Home Button Fix (worked for me)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Sir Ruben, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hi All,

    As we know the home button can be a pain in the behind when it wants to be. If yours has gotten really bad then a visit to the Apple store may be the only option. However if you find your button is just missing the occasional click here and there (like mine was) this resolved the problem for me.

    The cause of the problem appears to be caused by dust build up behind the home button as shown in this picture. I would imagine in most cases its nowhere near this extreme:


    These are the steps I took to resolve the issue which appear to have worked perfectly:

    1) Turn off the iPhone

    2) tap the bottom edges of the phone either side of the home button sharply (but not too rough obviously).

    3) Repeatedly click the home button and repeat step 2.

    4) Attach a thin edge attachment to your vacuum cleaner and hold near the dock connector port.

    5) Continue to tap the bottom edges and click the home button with the vacuum cleaner still held to the dock connector.

    6) Tun on the iPhone to a perfectly functional home button.

    7) Keep it that way for longer by purchasing one of these from eBay:


    The dock connector covers also come in a transparent colour, and you can also purchase a headphone jack cover which I am awaiting in the post. They are also handy for keeping out rain etc which triggers the moisture detectors rendering your warranty void.
  2. Nicolas4ever macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2010
    great post.It will be helpful for many with this problem ;)
  3. muledogus macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2009
    I only did steps 1-3 and it's working a lot better so far. Though, that issue was my excuse to upgrade early.
  4. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Dangit, mine, too!
  5. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
  6. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    WOW! :eek:

    What did you do, bury it in the sand??? ;)

    Great fix. :D
  7. Mars478 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2008
    NYC, NY
    The first image is of an iPhone 2G (original) so I'm not sure it's his or he found it somewhere.

    Great tutorial by the way :)
  8. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    Thanks for this...I was originally planning on taking apart the phone to properly clean the home button. Took one look at the iFixit teardown and said FUUUUUUUUU*K THAT. I thought taking the 2G apart was hard, Jesus. Gotta hand it to Apple though, the internal design of the 4 is pretty much flawless.
  9. sm.wilson macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2010
    The point of the liquid contact indicators isn't so apple can screw your warranty, its to prove that you have exposed your phone to conditions beyond reasonable operational conditions.

    I can't believe how many people I have interacted with think that it's unfair that apple "thinks" theyve gotten their 600 dollar phone wet.

    Not a bad idea for the dust though.
  10. Mars478 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2008
    NYC, NY
    That's not the thing. Sometimes said liquid damage sensors are overly sensitive, so if they get exposed to being placed near a shower but not being exposed to water they will go off. Would you like to be denied your warranty? I think not.
  11. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    This worked to help my first gen iPod touch have it's home button function better. But wow, that's alot of dust! I never realised how much can build up over time.
  12. kbfr08 macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    You know, this issue wouldn't exist if they had taken the metal dome, flipped it upside-down and glued it to the underside of the home button, and then connected the button to the pcb with a ribbon cable (kind of like HTC and RIM do with their trackpads).
  13. Sir Ruben thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
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    Glad you have found it useful. It doesn't harm to repeat this process over the course of a few days if the problem has been persistent for some time.

    Keeping the dock connector port covered should make a lot of difference too

    Anyone else who tries this can you report back how successful it was for you?
  14. tkljr macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    Mine is much better now, thanks for posting...
  15. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I'm going to have to try this when I get home later. The flaky home button was my excuse to upgrade too, but if I can fix that..
  16. Mars478 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2008
    NYC, NY
    I'm pretty sure what you are describing is exactly what they did with the iPhone 4... The Previous iPhone's had a different design on the home button with the button (dome's) top facing the plastic button, on the iPhone 4 it faces the mid frame.
  17. bandw macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
  18. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Just wanted to say that it worked like a charm. Who would've known? It put the springiness back into the home button and no more going to the spotlight search every time I try to multitask.

    Saved myself $200 and a 2-year contract this year. That is, if the iPhone 5 design is the same as the 4 ;)
  19. libertysat, Sep 4, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011

    libertysat macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    A bit off topic but not too far

    My MBP has been running hotter and hotter for some time now
    I took my mbp out to my garage and blew compressed air at all angels in my keyboard then in the long vent/slot under hinge
    Back and forth from kb to vent

    Huge amont of dust blew out and now runs much cooler
    (always has seemed hot)

    Something else,
    Be extra careful with vacumns and electronics especialy if it is low humidity
    Vacumns build up and discharge static and can wreak iGizmos
  20. bit_bucket macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2002
    West By God VA
    Worked like a champ. Thanks for the great tip.
  21. sm.wilson macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2010
    You are exceeding the humidity requirements by showering with your phone. Those sensors are several layers of plastic with perforations, and a layer of dried ink at the bottom. That ink has to be soaked and lifted through the perforated plastic.

    Exposing your phone to that kind of humidity WILL cause corrosion and failure.
  22. Jigga macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    Thanks for the tip though it still didn't work for me :confused:
  23. cinek macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    thanks, it didn't fix it 100% but it is better :) I'll try it again, hopefully it'll fix it :D
  24. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Seems to have made a difference here as well; problem is definitely diminished and may in fact be gone. For those of us with an intermittent problem, it may take a while to be sure, and as mentioned, you may need to do it more than once. It's worth trying though, especially if the problem is still in the early stages.

    Thanks again for outlining the process!

    (and yeah, like another poster suggests, the MBP is next on my list to clean out...)
  25. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    If the iPhone is under warranty just take it to the Apple store. Myself and MANY others i've read here have had theirs replaced with literally 0 questions.

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