panel.

    Take a moment to clean any crud from the perimeter of the home button itself BEFORE reinstalling…

    finnik2d - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Take a moment to clean off any crud from around the perimeter ring of the home button. Use a sewing needle for its sharpness to CAREFULLY pick away any debris. Makes a clean assembly for when re-assembling the button back into a new display module.

    finnik2d - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.


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Unfortunately this will never work, the sensor is paired to the logic board. If you want to replace the defective tactile switch, remove all the plastic/rubber parts on the flex cable and resolder a new switch or disassemble the switch and clean/replace the metal dome switch. If you want to repair fingerprint function, just give up.

Tom Chai - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I purchased a full iphone 5S home button replacement assembly (comes with the home button attached to the flex cable) And now the fingerprint function does not show up at all. Where it's supposed to show in settings as "Touch ID and Passcode" It only says passcode. Restored as new to 7.1, still doing the same thing.. Anybody have ideas?

Casey - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Only the home button that came with the phone has Touch ID function. In order to replace it and still have Touch ID, you would need to get it replaced at an Apple Store.

p3rs0nn -

I think you can easily break the Touch ID sensor

nguyenquanganh38 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hey I changed my screen but now the home button doesnt work properly, it does work but it doesnt make the usual clicking sound and only works with a firm press, although the fingerprint does still work so not sure what the issue is.. any ideas?

Luke Earp - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I bought the home button assembly replacement (the part without the button), but there are no steps regarding the separation of the button plate from the old flex assembly. Can you please give some advice?

Thank you.

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