Home Button got superglued down! Help?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Coin3, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Coin3 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011
    I have an iphone 4. Today, while fiddling with my rubber case, trying to super glue it to reduce it's flexibility, some of the superglue got into the case. A bit of it seeped into the sides of the home button, and when I pushed it, it didn't come back up. So I quickly took the case off, got the nail polish remover(with acetone), and applied some to the home button area in a delicate manner. It has done nothing to help, and now I am stuck. Going to apple is my last chance. My phone is still under the warranty, but they say in the warranty that accidents do not count...

    How am I going to unstick my home button without taking the phone apart? :(
  2. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Superglue and acetone? Just wow! I think you're in trouble here.
  3. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    this can't end well...

    My only optimistic comment here OP is that ANY time I've EVER tried to superglue something (anything) it's held for about 30 minutes... so hopefully your home button will follow suit (like 99.999% of everything ever superglued) and the superglue will fail in the next half hour or so...
  4. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Dear god OP — is this a joke thread?

    Superglue and acetone on your iPhone? :eek:

    There is nothing I think to suggest that wouldn't make an already nightmarish scenario worse.

    Your best bet is in fact Apple.

    Good luck.
  5. zigzagg321 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2011
    the wire
    Yikes, yeah hopefully that glue wears out. Apple is going to say accidental damage if they notice it.
  6. allaw macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2009
    The best bet is to replace the home button, it won't be too difficult for you if u know how to open up the case already. For the time being you can actually go to Settings > General > Accessibility > and turn on AssistiveTouch which will give you a virtual home button. Play around with it, it could be your only work around for now.
  7. Coin3, Dec 15, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011

    Coin3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011
    The acetone actually has worked a bit so far. If I can manage to get the phone on, im going to try the virtual home button out. Until then... I'm screwed.

    I was thinking of making a really small device that will seal with the button, so I can pull on it.

    edit: I managed to turn it on and get into settings. The phone is usable now! :) But the home button is still stuck. What a drag... :p
  8. Hemlock.47 macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    Negative, the superglue will dry to leave a substansial residue on the area surrounding the home button that will prevent the button from moving along it 's path.

    I suggest the OP to keep the Home button pressed and clean out as much dried glue as possible off the circular body surrounding it in order to clear the path.
  9. Coin3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions, but I think that after trying acetone and failing, I don't want to mess with the button. The outside superglue is removed, but I don't see a way to get to the stuff on the side of it, especially when it's pushed in like this. I have learned my lesson to not let superglue be anywhere near the phone... If the chance arises then I will go ahead and take the phone apart to replace it. But seeing as you have to go back to front, that's too many parts to take apart just to fix an issue that I have found another solution for.

    I'll call apple and see if they feel like being nice though. It sure would be cool to have my home button back, just not essential. lol because now I'm stuck with this until I can upgrade, in over a year... XD
  10. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    some super glue remover may help. it devolves the glue it is not very harsh. acetone is part of super glue accelerate.

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