iPhone Issue: Home Button Hard to Press, Losing Sensitivity Over Time

iPhone Home Button Not Working

I have noticed in the last couple months that my iPhone 3GS home button is growing gradually unresponsive. Whereas a light click used to activate my home button without fail, the same amount of pressure now goes unnoticed by the iPhone. I now have to press harder for the home button to respond to my touch, and the constant double-tapping required to bring up iOS4’s app switcher places noticeable stress on my thumbs.

The home button issue was raised by a user in the MacRumors forum in November 2007, and the thread contains 4 pages of related complaints from iPhone customers with faulty home buttons. The complaints range from first-gen iPhone to 3G to 3GS users, though I have found no reports about an iPhone 4 home button issue as of this writing. It may be too early to tell.

Although the weaker home button on my iPhone 3GS has been apparent for a couple of months, it was never a huge inconvenience since I normally only tapped the home button once at any given time. Now that the iOS4 update has brought multitasking to the iPhone, the double-clicking required to activate the feature makes the home button problem that much more aggravating.

Pushing towards the bottom of the home button seems to work better, though not reliably.

These days, using my iPhone for a long period of time reminds me of the sore thumbs I had as a kid after playing too many video games. This is not a good sign, given the hand health risks associated with video gaming. No one deserves to get carpal tunnel syndrome from their iPhone, yet the possibility is a real one if Apple has not improved this issue with the iPhone 4.

I have not yet attempted to take my iPhone to the Apple Store, since there is no store in my town and my expired warranty has discouraged me from driving to a distant Apple Store only to be turned away. Although I will soon switch to an iPhone 4 (still awaiting delivery), I would like to sort this issue out if possible so that I can get a good price for my iPhone 3GS when I sell it on eBay.

Is Your iPhone Home Button Faulty, Too?

Is your iPhone home button less responsive than when you originally got the phone? If you were able to solve the home button issue, I would love to know your advice for fixing it.

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Alcohol is really effective
Thanks a lot


The alcohol solution Worked!!!


Alcohol Fix

Pour some rubbing alcohol on the home button.
Press down the home button so the alcohol can get down into it, press in and out a few times.
Repeat with more alcohol.
Once alcohol has gone down into the sides of home button, press button repeatedly.
Let alcohol evaporate.

Home button back to normal.


Victor 18

It is very hard to press my home button Iphone 3gs!


I’m having the same loss of sensitivity on the home screen with my iPod touch


I have an iphone 4 and i have notic the same thing happening to me

How do you really fix this? I don’t understand how it can be related to OS version, I think it’s a hardware issue. I’ve also tried hard resetting my iphone 4. No luck. The SBsettings is a good idea, if home is totally unresponsive. But my home button is fine, it only has to be clicked several times which makes it annoying. I hopr there’s a working fix we can do ourselves.


Ok so naturally I have a I4 with the same issues as everyone else in here but does anyone have word on whether apple will cover it? Or are we on our own on this?

So what’s your solution Sabeeh?


I FIGURED IT OUTTTT! after trying to fix this on my 3gs for a couple hours i finally got it. idk if it’s the fix for all home button sensitivity issues out there but it worked for me! you can’t be afraid to open up your iphone for this though.


I think same goes to iPhone 4 and my phone is not even 1 year old. Why there are no reply from apple of such problems I’m such forum??? Or they don’t even know what to do???

Hi there my iphone 4 is becoming much less responsive, and it is only 6 months old.


It’s been 8 months since I bought my iPhone4. The home button has started to get not as responsive as before. Sometimes single-clicking may accidentally activate the multitasking tray, while other times clicking once may not bring me back to the home screen.It’s getting kind of annoying.


I have an iphone 4 ,, yes it also has the same problem. Its really difficult to go home I have to click it numerous times for it to work although it is sometimes its happening more often


Here is the fix I found. I had similar problem with my iPhone 4 and the issue got resolved just now. U need to reset your phone as described in the link http://www.mademan.com/mm/hard-reset-iphone.html.


….forgot to mention, also see the thread https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2541121?start=0&tstart=0


I have the same problem with the 4. very aggravating.