iPhone 4 Home Button Sometimes Doesn't Work

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by irDigital0l, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    My home button hasn't been very responsive, its quite annoying. Sometimes it works perfectly, some it doesn't respond at all. I bought my Verizon iPhone 4 as soon at it was released early Feb last year. I checked to see if I still had warranty and it said:

    Valid Purchase Date: Ok
    Telephone Technical Support: Expired
    Repairs and Service Coverage: Expired

    So I think it will cost money to get it fixed. Note, I never dropped it or anything, there's no hardware damage at all.

    Should I schedule an appointment with Apple tomorrow? I've had this problem for about a month now, but since I've been incredible busy at school late Jan to early Feb with finals I haven't paid much attention to it mainly because it works, but sometimes it doesn't.

    I fear that this will only get worse.

    I've heard stories how people got their iPhone's replaced for free, but I think that chance is quite small for me. Also heard how it costs $130 to replace an iPhone's home button. (I hope it really isn't that much because I'm a student.)

    Any tips or anything? I never made an appointment with Apple.

  2. ExcelonGT macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    Ive heard that the electrical contacts get out of alignment out of time. What fixed this issue for me was to turn the phone over in your hand (make sure it is caseless), and with the back of your knuckle, strike the area on the other side of the home button with some decent force. I did that once, and the homebutton unresponsive problem never returned for me
  3. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    Make an appointment at the Apple Store ASAP, your warranty expired just a few weeks ago so you might be lucky and still get a replacement. I've had one replaced out of warranty in the past for the same issue.

    Obviously depends on if you get a sympathetic Genius or not.
  4. JUiCEJamie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
  5. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
  6. phassat macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wow, i thought that my home button already broken since 6 months ago and this seems fix it
  7. themagicman00 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    This worked like a charm! I was a little hesitant, but evidently it worked fine. thanks for the scoop.
  8. jpadhiyar macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2012
    Ahmedabad, India
    There was this discussion on using WD40 a long time back with some saying that solved the problem for them and people like iMore saying it should never be used. The physical workaround by ExcelonGT sounds strangely simple. I mean, if it was ultimately a connection realignment, that should be the simplest way to get things back on track. I found a post on fixing unresponsive home buttons. Hopefully if someone bumps here, that might help. http://www.igeeksblog.com/iphone-home-button-not-working/
  9. emma777 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2012
    India, New delhi
  10. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Hahaha, this is an old thread, but my 4S begun to exhibit this problem, and I tried 'method' posted above.

    Believe it or not, it worked.
  11. Safensaman macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2013
  12. kadun macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2013
    method above worked for me too, give it a shot!
  13. tomtakesphotos macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2013
    Just worked for me! Good tip.
  14. MattThomas08 macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010
    I'm resurrecting an old thread as well, but as asinine as this sounds this actually worked for me. I did the recalibration thing and it helped. I then hit the back side of my phone with my knuckle and now it's working like new.
  15. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake

    Grab a needle or pin and clean out lint from the dock connector. You may be surprised as how much lint can get in there, this could also help with home button responsiveness.
  16. Salmarston macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    Well knock me over, but the knock on the back seems to have fixed this one up too! Hopefully it lasts. Thank you.
  17. iKaushal macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Mumbai, India
    nice tip.... I wish I had read this before I sold off my iPhone 4 a year back.

    it had a trouble some home button for a long time :(
  18. theguy126 macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2009
    it worked. You are a genius. This answer should be paraded across the entire internet.
  19. louiskung macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2014
  20. Alex Popiniuc macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2015
    1,5 years of frustration gone!!!

    It's working!
    So far, since knocking my iPhone 4's back, 4 out of 5 button clicks are working (if you click it like it is new). Previously it was like the button had it's own personality.
    Double click is still an issue but it doesn't bother me.
    If I apply more pressure on the home button, it's 10 out of 10 working.

    I'm still wondering how come I didn't found this thread earlier...
    Thank you ExcelonGT!

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