iPhone 4 Home Button?

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  1. w00t951 macrumors 68000

    w00t951

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    So my iPhone 4 is about 8 months old now.

    Recently, the home button has stopped responding randomly.

    For example: I would double click the Home button, and nothing happens. I rapid-fire click the Home button, and nothing happens. I click the Home button once, and the multitasking bar opens up. I double click the Home button, and the current app closes and Spotlight opens up.

    Is this an OS bug, or is it hardware? I'm inclined to think it's hardware.

    I would have gone to the Apple Store, but I've already gone 8 months ago because my FIRST iPhone had a defunct mike. I don't want to wear out my welcome.

    Anyone else have this problem? If so, what did you do to get it fixed?
     
  2. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    What version are you running?

    Sounds like hardware to me. The first suggestion you're going to get here is restoring though. Even if you do go to Apple, they're going to ask if you tried and if you haven't, chances are they'll do it for you and send you away.
     
  3. w00t951 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The latest version as of last night. 4.3.5 or something. I've tried restoring, but it didn't do much. Thanks anyway.
     
  4. CashDude macrumors regular

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    I have the same problem. After about 6 months, the button just gets worn out. It can be replaced, but all of the guts of the phone have to be removed to get to it.
     
  5. Daelos macrumors member

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    Had the same issue. Took it into an apple store last Wednesday on last day of warrantee and they swapped it right out after checking for water damage (though my lock button had sunk too). If you can replicate it in store, then you won't have a problem getting it swapped out for a black box handset
     
  6. Daelos macrumors member

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    Had the same issue. Took it into an apple store last Wednesday on last day of warrantee and they swapped it right out after checking for water damage (though my lock button had sunk too). If you can replicate it in store, then you won't have a problem getting it swapped out for a black box handset
     
  7. danderton, Aug 8, 2011
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    danderton macrumors member

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    Had Same issue

    Had the same issue. took to apple and they swapped my iPhone there and then. no questions asked. they were VERY good

    EDIT: They didn't even check it for water damage as mentioned above.
     
  8. cinek macrumors 6502

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    got the same issue, but my iPhone is out of warranty :( did anyone take their iPhone that was out of warranty?
     
  9. rgs3 macrumors member

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    My phone was out of warranty so I took it all apart (scary) and was able to fix it 100% by cleaning the home button with some windex and a qtip where it makes contact underneath. It was very dusty down there. Works like new now. Lots of detailed directions online to take the phone apart.
     
  10. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    I'm having issues with my home button as well. My problem is I bought it on day 1 so the year warranty is over. I'm going to go by the Apple Store and take my chances.
     
  11. cinek macrumors 6502

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    I've seen the guide on iFix it, but I'm scared I won't be able to put it back together :( doesn't look too easy
     
  12. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    I have the same issue, but I have apple care so I'm just waiting for the replacement to arrive.

    Bit annoying UPS want to take your old phone as they deliver the new one now. Means I have to wipe my phone ready a UPS guy that could turn up at any time of the day. I preferred it when they sent you the new phone and a box for your old one.
     
  13. cinek macrumors 6502

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    plz let me know how it goes
     
  14. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    I'll pm you after I go by there.
     
  15. cinek macrumors 6502

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    ok, thanks
     
  16. jap1198 macrumors 6502

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    My phone was having the same issue (as well as a clicky screen) so I took it in to the Apple Store about 1 month out of warranty and they replaced it, no questions asked. They checked the water sticker thing though.
     
  17. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Common failure ... happened to both my and my dads, just go to genius bar.
     
  18. drewc1138 macrumors 6502

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    I was about 20 days out of warranty and they replaced it for me, even though I couldn't replicate it at the Apple Store. Just take it in.
     
  19. cinek macrumors 6502

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    has anyone tried calling apple care to get it replaced?
     
  20. Mac.World macrumors 68000

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    This is yet another reason to jailbreak. There is an app called Animator that allows you to create virtual buttons and finger swipes to do various things.

    I have my home button set up so that when I press and hold qnywhere on the status bar, it is like hitting the home button. Saves many 'would be' presses on the physical button.
     
  21. ri0ku macrumors 6502a

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    I had this problem too so went in and got it replaced there and then with no problems. Didnt even check to see if there was water damage or anything. Took about 1 minute and I was out with a new phone
     
  22. Surrylic macrumors regular

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    EXACTLY

    I took my phone in, a week after warranty was up!, and they replaced it no questions asked for this same issue. They've probably heard it a thousand times before. HEY OP - it's only 8 months old, just take it to your nearest apple store. From the time you meet up with the Genius to the time you walk out the door is 5 minutes.
     
  23. macingman macrumors 68020

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    My home button issues started 2 days after my warranty ended.
     
  24. labman macrumors 604

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    Make a appointment Apples pretty good. I just had my phone exchanged for a home button issue. Apple is known for being generous with there warranty's
     
  25. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Exchanged for a brand new one? Or refurb?
     

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