Home button replacement (Touch 4g)

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

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    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


    Dec 17, 2013
    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

    Oct 9, 2012

    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

    Oct 21, 2005
    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


    May 8, 2014
  6. 6r4ff3r macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2014
    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

    Oct 21, 2012
    Maybe, but it's such a cheap part, and they normally last a few years before going.
  8. AsmaMohd macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2014
  9. ackmondual macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2014
    U.S.A., Earth
    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

    Oct 21, 2005
    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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