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Created August 24, 2011 16:32
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Fix iPhone home button
Found this tip in comment here:
1.) Open any application
2.) Press and hold the power button until the slide to shutdown swipe bar appears.
3.) Release Power button
4.) Press and hold Home button Lightly
until screen returns to icon screen
5.) Enjoy your functioning home button!!!
This procedure recalibrates the home button after normal wear or heavy use.
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w00t! Worked for me. Thanks buddy!

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kevin1 commented Oct 8, 2011

Are you sure this recalibrates it? I was under the impression that it force-quits the current application. Perhaps it works because pressing and holding the button dislodges dust.

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Worked perfectly for me. Finally, double tapping for multitasking works properly!

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Wrong. Doing this action invokes the old 'force quit application' for pre-4.0 devices. It does nothing for your Home Button.

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dannolan commented Oct 8, 2011


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alanzeino, you're doing it wrong

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mikhchi commented Oct 8, 2011

Doesn't work on latest iOS 5

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gvanlee commented Oct 8, 2011

Doesn't seem to work on my iPhone 5 either.

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Definitely worked for me (iOS 5 on iPhone 4).


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jgyllen commented Oct 9, 2011

This worked great on my iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3.5. Thanks!!

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placebo |pləˈsēbō|
noun ( pl. placebos )
"a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect"

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alanzeino is right, this is nothing more than a placebo.

By the way, how exactly do you press the home button "lightly"?

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spoil·sport /ˈspoilˌspôrt/
Noun: A person who spoils others' pleasure.
Synonyms: killjoy - wet blanket

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worked IThanks!

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joemsak commented Oct 10, 2011


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Incredible. Do you also know how to recalibrate the accelerometer?

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bighi commented Oct 10, 2011

This fix nothing.

I think most part of the guys above me saying it fix the problem are suffering from the placebo effect.

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Not sure if this works for 3GS

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MIND BLOWN. Totally worked. Been suffering far too long until I stumbled upon this post. I Created a Gist account just to post my gratitude. THANK U THANK YOU!

IPhone/Update 4.0.1/ Firmware 1.59

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keiji commented Sep 20, 2012


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dont work. iOS 6 iphone 4

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