Many users are reporting a Home button bug on the new iOS 8 devices. So if you are using iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8 installed, there is a good chance this problem exists but you probably haven’t noticed it yet.
What is the problem with Home button, you ask?
Pressing or touching the Home button once should take you to the homescreen, but it doesn’t. Instead, you are taken to the multitasking menu where you can see all the apps running in the background.
We initially assumed this could be a hardware bug or probably some phones had a broken Home button. After talking to a couple of developers and looking at various forums we see the problem is indeed related to iOS 8 software.
Here’s what an iOS developer has to say about this Home button bug:
Reddit user Sheesh confirms the Home button issue appears after upgrading to iOS 8:
Another user described the problem with Home button on his iPhone:
We are already using iPhones with the latest iOS 8.0 firmware installed, but could not replicate the problem. The Home button works just fine on iPhone 4s and iPhone 5s. Maybe even we failed to notice it? Or is it something that happens infrequently?
If you found a working solution to fix this Home button problem, please drop a comment. We will share it here. And Apple, please fix this problem permanently in the next iOS 8 update, yes?
Update x1: A quick recalibration should fix this Home button issue (as mentioned in the comments). Here is the updated post: How to Recalibrate to fix Home button problem.
Update x2: Many users are still complaining that the Home button problem hasn’t been fixed in iOS 8.0.2 update.