If your HOME button is acting funny.........

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by trlyka, May 12, 2012.

  1. trlyka macrumors 6502a

    trlyka

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    I was in the Apple store swapping my phone the other day. While I was waiting, one of the Genius bar employees was showing this girl how to get her Home button to work again. He took the phone and turned it to the side and started tapping on the Home button. Like flicking it I guess. So as he's doing this, dirt/dust is working it's way out. If you have a black iPhone, then it's easy to see the dirt. The white is harder to see.

    I guess I would do the tapping over a dark cloth to see what comes out.

    Anyway, give it a try if you are having problems with your Home button not working the way it's supposed to.

    HTH :)
     
  2. comovartia macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that info.
    I was getting ready to take my phone to the repair shop but this worked. I did not see any dirt come out but after doing this my home button is working again.:)
     
  3. trlyka thread starter macrumors 6502a

    trlyka

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    Yay! Glad to hear it worked! :D

    I think he may have tapped around the button as well. Not just at the middle of it. But if what you did worked, then leave it alone.

    My iPhone Home button wasn't acting right either (not responding half the time), but I ended up getting it replaced because of the battery. I almost wish I had the chance to try it.
     
  4. RodThePlod macrumors 6502a

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  5. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    A couple of blasts of compressed air will sometimes work, too.
     
  6. vladfein macrumors regular

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    Blasts to where?
     
  7. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

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    Carefully in and around the home button and in and around the dock connector.
    The idea of tapping or using compressed air is to remove the dust buildup that will sometimes inhibit the proper operation of the home button.
     

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