1. Craig's Avatar
    I can't decide if this really works, or why it would work. Trying to sort the logic in my brain on this one. I would need someone with a sluggish or bad home button issue to test.

    How to Calibrate Your Home Button | Snapguide

    Has anyone else heard about this before?
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    06-24-2012 09:25 PM
  2. Kehjj04's Avatar
    Nope. My home button is fine
    06-24-2012 09:39 PM
  3. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    Nope, fortunately mine works.
    06-25-2012 12:26 AM
  4. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Same here. My home button works well so there is no need for me to calibrate it. If it want performing as it should, I would have been glad to test it out for you.


    Just Me, D
    (iPhone 4S)
    Last edited by JustMe'D; 06-25-2012 at 09:22 AM.
    06-25-2012 04:17 AM
  5. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I used to do this on my iPhone 4. My white one. The home button would not work sometimes. And of course when I went to the Apple store that's when it decided it would work consistently.
    06-25-2012 07:22 AM
  6. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    i've heard/read of this before - in fact, going back to when i first rec'd my 4S in Nov. a memeber on CB "AccidentalPost" (i believe it was him) posted about callibrating your home button too

    Craig, thanks for sharing this tip here with us
    06-25-2012 08:33 AM
  7. sherlock's Avatar
    This does work. I have used it on my wife's iPhone and iPad as well. I don't know why it works...
    06-25-2012 04:13 PM
  8. Tanbam's Avatar
    There's no "calibrating" the home button. The button is either on or off; it's a digital signal. If your home button doesn't work when you press it, it is either because the button is faulty or because your phone is out of available RAM.

    Doing this "calibration" routine simply force quits the application that you're in, freeing RAM abruptly instead of allowing the phone to gracefully free the RAM itself - which takes some time.

    In the end it doesn't really matter how you free the RAM as long as it gets done. The phone will be much more responsive for a while, until you open enough applications to fill it up again.

    There are other ways to do this; if you're jailbroken, you can install programs that free up the RAM when you go to your home screen automatically.

    This will indeed make your phone snappier (temporarily) but it is by NO means any kind of calibration.
    06-25-2012 06:18 PM
  9. JohnH59's Avatar
    You could be correct. But, I will say that I have "killed" all apps on my jailbroken iPhone and the button still did not respond until I did the so-called "calibration" trick. Once I did that, the button responded nicely.
    06-25-2012 07:32 PM
  10. phreddyl's Avatar
    I have an older iPod touch. Like 2 years old. I have barely any apps on it. Just use it to listen to podcasts before I go to sleep. And my home button needs to be recalibrated every few months. Nothing else is running on it. Can't be a ram issue.
    06-25-2012 07:48 PM
  11. Tanbam's Avatar
    Just listening to podcasts will still use up RAM that isn't released until the OS decides that it's time to do so. There are also a lot of other little processes going on the background that can allocate resources over time.

    There is absolutely no calibration going on.

    There is a digital input on an IC inside the phone that monitors the voltage on the home button input line. That line is normally held to a high voltage through a very small resistor that is part of the circuit. When you press the home button, the input line is shorted through the button contacts to ground. The small resistor ensures that the short circuit behaves in a predictable manner. There are two states that the home button input line can be - high or low (ground).

    When you press this button, you are not interrupting anything like turning off a light switch. You are just letting the computer know that you pressed the button. At that point, the computer says to itself, "Hey, somebody pressed my home button. I should do something about that as soon as I get a chance."

    As soon as that happens, the OS starts to go through its process for dealing with a home button press. If the application that is open needs to stay resident in RAM or run in the background, it will start copying the necessary data into the proper RAM while exiting the app out and returning to the home screen. If you have a lot of free RAM, this appears to happen almost instantly. You're back on the home screen, but the exited app is still likely doing stuff in the background for several more seconds. The way that multitasking works on iOS means that nearly everything goes into RAM when you press the home button.

    If you have filled up your RAM, iOS will look at all of the apps that are using up RAM and decide which ones are the best candidate for getting kicked off of the bus. Before it evicts it, though, it lets each app do its own cleanup BEFORE it exits the current app, like saving things to the disk or cloud. As soon as the old apps are finished taking care of their cleanup tasks, the OS goes back the the home screen and begins moving all the new (just closed) app's data into the RAM holding area. This is what makes the home button seem unresponsive.

    "Calibrating" the button frees RAM, and free RAM makes the home button's background tasks much quicker.
    06-26-2012 10:14 AM
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