iPhone Bugs: Home Button not working?

Several of our readers (and one of our editors...) are reporting a bug where the iPhone Home Button does not always respond to single-click or double-clicks. It might be software related as most people seem to have begun noticing this problem after installing iOS 4.1. It was hoped the bug would be fixed in iOS 4.2.1 but no such luck. Other causes that have been considered include a hardware short or dust or lint getting under the button. Ally also mentions that it may be caused by the home button not being properly centred. Possible symptoms and fixes, after the break.

Is your iPhone Home Button not working properly?

Issues (intermittent)

  • You single or double-click and nothing happens
  • You double-click and it only registers a single click

Fixes

Yes, it is as bleak as it is annoying. Have you had this bug yourself? Any other fixes you've tried?

Georgia

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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Llechid says:

Brilliant thank you, was going to take my phone back to the shop.
Happy man once again.

George Cuates says:

Worked perfect for me, thanks!

Breaksnap says:

Genius!!! Unreal, worked first time!!! Thanks!!!!!

Kristylricarde says:

brilliant!thanks for the help:))

Hortosh says:

hi
i tried it many times ,not working for me
what i shall do

Paul says:

Thanks!! Worked the first time. :)

Cassie says:

that actually works!! i can't believe it! thanks so much! i've been annoyed and frustrated with this stupid home button for so long! you're awesome! :)

Sam says:

This didn't work. /:

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Holly says:

thank you! this is my temporary fix till i get my replacement!

Aydin Atienza says:

Are they replacing Iphone with this problem? i tried the fix they mentioned here but it still not working properly...

Hesi says:

It worked! Thank you!

Angeezer says:

Surdy, you are absolutely amazing! <3

iTouch user 6609 says:

So I have in iTouch, not an iPhone. The Home button is completely unresponsive. I can't try the above steps because I have no 'Emergency Call' feature. Any ideas?

surdy says:

Jailbreak it and download ACTIVATOR app from cydia..
Its the best thing anyone can use!!

TRUEUNISTARS says:

OMG, WHOEVER U R U TOTALLY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Crazygee says:

Well I'm p*ssed off... I had to try this twice to get it working... Hehe thank you my friend!

F_DSahota7 says:

LOVE YOU BRO HELPED ME SOO MUCH !

Jasperdavid says:

Hi Surdy,
It worked for me,Really brilliant tip,Even Apple did not help out on this home button problem they simply refused.Now iam able to access home screen smoothly.
Thanks a ton
Jasper David.India

Deanaski4fun says:

awesome! I can hold off on getting this fixed for a little bit now! Thanks

Malvarez_gis says:

Surdy, how did you find this way? thank you very much this works for me!

Scottykaf says:

Exactly like surdy says but I had to do it twicw too. Top man/woman Surdy :)

Bsmacgregor says:

Just saved me $299, was gonna go buy new iphone 5 when it comes out because I was tired of spraining my thumb every day ; )

Candyqty13 says:

bless you!!!! omg i've been dealing with this shit for months.. thank you!

Shmellow says:

You're an iPhone god. THANK YOU!!

DustStorm165 says:

Thank you so so so much! It has been annoying me having to click the home button a number of times to get it to work but plugging it into the computer and canceling the voice control seemed to work a treat!

Tom says:

Worked brilliantly, you just saved me time and money, thanks

Synthetic_dream says:

Perfect best tip of my year much appreciated mate :)

X1nicotine says:

damn it works i was begining to think buying a iphone 4 was a horrible idea thank you for your help

lba says:

Wow! I'm speechless! Works like a charm!

K johnson says:

Excellent!! Worked like a champ the first time!

Aks says:

Thank you sooo much!

Bailey says:

Thank you so much! This works, people!

Lincoln927 says:

worked great and only took ten seconds. thank you so much.

Lila says:

Worked perfectly! Thanks

Peewee1693 says:

Amazing! Thank you for your help. ü

gaspode says:

This seems to have worked! Can't thank you enough!
Edit: false alarm, couldn't Home out of web browser just now.. Well, thanks anyway :)

Terri says:

Thanks! It worked great!

Townsend15 says:

Thank you, it worked a treat.

Paulaconnolly75 says:

It worked! Thanks so much. That had been bothering me for months.

Jeremy Roberts says:

This was driving me nuts! Tried the suggestion above by Prboricua818 and seemed to have made a HUGE difference! Thanks!

N_V_N says:

brilliant! this worked for me

Mrcypress92 says:

Doesn't work for me. I've been having problems with the home button since I bought it almost a year ago. But my wife has never had a problem with her iPhone bought at the same time. It was just occassionally at first, but now it has gotten really obnoxious. I'm taking it in before my warranty is up.

John says:

This simple procedure worked great for me! Thanks!!!

Stevenoatx says:

I never comment on anything but I had to for you... You rock man!!!

Chris A. says:

Yes this worked great so far for me. And I often do not comment.

Vdub89 says:

Or get some canned air and air out the connection port (at bottom of phone for charging/connecting). If you look in there, get the air to go into the little holes on either side of the wall. May need to "re-air" multiple times get function back. If still not working with all these tips, take to an authorized Apple store where they can disassemble it and clean the contacts. Oils, lint and dirt can accumulate between the contacts of button and circuit board over time and amount of use.

Shashindra karkera says:

Thanks Boriua, it works great !!!

jgiblin says:

i have to say that worked for me too! awesome.. thanks!

winebox says:

Just tried this and indeed, it does reopen to the app, but the home button still does not work.

Brian Puffer says:

Um I never ever post but you my friend just saved me a lot of frustration.

Oriongruca says:

No way... That fixed my prob thanks dude awesome fix.

Samwelitozoolander says:

It seemed to fix the problem. Thanks

Amandaeris says:

you are officially a life saver. thank you so much!!

Coppeyadam says:

It works! And I'm boricua, too! Love that it was another fellow puertorrican who shared this fix! Thx! :)

Ashleypink15 says:

WHOA! thankss mann. this worked and nothing else did.! (:

Bikerkitty says:

you totally rock! what a relief!

Halcyon says:

This worked for me! Thank you so damn much!!!!

Adam says:

I NEVER types comments in these sorts of places... I echo Steven... YOU ROCK Man!!!!

macca says:

this was just what i was looking for! Great tip.
Orange didnt have a clue!!!!

LL says:

Amazing! Thank you, I seriously did not expect that to work! Thought it was going to be time for a new iphone :)

Roger Stuart says:

You truly are amazing! I really appreciate the fix.
www.atlanticblowers.com

Mary says:

I don't often comment, but thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mdjan708 says:

Uptil now, your trick is working with awesome accuracy. Thanks aloot as I was very happy with my iPhone but this problem almost made me against having an iPhone. :-D

kelvin says:

Excellent! You just saved me a trip to the Apple Store. You are the best man>>>>any more troubleshooting tips?

Slobi1 says:

It worked for mine too! Amazing... saves me standing in line at apple in the am as i have been dealing with this damn button issue for over a month, thanks so much

Bl4kN says:

Tried this many times and it wasn't working for me. The tip I have is persistence. First I held very lightly as suggested below. When the application returned I thought it had worked.
Silly me - you need to hold longer like the suggestion says until the icon screen returns. Takes a little but it works. Cool indeed - thanks.

Lizeth Davis says:

Dude,
You solved it. You're awesome. =]

Samuel says:

This worked for me, but it only gave me a few uses of the button before stopping again.
However, to seal the deal, I tried a hard re-set (hold home + power till apple logo appears) and THAT WORKED! Not had any problems since! (touch wood!)
However, as an odd side affect, it turned the lock sounds on, when I've never had them on for like 3 years... strange... But who cares, it works now. Thanks man!

Dimitar Kerelov says:

Woq thank you dude. You saved a life ;)

Simon says:

Blimey! It works. Big thank you.

Ajay says:

Wow that worked awesome. If only I had done this earlier, I was all ready to replace my phone.

Sdgods says:

I tried all of that and it did not work. Then i found something that did. plug in your phone to your computer as soon as u do so hold the home button down and the voice control will apear press cancel and bam it reset my home button and has been working great since.

Ermina says:

I seriously love you! Nothing else worked but this did!!!!

Noone says:

Thanks mate, you saved my day!!!
The Prboricua818 method stopped working after 3 times reset-a-day.

Gmjsh21 says:

Looks like it works well

rls says:

The power button reset did not work for me - but this plug in / voice control process did. THANKS!!

H Aripin says:

wow... good solution...

Buckscom says:

shit it didnt work for me

Vikas Chopra says:

Awsome Man you are Great saver I was thinking there is some Hardware as my Phone is 1.5 year old :-) it worked like charm.

LOkrasa says:

Effin' Awesome SDGODS! You da man!

Nealc09 says:

WOOW, this ACTUALLY works !!!! I spent 65 bux to try & fix this, the guy couldnt do it, sed he replaced the home button, I got RIPPED off, I was about to go spend some MORE money to fix it and THIS is working, so far !! I hope it stays working, THANKS SOO MUCH !!!!!

Nealc09 says:

ok, just stopd wkn, gona try the other method :/

Roale Poaen says:

This one worked for me, Thanks a million

David says:

Great simple solution. I feared hardware issue....not!

Nicola Michel says:

This worked a treat - thank you Roale - the first mention by K Johnson didn't work for me. :)

Ross says:

it stopped working 5 minutes later

Johnhowa says:

Genius. Just one question: how did you "stumble" on this solution?

Gallasb05 says:

It works, like magic!! Thanks

Teehee. says:

Sdgods, is truly a god :)

Dmeyers says:

seriously you are my freakin hero. That worked perfectly. Thank you so much.

KB says:

Seriously... I just couldn't imagine such a tip would ever fix a 'seem-to-be-hardware' issue with the iPhone... complete dead Home Button... but, it worked perfectly! Home Button back operational. Thanks Sdgods...

Booie says:

worked for me! how incredibly random.... I'd like to know why this works lol.

Jackie Baldyga says:

GAH!!! this has been driving me nuts. I just tried it and it seems ok so far!! thank you!!!!!

squirrellygirl says:

Sdgods is a total god - thank you for this fix!

Crimson_zangetsu08 says:

all hail Sdgods THE GREAT! it worked like a miracle! thank you soo much! ^^

smk says:

i tried this but it might sound obvious but my home button doesnt work therefore i cant start the voice contol in order to fix it

Nflinhd says:

when i saw this i said no way can this work; but i tried it and holy crap it worked thanks.

DanRoMan says:

Doesn't work for me! Methinks this is a hardware issue. Welldone to all those that have succeeded, my frustration continues. And to top it all it started malfunctioning exactly on the day after warranty expired!!!
Coincidence??? hmm...

Mjeancb says:

wow! this worked!! thank you sooooooooooooooooo much! especially for saving me $40.00 ....you are wonderful! thanks again

Ddevil54r@gmail.com says:

Lol no shite! Thank you so much dude I was just about to have a bad day. That's awesome ;)

Stephenie Nataly Nuño says:

OMG! This worked for me! Thank you soooo much! I was sad that the short cut to playing music when my ipod touch is locked didn't worked! >< BUT NOW IT DOES!!! ♥

blondegirl says:

THANK YOU!!!!!! It worked!!

AlexB says:

You are the legend, man!!! It's working! Thanks a lot!!!

Orlando_javierg says:

You are the best !!! It work perfect !!!

Rbrasfer says:

It worked great for me as well ... thanks, I was almost trowing my iPhone to the wall!!

Wguts says:

Didnt work for me, no voice command appeared

Compengineer183 says:

I didn't think this would work, but it did. Now my sore fingers can start to heal. Surprised the button works at all after how hard I had to push it.

Ktskat says:

Magic!!!! So easy, too! I <3 Apple cuz there's always a quirky trick like this that fixes the problem!!!

Kateyodie says:

Magic!!! I love how Apple always has neat little ways to fix issues like this! Now I get to tell my Dad how easy it was for me to fix since he just had to get a new phone when his droid's buttons stopped working & they didn't carry his model anymore...

Kirru261990 says:

i wish there was a video tutorial tooo.....,,some one set it up pls

Cooknaris says:

didnt work for me.. i keep tryin but the button still sticks!

ttl says:

When I read this, I didn't believe it, but this definitely works. Thanks for the tip. I'm glad Apple gave us a way to do this - I thought my phone was broken.

Faywoodhall says:

Thanks so much! It worked!!

Guest says:

this worked for me too! Thanks!!!!!!

Warheart1188 says:

Didn't work. Thought it did but 10 seconds later stopped working.

Ubi_8nov says:

hloooo plz tell me wtz bam it

rob says:

holy shit it worked!

Imjustakid says:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!! it actually worked:)

SP says:

Amazing. Thank you!!! Can't believe it worked!

vt says:

I could not catch your point. can you explain further. we press home voice control appears then we press cancel and at the same time we press home?

iPhoneLA says:

Thank you, along with the physical connecter advise by Killer Woo above, did your suggestion and the button works like new now. Much thanks!

Deepak says:

I was on the edge...Thank You...that sure worked.

Talhakr says:

Thanks a billion man! Worked like a charm!!!

iTemper says:

I'm not sure if any of this actually works but I found that there is a certain way you need to double tap the home button.
It seems like you have to hold the home button down a little longer (maybe a 1/2 a second) then you would expect before letting go and tapping the button again.
Play around with it. You'll get it eventually.

Chris says:

Prboricua818 ... thank you!

Santino516 says:

wow damn, it Worked!!!! thank you so much, i love you!!

Santino516 says:

it worked only for about 5 minutes and then it went back onto not responsive. I know it is not the hardware. I still here the clicking and the feel of pressing the home button is normal. I truly believe it is the software of the home button. Any other solutions I could try?

Carlos Jerry Tackett says:

OMG I LOVE YOU!!!! thank you so much.. I was getting so annoyed with my home button.. I thought it was not fixable with out sending it off.. I restored because of slow processing but it didnt fix it then I tried your trick and it worked.. your amazing!

Wackynspunky says:

Amazing!! Thank you sooooo much!!!!

Montnew1 says:

That worked perfectly!! Thanks so much!

Msooffutt says:

I must have tried this a hundred times and it never worked once. What did work, was closing all of the apps running in the background, and restarting the phone.

TallOne79 says:

Worked like a charm! Thanks you very much!

Suavenupe007 says:

Pure Awesomeness!! I tried thi producedure as well as the voice control calibration and my iPhone is BACK!! Thank You Much

Andrew says:

For months I have been battling this issue, trying everything. I was about to have a repair shop replace the button until I read this and, it worked!

Dhanly says:

Great post!
Had this problem after a 4.3.5 upgrade on iphone 4. Worked first time.

Awadulce says:

eveyone says the power button procedure didn't work and the home button did, but for me it was the other way around! maybe it's a matter of doing both...who knows...I tried the home button and I thought it worked for like 5 secs...so I did the power button one, and now it seems to work fine! muchas gracias boricua!

Gonzo says:

I just tried this after being frustrated for the last week about the home button issue. It worked like a charm for me. Passed this along to a couple of my friends who have the same issue. Thanks!!!

Kgdoss says:

Amazing!!! My thumb and Home Button have been battling for months! This fix worked beautifully! Thanks for the tip

Mrjfunk says:

This worked! I thought I needed to get a new phone. Thanks for posting :D

Warheart1188 says:

That didn't work either. Just goes back to the app that was open.

Fc says:

just slap the fckn thing and it'll work, piece of shit!

Calvin Ho says:

There is an easier way:
Plug in the cable to charge the iphone.
Press the home button until the voice commands activates.
Click on Cancel and go back out to home screen.
Your home button should now be working. I tried it last night and it miraculously works like new.

Sushil says:

I updated to 4.3.4 a few days back, hoping the sticky home button would come out of its slumber. Nothing seem to work. Is anybody listening at APPLE ?

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Gondo says:

Prboricua818
You rule !!!!
this issue was driving me insane. Thanks ! :)))))

GaMzEe says:

Darn it. I held down the button twice, hard. It worked once after that. Then it stopped again.

Kaylaleann06 says:

the power button technique did not work i was mad but kept reading and as suggested blew in my phone and what do u kno it worked!!!

LGsMom says:

This has happened to me several times. I find that turning the phone completely off and waiting a moment before turning it back on is helpful.

Brianne Goyette says:

super awesome, totally worked!!!

Ann says:

THANK YOU!!! Genius.

Nick Tezak says:

I am having the same issue with the home button not responding to the first couple clicks. As long with that issue I'm also having a problem with my voice command coming up and calling random numbers on its own. I could be texting and the next thing you know, the message board closes out and the voice command comes up and then closes and turns the search for the phone on. I have restored the phone back to its original settings, but as it syncs it says that the iphone is in recovery mode and now I cannot use it. Please help!!!

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Ahmad says:

there is something i am missing here..
i have my passcode on, i will open an app, if i pressed the power button i will slide to turn off not to unlock..!!!

surdy says:

Just try not to hold the power button..
Click it just one, for a fraction of a second..
It will eventually go to sleep and then click it again..
After pressing the emergency call button and then back, enter ur passcode ..

MMeindl says:

Here is another solution I have discovered. If you plug your sync cable into the phone and press the Home Button, it will start working again. Then, just unplug the cable. You don't even have to be charging or have it connected to your computer to have this work. I think inserting the sync cable shifts or resets something that then allows the Home Button to function again.

Voyboy92192 says:

This worked the best out of all! So simple

writer18 says:

Oh my God, thank you! I've tried everything on here-the restore, the slapping, the power button and this was the only one that worked!

Ajmal047 says:

i phone 4 keys [P L X { DELETE]] not working. its new phone & i sent to technician /agent also they saying display must change & there is no guarantee for display the coast around 25 KD [$75] ..
any solution pls...?
thanks..

Shreds says:

Both my husband and me had it, mine seemed to correct itself after a few days buy my husband's still temperamental. He is just trying to restore factory settings.

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Rhia says:

Tried this and the first time it worked but when I went to take the passcode off it stopped working! I've tried everything and it still won't work...

surdy says:

please consider number 4 of this process!!
it will surely work for u!!
TC..

Kiananoahdj says:

I've tried restoring, updates and even a hard reset three times! And I'm still having this problem..
I'm leaving town for 3 days and hate having to think about the frustration this is going to cause!

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Herbertlee says:

1) Connect with USB cable to charge your iPhone4
2) Hold Home button till Voice Control show up
3) Now press Cancel and your Home button should be reactivate.

Herbertlee says:

1) Connect with USB cable to charge your iPhone4
2) Hold Home button till Voice Control show up
3) Now press Cancel and your Home button should be reactivate.

Superman_78 says:

I live you. Thanks for the tip.

Superman_78 says:

That was supposed to say "love". I guess my iPhone outocorrected it wrong :)

Coach K says:

Should we really have to blow, slap, restore, etc a $200-$500 phone?! I'm sorry, but I'm super irritated with Apple for this hardware glitch, and the fact that I have to drive 2 hours to an Apple store to get it replaced. How long is the warranty?? I've only have phone for about 5 months and so far today I've restored, blew into charger slot, recalibrated the home button and none of them seem to be long-term solutions, as I keep having to do them over and over. I certainly don't want to have to do the thigh slap for the next year and a half of my contract, ya know?!

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Pedrogirl_310 says:

Slapping: didn't work.
Blowing: didn't work.
Pinching: didn't work.
Holding down the power button until the power slide popped up then holding down the home button: didn't work.
NOTHING worked! :(
Power button does NOT work at all. Help
Me :'(

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Eggie says:

hi
thanks for the smacking advice damn phone blew in it nothing vacumed it nothing slapped against my thigh a good few times hey presto the home button worked like a charm

Sipcoronas says:

I tried resetting network settings, blowing the charging slot with air can, and the holding power button then home button but the Two slaps across my thigh worked for me. Thanks! Hopefully I don't have to keep doing this after time.

surdy says:

if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Cherie Rojas says:

I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

surdy says:

NO MORE SLAPPING !!
if u have a problem with ur homescreen button..
then here's a trick..

  1. turn ur "passcode on" with any combination.
  2. open any application.(ur homescreen button is not working, but power button would help).
  3. press the power button and slide to unlock.
  4. before entering ur combination/lock code, press "emergency call" and then click "back".
  5. and now enter ur combination code.
  6. BINGO!!! there's ur homescreen.
Guest says:

Yeah, no. This didn't work. Sadly, slapping it did.

surdy says:

its the simplest solution!!
it would work guaranteed!!
just give it a try!!

Lockerbieb says:

Tried turning in and off - didn't work. Tried blowing - didn't work.
Pressed hard just to left and right of home button- works now.

Guest says:

My phone is brand-stinking-new, just out of the box a few hours ago, and it is doing this. Beyond frustrating.

Guest says:

Crazy. I can't believe I just slapped such a "delicate, expensive" device... and it worked. Makes me ill, actually. Should never have to resort to that!

Kaykay10xo says:

I just recently had my iphone replaced last week. Not only did my home button work but my lock button wouldnt either. When i went to the apple store, they said that my phones entire structure was loose. Thats the case for most of you. All of these tips are just quick fixes. Just go to apple and tell them your problem. They will replace it for free if you got your phone with in a year.
*make sure you back up your phone first(:

Stefan says:

I have the same problem...but Its working when I use the charger...Its strange and I hope they fix it!

Holly says:

my home button has just completly stopped working. every time i want to go to a different app, i have to shut the whole phone down. i don't really see why it's doing this, it hasn't been exposed to a damp environment, and it is in a case..so really there isn't a explanation i can think of. i'm going to try sync it with the computer when i get home, but if this does not work, i'm going to have to get it replaced. meaning i will loose all my music i've brought on my phone (over £200 worth!) and all my apps too. not happy at all.

Rangakabli says:

Awesome...this works like a charm!!..dont know what other functions are hidden in this phone!!!! Thank you!!!

Lostboys_racing says:

If anyone has run out of ideas flick the home button with your finger and dirt should come up from under the button. flick hard until stuff stops coming out.
Bit brutal but worked like a charm for me

Cecil says:

send button wont light up and work

Meganregina_93 says:

My iPhone 4 home button is not responding and being really slow. I restored my fone And it didn't help . Really aggravated . Never had these problems with the 3gs

Ipod 4g says:

i had to restart my ipod atleast 4times. it worked. but whenever i plug my ipod to the cpu and when i get a notification to slide thing freezes. whenever i plug headphones it messes up one side. a week or 2 later it messes up the whole thing. im going to apple to get it fixed or just replace it.

David says:

Wow!
The power button/home button trick worked for me! I took my iPhone 4 to the genius bar and they wanted me to do a fresh install, not a restore. He said I was low on memory. I have tried to keep my free memory to 300+ Mb and home button was still goofy. I didn't do the restore. A real PITA to put everything
back etc. I thought I was going to be locked out of my phone as the home button was getting worse. Thanks all for your posts and advice here. My home button works perfectly!

Kerry says:

Crikey thank you SO much! I was about to use an old Nokia as iPhone home button wouldn't work. I did have to do a combination of slap, blowing, emergency call..........but it works now! Thanks

Jat says:

Thanks for saving me a trip to the Apple Store! The home button has been making me batty.

berhin says:

Thanks, Prboricua818.
You saved me from a whole lot of trouble.

Hon says:

Another happy slapper. My granddaughter was driving me crazy because her home button stopped working. Tried any and every gimmick I could find on the web. You name it - I tried it. I'll be, the slapping technique worked. Go figure. Besides, it felt really really good giving her phone a few good slaps!

Hugo Romero says:

Yep, been trying everything so far, nothing worked. I just read "slap", did it, and it's now working. I feel stupid now.

Kimberly says:

I have a question actually. What happens to all of the apps you have bought if you restore your phone? I have them backed up on my iTunes but will I create the same problem again? Help!

Melanie_sheckler says:

This is the most annoying fault ever. I just got a new one.

Cranibal says:

You guys are great!!! slapped it twice and kablammmmmm its working. Thanks guys

Scolmena says:

I didn't try any of the fixes below, I just had mine replaced. Thank goodness, because it was two weeks before the 1yr warrenty expired. No questions asked at the apple store. they just said there is no way to fix it so they gave me a new one. I would have tried the below if I had seen this earlier, but happy apple replaced it. Should last me another year, I hope.

Jjjjjjdjdjdjdddjj says:

Thank you thank you thank you...you get the point.

Mish says:

I am about to say what all these people said and you are amazing.THANK YOU!

Allan Jensen says:

Not iphone, but ipod touch 4g having problems with button essentially dying! Bought it in Dec 10 and dust had it replaced under warranty

winebox says:

My home button stopped working at all a few days ago after getting less responsive over the last few weeks. then miraculously, it started working again a few days ago. It just stopped working about an hour ago. I'm off to the Apple store in a bit to try and talk them into replacing it as it is only a few months old. Fingers crossed.

surdy says:

Jailbreak ur iPhone/iPad/itouch and try downloading the app from Cydia named "ACTIVATOR"..
Its the best app for homescreen buttons' solution i've seen until now..

kenny says:

WOWwwwwww. excellent job!
this works great.
thank you.

Blurtons says:

This guy deserves a Nobel Prize!

The Hoff says:

Prboricua818 = GOLDEN GOD!

Funksoulxl says:

Wow, this is total bullcrap and I can't believe all you people fell for this.
Step 4, how exactly do you press and hold the home button "lightly"? You either press and hold it or you don't, there's no "lightly" way. Or at least the phone has no way to register if the press&hold is light or hard.
Next, to prove this is total BS, you don't even have to do anything during step4 and you'll see the phone eventually returns to home screen by itself, after about 20 seconds. Yeah, that's some home button calibration!
Gotta love placebo!

toptotti says:

Surdy your technique worked a charm!!

surdy says:

thanx for appreciating..

Amir says:

I updated all my apps and it has working well. Imagine I'm going "home" by pressing the home Button like it's gonna break the button! Now, all better after updating all apps

Frustrated says:

None of these solutions have worked for me :( Now not even a restore to factory settings! Any other tips??

MichaelR says:

A colleague mentioned a fix for this problem and it has worked so far. His theory is it is a problem with background apps.
Double click the home button repeatedly until you get the set of running apps St the bottom. Press and hold until they start jiggling then press the minus against them all one by one. This shuts down the apps running in the background.
Then click home again and you should find everything is back to normal.
Hth

Msooffutt says:

Just make sure that you restart the phone after you shut down all running apps, but other than that, this worked for me.

Duke91027 says:

Works for my thx Boricua_818

Kenn says:

I faced the same issue. I had to push my home button very hard to make it work.
Went to genius bar @ the apple store in Paris and they changed my Iphone 4 for a brand new one.
Apple rocks!!!

Jeremy Roberts says:

After trying Prboricua818's suggestion it looked like it had worked, but it wasn't long before the problem reappeared and it wouldn't go away this time. So, I setup an appointment with the Genius Bar and, even though I couldn't replicate the problem in the store (as is always the case), they replaced the phone on the spot! Very impressed!

Gagesaltz says:

When mine does it I just restart it 2 or 3 times. Make sure your service and 3G turns back on before you slide to unlock.

Klutz says:

I tried both of these tricks and they worked... Temporarily. Everyone is probably going to think I'm absolutely retarded for mentioning this, but for me it turned out to be a simple thing: I hadn't manually closed out of my apps and had been using the "Home" button instead. After I manually closed out of a year's worth of apps, my home button was working like new! Yes, I'm embarrassed for not knowing this sooner, but hey, I might not be alone!
1) Double tap the home button to get to the shortcut bar @ the bottom of your screen (my somewhat-broken home button needed to be tapped a FEW times, but eventually I got there)
2) Once the shortcuts (4 at a time) are displayed, tap and hold your finger over one of them until a red circle with a minus sign appears on the top left corner.
3) From there, tap the minus sign to manually exit out of the app! You will have to do this for each app that's open.
And, no, exiting out of the "clock" app will not mean that your alarm won't go off. It will still work!

Sueishungry says:

I'm currently stuck in this situation. Thankfully it happened after I got on Safari ^_^

Jason D says:

Just plugging the charger into the phone when connected to the computer did it for me. Not a definitive fix but one that seems to work for me.

Bishopdesigngroup says:

Seems odd, my wife and I both have had our iPhone 4 for just over a year, warranty up and now home button is sticking (completely rules out the option that it is based on lint, potentially an OS but my suspicion is that it is a hack)
Whether it is an apple employee or other I can't presume to know.
So how many are having this problem with new phones - or are you just past your year warranty?

Roger says:

I noticed sometimes after I update my phone the home button stops working. I either have to plug in and unplug again or restart. Some apps may also cause it to seem less responsive... memory issue? I close all my apps except the essential ones and it seems better.

Sasssykat19 says:

I sometimes just have to clear the dust by blowing air into the USB connection spot on the iphone

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