Completely disable the home button?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by SkyFlakes, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. SkyFlakes macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
    Due to water damage my iphone's home button has been going crazy. At first it was manageable to use my phone without pressing the home button because of activator but recently my phone is simulating me pressing the home button over and over, causing it to bring up multitasking, voice control and quitting any app I try to open. Now I ask is there any way to disable the home button.

    I've tried using activator to disable it completely but it only gives the "Do nothing" option when you hold down the home button.

    any ideas? and keep in mind I can't navigate my phone for more than 4-6 seconds at a time without it bringing me back to the home screen or bringing up voice control.

    For those who need a visual of what I'm talking about.
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Nothing you can do, its shorted out and will give you issues like that.
    I wouldnt bother using an iphone without a working home button.
  3. JunkyDog macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2011
    False, here is an app from Cydia that you can use:

    There’s a jailbreak app that’ll let you do just that!

    IncarcerApp for jailbroken iPhones will allow you to “lock up” the current app, leaving it fully functional but disabling the home button. With a quick gesture chosen by you through Activator, you can hand over your iPhone with no worries of them exiting the app and playing around elsewhere on the phone.

    It’s a simple but useful tweak if you have curious friends, family, or kids eager to play with an app or watch YouTube without you having to worry about sensitive data elsewhere on your phone.

    Once you download the app in Cydia, you’ll find there’s some flexible options to choose from to make full use of the app…


    The first option in the app, “Global” settings, allows you to enable/disable the incarcerate function for all apps. It also lets you enable/disable a status bar icon to indicate incarceration is active, but that hasn’t worked for me. (Possibly a conflict with other status bar tweaks I have).

    The second option, “Overrides” settings, allows you to choose specific apps that IncarcerApp will never be enabled for. This is a good place to turn off incarceration for the Phone app, especially if you use the ringer as the Activator function.

    The third option, “Control (via Activator)” is where you choose your Activator gesture. Activator is a separate jailbreak tweak that lets you choose actions for apps or the phone based on gestures you decide. (SBSettings, for example, is usually set to open with a slide across the status bar.) For IncarcerApp, I suggest the double tap of the status bar. I found the long hold of the status bar would result in wrongful incarcerations (never a good thing!) because I tapped a button at the top of the screen in an app.

    So those are the ins and outs of IncarcerApp, which you can download in Cydia for free.:D
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Worth a shot but IMO since its water damaged it will still act funny and bring up other things randomly.
  5. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    try to store it in a closed plastic bag full of dry rice for a good 24-48 hours. it might draw out the moist that is trapped in there. Worked for a lot of people.You could also use silica gell, but most people don't have that in stock in large enough quantities.
  6. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    If you are jailbroken change it via activator
  7. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Didn't you read the OP's original post or are you just trying to get a higher post count? Activator provides alternatives to the home button. It does not disable it.

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