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How to fix your iPhone Home button: The ultimate guide

Everything you need to know to DIY (do-it-yourself) repair a stuck or unresponsive Home button on your iPhone!

If you've owned iPhones in recent years, you're probably familiar with Home button quirks. Since the Home button is the most used button on the device, and the only one you use for actual operation, it's typically the quickest to wear down and cause you problems. And no, WD-40 is not the answer. Regardless what iPhone model you have, it is possible to fix a malfunctioning Home button the right way.

We can walk you through not only how to replace the components that are causing the issue, but where to get quality parts and tools from the suppliers we trust. If you're not quite ready to give up your current iPhone and you're up to the challenge, follow along and we'll help you get your iPhone's Home button back in working order in no time!

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How to fix a problem Home button on your iPhone 5

The Home button has been a common cause of complaint throughout several iterations of the iPhone. It's why we made an ultimate guide for fixing them. The iPhone 5 doesn't seem to be immune from Home button issues either. If yours is not responding to presses, registering double presses incorrectly, or sporadically activating Siri, you may need to DIY repair the Home button. Luckily the iPhone 5's Home button isn't as hard to get to as previous models, making it a great candidate for a quick and easy DIY repair!

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The iPhone Home button: A look at how it has evolved, and where it still needs to go

The Home button is the most used and arguably the most important button on the iPhone. For everyone new to smartphones and to mobile computing, it's an escape hatch that they can press at any time, any where, and immediately be returned to a safe, familiar place. For more experienced users, it's a way to activate everything from Spotlight to Siri, the fast app switcher to the accessibility menu. Because the Home button serves so many purposes, for so many people, the mechanical switch itself is subject to an incredibly high level of use, and potential for wear and tear. That's why, more than any other physical button, the Home button has been a source of problems over the years, for Apple and consumers.

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Rumored iPhone 5 Home button shown off by parts dealers

Home buttons that could be a parts for the next generation iPhone 5 have started turning up online. They are available in black and white from TVC-Mall and TrueSupplier and appear to have a different rubber gasket than the current iPhone 4S design.

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How to use the iPad Home button to navigate, access the fast app switcher, take a screenshot, and more

There's only one physical hardware button on the front of the new iPad so it's little wonder Apple has put it to work with several levels of functionality. While all the basic things are covered by the good old single click, there's a lot more, and a lot more advanced functionality hidden beneath that Home button using double and triple clicks and more.

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Supposed iPad 3 front panels show black and white options, home button

New photos have surfaced, purportedly of the iPad 3 front panel, showing both black and white color options, and the traditional home button. If accurate, they show no visible design changes from the iPad 2.

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Warning: WD-40 will not fix your Home button, may damage your iPhone or iPad

Do not -- repeat -- do NOT put WD-40 or any such substance in your iPhone or iPad -- it won't permenantly fix your Home button and may, in fact, damage it far worse. The idea that repeatedly squirting WD-40 into your iPhone or iPad Home button could fix responsiveness began floating around the internet last month and has gotten some attention -- that needs to be stopped immediately. Keep in mind we're huge fans of DIY repair here at iMore. We have a weekly column focused on DIY repair. But putting WD-40 is not DIY repair. It's dangerous, particularly for iPhones and iPads that are built with moving, plastic parts.

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Weekly Mod: How to replace the Home button on an AT&T/GSM iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 is known to have issues when it comes to the home button -- all that double-clicking for multitasking seems to have come at a price! This is probably the reason they redesigned the home button assembly in the iPhone 4S. If your GSM iPhone 4 home button has become unresponsive or loose, a DIY repair is something you can perform with the right tools and about 45 minutes of your time.

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Poll: Is your iPhone home button having problems?

Are you having problems with your iPhone home button?

Simple question: is your iPhone home button still working as it should? Ever since iOS 4 and the reassignment of double click to the fast app switcher, it seems like we're click, click, clicking the home button more than ever, and that seems to be creating problems more and more often.

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