Your iPhone Home button may not work due to a variety of reasons. You can take your device to an Apple Store if it is still under warranty. We’ll help you find quick fixes that you can do yourself.
These fixes are compatible with all models of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch that have a Home button. No matter if you have an iPhone 6 (or an iPhone 8), the tips below will help you fix the Home button.
1. Add an AssistiveTouch home button to your screen
Your iPhone has many hidden accessibility features. One of these features is a great way to continue using your iPhone even if the Home button doesn’t work. This is called AssistiveTouch and was created by Apple for people who have difficulty using physical buttons.
To add a software-based home button to your iPhone’s screen, you can turn On AssistiveTouch in the Settings. While it doesn’t fix the Home button, it allows you to use your iPhone as usual without having to press the Home button.
With AssistiveTouch, you can add a Home button on your iPhone screen.
- Go to Settings> Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch. For older iOS versions, go to Settings>> General > Accessibility> AssistiveTouch. To access Settings from your existing app, close it and restart your iPhone.
- Turn on the toggle to enable AssistiveTouch. A semi-transparent button should appear on your screen. To simulate pressing the Home button, tap it.
- Drag and drop the AssistiveTouch buttons to move them around the iPhone screen. Siri can be used to turn it on and off as needed.
To make AssistiveTouch as effective as possible, it’s worth spending some time in the Settings. You can make it the only option if you use it only as a Home button. This will eliminate the need to open a popup.
2. “Recalibrate” your Home Button
Because this isn’t an official term, we have used the word “recalibrate”, in quotations. Although there isn’t an official source, this trick works for fixing iPhone Home buttons.
This trick can be used to fix any device’s Home button. It’s possible that your Home button doesn’t work even after you have tried it.
Here are the steps:
- You can launch any stock app that was pre-installed on the device. You might open Notes or Calendar. Reminders and Photos are examples.
- Hold the Top and Side buttons on your iPhone until you see the Slide for power off prompt. Try holding the Volume button simultaneously if nothing happens.
- Do not turn off your iPhone. Instead, hold down the Home button for approximately 10 seconds. The prompt will disappear and the app quits.
That’s it. This should fix physical Home buttons not working on iPhone 6S or earlier as well as touch-based Home buttons on iPhone 7 and 8.
Try recalibrating your Home button if it doesn’t work. Some users reported that their Home button worked after only three to four attempts.
3. Restore Firmware on your iPhone
Although this is not a fast method, it might be the fastest way to get your iPhone’s Home button working. Most of the time, the problem with the iPhone’s Home button is due to software issues or firmware. These issues can be fixed by using DFU mode to restore your device.
This will erase all data from your iPhone. Make sure to have a backup of your iPhone.
Also, you should set aside at most an hour. DFU mode restores all of your firmware and software. Sometimes this can take a while.
You can restore your iPhone using DFU mode by following the steps in our guide. If this doesn’t work, your iPhone’s Home button has a problem. You can try one of the other suggestions below to fix it.
4. Use Isopropyl Alcohol to clean the Home Button
Over the course of the iPhone’s life, the Home button will accumulate dirt and grime. This dirt and grime could clog the mechanism, causing the Home button to stop working.
This tip won’t work if your iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Home buttons don’t work because these devices don’t have a mechanical button.
Here’s how to clean your iPhone’s Home button:
- Begin by wiping down the Home button with a microfiber cloth.
- If this doesn’t work, dampen the cloth lightly with 98-99 % isopropyl alcohol. It evaporates in the atmosphere, so it shouldn’t cause any damage to your iPhone components.
- Repeatedly click the Home button, and rub the alcohol on top of it. Click the Home button to let the alcohol get inside.
5. You can use your Charger to press against the Home Button
Your iPhone’s Home button is connected to other components using a delicate cable located near the charging port. A few people have reported that they were able to fix their Home button by applying some pressure in the area. This may be because it reconnected the cable.
You should be extremely careful while doing this. You don’t want anything to be broken inside your iPhone. It is also important to ensure that you don’t remove the Lightning connector or 30-pin connector from the charging port. This can make it almost impossible to remove.
These are the steps you need to follow in order to make it happen:
- Use the original charging cable with your iPhone.
- Gently press the connector’s back, near the bottom of the iPhone, like you are pushing it towards the Home button.
- You can keep that pressure on while you click the Home button several times.
This should fix your iPhone’s Home button for several weeks. You will likely need to replace the Home button on your iPhone eventually. You can’t replace your iPhone’s Home button if it is older than 7 years. If this happens, you might need to get a new device.
Learn How to Replace Your Home Button by You
Apple’s 1-year warranty may still apply to iPhones less than one-year-old. This means that you can visit the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store to have your Home button repaired free of charge.
Most iPhones that have a physical Home button are older than one year. You can still get a repair done by Apple or third-party service providers.
It’s often cheaper to fix it yourself, however. Many sites will show you how to fix your gadgets. Many of these sites even offer all the tools and parts you will need to repair your device. Be sure to not miss any steps and make the problem worse.