iPhone 4 Home Button Not Working

So I had an issue the past few days, my Home Button on my iPhone stopped working. Very irritating. The following is the very true story of what happened to me when this very traumatic iPhone 4 mishap happened.

At first I didn’t believe it. My iPhone 4 would NEVER stop working properly for me! So I continued to click the home button with the same results. I reset the iPhone, let it rest and even went so far as to sing to it, but still, no iPhone 4 home button.

I started getting a strange feeling in my stomach. I didn’t know what was going on. Tears started to well up in my eyes and I dropped to the floor sobbing. There was no shame. I sobbed. In front of my children and The Wife, I cried until there were no more tears. Eventually I passed out and woke up only to sob again. Between bouts of dry heaving and blowing blood vessels in my eyes I would cry out, “Why iPhone 4, WHY?!?”

Eventually the sobbing ended and I felt angry. I kicked my cat and screamed at The Wife for doing this. I knew she did it to me on purpose. She was always telling me I was using my iPhone 4 too much! Now she resorted to breaking my Home Button. I couldn’t believe it.

I stormed out of the room. I wouldn’t speak to anyone. I didn’t eat for a full 45 minutes. Without my iPhone 4 who was I? What would I do? How would I check my email? I knew the time was near, I would have to end it all. I couldn’t live without a fully functional iPhone.

But all was not lost. After many minutes of contemplation I knew I could always buy another iPhone 4, maybe even upgrade to the 4S! It would be hard to leave my old trusted friend behind, but I’m a strong man with a good support system and I would make it through.

I knew I would never be the same. I’d come to the conclusion that I may have to buy a new iPhone. But I wasn’t ready to give up just yet. So I dropped to my knees and asked Google.

I said, Dear Google: “iPhone 4 home button not working”, and to my surprise Google responded “About 48,100,000 results (0.33 seconds)”!  As a good follower of Google I did the first they it told me, and here is the solution given.

  1. Turn of the iPhone completely and the turn it back on.
  2. Open any default application (Stocks, Weather, Calculator, etc) on the iPhone
  3. Press and hold the Power button (I hope you know where to find it ) till the “Slide to Power Off” dialog appears, then release the Power button
  4. Now press and hold the Home button (the one that is not working) until the “Slide to Power Off” dialog disappears. Congratulations you just recalibrate the iPhone home button.
  5. Test the iPhone home button

Source: http://ubuntulife.net/iphone-home-button-not-working/

Problem solved. Thanks Google and UbuntuLife!



@#(* me i didnt try the internet to fix this problem and went ahead and sold my iphone and got a freaking SII
now im sad :(

Thank you, this has made my day as well as helped with my home button! :)

This solved it! Thank you so much! I jumped out of my seat in pure joy!

Mostly the reason for a non working home button is dirt disturbing the contacts…
you can find a lot of crazy solutions in the web – a view months ago i found http://ifixthebutton.com
it really helped me…my HB is working now for months
Without sending my phone in or open it ;)

Didn't work for me either.

Hi John,

Thanks for featuring my blog!

A very nice story indeed! :)

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No, Thank You Richard for helping me solve my iPhone 4 Home Button issue!

This did not work for me.

dear friend

thanks a lot


I looked around and heard about cleaning it, but it didn't work. This works so well. Thank you.

This did not work for me either.

This fixed worked perfectly for me. I didn't know how I was going to get through the holiday without my iPhone...let alone having to go to the Apple store on Black Friday to get a new one. Thank you!!!

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