iPhone 4S Home Button Loose Clicking

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pk7, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. pk7, Jun 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012

    pk7 macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    Hi all,

    Just today, my 6.5-month-old iPhone 4S started having some weird behavior with the home button.

    The home button makes a clicking sound when I lightly press it (while not actually pressing it fully), and also feels loose and kinda "sticky." It only does this when I let the phone sit for a while.

    I saw this post at the Apple Support forums that describes exactly what I've been experiencing: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3894412?start=0&tstart=0#

    I've heard conflicting opinions: some that this is normal and some that it's not.

    The phone is obviously still within warranty. I could get it replaced, but I've heard that replacement phones can be even worse when it comes to the home button.

    I am willing to either swap it out at the Genius Bar or just try to suck it up and keep using the phone as is. This home button quirk is a little annoying, but the iPhone itself is still perfectly functional and usable - I couldn't be happier with it.

    What do you all think?

    Thanks! :)
  2. Futhark macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2011
    Northern Ireland
    If unhappy with it you are within your rights to get it repaired or replaced because it's under warranty. It's better to be safe than sorry.
  3. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    I would get it replaced. It sounds like the soft "cushion" between the button and the phone has gone flat.
  4. ReliableSource, Jun 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012

    ReliableSource macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
    I noticed mine doing the same thing a few months ago. It didn't affect the performance of the button, so I left it alone and it went away after ~2 months. This is obviously anecdotal and I have no idea if other people are seeing the problem stop.
  5. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    ^This. I noticed mine doing the same thing too, but I didn't care about it and just used it normally and it went away few weeks after I noticed it.
  6. pk7, Jun 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012

    pk7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    Thanks for the replies,

    I think I will give it a couple of months to see if it'll sort itself out before I get it changed out then - the warranty runs until December 9, 2012.

    It's really weird though...for 6.5 months the home button has been working flawlessly, and I don't abuse my phone. I don't get how it happened today out of nowhere :confused:

    I hear two clicks when pushing down the button - the first one is the soft, "loose" click that I've begun hearing lately and the second one is the actual functional click.

    Very odd.
  7. eyespii macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    Did you end up getting the phone replaced? I have the same issue on my iPhone and it actually bothers me sufficiently that I searched for your post. I'd get it replaced in a heartbeat if I knew I wouldn't be wasting my time going to the apple store and having them tell me that it's normal.
  8. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    What's funny is this is happening to iPhones over time. What about all the ones brand new out of the box that are doing this?

    On some new iPhones you can take it right out of the box and put your thumb right on the home button and wiggle it left to right and it will creak and slightly move.

    I actually purchased an unlocked iPhone at the Apple Store and opened it up only to find this and they refused to do anything about it, despite the floor models not having wiggly home buttons.
  9. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Home button problems ranging from barely noticeable, to bricking the phone, rendering it useless... are a perfectly normal characteristic of iPhones.

    It's a weakness that may be built in by Apple to insure that people upgrade, or buy new or refurbished phones as theirs fails.

    I had three iPhone 4's fail which Apple acknowledged (at the store) and replaced. Luckily all within warranty. I take great care with my phones, keep them extremely clean and covered completely when not in use. Senna makes a great leather pouch that covers the phone, once it rings, it's very easy to remove to answer the call.

    So far I've only had one iPhone 4S, brick itself when the home button failed, again I was under warranty.

    That said my greatest concern is due to the lack of a spacious display on the upcoming iPhone, I will be keeping my iPhone 4S for another year. It's a shame that Apple chooses to give us a phone that cannot be relied upon for more than a year.

    Being one to prepare for the worst, while hoping for the best, if my iPhone 4S fails, at least I won't have to buy one. I've got a brand new SGS III with it's gorgeous 4.8" display and a Nexus with a 4.65" display.

    Those will do quite nicely as I wait and watch to see if next years iPhone will have a modern size display.

  10. ecwhite4S macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Please leave. No one cares about your SGIII or Nexus. And stop spreading ******** lies about Apple purposely making the button that way. You are a fool. Go play with your iPhone wannabes with their "modern" displays.

    My iPhone 4S is 9 months old and mint so don't know why you're claiming that Apple can't even make a phone that lasts a year. You are a liar, a troll, it's pathetic.
  11. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    :) :) :)

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