It’s not unusual to find the iPhone Home Button being completely unresponsive or not working at all. Having been on the receiving end on quite a few times, I’ve discovered a few tricks to troubleshoot the ill-functioning Touch ID button on an iOS device.
The unresponsiveness of the iconic button could be due to multiple things. For instance, it could well be due to physical damage or even a miscellaneous glitch that might have sneaked in.
Thus, you’ve to try out more than one tricks patiently to resolve the problem and make the button work again. Hopefully, you get the better of the issue effortlessly. Best of luck!
Tips to Fix iPhone Home Button Not Working Issue
Solution #1: Clean The Home Button With Soft Cloth
If you are not in the habit of cleaning the Home Button regularly, there is a high chance that dust might have piled up. Thus, the first thing you should do before trying out any other solutions is to wipe out the grime or anything that might be causing the button from functioning properly. So, go get a soft and slightly wet cloth and gently clean it.
If it solves the problem, wonderful! If it doesn’t get the job done, move on to the next tip.
Solution #2. Calibrate The Home Button
This one is one of the most reliable tricks, especially for fixing the Home button unresponsiveness.
To try it out, open any stock app like Notes or Messages on your iOS device. Then, you need to press and hold the side button. When the Power Off slider appears, you need to let go of the side button.
Next, press and hold the Home Button for about 5-10 seconds until the app closes.
Next, check out if it has done the trick. If not, set your sight on the next tip.
Solution #3: Customize The Click Speed
iOS lets you customize the click speed of your iPhone Home Button. Times when the button doesn’t seem to be working properly, you should give it a try.
To get it done, head over to Settings app → General → Accessibility → Home Button. Now, you have three options: Default, Slow and Slowest.
Choose Slow and then force restart your device by pressing the side button and Home button at once for about 10 seconds.
After your device has restarted, try using the Home button to find out if it has returned to normal.
Solution #4. Update Software on Your Device
Apple keeps on boosting the performance of its iOS device with every software update. If an update is waiting in the wing for your device, go for it without any delay.
Fire up Settings app → General → Software Update. Then, download our and install the update.
Solution #5. Restore Your Device
Of course, this is a drastic solution, and I know that you won’t want to take it on. As it has solved the issue for some users, I would recommend you to not give it a miss. Who knows it might get the task done for you! But before going for this solution, ensure that your device has been perfectly backed up. To get it done, check out this guide.
Solution #6. Repair The Home Button
If you are still struggling to troubleshoot the unresponsiveness of the Home button, chances are high that it may have been damaged. If your device is still under warranty, you are in luck. Contact Apple Support for help.
Take Advantage of AssistiveTouch to Get a Virtual Home Button
Frankly speaking, this is not an ideal solution per se. However, you should take advantage of AssistiveTouch to carry out several tasks like restarting the device, capturing a screenshot, adjusting the volume, rotating the screen and more even without using any physical button.
To enable it, open Settings app on your iOS device → General → Accessibility → AssistiveTouch.
Then, turn on the switch. Now, you should see the AssistiveTouch icon on the screen. Tap on it and then choose the action you want to perform. To get the most out of this feature, head over to our complete guide.
There you go!
I hope the problem is behind you and the Touch ID button has now begun to work as expected. Would you like to tell us about the trick that has clicked for you?
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