A couple of months ago, I agonized over a stuck iPod Touch home button. It was a nightmare, I tell you. I love my 1st gen iPod Touch to pieces and a stuck home button means a ruined iPod Touch experience.
A stuck iPod Touch home button is a real pain. You can’t switch apps easily so if you open an application, you’re stuck there forever unless you restart it to open another application. You can’t take screenshots. You can’t do a hard reset. The list of cant’s is endless if your home button is jammed.
I researched on how to fix it myself but the possible solutions involved applying solvents like alcohol to the area surrounding the home button, dropping the iPod Touch a couple of times, and even taking it apart. There’s no way I’d do any of the three recommended fixes.
The soundest advice I read in one of the forums inhabited by iPod Touch enthusiasts is to bring to an authorized service center.
I bought the iPod Touch in 2008 so it’s out of warranty and having it repaired at an authorized service center easily means I’ll be poorer by a couple of thousand bucks. So for a couple of months more, I tried to ignore the defect and simply used it as an mp3 player. That was so baaaad of me but jumping from one app to another by restarting it often is way too cumbersome.
Lyle, my constant companion, knew how devastated I was so he offered to buy me a 4th generation iPod Touch. Of course, I said no. My iPod Touch is the iPod Touch. One shouldn’t not give up on an ailing friend, I reasoned.
Finally, I decided to have my it repaired with a budget of three thousand pesos. But before I went to an authorized Apple reseller at one of the malls here in Davao City to inquire about repairs, I made a beeline for a small kiosk selling Mp3 players.
I asked the person in-charge if they knew how to repair a stuck iPod Touch home button. He said yes and so I asked how much. I braced for the worst and then the guy said they charge P500 for it. I then asked whenI get to pick it up. The guy said in an hour, tops. I really had a hard time containing my happiness. I was all smiles as I handed him my iPod Touch, got my temporary receipt for the transaction, and walked away from the kiosk.
So I went home with fully-functioning gadget. The once unresponsive iPod Touch home button works flawlessly so switching from one application to another is no sweat. Honestly, I missed my iPod Touch so much that whenever I use it, it feels like I brought home a new gadget that day.