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5 Tips to Get Trouble Free Performance From Your iPhone, iPad or iPod's Home Button

This iPhone's home button has some dust particles
The Home button on Apple devices including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 5 S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3, iPad 1 and iPad 2 is sensitive to abuse and if not carefully used, the terminals within could wear out or gather dust and stop responding. So it definitely helps if you take care of the Home button to increase it's working life span. Here are some tips that will ensure that your idevices stay trouble free for at least a couple of years:


  1. Moisture: Do not touch the Home button with wet hands. Water is the biggest culprit and you must ensure that your iPhone, iPad or iPod stays away from moisture. You will need to teach your kids the importance of dry hands meeting your idevices :-)
  2. Dust: A dust-free environment goes a long way in protecting that Home button. Make sure that you don't touch that rounded-edge-square beauty with dusty fingers. The example in the image above is just a two month old iPhone 64gb 4S, but looking at all that dust in the edges, the Home button won't go far. This typically happens when kids are handling your iPhone.
  3. Pressure: Are you an 800 pound gorilla with huge fingers just itching to press the life out of anything that you touch? Well, need we say more?
  4. Impact: Be careful and don't get clumsy with your iPhone, iPad or iPod. These are expensive devices and you need to be super alert every time you pick or place your idevices. A momentary lapse could have your gadgets shattered or not responding.
  5. Cable Connection: The way you insert that charging cable jack could disrupt your iPhone's Home button response. There's a general feeling in Apple user circles that the Home button should have been placed somewhere where the charging cable pins would not get in the way of it's functioning but, well aesthetics matter.
If you are an Apple user already stuck with a Home button that does not work, relax! There's hope and it does not take much to get it back, up and running. At least, you can activate the AssistiveTouch button, which is nothing less than an on-screen touch "soft" Home button, to access your dialer (and all other apps for that matter) on your iPhone. And if all other fixes fail, you could always  feed the bugger some alcohol and see how quickly it jumps back in action!

To conclude, here's something that we would like to add: Apple's devices are perhaps the most robust ones that have undergone comprehensive usability and impact tests. If your device's Home button stops responding, then it's most likely due to environmental conditions or the way you use your device and not because there's a shortcoming in Apple devices. This opinion has come through our own experience with using Apple devices.