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Fix: iPhone home button not working


iPhone is, besides its steady workflow and exclusive iOS features, known for sturdy and quality build. Even though hardware issues are less frequent than software issues, it’s still quite common for certain faulty series to emerge.

For example, the iPhone‘s Home button malfunction is one of the most common hardware issues related to iOS in general. Customers around the world had (or still have) issues with most used physical button on the device. Apple acknowledged the problem, but it’s still unclear how they have dealt with it.

For that purpose, we prepared some workarounds that might be helpful. If the Home Button on your iPhone is faulty, check the steps below.

How to fix iPhone Home Button not working

Restart your iPhone

Let’s be perfectly honest and say that this is a hardware problem in 90% of registered cases. Apple acknowledged that certain models, especially the iPhone 5, have had issues with the Home Button. For that purpose, it’s the safest route to take your device to repair service or to contact the Apple’s Center for repairs.

However, there are some things you can do on your own. The most obvious step you can take once the troubled button shows signs of malfunction is to restart your device. It can help you to resolve some software-inflicted issues, possibly caused by updates or misuse.

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.
  2. After it appears, use the slider to turn your device Off.
  3. After the device turns off, use Sleep/Wake button to turn it On again.

Clean button with cloth

Even though you might have the tools and the knowledge for the job, we still won’t advise you to mess around iPhone. You’ll most definitely lose warranty and in addition, you can make the things worst. On the other side, you can always use a slightly wet cloth to clean the button surroundings of debris and dirt that might’ve been causing the Home button malfunction.

In addition, make sure to remove the protective casing since it can also block the button and look for changes.

Use Assistive Touch to project on-screen Home Button

This isn’t the solution per se, but rather a tweak. Apple offers a handy feature for users that are either unable to reach certain buttons or the buttons won’t work, like in this case. So, basically, Assistive Touch mirrors physical buttons on your touchscreen.

You can enable it and use it as an alternative until you sort the things out. Follow the instructions below to enable Assistive Touch on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Choose Accessibility.
  4. Under the Interaction section, enable Assistive Touch.
  5. Now you can choose the best-suited location on the screen for artificial Home Button.

Take your device to service

Finally, as we already stated, it’s hard to address on your own a problem which is hardware-related and even confirmed by Apple. For that purpose, we advise you to take your device for a repair. We’re talking about premium devices and your carrier or Apple itself is bonded to provide a premium service.

That’s it. If you have questions or suggestions regarding the subject, we’ll be glad to hear from you in the comments below.

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