4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2009 4:31 PM by Macaby
kardesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Got my 3G iphone five months ago and been extremely happy with it.

Over the last couple of weeks it's developed a niggle with the HOME button. Whereas it would usually be a plush button press, it now 'sticks' and clicks when pressed. I took it to the phone shop it was bought from and they offered to send it to applecare - leaving me without a phone for inspection.

It's a minor irritation, and not one that I'd want to be without a phone for any length of time for. Is anyone else suffering from this? Any remedies out there? Would a silicon lubricant solve it?

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  • Randy Fast Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    Does the button still work? If so I would just ignore it, mine clicks sometimes louder than others. If it stops working then I would worry, not about the sound it makes.
  • kardesign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yep, the button still works. I wish I could ignore it, and I've tried to turn a blind eye for the last few weeks but I can't. Not for a phone I paid big bucks for that is just a few months old.

    It's like driving a car that is perfect, but one day you notice the door doesn't close like it used to. It still works as a car, but I know that's not how it left the factory...

    Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone who has experienced this tried their own solution?
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    Any solution you try will void the warranty. If it really bugs you, send it in for service.
  • Macaby Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
    My hearing is on the "weak" side from driving airplanes for 35 year, so I miss a lot of sound unless I use a hearing aid. I've had my IP for 8 or 8 months now and was unaware that the home button actually "clicked". I discovered this after reading this thread by holding the phone very close to my ear when I press the home button.

    IF your home button "sticks", you might consider using a little (and I mean a little alcohol on it). I'm certainly not recommending put more than a tad on the home button and the fact that it's alcohol should/might prevent any water damage (I'll leave that to the experts to decide.)

    While it's not the same, I find my wheel on my Mighty Mouse occasionally sticks. A little alcohol rubbed on the ball seems to free it up. My wife tells me I should wash my hands more and she's probably right. Who knows what kind of sticky stuff I'm rubbing on my Mighty Mouse.

    However, I would have to go with the other replies here and just ignore the problem as long as the home button doesn't stick in the "pressed" position.