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Home Button Problem

Knightoftheapp

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Hello,

I've got a problem. I have an iPad air 2. It's not on warranty. The Home button is broken. I push it and nothing happens. Since Apple will not replace the IPad, what are my options? Is there someplace I can go to get it fixed? Thanks for your help.
 

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A Reputable 3rd Party repair shop should be able to fix it for you. Please note that once you replace the home button , Touch ID and Apple Pay will no longer function on your iPad. There is also "Assistive Touch" in the Accessibility menu that will provide an on screen home button.
 

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A Reputable 3rd Party repair shop should be able to fix it for you. Please note that once you replace the home button , Touch ID and Apple Pay will no longer function on your iPad. There is also "Assistive Touch" in the Accessibility menu that will provide an on screen home button.

Hi Brian - just for my clarification, does a 'replaced home button' which no longer provides Touch ID & Apple Pay not function because of the replacement used, lack of internal connections, and/or related to an Apple warranty issue? Thanks for any further information - just curious. Dave :)
 

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The original home button is coded to pair with the logic board. When the home button is replaced, that code needs to be reset. If the code is not reset then the new home button will disable touch ID. The only place that can be done is at Apple (or a certified repair center with the proper equipment which is kept under lock and key). This is done as a security measure to avoid someone creating a fake home button that can bypass Touch ID.
 

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How could someone make a fake home button. Unless it was a person that saw how iPads are made.?.??
 

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How could someone make a fake home button. Unless it was a person that saw how iPads are made.?.??
Companies have been making counterfeit Apple parts almost from the time iPads, iPhones, and iPods were first released.
 

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How could someone make a fake home button. Unless it was a person that saw how iPads are made.?.??

The 'fake' home button threat isn't a fake part that gets put on your iPad to fool you. It's a gadget that fools the iPad into thinking it's seeing a legitimate fingerprint. The actual device would probably be a box or bread-board of components plugged into the home button's socket on the mother board.

Paring the home button with the secure enclave on the iPad makes this extermemly difficult.
 

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Glad I read this and didn't go to the local repair shop. My home button is barely responsive too. I sure like Touch ID. I'm getting by with Assistive Touch. I'll get the new Pro when it's released.

Does anyone have a ballpark estimate of the cost of the home button replacement? I've tried all online repair suggestions. It's not like the button is sticky, it's lost its spring I'll be giving this iPad to one of the kids so it might be worth repairing.
 

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Glad I read this and didn't go to the local repair shop. My home button is barely responsive too. I sure like Touch ID. I'm getting by with Assistive Touch. I'll get the new Pro when it's released.

Does anyone have a ballpark estimate of the cost of the home button replacement? I've tried all online repair suggestions. It's not like the button is sticky, it's lost its spring I'll be giving this iPad to one of the kids so it might be worth repairing.

Hello - I'm sure that you read Brian's post #4 - appears that you will need to visit an official Apple store or an 'authorized' Apple repair facility - if these are not available in your area, give Apple customer service a call to see what your options may be and to obtain a cost estimate. Good luck - Dave :)
 

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