iPhone 4 Home button randomly unresponsive...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Aeroflux, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Aeroflux macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2009
    My launch day iphone 4 had a dead home button, took it into the Apple store the next day and they replaced it with my current iphone 4. It's been doing great for a few months, but over the last few weeks the unresponsiveness of the home button has been steadily increasing.

    It sometimes seems impossible to get the app bar to come up (double-click) and instead it has a delayed response (like a 3G on ios 4) that brings me to the home screen, or search screen, depending on where the display is. It seems like a software issue as there are times when it works perfectly. That's why I'm posting this problem.

    Is anybody else having this issue? I suspect the last update might have screwed it up. I'll attempt a full restore this weekend and see if that works.
  2. drjac macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    unresponsive iphone 4 home button issue

    I am having the same unresponsive iphone 4 home button issue, I have tried everything but an exchange.:mad:
  3. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    It's not a software problem; it's hardware. It just sounds like your home button may be wearing out slowly. Once it gets unbearable, I'd get it replaced before the warranty is up.
  4. Boxfresh macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    Same problem here. I posted a video on YouTube a few weeks ago before I sent it off to Apple for repair. The phone was only 5 weeks old at the time.

    Apple sent the phone back unrepaired as their technicians could not find any fault. What a joke!!

  5. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
  6. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I'm having the same problem. Its extremely annoying sometimes. I've just been dealing with it and trying to hang on until the iPhone 5.... I would take it to the Apple store but I fear they will tell me there's nothing wrong with it. Also some laziness is to blame.
  7. gregnauman macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2010
    same problem here as well and its worse since I went to 4.3.1
  8. Boxfresh macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    It's definitely a hardware problem. Restoring the phone will not make any difference.
  9. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    You have an Apple Store near you? I would take it there to show them the problem.
  10. rstark18 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2009
    Apple Store Not Helpful

    I have sort of the same problem but...
    Sometimes my button won't click, it just feels kinda mushy and it won't perform an action (go to home/open background apps) or sometimes double clicks when I only did a single click. This happens a few times a week. I took it to the Apple store last week and the Genious told me I shouldn't have so many and certain kinds of apps open all the time (like Facebook) that take memory. Ok, fine I said I would keep my apps to a minimum. After four days it had still happened a few more time. I just went back to the Apple store and the same guy help me. He said he would try to clean the button with compressed air. I asked what I should do if this continues to happen. He said that since it can't be replicated in-store, he couldn't help me. Since this problem only happens a few times a week my concern is that it will steadily get worse but by the time it fails it will be out of warranty.

    What should I do?

    BTW I have done 2 CLEAN restores one of them with a new download of the iOS.
  11. Boxfresh, Apr 16, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011

    Boxfresh macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010

    Guys I cannot believe this!!! I fixed it!!!

    I was putting some air into the tyres of my car this morning and I decided to give my iPhone a quick blast of air into to the bottom of the phone where the charger goes. It was just two quick blasts of air and it fixed this problem! I've had this problem for the past month and I've being testing it over the past hour and it's fixed 100%

    Edit: few hours later the problem seems to be coming back :mad:
  12. Boxfresh macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    100% fixed!!!

    I'm just after spending the last 2 hours replacing the home button on my iPhone 4 using this link. Job complete and working as good as new :D




    and here is the culprit that was causing all the problems!

  13. rstark18 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2009
    Good one. How come you didn't go for a warranty exchange at an Apple store (I know you did try sending it in without luck)? I just had mine swapped out. I went in twice to one store and the tech (same guy both times) wouldn't swap it out. He tried a few things and sent me on my way. The third time I went to a different Apple store and they swapped it out immediately. Definitely back to normal.

    Did you notice anything significantly different about the old button component compared to the replacement (click sound, button feel, etc.)?
  14. famoussasjohn macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2010
    I'm considering getting mine replaced before the 1 year is up, my button is randomly not working, and sometimes takes 5-6 presses before it finally opens the multi-tasking bar. So annoying double tapping and it going to spotlight. I got mine on launch day and never had problems until a few months after and I noticed it wasn't recognizing presses as much. :( Guess it was because I was in love with it as soon as I got it and had to keep messing with it once I got it set up.
  15. reaborg macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Santa Clara
    What did you notice about the old home button that was causing the issues for you? I've heard some threads mention that it is dust/lint buildup interfering with the electrical contacts.
  16. Boxfresh macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    I didn't notice any difference between the two buttons. The old button still did the clicking noise just like the new one. I couldn't tell the difference between the two of them. The problem may have been caused by the flex cable or it may have been slightly off centre underneath the actual home button.

    It's been a few days now and I've not had one single problem since. It's like a brand new phone and I actually enjoy using it again.

    Double tap...multitask
    Tap...home :D
  17. Boxfresh macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    I did think about sending it off to a repair service but after looking through that step-by-step guide in the link I posted above and with the right tools I decided to give it a shot myself. The actual home button cost me about 4 euro/5 dollars on eBay.
  18. caspian macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2008
    Ipad2 home button unresponsiveness on 4.3.2

    Must either be a software thing or hardware or both. Seems at times the responsiveness is great at times it is not. Just got a new ipad2 and barely 5 days of using it. Had a developer multi touch gesture on so i didn't care to notice the home button unresponsiveness...but after a few try out on the home button to close apps or on the ipad after it goes to sleep then I notice the problem...taking it back to Apple store to exchange...but 3 weeks to wait!
  19. grim596 macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2011
    I've had this same problem with my launch day iPhone i sent it off and it was sent back to me unchanged, they couldn't find a problem apparently, it started a month before the warranty ended, they also told me some crap about not having so many apps open when i went into the store to show them. now it's 23 days after warranty end i have to attempt to replace the home button.

    I'm about to buy one off eBay, just need to know if the the black circle that you see from the outside can be taken off the button and put on another without too much hassle? or is it one of those "You have to buy the whole assembly" situations like the screen?
  20. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    Judging by your photos, it looks like you didn't take out the display/digitizer? Or am I wrong?

    How difficult was it to disassemble? I'm afraid of screwing up the screen/digitizer if I do this :(
  21. Boxfresh macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    That's only a few photos I took. I did have to take out the display to get to the home button flex cable.

    It took me that long that night as it was my first time doing it and I just wanted to make sure I didn't mess it up and I followed the instructions carefully.

    I have done it once since and I had it done in about half an hour.

    As long as you follow the step by step guide you should be ok.
  22. B J M macrumors member

    B J M

    Aug 8, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-gb) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Me too. Is a one year warranty included with the iPhone? I forget
  23. Skatewthmatt macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2011
    Same happened to my phone. Apple store wouldn't replace the phone for the life of them saying it's a software problem and that since my screen had a crack they wouldn't replace it unless I paid $200 to fix the screen first. O replaced the screen myself and noticed the little ribbon was off set. I put it back and it works good as new. Psh screw the apple store only cost $72 for a new DIY green front and back glass replacement too.
  24. dangermouse7 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2011
    Had the same problem with my iphone4. Till found a solution:

    1.) Open any application

    2.) Press and hold the power button until the slide to shutdown swipe bar appears.

    3.) Release Power button

    4.) Press and hold Home button Lightly
    until screen returns to icon screen

    5.) Enjoy your functioning home button!!!

    This procedure recalibrates the home button after normal wear or heavy use.
  25. Tonsko macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2010
    I've just replaced mine. What was a frustrating UX has now become a pleasure again.

    I found it pretty fiddly, although replacing parts in the 4 is LOADS easier than it was in the 3G.

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