iPhone Home Button Alcohol Fix

The iPhone Home Button Alcohol Fix - Works for 4, 4S, 3, iPads & iPods


If your iPhone 3, 4, 4S, iPad or iPod's home button has stopped responding and just won't work, no matter how hard you press or how often you press it, a few drops of alcohol can fix it for good. If you are wondering how that's possible, the logic is simple. Alcohol cleans up the internal metallic terminals that fail to engage when they are dusty, moist or greasy.

Although we tried this fix without any damage to our iPhone and it worked like magic, before we go on to the fix, it would be pertinent to mention here that you are trying this fix at your own risk as there could be some alcoholic products that could damage your idevice. Apple does not recommend it; probably because some kinds of alcoholic compounds could disfigure the screen of your iPod, iPad or iPhone. If you would rather not try this fix, you can try the charger fix and in the rare case when that does not help, simply turn on the Assistive Touch button on your iDevice, which adds a "soft" home button to your screen, till you can get the hard button fixed by Apple or some other repair person.

The fix


Now coming back to the alcohol fix, what did we use? Just two drops of nail-polish remover poured directly on that home button did the trick. We switched off the iPhone before we started. After pouring the nail-paint remover, we quickly pressed the button for around 20-30 times, and then wiped off the remaining liquid with a tissue. Then we waited for around 20 minutes before we switched it back on and voila! The home button responded like there never was a problem :-). It has been more than a month now and it's going strong so we are assuming that this is more or less a permanent fix till the innards get soiled again.

This fix could work for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 3, iPad1, iPad2 and iPod Touch home buttons. "Could work" simply means that it depends upon a lot of variables like the kind of alcoholic compound used, how much used and how you handle the DIY fix. We recommend that you bookmark this fix and come back only after trying the iPhone home button charging cable fix first.

This fix is attributed to this video on YouTube:


31 comments:

  1. Uh... nail polish remover is acetone, not alcohol...

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  2. Nail paint removers can have different compositions. There are acetone free removers too...

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  3. plus it would have the same effect in cleaning the wires etc

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  4. The nail polish remover did the trick for my iPad's home button. Repeated the process two times, left it to dry and that was it!
    But I still wonder why Apple did not make this all in one button dust proof! And also why do not they publish it in their troubleshooting guides? You know the anxiety a new user undergoes having used the device for hardly 3 weeks and realizing the home button is dead!
    Thanks very much!

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    1. Glad we could help! Had they made it dust-proof, it would never have the chance to taste alcohol :-)

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  5. I tried vodka and it worked! Thanks for your help!

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    1. @May glad that Vodka worked! In all our experiments, we too have good reason to believe that the home button has an affinity to vodka, especially Grey Goose, Absolut, Finlandia and Smirnoff!

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  6. Probably the safest thing to use is Lectra-Motive cleaner (i.e., electric parts cleaner). It's safe for just about any electronic component you can imagine. Here's an example: http://www.eastwood.com/crc-lectra-motive-electric-parts-cleaner.html (this is the kind I generally use, actually...but I'm not affiliated with this company in any way whatsoever).

    My wife's iPhone had this problem (home button not working), and I fixed it in about 3 minutes with this. I just sprayed a little into the cap that comes with the cleaner (be careful, it comes out REALLY fast), dropped a couple of drops onto the button, pressed the button probably 20 times, or so, to work it in, and wiped off the excess (it evaporates pretty quickly, so unless you put way too much on, there shouldn't be much to wipe up).

    I also dropped a couple of drops into the charging port for good measure and then turned it upside down afterward to let any excess drip out onto a paper towel. I then formed a very thin point with the same paper towel and gently cleaned the contacts in the charging port. Just be careful not to allow any of the paper towel to rip off...or don't do this at all, if you're nervous about that. I did it just to get a slightly better clean; the paper towel ended up having some black stuff on it after doing this, so there was definitely gunk in there.

    Anyway...I hope this helps somebody out there. It was a lifesaver for my wife and me.

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    1. @Jerritte, thanks for the very detailed information. I guess people are more open to trying alcohol as it's readily available in some form of the other in most households.

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  7. I used rubbing alcohol and this fixed worked liked magic. I wasnt looking forward to taking apart my entire phone to fix the home button. I thought I would try this first and it seems to have cleaned the button contacts.

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    1. Every time we have tried it, it's always worked like magic and yes, it does clean the button terminals and makes them engage freely again.

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  8. Can you use hand sanitizer? Or are there any other things you can use? We don't have nail polish remover...

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  9. Hand sanitizer contains ethanol, so this should do the trick. A basic hand sanitizer is better than the ones with additives like moisturizers, etc.

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  10. I used rubbing alcohol, it totally worked! Took 5 minutes to do and now my home button is working again, thanks!

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    1. @Kara, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Which rubbing alcohol brand did you use?

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  11. It worked like a charm with acetone. I flipped my phone and hit a couple of times at the home button and some dirt came out. My home button works again as a new one. Unbelievable! Thank you very much.

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    1. Acetone works very well. We have used acetone based nail paint removers, always with good results.

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  12. this is the best fix ever! did it with a little bit of foaming hand sanitizer and then use some condensed air to make sure it was dry before turning it on and it worked!!! thank you so much!

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    1. Yes, it's a good idea to blow air with a condensed air can, air pump or a vacuum cleaner as it dries out the alcohol quickly and removes any dust particles around the home button.

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  13. wow i used after shave! It works like new now. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for sharing! After shave is a relatively new idea here :-). Which brand did you use?

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  14. I used the hand sensitizers and seriously it works man,

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  15. I used nail polish remover, worked fine!

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  16. I used pure Methynol and it literally worked like a charm. SO impressed!!

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  17. great tip. works for me. THANKS!

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  18. is it ok to use a small amount of 70% isopropyl alcohol?

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    1. @Alex Fuentes, we know that nail paint remover, vodka and whisky work pretty fine.

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  19. worked great with 70% alcohol

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  20. I just tried methylated spirit commonly available for medical treatment for wounds.
    It worked like a charm for iPhone 4. Thanks for help.

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