If your iPhone home button is not working or has become unresponsive, we have some possible fixes to share with you. We have come across that some users do seem to have persistent issues with the home button on iPhone 5. And we all know the story behind the home buttons in older devices like the iPhone 4 and 3GS where it used to get clogged and unresponsive after a while.
You may also like to read: How to use iPhone & iPad with broken power button.
Well, the thing is, it happens. May be due to a calibration defect or perhaps due to the dust and the moisture after prolonged use. While reasons aren’t clear, the solutions can help you fix an unresponsive home button on your iPhone 5/4S/4 and other iOS devices.
Recalibrating The Home Button
Recalibrating the home button appears to fix the issue for a majority of the users. It happened with our iPhones here. When the home button gets a bit tricky and unresponsive, this is what we usually do:
- Open an app. Any default iOS app. (Weather, Clock etc.)
- Hold the Sleep/Wake button (Power) till the ‘Slide to power off’ appears
- Now press and hold the home button till the slide goes away and you get to the homescreen.
- (You’ll notice that the app is closed)
This should fix the calibration issues and make the home button work better. Of course, while the thing works well, the calibration appears to wane away after sometime. For some, this happens within a week or so. For some, this happens after several weeks or months.
Cleaning / Dusting
Sweat causes moisture. There’s dust all around. And with the kind of little spaces that the home button’s edge has, it is very much possible that the unresponsiveness is due to dust clogged in it. Usually, repair takes up a lot of time and money so you can try cleaning the thing yourself.
One of the best ways to clean the home button without having to play around with the screws is to just press the button and air dust it. This usually blows away some of the clog dust and helps you get back some good responsiveness with the home button.
Use Activator If Your iPhone is Jailbroken
This is for the crazy ones.
If you have a jailbroken iPhone (at the moment, there’s only tethered jailbreak for iOS 6, on A4-devices), you could easily change the home button actions to some other button – like, say, the volume Up. Of course, that sounds crazy but that’s what you do when you have no other option (or other options like taking it to the repair shop are costly).
Accessibility / AssistiveTouch
Accessibility has an option called Assistive Touch. You can enable this to have a virtual home button on the screen. To enable this:
- Open Settings
- Go to General
- Now, scroll down and tap on Accessibility
- Scroll down again and tap on AssistiveTouch
- Turn it ON
A small black button shows up on the bottom-left of the screen. Tap this, and you’ll have the home button listed amongst three other options.
Below is a quick video showing how to use AssistiveTouch as replacement:
Reset / Repair / Replace
If all else fails:
- Reset: go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. Have a data backup just in case.
- Repair: If you really need the home button back but none of the above methods work for you.
- Replace: If it’s a new iPhone within the replacement period, go ahead and get it replaced right away!
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