Home and Power button durability?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 12, 2014
I've been using Assistive Touch since the iPhone 3GS due to a rumour amongst my small circle of acquaintances that the iPhone's Home Button is prone to breaking. I've since owned an iPhone 5 and more recently a 6+. Although I've become used to using Assistive Touch, it does sometimes get in the way when taking photos or playing games.

Do you think the 6/6+ Home Button hardware has improved to the point where it can withstand 2 to 3 years of heavy use without failure? I don't have AppleCare+ and would hate to run in to problems a few years down the road.


macrumors regular
Jun 14, 2013
Wow...the battery is also prone to failure from being charged and discharged over the course of a couple years...best to keep the phone turned off...


macrumors 603
Nov 15, 2012
Lulz wow tough crowd... Hahaha

OP just use it. Apple changed the hw construction of the home button since the iphone 5 series and further enhanced it again when the touchID was introduced. So if anything the home button setup is as strong as it could be right now.


macrumors member
Oct 3, 2014
My 4's home button went bad, but my 5 is still going strong. I think they've improved the durability over the generations so just use them.


macrumors 68000
Dec 23, 2010
London, UK
Like the first reply said, it's designed to be used so use it (and no, not sparingly).

Never had an issue with the home button over the years apart from it becoming less 'clicky' due to dust and debris build up underneath the home button. That was easily cleaned up with some isopropyl alchohol without even taking the home button off. A 20-second job and it worked like brand new. Stop worrying and use the damn phone. ;)


macrumors 6502
May 31, 2010
My 3GS button failed and was in responsive and got spongy in feel. My first 5 worked most the time but sometimes was unresponsive and then sunk down some, apple replaced it for free even outside warranty. My 2nd 5's button was flawless, Apple store told me the early early 5 buttons were prone to failure but was corrected not too long into production.
My wife and I's 6's have been great so far.
Ipad 2, never a problem (my wife still uses today), ipad mini retina no problem.

They are made to be used so just use them. Worse case they fail and you either need to clean them or have them replaced. It seems by the time mine started to fail they were out for a while so parts were cheaper and more people repaired them.

Retired Cat

macrumors 65816
Jun 12, 2013
Home and Power button durability?

I don't think that this has been a problem after iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 home button is durable. After 18 months mine is still as clicky and responsible as it was when new.


macrumors newbie
Oct 16, 2014
Same to OP. Ive been using assistive touch all the time. But sometimes I hate it appearing on my screen when I'm watching videos.


macrumors 603
Aug 4, 2011
My 4's home button went bad, but my 5 is still going strong. I think they've improved the durability over the generations so just use them.

Many 4's broke.
In the 5 they switched to some metal parts and drastically improved durability.


macrumors 65816
Aug 12, 2014
You shouldn't be afraid to use your iPhone as is was meant to. If anything happens just take it to Apple and get it looked at.


macrumors member
Apr 28, 2011
Ironically I never had an issue with my 3G or 4, yet my 5 home and lock button both gave up after just under a year. Apple gave me a refurb replacement straight away which worked fine til it got replaced by a 6 plus. It has since replaced my 4 as my backup device just in case the 6+ dies/gets lost/stolen (whilst waiting for a replacement anyway).

Just use it. If it breaks, get a fix, replacement or buy a newer phone. Why compromise yourself as if it is broken when it actually isn't?
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