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mrdanang Level 1 Level 1

Hi all,


My iPhone home button (round button at the bottom) has started "not responding correctly." Sometimes when I press the button it works as it should, but other times it takes at least 10 clicks before anything happens. I can hear the clicking sound that the button physically makes so I can't imagine that it's hardware related - but it sometimes doesn't want to do anything.

After searching Google and the forums it seems to be pointing towards a software issue? I upgraded the phone to the latest software 4.3 around 3 weeks ago.


Modern Firmware - 01.10.01


Any advice is much appreciated,


iPhone 4, iOS 4.3
Reply by rdefcon1 on Aug 21, 2012 12:50 AM Helpful

Nice one berzerker. I came across essentially the same fix:


1. Open an official Apple App like the clock or compass

2. Hold the power button until u get the slide to turn off

3. Hold down the home button until the slide to turn off goes away.


Problem fixed! It seems to be a software collaboration issue with the button - rather than mechanical - as unintuitive as that seems. Works everytime.

Reply by Kiera1234 on Aug 23, 2012 1:21 PM Helpful

In case your iPhone home button has become less sensitive or is even broken, iOS 5 has come up with the great solution named ‘AssistiveTouch’ feature. Assistive Touch is one of the accessibility features in iOS 5 that can be served as a workaround, if your iPhone home button is broken.



How to Enable Assistive Touch to Access Home Button from Screen in iOS 5:



Got to Settings -> General -> Accessibility. Scroll down to bottom and tap on “AssistiveTouch” option. Set it ON to activate the option.

after doing this, you will see a transparent button bottom right, touch this, a touch menu will show up. This transparent button can be used as your new home button. Its fabulous! Good luck!!!

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  • BexieWings Level 1 Level 1

    It may be an issue with the connection between the physical button and the iOS software. Try restoring as new. If that doesn't work you need to get your iPhone fixed.

  • Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6

    Check to see how many apps you have open, (double click the home button) touch an app until your see the red x, then touch on each one to close it, do this until all of your Apps are closed, After you closed all of your apps restart the iPhone by holding down the on/off button and the home button at the same time for about 20 sec. 

  • mrdanang Level 1 Level 1

    I've tried closing all running applications and restarting the phone - It worked for a while and then seemed to return to the tempermental state. I've been reading the forums and it seems people have been having the same problem after the 4.3 op upgrade - Is this actually the case?

  • mrdanang Level 1 Level 1

    I may try a restore - However, I don't see why I should when I'm convinced that this is some sort of software related issue as it's only happening after the 4.3 upgrade.

  • MrHazlett Level 1 Level 1

    I am having the same issue. I have reset my phone and the problem still persists.I agree with you that it must be a software issue because I too did not experience this issue until the 4.3 update was installed.  I went a week dealing with the issue then it simply went away.  after another few weeks the issue retuned and is becoming very annoying.  My home button does seem to work better when it is charging though. Please post an update if you find a solution.

  • mrdanang Level 1 Level 1

    I am glad that someone is having the same issues that I'm having. How can Apple such a crucial issue that makes their product incredibly annoying to use?! I love my iPhone but this is really testing my patience.


    Are there any iPhone technicians out there?!

  • troyfromseattle Level 1 Level 1

    I had the exact same problem and come to find out the home button allignment was a tiny bit off. If I just push the very bottom of the home button instead of the center like normal it works every time!!! See if this helps!

  • Arcano 17 Level 1 Level 1

    Works for me. I restore my iphone 4 and the problem persisted with the home button. Lightlypressing down the middle makes the home button work properly.


    hardware issue or dirt button?

  • troyfromseattle Level 1 Level 1

    I'm pretty sure it's either dirty or slighty misaligned with the sensor below the face. My worked also slightly pressing down originally until I finally figured out the sensor was a little closer to the edge of the button. It may a  be different edge for other people. If you try all the edges I'm sure youll find which one works best for your phones button alignment:)

  • madjocamus Level 1 Level 1

    I got my iPhone 4 last november and the home button is already not that sensitive but i never bother on getting it back because its been 2 weeks of no cellphone and I need to get back to my work so I just left it like that

    and now it seems it just gotten worse

  • friartat Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same exact problem as described by MrHazlett.  It is not misalignment or dirt - the round button failed to work all day - I rebooted over and over again to no avail.  I just got home and plugged it to iTunes and it started working again.  I got my iPhone about 3 months ago and have had this problem a few times but it usually went away. This is the first time it has persisted for a whole day.  I just upgraded to 4.3.3 over the weekend.  Will appreciate a prompt answer from Apple Support.  Thanks.

  • golferky Level 1 Level 1

    same issues here, powering off and back on helps for a while.  Apple please fix!

  • georgewilb Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem.  Seems to be software related as it is intermittent.  Works fine for a while after a reboot.  Tried reinstalling software for phone twice with no change.  Guess I am headed back to the APple Store Genius dooda.

  • gr8photos4u Level 1 Level 1

    Same exact problem here!

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