Home Button Doesn't Work on iPhone/iPad [Solved]
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13 January 2013

Home Button Doesn't Work on iPhone/iPad [Solved]

Post Updated: February 5, 2015.

In case you don't know, your iDevice's home button is one of the most - if not the most! - sensitive part of it. This means that's it's the first thing that's most likely to stop working properly on its own and not because you dropped your iDevice, for example.

The home button is also the piece of your iDevice that you need the most, right after the screen, of course. So, what to do when that button stops working? Let's see the solutions we have.

1. Physical Fix

The safest and most comfortable way is to get your iDevice taken to a store to be fixed, but this can be really pricy, especially if you're on a budget!
If you're not looking forward to pay for it, move on to the next solution.

2. Use An Alternative Home Button

That's right, your iDevice comes with an alternative to the home button, and it's really easy to get functional! Check out how to do it.
  • Step 1: Head to Settings.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and go to General.
  • Step 3: Choose Accessibility.
  • Step 4: Scroll all the way down and tap Assistive Touch.
  • Step 5: Now just turn it on. A small dark square will show up on your screen. Tap it and you'll have lots of features, including the home button!
If you don't like having the square always on your screen, you can create a gesture to make it show up. You can do this on Assistive Touch.

And that's it! These are the two best ways to overcome a moody home button.
If you have any other way to do this, please leave a comment below.


  1. My home button stopped working before and I tried that nifty "hold the power button down and flip" trick and it worked. Unfortunately the button is not working again and the trick isn't working. I've set up the assisted touch so it's working, but how do you shut programs down using assisted touch rather than the home button?

  2. Exactly on the same way as in the physical home button. Hit the home button on the screen twice and the app switcher will show up, then you can close any apps open.