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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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maxmmurphy commented Oct 8, 2011

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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alexeckermann commented Oct 8, 2011

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

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alanzeino commented Oct 8, 2011

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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brettgoulder commented Oct 8, 2011

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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max-christian commented Oct 8, 2011

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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alanzeino commented Oct 9, 2011

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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jholloway commented Oct 9, 2011

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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max-christian commented Oct 10, 2011

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

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ChristopheBelpaire commented Oct 10, 2011

worked IThanks!

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joemsak commented Oct 10, 2011


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edgerunner commented Oct 10, 2011

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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sc0ttkclark commented Oct 11, 2011

Not sure if this works for 3GS

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DinoVision commented Apr 16, 2012

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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roel-sluper commented Nov 17, 2012

dont work. iOS 6 iphone 4

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