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3 Ways To Fix An Unresponsive iPhone Home Button


It’s easy to forget how often we use the Home button on our iPhones—until it stops working. Maybe your Home button never works, or maybe it only works some of the time. It’s frustrating either way, but there is good news: A lot of Home button issues can be fixed at home. In this article, I’ll help you figure out why your iPhone’s Home button won’t work, how to use AssistiveTouch as a temporary solution, and some good repair options to fix a broken Home button if you can’t fix it yourself.

Does I Need To Repair My iPhone

Not necessarily. Software problems and hardware problems can cause Home buttons to stop working. Software problems can usually be fixed at home, but if we find out your Home button isn’t working because of a hardware problem, I’ll recommend some great repair options for you to explore.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at a few solutions to fix unresponsive or slow-to-respond home button

Also read: iPad Home Button Not Working? Here’s What To Do!

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Realign The Docking Port

There is a chance that through normal wear and tear, your phone’s docking port got misaligned, moving the home button along with it.

Plug a USB cable into your iPhone. Then, gently push down on the 30-pin connector, so that it pushes up behind the home button. While you apply the pressure, click the home button. Remove the cable, and see if that fixed the problem.

Clean The Home Button

A splash of soda, sticky hands, dirt in the bottom of your purse or pocket — any of these things can damage your iPhone’s home button.

For this fix, you’ll need 98-99 percent isopropyl alcohol, which can be found at hardware stores. Using a cotton swab, eye dropper, or tissue, apply 2-3 drops of the isopropyl alcohol directly to the home button, avoiding the screen. Then, with a narrow, dull object (like the eraser on the back of a pencil), repeatedly tap the home button so that the alcohol seeps into the frame.

Wipe clean, and wait about 10-15 minutes before checking to see if that did the trick.

Also read: Why Your iPhone Gets Hot, Drains Battery And The Fix!

Enable AssistiveTouch

Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch and tap the switch next to AssistiveTouch to turn it on. To use the Home button, tap the AssistiveTouch button Assistive Touch Button on the screen , and then tap Home. You can use your finger to move the AssistiveTouch button anywhere on the screen.

AssistiveTouch isn’t a real fix, but it is a good temporary solution while we figure out why your Home button isn’t working. If you need help turning it on, check out my YouTube video about how to use AssistiveTouch.

Bottom Line

A Home button that won’t work is one of the most frustrating problems that iPhone owners can face. AssistiveTouch is an excellent stopgap, but it’s certainly not a perfect fix. I hope you’ve been able to repair your Home button at home, but if you haven’t, I’d like to hear about which repair option you chose in the comments section below.

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