iPhone 8(+) Does anyone know a good way to clean the iPhone 8 home button?

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  1. Acrophobiax macrumors member

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    There is a bit of dirt in between the touch id ring and the actual sapphire crystal cover on my home button and i’ve been trying to clean it off but it just won’t come off. I have the space grey iphone 8 so it is very noticeable. Anyone know a good way to clean it?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Hard to tell without seeing but if you are close to an Apple store they might do it for you.
     
  3. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    The home button is a the same single piece of glass as the screen though. Just indented.
     
  4. naturalstar macrumors 6502a

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    It’s one solid piece with the indented ring colored per whichever color iPhone you have. The haptic feedback just makes you think you’re pressing a button.

    Use a microfiber cloth. It should work fine in most cases.
     
  5. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

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    The home button is absolutely a separate piece of hardware I don’t know where you think it isn’t.
     

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    So the ring is a part of the button - one solid piece. What am I missing here?
     
  7. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    This has changed since iPhone 7.
     
  8. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    You’re thinking that the home button is actually a physical button. It’s not. It’s just indented glass and the Taptic Engine vibrates when you put pressure on the glass to give you a feel of pressing a button. If the phone is off and you press on the home button, nothing will happen. It won’t click like a button. Yep, that’s amazing piece of technology by Apple that nobody talks about.
     
  9. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

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    Thought you were referring to the other persons post about it being one piece of glass. No you’re correct the metal ring is semi-permanently attached with spot welds

    The 7 also has the home button as a separate item.
     
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    No. I just call the button a button because that’s what I call it.

    I agree with what you’re saying about the area being one large piece of glass. I can look at it on my phone now and see it.

    I figured the OP was referring to the inner “button” area. That’s what I was speaking towards when I said to use a microfiber cloth to clean it.

    I think because I just use the word “button” because that’s what it still looks like, I’m causing confusion all around.

    My advice is to still use a microfiber cloth to clean the “taptic ring” area.
     
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    Rub with a soft cloth.
    If that doesn't work, rub with a damp, soft cloth
    If that doesn't work, try a soft brush (i.e. plastic bristles)
    If that doesn't work, try the edge of a razor blade to get the dirt out.
     
  15. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

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    Haha, my thoughts exactly. I tried using a 7 Plus yesterday and kept swiping from the bottom to go home. Amazing how fast habits change.
     
  16. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    its something those phones from yesteryear used.
     
  17. MarcMller macrumors regular

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    Damn I'm surprised I didnt get a bunch of hate from that comment hahaha
     
  18. naturalstar macrumors 6502a

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    You’re right. I went and looked for myself on iFixit’s site. It’s the same for the 8/8 Plus as well.
     
  19. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    The iPhone X will take care of the problem. :)
     
  20. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    I stand corrected.!
     
  21. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

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    Never do this. Use a wooden or plastic toothpick.
     
  22. 1981d macrumors 6502

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    Use an old rusty nail, preferably bent.
     
  23. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

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    I have always used toothpicks to get dirt out of crevices of my phones. Zero chance of scratching since wood is soft!
     
  24. Uranuz macrumors newbie

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    Hi even though this has been over a year ago just wanted to ask did u ever get this off? If so, how?
     

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