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Guides for the Wi-Fi version of the iPad Mini 2. Announced October 22nd and released November 12th, 2013. The iPad mini 2, also known as the iPad mini with Retina Display, has all the pixels of the iPad Air in a smaller 7.9" form factor.

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Home button doesn't work when glass is secured to frame

Hello everyone,

I recently replaced the glass digitizer on an iPad Mini 2.

When the glass is loose from the frame of the iPad, the home button functions as expected, but once the glass is secured in place, the home button stops working.

I am assuming it is something to do with the frame pressing against the ribbon cable, but nothing I do to re-position the cable seems to help. I even got another screen to see if it was a defect to no avail.

Any suggestions as to how to resolve this issue?

Update (10/06/2018)

So, I know there are not many people following this thread, but thought I would post the outcome.

I didn’t know what else to do so I reached out to Jessa at iPad Rehab, and sent the iPad to her shop assuming a motherboard error. She tested the screen, the second one I got as a replacement and found the same issue I was having. Then she installed a screen replacement she had and it worked fine. So it was an error with the digitizer/home button ribbon, not the motherboard.

It is possible that I damaged them during installation, so I did not attempt to return or get a refund for the digitizer; but to damage 2 screens in the same way seems strange, so it could have been a bad batch of digitizers from ifixit’s supplier?

Anyway, the glass was replaced and all is well.

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So is it clicking?


The home button has full actuation, both free from the frame and attached, but when the glass is secured, the iPad doesn't register the click.


Interesting update. The iPad mini has a lot of gotcha's when it comes to re-assembly and Jessa and her team literally wrote the book on how it should be done.

This could be a bad batch of digitizers though. I've used iFixit digi's before and they usually work great but nothing is impossible. The other possibility is that you kinked the flex by folding it in the wrong direction (it has to fold inward).


Totally agree on the possibility of my failure, that's why I didn't try to return it, but I'm not a novice, so it was surprising when the second one had the exact same failure.

Jessa and the iPad Rehab team were awesome, I've used them a couple times for things I just don't have the skill/equipment for.

I've also sent a couple liquid damage Mac Books to Loius Rossmann, and his team. They are great to work with as well, very efficient, and reasonable pricing.

I've replaced a lot of digitizers, but the iPad/mini 2 is definitely the one that I've had the most issue with, the home button ribbon cable is difficult to say the least. I source all of the glass parts I can from ifixit, as well as batteries, they have done a great job getting as close to OEM as possible!


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Um... The cable is not the problem I do think it may be the iPad's sensitivity that's causing the button to malfunction... You may have internally damaged it some how. Sorry if I am not much help but I do think it's probably not fixable. Your iPad may have a manufacturing fault that's just not replaceable. If you still have a warranty you may be able to get it fixed free of charge. Sorry! Hope I was a bit of help!!

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