Fixing a Cracked Home Button
I posted this in the DIY/Mod section, but thought this might get more traffic so I'm trying here too.
Ok, so my buddy dropped his iPhone 4 and the corner of a table somehow hit just right on his home button and cracked just the button a little. He really wants to get it fixed, so I looked up online how to replace one. Needless to say, neither one of us is experienced in this sort of thing to do it ourselves. I'm pretty sure he'll end up with a nice little iPhone paperweight after we're finished.
So I decided to look for a repair place online that could possibly get this taken care of. I came across a website which is iPhone Repair - Trusted iPhone Repair Service and they have a repair service for home buttons. It looks like it's $78.90 for the service and they claim it will just be a few days and your phone will be back just like the day you got it. Sounds pretty good to me (especially since he's got a spare phone he can use while his is getting repaired), but I don't want to direct him to some place that will screw it up, or keep it and not send anything back.
So my question is: has anyone ever used a service like this, or used this one? And does anyone have any reviews or advice on what to do or a specific place to get it taken care of? Thanks! I really appreciate it. Also, we aren't close to an Apple store, so that's kind of out of the question.
- 01-13-2012, 10:31 AM #2
I know in my area (well 2 hours north of me) there is a place that is called the iHospital and from what i hear they fix the device while you wait. This would be located in the tampa area. I would google to see if you have something of this nature in your area.
Well, we're in Southern Illinois so I'm not sure if there's anything anywhere near us that would have that. I'm sure he'd rather pay the money to ship it (if this place or any other is respected and trusted enough) than drive a couple hours to St. Louis or Evansville, IN to spend a day getting it done. I'll look though as he may be interested. Thanks for the idea.
Still looking for some opinions on this type of mail-in service if anyone has anything. Thanks!
- 01-13-2012, 04:14 PM #4iPhone Intermediate
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A while back, my power button on my iPhone 4 broke. It didn't click anymore and was super hard to press down to lock the screen. I sent it to this place called fix-iphones, it cost me about $58.90 plus shipping. When they sent it back, the button was kind of fixed. The button clicked, but not for more than a few days. The button became hard to press, but it doesn't need that much pressure to lock the screen, so I didn't bother to spend another $60 for a fairly minor problem.
- 01-13-2012, 05:54 PM #6
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- 01-16-2012, 02:04 PM #12
I would look for a local repair shop. I am in Dallas, TX and although i personally do iphone repairs where i work, we primarily deal with corporate stuff.
We are not set up for walk in repairs. Customers mail them in to us. I have worked on a few hundred iPhone 4 units and thats the first i have heard of just the home button cracking. Most of the time its front or back glass.
Back to my point, in the Dallas area, there are a number of iphone / cell phone repair shops that can do it while you wait.
I would say send it to me but all you have is my word that i can do a great job. LOL unfortunately no body on the list has sent me a phone. Im also not greedy for business, so if someone on the list can point you in the direction of a local (local for you) shop i would go with them first. The main reason is if a problem pops up and you need them to fix their work, its a lot easier to get it done face to face then if you sent it out of state or something.
- 01-16-2012, 08:38 PM #13
I just wanted to thank everyone for their help in this thread and I wanted to give an update to the situation. So this is what happened: my buddy's son got in trouble (not sure what for), so he gave his son his phone with the messed up home button (it's really not THAT bad, but for an anal person, it is - the phone still functions, however) and then my buddy used the upgrade that was available on his son's line for an upgrade! Ha! How's that for punishment?! Although the son did get to move from 3g to a 4, so it's not all that bad.
I do appreciate all the advice on here, though. I'll keep all of it in mind if I need some help, myself, down the line. Thanks again!
- 03-25-2012, 09:33 PM #15
I know the OP's problem is probably solved by now, but for anyone else with similar issues: there are a lot of very reputable mail-in iphone repair websites around these days, just make sure you check out reviews beforehand. There are also different 'grades' for replacement parts, so I'd shoot customer service an inquiry as to the grade of their replacement parts before purchasing. Grade A meets or exceeds standards set by Apple.
- 07-14-2012, 04:23 AM #16