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Fixing loud and clicky iPhone 6s home button

I bought a new iPhone 6s last month to replace my old trusty iPhone 5. Everything went fine and dandy as I’m enjoying the blazing speed of the latest iPhone hardware.

This morning I noticed my iPhone home button was very clicky and hard to press. The clicking sound was loud, even though it’s functioning properly. I had to apply twice as pressure to return to home screen. To make sure if I am the only one who is having the problem, I tested my wife iPhone 6s home button. As expected, hers is working as expected.

Afraid that I will break the home button sooner or later, I contacted Apple support. After 15 minutes talking over online support chat, they arranged me an appointment to nearest Apple Authorized Service Center, which is Machines IOI Mall Putrajaya. At the same time, I searched on the Internet if there’s any quick solution to fix the problem. Last time when I owned iPhone 3Gs, the quick fix was to ‘rub’ and ‘massage’ the home button.

I stumbled on one Youtube video asking the viewer if they have a solution to mend the issue, and there is one comment saying that you can fix the clicky issue by applying rubbing alcohol throughout the ring of the home button using tissue or cotton bud. Being adventurous, I followed the advice and it’s working!



Other than cleaning your open wound from a bear attack, it also can save your iPhone home button.

So what needs to be done.

  1. Turn off your iPhone.
  2. Dip a tissue or cotton bud rubbing alcohol (isopropyl or ethanol)
  3. Press and hold your home button.
  4. Rub the tissue or cotton bud around the home button. Let it dry for a moment.
  5. Test your home button again.

If it’s still not working, I assume your home button flex ribbon was broken, and I advise you to contact Apple Support to arrange a proper hardware replacement schedule.

If it’s working, do share your experience in the comment section.

Until tomorrow.

Published inLifeTutorials


  1. Tham Tham

    Many thanks for your info, Azwan. I had problem same as you. I rub around the home button with alcohol swap and leave it dry for some moment. Finally there is no more clicky sound and sounds smooth.


  2. Brad Brad

    Worked! Not sure why. Maybe there’s a collection of crud under there that the alcohol dissolves. It’s certainly not acting as a lubricant.

  3. Ann Ann

    This absolutely does work. I had tried the other comments about resetting the home button, but it did not work, but this does work !

  4. SixFootJawa SixFootJawa

    Hi just wanted to say thank you. Your advice on how to fix the loud click on my iPhone worked like a charm! I was starting to get worried that my phone was effed.

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