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Old 04-03-2012, 01:21 AM
LawLessLove LawLessLove is offline
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Default Home Button Stuck Down on iPod Touch 4G

Today, I took my iPod Touch 4G 32GB out of my pocket to find that the home button was permanently stuck down. It won't push or respond in anyway. I tried hitting the back of it to try to knock the button back, but that did nothing. I tried cleaning the area with alcohol, that also did not. Other than the button, my iPod is in perfect condition, no scratches or problems of any sort. I had my iPod since launch so the warranty has expired and I don't want to pay $150 to a Apple store. Currently I am using Activator to use the volume buttons to return home, I would not like to have to do this forever. I also would like to sell my iPod when the next generation is released.

Does anyone know how to fix this?
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:14 AM
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The exact same happend to both me and my brother. Nothing you can do.

I managed to fix mine by getting a new iPad...
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:05 AM
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Ahh, most of the time this is a design fault that the dirt block the connection.
You know what? You can save your device by flicking the home button for about 10 times.
Let me know if it works for you.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:12 AM
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My lock button is stuck down like that! Any help?
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:02 AM
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The home button on my iPhone is partially messed up. Sometimes I can lightly press it to get it to register, other times I have press down hard, and often I press it once but it behaves like I double tapped it. It's pretty irritating. I'm wondering if it is just a matter of some gunk in there making it sticky. How hard is it to take apart an iPhone 4? i'm wondering if I could clean it somehow and make it work right.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:22 AM
Teknikal Teknikal is offline
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If it was anything but an apple device I'd say hit it a bang but with apple it would probably just shatter.

Some possibilitys for a fix although all somewhat risky

Vacumn
Compressed Air
Electronic contact cleaning spray
Opening the thing up << prob the best option so far

Or failing that take it to apple and pay a ridiculous price but at least it's a safe bet.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:34 AM
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Ahh, most of the time this is a design fault that the dirt block the connection.
You know what? You can save your device by flicking the home button for about 10 times.
Let me know if it works for you.
Thanks i just tried that and it worked
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:07 AM
Mitsuko Mitsuko is offline
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The exact same happend to both me and my brother. Nothing you can do.

I managed to fix mine by getting a new iPad...
Well, that will do too. Best idea~
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:09 AM
Hkliese Hkliese is offline
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Today, I took my iPod Touch 4G 32GB out of my pocket to find that the home button was permanently stuck down. It won't push or respond in anyway. I tried hitting the back of it to try to knock the button back, but that did nothing. I tried cleaning the area with alcohol, that also did not. Other than the button, my iPod is in perfect condition, no scratches or problems of any sort. I had my iPod since launch so the warranty has expired and I don't want to pay $150 to a Apple store. Currently I am using Activator to use the volume buttons to return home, I would not like to have to do this forever. I also would like to sell my iPod when the next generation is released.

Does anyone know how to fix this?
I had it my ipod touch 4th gen 8gb in my pocket too and when i got home the button was permanently stuck down as well
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:16 AM
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Why don't you just activate the - virtual button. It is a temp fix, until you actually fix your physical button.

To get the virtual home button,

1: go into the - settings app
2: then go into - general
3: scroll down to - accessibility
4: scroll down and activate - AssistiveTouch

Problem solved.
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