iPhone Home Button Problems?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by THE JUICEMAN, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68020


    Oct 3, 2007
    I feel there is a problem with my home button on my iPhone. Its seems to me to be unresponsive sometimes when I press it. I have to always press it twice or press it down hard in order to get back to the home screen. I have used my other friends iPhones and I dont get that same feeling of unresponsiveness. Has anyone had this same problem or anything like it?

    P.S. I have taken it to a mac genius and they said nothing was wrong......
  2. omie macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2007
    Is your home button "loose" (does it move a very little bit) or it is very tight?
  3. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 3, 2007
    yea, it moves a little bit but i wouldnt call it loose
  4. omie macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2007
    yes, i think that is normal.

    maybe try taking it to another apple store and ask them to replace it.
  5. THE JUICEMAN thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 3, 2007
    ok cool. thanks i guess its worth a try. anybody else having this problem or know anything about it?
  6. kramer147 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2007
    having the same issue...

    yeah i am having the same issue... this is the second iphone i have had (the first one had a hardware defect with the touchscreen) and now this one has a defect with the home button!!! however, i really didn't notice anything until the software update came out with all the double clicking on the home button... perhaps some iphones just can't handle the excess stress put on the home button with the double clicking... because i know at least for me i use that feature ALL the time. i am going to try to get to an apple store soon and talk to one of their reps about it, but i don't have much hope for anything miraculous to happen, after all it did take 5 service calls and a few swear words to get my first iphone replaced.... hope others are having better luck than i.
  7. kramer147 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2007
    update: so i went to the genius bar and was told nothing was wrong...

    after a lengthy discussion with apple support i have a repair underway we'll see what happens... also over the past week i've had to push harder and harder on the home button to get it to work, double clicking functions are almost unusable now.
  8. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Hopefully they will see it's a problem and just replace the phone.
  9. badandyxxx macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    I am having same problem has anyone found a fix?

    home button not working
  10. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I have the same problem. It's unresponsive and sometimes when I push it once, my speed dial comes up (I have that set for double press). I did a full system restore so I don't think it's software releated. I think I'm going to take it to the Apple store because this isn't working like it used to and my wifes doesn't act this way.
  11. AnDi86 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2007
    Ballymoney N.Ireland
    my home button has just started doing this :( was anyone successful with a replacment?
  12. KIDLEEN macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2008
    Home Button Problem

    Does Anyone Know Why I Am Having Problems With The Home Button. I Have To Press It A Couple Times Or Real Hard For It To Work?
  13. latimer macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    Home Button doesn't work

    I have the same problem...maybe if enough people will report it they will have a recall for those that don't work -
  14. astaroth2k macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Faulty home buttons are also being reported in Italy. Corriere della Sera newspaper has just posted an article regarding a few customers returning their iphone 3G because of this. Really hope it's an isolated issue or a temporary software responsiveness issue.
  15. jacob523 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008
    same problem

    i have an ipod touch and the home button doesnt work AT ALL.
    to get to the home screen i have to hold the top button then slide the slider to turn off the ipod then press the top button to turn it on
  16. brian.kirby macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    I have had the same problem and have taken it into the genius bar and all they had to say was that it was a software problem. I dont know what to do any suggestions?
  17. matthew858 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    My iPhone has had an issue with the home button since day 1. The button will only work if it is pressed hard at the bottom of the button. Should I go to the Apple Store and get it fixed?
  18. radiotowers macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2008
    I've noticed this with my new iPhone 3G. Comparing to my first gen iPhone, I have to push much more deliberately to get it to register. I'm not sure if I just need to retrain myself or if it's an actual hardware/software problem with the new phone. Time will tell, I guess.
  19. julric01 macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    Same here...

    I noticed the difference right away with my 3g compared to my original. The more I use it the more I get used to it, it's just different.

    One thing I have noticed is that when it's plugged in and charging, it's even harder to get it to respond. I really am starting to think it's a software issue and it doesn't respond depending on what you're doing, same thing with certain aps.
  20. TimothyB macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2008
    Mine works, but I think the areas you need to press are spotty.

    Only clicking directly on the middle on the little white square, or under it, works.

    If I click on the left, top, or right side of the home button, even with a satisfying click, nothing happens.

    If I put my fingernail directly on the top line of the square, and click, nothing happens. Pushing the other sides of the square works.

    This makes the button not respond half the time when say I hold with my right hand and try to click it with my thumb, as reaching for it is usually at the top of the button, where it doesn't work.

    Is it suppose to be this spotty? I mean I can understand the direct sides of the button, but even a hair off above the center doesn't work? Before reading this thread, my first weeks use of this phone made me worry about if this home button was going to have problems in the future.
  21. TimothyB macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2008
    Just now when I was finished with an app, and the iphone on a table, hands free, I used my index finger and gave a good press on the home button real fast and nothing happened. I had to hit again.
  22. Duujo macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2005
    I'm having the exact same problem as all of you - I also was a big double tap home button guy for music, but am wondering if usage has sent my home button to an early grave?

    Problem for me though is, I live in Australia and bought my iPhone 2G via eBay, so no support for me! (I think? Australian Apple stores wouldn't support a first gen iPhone that never got sold over here, now that they sell the iPhone 3G, would they??)

    Oh well, it's been worth the ride. Just disappointing that after 9 months the home button ***** itself. But at least it gives me the excuse upgrade? But who's going to want to buy a dud iPhone 2G..!!

    Think as a last resort I'll try and open it up and 'fix it' :)
  23. bshell macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2005
    Vancouver, CANADA
    Same problem

    Got my first gen iPhone in Sept 2007 and have started having home button problems in the last month. I have to press twice frequently to get any result. Since this button is used a lot if anyone figures out a fix, please let me know. Thanks. I could try taking it to the Apple Store here in Vancouver, but I bought it directly from Apple online in the USA so not sure if they would fix it.
  24. LovejoyPE9 macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    Same problem since version 2.0 update

    Have had all sorts of problems since updating to version 2.0 with software including syncing addresses which was only resolved using vcards after a system restore.

    Suggest easy way around this problem to set "home" as Home Button. I got stuck in phone favorites
  25. TheMadKro macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2008
    Mine just started acting up. The Home button will wake the phone but it will not switch screens. This tells me it is a software problem. This needs to be fixed soon!!

    Apple, anyone listening?

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