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Old Feb 26, 2012, 03:27 AM   #1
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iPhone 4 Home Button Sometimes Doesn't Work

My home button hasn't been very responsive, its quite annoying. Sometimes it works perfectly, some it doesn't respond at all. I bought my Verizon iPhone 4 as soon at it was released early Feb last year. I checked to see if I still had warranty and it said:

Valid Purchase Date: Ok
Telephone Technical Support: Expired
Repairs and Service Coverage: Expired

So I think it will cost money to get it fixed. Note, I never dropped it or anything, there's no hardware damage at all.

Should I schedule an appointment with Apple tomorrow? I've had this problem for about a month now, but since I've been incredible busy at school late Jan to early Feb with finals I haven't paid much attention to it mainly because it works, but sometimes it doesn't.

I fear that this will only get worse.

I've heard stories how people got their iPhone's replaced for free, but I think that chance is quite small for me. Also heard how it costs $130 to replace an iPhone's home button. (I hope it really isn't that much because I'm a student.)

Any tips or anything? I never made an appointment with Apple.

Thanks!
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 04:32 AM   #2
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Give this a shot

http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-rec...re-responsive/
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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Ive heard that the electrical contacts get out of alignment out of time. What fixed this issue for me was to turn the phone over in your hand (make sure it is caseless), and with the back of your knuckle, strike the area on the other side of the home button with some decent force. I did that once, and the homebutton unresponsive problem never returned for me
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 11:36 AM   #4
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Make an appointment at the Apple Store ASAP, your warranty expired just a few weeks ago so you might be lucky and still get a replacement. I've had one replaced out of warranty in the past for the same issue.

Obviously depends on if you get a sympathetic Genius or not.
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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Wow. I didn't know that?! Does it really work?
Are you sure that sometimes it's not a hardware problem?

Or is the calibration usually a software problem, which we think is hardware?
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Old Feb 26, 2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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Wow this seems to have helped mine a lot!! Thanks so much!
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 04:13 PM   #7
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Wow, i thought that my home button already broken since 6 months ago and this seems fix it
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 11:53 PM   #8
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Ive heard that the electrical contacts get out of alignment out of time. What fixed this issue for me was to turn the phone over in your hand (make sure it is caseless), and with the back of your knuckle, strike the area on the other side of the home button with some decent force. I did that once, and the homebutton unresponsive problem never returned for me
This worked like a charm! I was a little hesitant, but evidently it worked fine. thanks for the scoop.
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 12:45 AM   #9
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There was this discussion on using WD40 a long time back with some saying that solved the problem for them and people like iMore saying it should never be used. The physical workaround by ExcelonGT sounds strangely simple. I mean, if it was ultimately a connection realignment, that should be the simplest way to get things back on track. I found a post on fixing unresponsive home buttons. Hopefully if someone bumps here, that might help. http://www.igeeksblog.com/iphone-hom...n-not-working/
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 01:58 AM   #10
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Thanks a lot......... Looking for same kind of info.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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Ive heard that the electrical contacts get out of alignment out of time. What fixed this issue for me was to turn the phone over in your hand (make sure it is caseless), and with the back of your knuckle, strike the area on the other side of the home button with some decent force. I did that once, and the homebutton unresponsive problem never returned for me
Hahaha, this is an old thread, but my 4S begun to exhibit this problem, and I tried 'method' posted above.

Believe it or not, it worked.
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Old Jun 1, 2013, 02:58 AM   #12
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Oh ! It's really awesome !
It helped a lot !!
Thank you so much !
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Old Jun 23, 2013, 01:59 PM   #13
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method above worked for me too, give it a shot!
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Old Jul 26, 2013, 04:51 AM   #14
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Ive heard that the electrical contacts get out of alignment out of time. What fixed this issue for me was to turn the phone over in your hand (make sure it is caseless), and with the back of your knuckle, strike the area on the other side of the home button with some decent force. I did that once, and the homebutton unresponsive problem never returned for me
Just worked for me! Good tip.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 03:35 PM   #15
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Ive heard that the electrical contacts get out of alignment out of time. What fixed this issue for me was to turn the phone over in your hand (make sure it is caseless), and with the back of your knuckle, strike the area on the other side of the home button with some decent force. I did that once, and the homebutton unresponsive problem never returned for me
I'm resurrecting an old thread as well, but as asinine as this sounds this actually worked for me. I did the recalibration thing and it helped. I then hit the back side of my phone with my knuckle and now it's working like new.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 03:43 PM   #16
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Grab a needle or pin and clean out lint from the dock connector. You may be surprised as how much lint can get in there, this could also help with home button responsiveness.
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Old Aug 21, 2013, 08:08 AM   #17
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Well knock me over, but the knock on the back seems to have fixed this one up too! Hopefully it lasts. Thank you.
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Old Aug 21, 2013, 12:44 PM   #18
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nice tip.... I wish I had read this before I sold off my iPhone 4 a year back.

it had a trouble some home button for a long time
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ive heard that the electrical contacts get out of alignment out of time. What fixed this issue for me was to turn the phone over in your hand (make sure it is caseless), and with the back of your knuckle, strike the area on the other side of the home button with some decent force. I did that once, and the homebutton unresponsive problem never returned for me
it worked. You are a genius. This answer should be paraded across the entire internet.
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