Home button replacement (Touch 4g)

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by macstatic, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

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    My iPod Touch 4g seems to have a worn out home button as the problem has only gotten worse recently. I've tried the calibration but it definitely seems like a hardware failure of the actual button so I'm trying to figure out how to fix this myself.

    From what I've heard I can open up the device using a hairdryer (to soften the glue) which then gains me access to the button. I see replacements being sold at eBay but I'm not sure what I should look for: "home button flex cable", "Home menu gasket button" or "Home button with spacer"? I'm guessing the cable by seeing the photos...
     
  2. theatremusician macrumors member

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    It's a known (and really annoying) issue with the 4g iPod Touch. Apple should really have done a recall on this model.
     
  3. SusanK macrumors 68000

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    Workaround

    Settings >accessibility> assistive touch

    This may help until you are able to repair the home button. It's my permanent solution for the same issue.
     
  4. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good to know about the assistive touch if it stops working altogether.

    So if this is a known and common issue, does it also mean that by replacing the actual mechanical button I'll be getting the same problem back soon?
     
  5. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

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  6. 6r4ff3r macrumors member

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    It happens sometimes in my iPod touch 4gen too, but unless Apple makes a recall, i will not spend money to change it. Assistive touch serves well for the purpose...
     
  7. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    Maybe, but it's such a cheap part, and they normally last a few years before going.
     
  8. AsmaMohd macrumors newbie

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  9. ackmondual macrumors 6502a

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    For me on my IpT5 running ios7.0.4
    Settings > General > accessibility> assistive touch

    First saw this on a floor model Iph6/+. Thought it was something new to that
     
  10. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Excellent instructions! I've received my "home button ribbon cable" which I ordered from China via eBay so time permitting I'll give it a go. I'm a little nervous about damaging it though as (according to the instructions) there are some extremely delicate parts inside. Anyone here done the repair?
     

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