Many smartphone users experience “ghost touch” (button pressing itself) on the home button, resulting in applications and phone functions ending or hanging unexpectedly. This also keeps bringing your phone back to the home screen, preventing you from using your phone properly.
A home button continuously pressing itself often happens because of an issue on the logic board where the Home button is located and is in contact with the board. Another common cause is a fault in the digitizer located under the back or the home button.
In some cases, the home button may also get auto-activated if the device reaches a certain temperature.
Read on for tips on how to fix the issue of your phone home button pressing itself.
- What causes a phone to press itself?
- How do I get rid of ghost touch on my iPhone?
- What happens when the home button is pressed in Android?
- Phone home button clicking multiple times
- iPhone Home button keeps activating Siri
What causes a phone to press itself?
A common issue faced by touch screen users on both Android and iPhone is the home button pressing itself. There can be multiple reasons behind this problem including:
- Defect in the home button
- The home button and the logic board underneath are connecting causing the touch
- The device overheats due to multiple hours of usage.
- The phone needs a reset
- Phone software needs to be updated
- Poor charger and charging cable
- The screen protector needs changing
- Malware or viruses can cause the phone to press buttons on its own
Here are a few things you can try to help fix the ghost touch issue on Android:
- Keep your phone screen tidy and clean
- Replace the screen of your phone
- Take short breaks during screen time
- Try changing your charger to a high-quality one.
- Install antivirus software and scan your phone for any malware or viruses
- Take your phone to the service center
How do I get rid of ghost touch on my iPhone?
If your iPhone is pressing the home button on its own, try these steps:
- Force restart your iPhone: press the button volume up and down, then press sleep until the screen turns blank and the Apple logo appears. As soon as the logo appears release it
- Check that your iPhone screen is clean: one major reason the iPhone keeps pressing itself is the presence of water or dust on the screen. Try to keep your screen clean all the time.
- Reset iPhone settings: backup your phone, then go to App Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings
- Use an external app: since the ghost touch issue is quite common in the iPhone, you can try using and app like Dr Phone System Repair to fix the issue without causing any data loss.
What happens when the home button is pressed in Android?
When the virtual home button is pressed on an Android device, several things can happen depending on the device and the configuration:
- Return to Home Screen: the most common function of the home button
- Recent Apps: on some Android devices, a long press on the home button brings up a list of recent apps that have been opened, making it easier to switch between them.
- Google Assistant: some Android devices may have the Google Assistant integrated with the home button. A long press on the home button activates the Assistant
- App shortcuts: some Android devices allow users to customize the functions of the home button, so pressing the home button can launch a specific app or perform a specific action.
- Launch Google search: pressing the home button on some Android devices launches a Google search bar
Phone home button clicking multiple times
Another common problem is clicks on the home button get duplicated. You can try this simple hack to resolve the issue: put a few drops of rubbing alcohol on your fingertip and press the home button. Rub your finger on the home button in a circular motion while continuously pressing the button.
This will allow the alcohol to get under the home button. This simple trick will often solve the issue of the home button pressing many times.
Lock or Back button keeps pressing itself
If the back button on your smartphone keeps pressing itself, it can be frustrating and difficult to use your device. Here are some steps you can take to try and fix this issue:
- First, check your phone’s physical condition for any damage. If the back button is physically damaged, it may need to be replaced.
- Sometimes, dirt or debris can get stuck under the button, causing it to stick or press itself. Clean the button with a soft cloth or a toothbrush to remove any dirt or debris that may be causing the issue.
- Clear the cache of your phone’s system: go to Settings > Apps > All Apps > Clear Cache
- If you are using a protective cover on your phone, remove it and see if the issue persists. Protective covers can press the back button by mistake.
- Make sure your phone’s operating system is up-to-date by checking for any available updates. Go to Settings > Software Update to check for updates.
- Restart your phone to clear any temporary glitches or bugs that may be causing the issue.
- If the issue persists, try resetting your phone to its factory settings. This will erase all data from your phone, so make sure to backup any important information before doing this.
If none of these steps fix the issue, it may be necessary to take your phone to a professional for repair or replacement of the lock or back button.
iPhone Home button keeps activating Siri
The most likely reason why the home button on your device keeps activating Siri is because of the device’s settings. On most iOS devices, Siri can be activated by pressing and holding the home button for a few seconds.
If you find that Siri is being activated accidentally, you can try adjusting your device’s settings to reduce the sensitivity of the home button. Here are some steps you can take:
- Go to “Settings” on your iOS device.
- Tap “General.”
- Scroll down and tap “Accessibility.”
- Under “Physical and Motor,” tap “Home Button.”
- Enable “Rest Finger to Open” if it isn’t already.
- Adjust the “Click Speed” and “Click Duration” settings to your preference.
By adjusting these settings, you can make the home button less sensitive and reduce the chances of Siri being activated accidentally.