help!! my ipad home button doesn't work.

tigerin

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May 29, 2012
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i came home today and found my ipad home button doesn't respond when i pressed it. can anyone help me?!?!?!
 

ixodes

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Jan 11, 2012
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That's a normal characteristic of a low tech mechanical button. Why Apple clings to these vulnerabilities is rather contrary to their claim that they're innovators.

I've had 4 iPhones replaced due to faulty buttons. In that same time frame I've never had a single button fail on any of my Android phones. But then again, it's not fair to compare, since they're modern touch sensitive just like the display.

As much as I like Apple, they do make some rather bizarre choices. I believe they do because none of their dedicated followers would ever be truthful & doubt Apples choices. To the contrary they rationalize & stand up for Apple no matter what.

It's good to be Apple :)
 

APlotdevice

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Sep 3, 2011
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There is one trick that sometimes works: first, with the screen on, hold down the power button until the "slide to power off" screen appears. Then release the power button and hold down the home button for a few more seconds. If the button itself is okay then this should take you back to the home screen. After that it should work okay.

If this doesn't work then it could mean that the button itself is broken. In which case you'll either have to send it in for repair or just start using the four finger multitask gestures exclusively.
 

Big-TDI-Guy

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Jan 11, 2007
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If the reboot does not help, and warranty is up, get some plastic safe contact cleaner. (auto parts store should have it). Spray some into the button and push it several times. 50/50 chance it will work, but cheap and easy to do with low risk.
 

tigerin

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Original poster
May 29, 2012
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There is one trick that sometimes works: first, with the screen on, hold down the power button until the "slide to power off" screen appears. Then release the power button and hold down the home button for a few more seconds. If the button itself is okay then this should take you back to the home screen. After that it should work okay.

If this doesn't work then it could mean that the button itself is broken. In which case you'll either have to send it in for repair or just start using the four finger multitask gestures exclusively.
that trick works for a few minutes and then it went back to unresponsive again.

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If the reboot does not help, and warranty is up, get some plastic safe contact cleaner. (auto parts store should have it). Spray some into the button and push it several times. 50/50 chance it will work, but cheap and easy to do with low risk.
i bought it refurbished on apple store less than 3 weeks ago. think i cna take it to the store?
 

Rodster

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May 15, 2007
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that trick works for a few minutes and then it went back to unresponsive again.

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i bought it refurbished on apple store less than 3 weeks ago. think i cna take it to the store?
Yes you can take it to any Apple Store for a replacement. Apple refurbs come with a 1 year warranty.
 

nawazsumar

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Jun 27, 2011
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If its a case of having to press the button several times before it actually responds then you want something called isopropanol. A couple of drops, press the button a couple of times and it will degrease it. I have used this on many iPhones and it works like a charm.
 

faroZ06

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Apr 3, 2009
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That's a normal characteristic of a low tech mechanical button. Why Apple clings to these vulnerabilities is rather contrary to their claim that they're innovators.

I've had 4 iPhones replaced due to faulty buttons. In that same time frame I've never had a single button fail on any of my Android phones. But then again, it's not fair to compare, since they're modern touch sensitive just like the display.

As much as I like Apple, they do make some rather bizarre choices. I believe they do because none of their dedicated followers would ever be truthful & doubt Apples choices. To the contrary they rationalize & stand up for Apple no matter what.

It's good to be Apple :)
People were also getting mad about rumors of Apple replacing the button with some touch-sensitive non-mechanical button. I don't see why. I agree; the mechanical button is horrible.
 

APlotdevice

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People were also getting mad about rumors of Apple replacing the button with some touch-sensitive non-mechanical button. I don't see why. I agree; the mechanical button is horrible.
The problem with capacitive buttons is that they are relatively easy to hit by accident. Plus in some cases it's easier to wake up an iPad with the home button (basically that's the only thing I use mine for)
 

epi117

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Mar 8, 2010
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If you hear a cracking sound when you press the botton its a hardware issue.

If no sound, it may be a software issue.

If software, try back up and restore. That may fix problem.
 

miamialley

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Jul 28, 2008
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Orange County, California
that trick works for a few minutes and then it went back to unresponsive again.

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i bought it refurbished on apple store less than 3 weeks ago. think i cna take it to the store?
Yes you can take it to any Apple Store for a replacement. Apple refurbs come with a 1 year warranty.
Yeah, ignore what everyone else is saying and take it back to Apple as it's still under warranty.
 

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