Intermittent home button failure... out of warranty. Options?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by MoodyMedStudent, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. MoodyMedStudent macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Hi guys, so about two weeks ago my iPhone 4's home button started failing intermittently and it's really getting on my nerves. I've factory wiped my phone twice but the problem is persistent. I've tried suctioning, blowing, and tapping on the bottom of the phone but to no avail.

    My warranty expired a month ago, and when I called Apple they said they could give me a replacement for $200. The replacement doesn't even come with any warranty.

    I guess some of my options include:

    1) pay the $200 and get a replacement from Apple
    2) buying a replacement home button and trying to fix it myself (<$10)
    3) take it to an unauthorized store for repair (usually $60-100)
    4) sell it while clearly listing the problem in the description (probably won't get too much $) and buying another one off eBay/Kijiji that will come with warranty

    What do you guys think?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Replacing the home button yourself is not particularly easy, so if you aren't good with electronics repair you probably shouldn't attempt it.
  3. LethalTourist macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2011
    Theres a pretty sweet guide at for it. I'd do it, but then again, I've done about 30 of them! Weigh up what the iphone is worth to you and if you're willing to take the risk. Otherwise, take it to one of the unauthorised guys, $60 is a good deal and compared to the heartache you'll give yourself, it's a bargain.

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