Slow home button on iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by nateo200, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Ever since I upgraded my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 the home button is slow and delayed. When I press home I have to press it very deliberately to get my phone to wake up and I can barely do the double tap to reveal multitasking anymore as it usually doesn't recognize the second tap and just closes out of whatever I'm in :mad:. Also when I press the power button to wake it usually is delayed as well. Everything else seams to be fast though. its annoying but I guess manageable...I just want to make sure there isn't anything wrong with my phone or if anyone else has this issue? :O
  2. nateo200 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    No one? Ok I might as well repost this in the iPhone section...
  3. climber20 macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2011
    You could try doing a restore- sometimes that solves weird issues like this. My iP4 doesn't have the issue yours is having.
  4. frystew macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2011

    I have this same problem exactly

  5. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    You explained my exact issue! i just assume it's the same reason my iPad 1 got slower...iOS updates make previous models less responsive in hopes of me giving into my frustration and buying the new version.
  6. Evgenyy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    My home button in iPhone 4 is also very unresponsive after iOS 5 update. Sometimes it interprets two presses when I do one and sometimes it doesnt register anything at all.
  7. sclawis300 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    mine was doing this before the update. Same here with the double click sometimes and no response other times.
  8. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you google for this, it has been a longtime lingering issue with the iPhone 4, before iOS 5. It seems like a hardware defect for many (but obviously each case could be different.)

    I was having the same issue until I dropped my phone the other day and cracked the rear glass (luckily not the front!!). Now my button works perfectly!

    I would not advise you try it however. ;) I think in my case there was dust preventing good electrical contact underneath the button, and dropping it dislodged the dust. When I get a new back cover I guess I can inspect it then.
  9. ac921ol macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2011
    id take it back to apple before warranty runs out and get a new one.
    simple. if it keeps doing it after that, then you have badluck.
  10. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I had this on my iPod touch 2nd gen...I brought it to the apple store I bought it, they swapped if for a new more problem.
  11. Jmansk8r macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2012
    Triple Click Home

    There is a fix to this. Go to settings, general, accessability, triple click home. Turn off the triple click home options. Instant fix. :D
  12. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    Also, you could activate the assistive touch. This puts an icon on the screen that gives you touch-screen options to replace many of the home button actions. Saves wear and tear on the home button. However, even though the icon can be moved anywhere on the screen, sometimes it gets in the way on the iPhone's small screen. It's fine on an iPad.

    Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch > On
  13. AerisLLC macrumors newbie


    Mar 14, 2012
    Los Angeles
    This worked for me.

    Omg thank you for this! It worked for me.

    My button was reacting slowly the last couple of months then progressively slower the longer it went which was incredibly annoying. So far it's been working correctly after applying jimthing's suggestion. Thanks!
  14. acidrain79 macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Try goin into Settings>General>Reset>Reset All Settings. Not sure exactly what it does, I think it deletes save point files left behind from previous times u synced ur phone; files that aren't compatible with or relevant to iOS 5. But whatever it does it sped the responsiveness of my home button up ALOT on my 3GS, as it became pretty slow and unresponsive after installing iOS 5 on it.

    Fair warning, after u do this and ur phone will reboots it will bring u back to the iOS 5 first time set up screen but don't be alarmed, all of ur files, ringtones, apps, etc will still be on the phone. But the home screen, main ring and text tone, brightness, volume, etc will be set back to stock. All easy things to set back to ur preference tho :)
  15. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Sounds a bit... cynical!

    I have the same issue. Double tap to bring up task manager seems to be more iffy after the upgrade to 5.1. I tried the suggestion above and it didn't improve things much.
  16. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    I had the same issues, sometimes had to press really hard, double tap was really difficult, just generally rubbish...

    Try this, it might sound like something that could never work, but I hand on heart swear it fixed my iPhone 4 button.

    Plug in power socket and charge phone
    Hold down home button so voice command comes up
    Don't let go and then press "cancel" on screen

    My home button is perfect now, it's almost unbelievable, I was close to getting it repaired which would have cost a lot.

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