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iPhone Home Button Not Working or Unresponsive, How to Fix

April 20, 2016 05:07 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to iPhone Topics
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Annoying things can happen everywhere. If you notice your iPhone home button is not working or unresponsive over times and you are out of warranty, don’t worry and take it easy, here we have some possible fixes to share with you.

iPhone home button not working or unresponsive can be due to a calibration defect or perhaps due to the dust, moisture after prolonged use and other unknown reasons. No matter what causes, the post here list the top 5 solutions to help you fix an unresponsive iPhone home button on your iPhone SE/6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4S and other iOS devices.

Method 1: Calibrating the Home Button
Method 2: Realign the docking port
Method 3: Clean/Dust the home button
Method 4: Accessibility/Assistive Touch
Method 5: Reset/Repair/Replace

Method 1: Calibrating the Home Button

If you're lucky, your slow-to-respond home button is due to a software glitch. To find out, you'll need to calibrate your home button. To fix iPhone home button not working, here's how:

1) Open an app, any default iOS app. (Weather, Clock etc.)
2) Hold the Sleep/Wake button (Power) till the ‘Slide to power off’ appears
3) Now press and hold the home button till the slide goes away and you get to the home screen.
4) (You’ll notice that the app is closed)

After about 5-10 seconds, the app will close.

If this solved your problem, you are one lucky iPhone owner. If it didn't you may want to try restoring your iPhone before continuing to the second method.

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Method 2: 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. Although a repair shop might suggest you replace the home button, this post offered a different solution.

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

Method 3: Clean/Dust the home button

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.

Method 4: Accessibility/Assistive Touch

Accessibility has an option called Assistive Touch. You can enable this to have a virtual home button on the screen. To enable this:

1) Open Settings
2) Go to General
3) Now, scroll down and tap on Accessibility
4) Scroll down again and tap on AssistiveTouch
5) 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.

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Method 5: Reset/Repair/Replace

If all else fails:

1) Reset: go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. Have a data backup just in case.
2) Repair: If you really need the home button back but none of the above methods work for you.
3) Replace: If it’s a new iPhone within the replacement period, go ahead and get it replaced right away!

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That’s all about how to fix an unresponsive iPhone home button! For other iPhone user tips like how to keep iphone battery health, fix iPhone overheating etc., you are free to visit Tenorshare official website for more help.

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