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Old Sep 12th, 2009, 08:13 PM   #1
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bad 'home' button on iphone 3g

**grrr***

so my home button has become unresponsive on my iphone 3g. it was a little flakey before (once in a while wouldn't respond) but now it's terrible.

it's out of warranty. do you think apple will fix it?

or should i try a local repair service? or should i just open it up and see what i can do?
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Old Sep 12th, 2009, 08:43 PM   #2
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**grrr***

so my home button has become unresponsive on my iphone 3g. it was a little flakey before (once in a while wouldn't respond) but now it's terrible.

it's out of warranty. do you think apple will fix it?

or should i try a local repair service? or should i just open it up and see what i can do?
There are a bunch of threads with this info already, but here goes again…
iPhone 3G broken and out of warranty? No problem: Apple will ‘fix’ it for $229 | ehPhone.ca - Canada's iPhone Home!
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Old Sep 12th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #3
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$229 to repair a home button is what i'd consider..... insane.

There's a jailbreak app called mQuickDo which replaces the home button with a swipe at the bottom of the touch screen. It's a temp fix until i work out how to fix this thing properly.
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Old Sep 12th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #4
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What did Apple say when you called/visited a store (I'd do the latter, if possible)?

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**grrr***

so my home button has become unresponsive on my iphone 3g. it was a little flakey before (once in a while wouldn't respond) but now it's terrible.

it's out of warranty. do you think apple will fix it?

or should i try a local repair service? or should i just open it up and see what i can do?
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Old Sep 12th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #5
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I haven't visited an apple store yet.... i was hoping to hear some feedback to see if it's worth the time & effort. (if apple expects me to pay $229 for them to fix it then it isn't)

looking around on the internet i've read solutions ranging from retarded (dropping the phone) to worth a shot (blowing air into the bottom).

Someone in this thread also mentions it could be a contact problem where the home button is being shorted by the battery :

iPhone Home Button Problems? - Page 2 - Mac Forums
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Old Sep 12th, 2009, 11:20 PM   #6
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$229 to repair a home button is what i'd consider..... insane.

There's a jailbreak app called mQuickDo which replaces the home button with a swipe at the bottom of the touch screen. It's a temp fix until i work out how to fix this thing properly.
Perhaps it is, however, it might end up costing close to that for unauthorized repair, which in turn would make you inelligible for this service in the future. As would opening the phone up yourself. Just something to think about anyhow.

gluck
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Old Sep 14th, 2009, 01:37 AM   #7
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well i swung by an apple store today... i was only offered the out of warranty $249 repair option.... sigh. REALLY disappointed in apple right now. If it was a cracked screen i could understand... but it's just the home button that sometimes works (but most of the time doesn't)

It seems some of the independent repair shops charge $50. A lot more reasonable.
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Old Oct 27th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #8
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There are a bunch of threads with this info already, but here goes again…
iPhone 3G broken and out of warranty? No problem: Apple will ‘fix’ it for $229 | ehPhone.ca - Canada's iPhone Home!

Hi mate!!! i have a really great news, maybe it will works for you?? i also had the same problem with the home button..it become unresponsive and you need to press harder than normal to make it respond..i have been searching for solutions and i finally found it!! the problem with my iphone is (i guess!!) it has dust inside the home button panel..the dust most likely enter the iphone via the charger opening..so i just put i mouth there and blow some air(careful though dont blow too much water inside!!)..and after a few times doing that, i try a soft press on the home button and it become as responsive as a new one!! so i reckon you should try it too.. i'm not lying!! i am really happy i solved this problem!! it is really anoyying and im about to buy a new one iphone!! lucky!!
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Old May 20th, 2012, 12:41 PM   #9
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Yup, blowing air through the charger opening fixed the stuck home button on my iphone 4. Thanks!
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