Cheap phone case with a power button that won't let you press it? How I solved it!

About 2 years ago (?) I ordered a couple cheap phone cases on Amazon.  One of them was the one I decided to go with but it had a flaw.  It had a power button cover, but was a cheap Chinese case and frankly; the button couldn't work when the case was on.
If you don't use the power button often it might not matter but I use mine to screenshot photos because our family primarily uses snapchat, not text and it's the fastest way to save the photos my kids/husband send.  (Screenshot:  press power and home at the same time and you're done.)  
With this new case, and it's bad design/manufacture, the power button couldn't be pressed.
Not a big deal.
I just cut the plastic around where the power button was, and made my own.
I didn't give it a lot of thought and I didn't take my time, trying to precise or anything.  I didn't care what it looked like, I just needed it to work!
So in a matter of a few minutes I had solved the problem of a case that didn't allow the power button to be pressed.
This could also be done for the volume buttons I suppose as well, although on this case, the volume button covers were fine for functionality.
  • Use a razor or x-acto knife to cut the plastic case around the power button.  You can be more precise than I was by going nice and slow, but I just wanted it done.
  • Now you need a hard piece of 'something' to be your button presser.  The width of a simple Q-tip is the exact size to fit into the hole between the case opening the phone button.  So I used a Q-tip and cut it to the length of the power button opening.

Now you have to make the cover for the q-tip to give you something to press and hold the Q-tip in place.  You can make the button with hot glue.
  • Use a hot glue gun and draw a few lines on foil, roughly the width of the q-tip.
  • Don't worry about length, just pull it about an inch or couple centimeters, you'll trim it to size.

When the hot glue hardens (about a minute or so) you just cut a couple to the length you need and see which one is the best fit to the width and length of the q-tip piece that you've already fit to size for the cellphone case opening.

When you have one that is a good match, pop the q-tip into the opening first so it's laying against the power button.
Now top with the hot glue plastic piece.  If you've trimmed them both to size, it should fit perfectly down into the case opening and be roughly the same height as your case.

When I made this one (2018?  2019?) I popped it in and honestly, I always meant to update some photos and post this but I forgot ALL ABOUT IT.

Seriously.  After I made it, I never thought about it looked at it again and I've been using it for at least 1 1/2 or 2 years (I can't recall exactly when it was but it was a LONG time ago).

I quickly grabbed my phone from my purse and took a photo just now (January 2021) to show what it looks like today after using it daily and never thinking about it since I made it.....

I suppose I could make it look 'pretty' if I wanted to (maybe use a bit of gray paint to cover and match the case) but I don't really care and no one has ever noticed it (not even myself) so why bother?  Ha ha.


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