How to Recalibrate Your iPhone’s Home Button to Make it More Responsive

By , Dec 22, 2011

Sometimes the Home button on the iPhone just starts getting a little funky, a little laggy, a bit unresponsive.

Most of the time, those issues are software based, unless of course you’ve dropped your iPhone in water while feeding your pet fish.

For us non-fish owners, we’ve confirmed that a simple recalibration is usually all that’s needed to fix most issues with the iPhone’s Home button. Take a look at our video tutorial inside…

How to Recalibrate Your iDevice’s Home Button

Step 1: Open a stock app, like Weather or Stocks.

Step 2: Press and hold your power button until “slide to power off” appears and release.

Step 3: Press and hold your Home button until the “slide to power off” goes away, and the app force quits. Your iPhone’s Home button should now be more responsive, because it has been recalibrated.

I realize this is a known trick that’s been floating around for some time, but I just used it myself personally for the first time and I got good results. What about you?

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  • http://twitter.com/danalaperle Dana

    Jeff,
    Keep up the incredible work! I appreciate all the videos!!!!!
    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/mofodox Khairul Akmal

    Does this work ont the iOS 5.1b2?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003004519659 Whare Herehere Pakaru

    It crashes my springboard. Then I have to restart it. ????? Wtf there’s obviously a tweak or app that crashing it but how do I find out which one????

  • http://twitter.com/geoseventyfour Georg Koe

    Did work for me on iPhone 4.

  • http://twitter.com/blckaapl B L C K A A P L

    Mind over matter.
    Just like taking Placebos.
    No use calibrating if its really duped.
    ;P

  • http://twitter.com/iMitendra Mitendra Anand

    it works on iPhone4 too. Thanks Jeff :)

  • http://photographya.info/wonderful-butterfly-photography/ butterfly

    worked for me :P

  • Anonymous

    Why do we have to do this ? It Works perfectly but anybody can explain this “hack” ?

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid to say all you are experiencing is the placebo effect. All those steps do is force quit all applications. It’s a built in feature from apple, I’d have thought all these iOS blogs would’ve done a bit of research before writing such long articles on something that is completely false!

    • JEmlay

      What you said is down right false. After doing this all of my apps are still running according to the process list in SBSettings.

      For me, I would hit my home button and it would either work or not work at all until after hit the home button up to 20 times to get it to respond. It’s been like that for a good 7 months now. I’ve just been dealing with it until my contract was up. However, after doing this little “calibration” I’ve not had a single issue with my home button for days.

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid to say all you are experiencing is the placebo effect. All those steps do is force quit all applications. It’s a built in feature from apple, I’d have thought all these iOS blogs would’ve done a bit of research before writing such long articles on something that is completely false!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Csylvester87 Chris Sylvester

    I’m sure alot of you have triple click home button action turned on.. It causes a long delay, try turning it off or make sure it already is

  • http://twitter.com/SueEPig Katrina Collins

    This was amazing! I have had a problem with my home button for some time and all is right in the world now. Thank you! Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003094546209 Chaiviwat Siribodhi

    wow this actually worked. Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prince.asad1 Asad Ishfaq

    thats really awesum thnxx

  • Anonymous

    Wow, yes! Super skeptical when I saw this but it worked perfectly. The lag for the task switcher to pop up was almost unbearable and this completely fixed it.

  • http://www.chrissouthcott.com/ cjschris

    Woah! I’ve had my iPod replace 2 times because of this thinking it was a hardware issue. And the Apple shop replace it.

    Now I know it’s just a software bug! Thanks so much.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, it is a HOME-button saver.

    But I definitely will not use the STOCKS app, as the “stock app”, as you suggest.

    Simply, because if I do, the bleeding red will make me smash my iPhone against the wall, and the HOME button will not be of any use, anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/BlueSpArKyB Bhavesh Patel

    This is amazingly brilliant. As @billypuntove said, it stops the switcher bar lag

  • http://twitter.com/DogyLover143 Nick

    This will help a lot

  • http://www.facebook.com/Facchinibr Andy Facchini

    This is a just a placebo effect.
    Dumped the entire contents of my iPhone 4 (jailbroke). Did it. Dumped again.
    Changes? Crash logs because I forced quit the settings.app and Multi Tasking tray icon positions. plist.
    You’re not recalibrating anything. Put your phone in airplane mode (avoid changes in location crap) and do it yourself, compare and see that it does absolute NOTHING.

  • http://twitter.com/dinozilla Wilfred

    I believe wear and tear still applies in some aging device…and in my case…no this is not working

  • Anonymous

    This worked on my iPod Touch. Which I was about to get rid of because of this very problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Vermeer/584291867 Mark Vermeer

    Worked great for my iPhone 4. Thanks for the tip!

  • Painman

    Amazing, there’s an obvious glitch in iOS that has been around for several versions and everyone gets excited about a temporary fix for it.

    How about we all start jumping up and down and demanding that Apple get their act together and fix their shit?

    No, I didn’t think so!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1457850710 Praveen Kumar Pasumarti

    Guys, Best solution for your sluggish home button..!!

  • http://frou.org/ frou

    Placebo effect in action.

    Most button issues are clearly mechanical and not software.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OCKG34VWBCTY6NRQNU3QI5PXX4 Daph

    amazing.. it really works

  • http://www.tousgeeks.com Hamza Chahid

    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marlon-Greg-Ceballe/1261923209 Marlon Greg Ceballe

    It works like a charm! Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marlon-Greg-Ceballe/1261923209 Marlon Greg Ceballe

    It works like a charm. Thanks iDB!

  • http://www.facebook.com/AdamRobertsEF Adam Roberts

    When the button is unresponsive its probably clogged with grease, wet your finger with 99.9% isopropyl alcohol and make sure you use a plastic glove, push your finger down getting a little bit of the isopropyl alcohol into the gap around the button, it will clean the contact and allow better movement and it will just evaporate, so it won’t cause water damage. Turn your phone off before doing it and just use a very small amount, don’t drown the phone. It should work perfect after that without any need to dissemble the phone. – btw. I’m a app developer and the apps running in the background aren’t really running, iOS freezes apps shortly after they enter the background, so they won’t affect the responsiveness of the UI. If any iOS app in the background starts taking up too much memory/processing power iOS will kill it even quicker.

  • AdXplore

    I had this same problem with my iPad 2 and this solution fixed it.

    What surprises me is that in all the support discussions on this topic Apple never tells anyone about this fix.

    Please update the title of this post and include iPad so it can be found in searches for “iPad home button”

  • Chris4362947

    Wow, this worked. Button was sluggish as heck. But did this and went from having to press for a long time with erratic response, to instant response. That shure is some strong placebo… I think the truth in this matter is that both are right, the problem is BOTH software and hardware.

    Physical wear and tear can confuse the software, as presses are not detected as clearly. Contacts full of gunk or with oxidised contact surfaces makes the connection erratic but not failing totally. Like pressing your wall switch halfway in can make the lights flicker and dim. A worn, dirty or oxidised switch does the same thing. There clearly is software detecting times pressed, timing between presses and such. This can get tricked by button being pressed down by accident over a long time or by poor contact due to physical issues. Doing this “fix” can then mask the problem for some time. It clearly does something, my button went from having to press for a long time to reacting instantly. But sometimes it does miss a button press. So it’s not like brand new. But going from hardly working at all, to working 95% of the time is more than placebo…

    Tip for us living in colder climates: Have a small plastic bag or airtight cover handy. Airtight ziplock type etc, they are cheap. If you come in from the cold, put the phone in the bag until it heats up. Condensation will speed up oxidation on those contacts inside the phone and make it fail early. The bag makes the condensation form on the outside of the bag, rather than on and inside your phone. Cold objects in warm air = condensation builds up fast on the cold surface and not just on the outside, but inside as well.

  • Joe Bobbins

    Worked for me!

  • Max

    can’t work on iphone 3g with IOS 4.2.1 (i know its old but i didn’t get updates)

  • andy

    does this procedure work for ios 7 TOO ???

  • tom

    any chance you can tell me how to restore the wifi and bluetooth which became disabled after upgrading my iphone 4s to ios6. apple don’t want to know. tom