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iPod Touch home button double-click feature

Thursday, September 20, 2007  |  22 comments
One of the good feature of the iPod Touch that the iPhone lacks is the ability to double-click the Home or the tactile button to bring the iPod controls.

Pressing the only tactile button on the player twice makes music controls appear over whatever screen mode you happen to be in—Safari, YouTube, or whatever.

Even if the player is locked, double-clicking will bring up a set of music controls that features track information, play/pause, forward and backward within a playlist or album, a Music button to take you directly to the Now Playing screen, and a Close button to escape.

This function works even if the screen has timed out and gone black, and it's a great quick way to skip that song you hate or pump up the volume on the one you love.

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22 Comments:
  • At May 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM, Blogger Kalonica said…

    That would be nice. Today I just want my home button to work!! If the pod is sleeping, the home button, if pressed several times, will wake the pod and put me back where I was. (Luckily I'm in my music interface.) But, I can no longer access the main apps navigation screen by pressing the home button. So it makes me think it's not broken hardware, exactly. If it sometimes works to do one thing, but never works to do another thing, then maybe it's a system or firmware problem? Anyone else ever have this trouble?

    Resetting all without deleting data has not helped. And various restarts. Nope.  

  • At September 16, 2008 at 1:41 PM, Blogger kevin said…

    I HAVE THE SAME TROUBLE!!! I don't know how to fix it.  

  • At September 17, 2008 at 10:11 AM, Blogger Brian Boyington said…

    same problem. anyone know how to fix it?  

  • At September 23, 2008 at 4:27 PM, Blogger Sam said…

    Mine has the same problem. I returned it to Apple and they said no problem was found. It was shipped back to me today. Guess what? It still doesn't work.  

  • At October 12, 2008 at 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hold the home button down and press the top "put it to sleep" button at the same time untill it restarts.  

  • At October 28, 2008 at 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I also have developed this problem. I can't start the ipod with the home button. The only way I can turn it on is by using the top button and that takes me to wherever I was when it turned off. The only way I can get back to the "homepage" is by holding down the power switch on top and resetting the ipod. The touch screen still works but the home button does nothing. I've deleted everything and done a clean restore with no change. It seems the home button circuit is dead. It will do absolutely nothing. My ipod is the 1st gen with all the latest software and firmware updates. Any ideas?? I guess Apple is my next stop.  

  • At October 30, 2008 at 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Following up on my Oct 28 post. I took my ipod touch to the apple store yesterday for them to look at and possibly fix. One of the "Genius's" looked at it and tested it and declared it broken. As my warranty was expired by 1 month, it was no longer covered. When he started looking over my account with Apple, he noticed I've had a dot mac account for a few years now and I've registered software and computers for years. When all was said and done I'm now getting a new touch as a free replacement. Ya gotta these guys. They really do know how to treat loyal customers.  

  • At November 16, 2008 at 8:16 PM, Blogger Andreya said…

    Hi Nice Blog .Setting the backlight to “always on” will significantly reduce your ipod replacement battery life. Only use the backlight when necessary.  

  • At December 18, 2008 at 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    right im new to this guys please help i got givin my brother ipod touch 8gb and i went to reset everything so i can start it with my stuff but as it was resettin it all the battery died so i plugged it into my friend computer to charge it the computer so it cant load itune cos it was being reset and said to reset it but ipod throu it was to loads i tunes songs or wotever etc but now i turn it on and everytime is on the screen with itune logo and the usb pointin to it to say plug into iturns i cant get if off this bloody screen i have charged it now on mains but i need to contuine to reset it but how?????? grrrr  

  • At December 21, 2008 at 8:50 PM, OpenID risewitthefallen said…

    hey i have the same problem, but i actully dont mind because the home button for me doesnt work when i press it, it works when i touch it, all i do is touch it, double touch it, and it does the same thing as pressing it. Ive thought about sending it to apple, but i got used to it, and really like it, kinda like a one of a kind itouch to me, lol. But does anyone kno why this happens? would like to kno if anyone knew. So to all you who have this problem, try touching the home button, hope it works as it did for me! Maybe the 3rd itouch gen will have a touch home button, haha.  

  • At April 7, 2009 at 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i touch what a joke we are the testing field for this device apple will collect all proplems reported fix all issues and release new i touches next year and hope there are no more proplems.I have a 32 gb i touch home button don't work and won't play in car but i only paid 50.00 you get what you pay for.  

  • At September 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    IN COSTA RICA TOO...SAME PROBLEM WITH THE HOME BUTTON....I DON'T KNOW WHAT I CAN DO...THEY SAID:SORRY,BUT NO REMEDIES  

  • At September 10, 2009 at 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    same here.... my home button for accessing itunes stopped working after I upgraded to 3.1.1. Sucks! urgghh!  

  • At September 22, 2009 at 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i know rite? whenever i click the home button and music isnt playing, it opens the whole music app- i HATE that!  

  • At October 3, 2009 at 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I want the Double Click feature back!!! I almost want my old Touch back, it drives me that crazy!  

  • At October 10, 2009 at 12:51 PM, Blogger almay said…

    ...me too!  

  • At October 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yea. Look. U can change what happens when u double click the home button.
    I have set it to show home page but it gets anoying because I will be in an app and I would want to put the volume up and double click it forgetting the update and just closing the app.
    I realy want that double tap feature back NOW.
    Apple, if ur reading this, bring it back!!!!!!!!  

  • At January 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow, i was about to throw a flipping bitch when i saw everyone having the same problems. but i just restarted it. and it started to work. trying doing that and keep doing it until the double tap starts working again.

    if ur ipod still doesn't do it... just go to apple store freaking pissed and throw a bitch fit. haha  

  • At April 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Got to settings - general - home - search. It makes the double-click show music without opening the music app.  

  • At April 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bring back the double click feature, now I can't listen to music while playing half my apps! Please fix, this feature is needed!  

  • At May 26, 2010 at 3:39 AM, Blogger Milena said…

    You know you can increase the volume even in sleep mode by pressing the volume buttons on the side of the Touch?  

  • At April 4, 2012 at 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Its easy your ipod,ipad or iphone is probaly jailbroken just got to activator then press anywhere then where it say double press and disable everything  

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