The power button in my phone was getting mushy, so I replaced it, which turned out to be reasonably easy. Remove the screws on the bottom, lift off the back, unscrew the motherboard cover, pull out the old switch with a pair of tweezers, ease the new switch in, and put it all back together.

It’s an LG Nexus 4 (Mako), here’s what it looks like naked, power switch highlighted with green arrow:

handy green arrow marks power switch

Here’s the replacement power switch, shipped direct from Shenzhen for £3:

blurry laptop webcam photo

The model is almost 3 years old now, and my handset is starting to show signs of wear. Aside from the mushy power button the battery is starting to feel like a full charge doesn’t go as far as before. There’s a small dent in one corner, I’ve replaced the screen cover. Most alternative android distributions haven’t been built beyond 4.4 (KitKat) for the phone, it’s slowly getting left behind. The advantage of this is that it makes me more open to experimenting with it and extending its life. It’s had a good run this far so I won’t feel guilty if it has to be replaced eventually.

New spare batteries can be bought for £6-7, but I’ll hold off on replacing mine until it’s really busted. I’m a bit wary of getting a cheap battery because they could be dangerous, or just rubbish. For the moment I’m really pleased with my new power button, after weeks of jabbing repeatedly to no effect it feels wonderful to just click it once and see it respond immediately. £3 well spent.

My joylent order has arrived too, in multiple different flavours. The bags are looking a lot more professional than last year, they have the ingredients and a best-before date printed on them now. There’s a new vegan recipe coming soon, and I’ve found another new soylent-like product called huel. I’m making a note of it here so I don’t forget to try it when my joylent runs out.