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My First Fix: iPhone 5 Volume and Power Repair

James -

iPhone 5

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iPhone 5 Audio Control and Power Button Cable Replacement

2 horas

Difficult

Meu Problema

The volume down button did not function whatsoever, and the power button only worked sometimes and if it was pressed in certain ways. Although it was not a phone I used daily, it was still very annoying when I wanted to play with it sometimes or use it for anything.

Minha Solução

I was very nervous at first - I had never attempted a repair before. I bought the iFixit Essential Electronics toolkit (highly recommend, great value for money) and a new flex cable from Amazon. I was excited opening up the phone, and I really enjoyed the whole process. Keeping good track of your screws is a must, and as you can see from the photos I made sure to organise them all step by step.

However I was very nervous removing the battery - I've heard many negative stories about batteries exploding etc but I will admit I probably over-worried - there was not too much adhesive and using the pull tab and a spudger made it easy.

Once I'd replaced the part and put it all back together, I was absolutely overjoyed that the phone even turned on and worked - especially as this was a relatively difficult first repair. And I was even more happy that I managed to fix the problem I set out to fix! The "I fixed it" feeling you get when you make something previously broken work is really amazing. (Not to mention my parents were amazed I didn't break it too!)

Meu Conselho

If there's something broken that's irritating you - fix it. There truly is no reason not to. The detailed guides on iFixit's website make everything so easy, and having the right tools also makes a world of difference. The feeling you get when you fix something and make it work is amazing - a combination of feeling happy, smug (that you proved people who thought fixing things is difficult wrong), proud of yourself and also slightly shocked!

I really do encourage you to try have a go. It doesn't have to be expensive either - iFixit's online guides are free, most parts are relatively inexpensive for what they do, and iFixit's wonderful toolkits are great value too - under $20 for the Essential Electronics Kit that I used!

If I can do it (inexperienced 15 year old), you can!

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