Fixing my Huawei Mate 10 power button

Huawei Mate 10

I bought a used Huawei Mate 10 for $470 in June 2018 and still use it as of September, 2021; Its performance holds up well. For its specs, I can run apps and games without problems. The latter does make the phone heat up at times. Apart from the heat and occasional frame rate drop in a certain MOBA though, the phone runs as well as it did on the day I bought it.

However, I have a problem with the power button. Years of use must have rendered the button squishy and mushy to the touch. Thus, I had stopped pressing the power button on the Mate 10 to wake or put the phone to sleep many months ago. I count my lucky stars that the Mate 10 allowed for software keys to turn off the screen. Shutting or restarting the phone however, meant that I had to align my thumbnail with the power button and press it down in an act that would make an Olympic sharpshooter proud.

Mushy power button on the right.

This wouldn’t do. I had to set things right. A Carouseller quoted me $40 to repair the power button. Now, I had watched videos and read articles on fixing the insides of phones. I discovered that the power and volume ribbon flex cable costed $2 while the power and volume buttons ranged anywhere from $2 to $6. So, I ordered them for just that.

Now, I wait.

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