Fix Home Button Not Working on Android

When your Android Home button stops working, you cannot perform any of the actions that you used this button on your device. If this has become too much of a trouble for you, this guide will help you fix the dysfunctional Home button on your phone.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2020

While most Android smartphones come with sturdy buttons that do not get broken easily, some circumstances cause issues with the buttons and this can make a button dysfunctional. Especially if it is the Home button, you will find that you cannot access some of the useful options on your phone.

In this case, your best bet is to investigate if the button is really dead. Then, follow the tips for your particular case to potentially fix the broken Home button on your phone. The following guide teaches how you can do that on your Android device.

Home Button Not Working on Android

Home Button Not Working on Android

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How to Check if the Button is Really Dead

It might be that your button is working and it is just in some particular apps that it does not function in. To verify if your Home button is indeed not working, turn off your device and then turn it back on.

Then, press the Home button and see if it does what it is supposed to do. If it does, you need to get rid of the app that breaks this button. If the button does not work, use one of the following methods to potentially fix it.

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If the Problem was Caused by Hardware Issues

Your Home button does not work for two main reasons: either you have a hardware issue or you have a software issue. If your button has stopped working because of a hardware issue, the following three methods will help sort out the issue.

Way 1. Clean the Home Button

While there are many physical reasons why your Android Home button does not work, one of the common reasons is that your button has collected too much dust over time. This is usually the case when you do not clean your phone regularly. The dust gets inside your Home and other buttons, and this causes your buttons not to function.

There is no direct way to check if the dust is causing the issue. However, if you see dust or other particles near the button, that is probably the cause of the issue. Get a clean cloth and try to get rid of the dusty and other particles from around the Home button.

Then, press the button and see if it works.

Way 2. Get the Home Button Repaired

If there has been physical damage to your phone’s Home button, it can cause some connection issues and cause the button not to work. In this case, there really is not much you can do as the button is broken from inside. If you are an expert at phone hardware and you know what you are doing, then perhaps you can try repairing the button yourself.

The best way to fix it when the Home button is not working is to bring your phone to a repair shop. The repair shop should know what is causing the issue, and they should have the tools to open your phone and replace the button with a new one.

Note: if you replace the Home button, make sure the new button is an official one.

Way 3. Use an On-Screen Button App

Whether your phone’s Home button is beyond repair, or you do not want to wait until it gets repaired, you can actually use an app that provides you with a virtual Home button. There are actually many such apps on the Google Play Store and you can use them to get a soft Home button that performs all the tasks of a real button.

Button Savior - An On-screen Button App

Button Savior – An On-screen Button App

One of these apps is the Button Savior. It does not require root access and you can use this app to add various phone controls as virtual options on your phone’s screen. This way, you can get the job of the Home button done without actually having the button on your device.

5 Common Ways to Fix Android Home Button

If it is a software issue causing the Home button not to work, you can use the following methods to get around the problem.

Way 1. Restart Your Device

One of the reasons your Home button is not working is that there is a minor bug or glitch in your phone’s system. When this happens, your button remains dysfunctional until all your system processes are rebooted. The best way to get around this issue is to reboot your phone.

When you reboot your phone, your phone turns off all of the running services on it. Then, it relaunches all your services giving a fresh start to your device. Even if this method did not work, there is no harm in giving it a try.

Restart the Device

Restart the Device

On most phones, you can press and hold down the Power key and choose Restart to reboot the device.

Way 2. Update System Software

A possible reason why your Home button is not working is that you are using an older version of the Android firmware. Most device manufacturers push out new software updates every now and then, and this is to ensure you always have a bug-free experience on your device.

If this is why your Home button does not work, try updating your software version and see if that fixes the problem. You can do that as follows on your phone.

  1. Open the Settings app and tap System at the bottom.
  2. Choose System updates on the following screen to download and install available updates.
Update the Android OS

Update the Android OS

Way 3. Wipe Cache Partition

Your Android device has a cache partition that stores all of your system’s cache files. Over time, this partition gets loaded with too many files and sometimes beyond what it can handle. When this is the case, it can cause many issues on your device including breaking the Home button functionality on your device.

Luckily, you can fix this issue by erasing all the data on the cache partition. You can do this from the recovery mode as follows.

  1. Turn off your phone.
  2. Enter recovery mode on your phone. The key combination to get into recovery varies from device to device. Check your phone’s manual to learn how to do this.
  3. Once you are in recovery, select Wipe cache partition to erase files on the cache partition.
Wipe Cache Partition Using Recovery

Wipe Cache Partition Using Recovery

Note: make sure not to touch any other options in recovery or you will end up causing more issues on your phone.

Way 4. Use Android Accessibility Suite

Android Accessibility Suite is a suite of tools that comes loaded on most modern Android phones and tablets. With this utility, you can actually perform many actions on your phone without needing the physical Home key. The utility adds an on-screen menu where you can tap options and perform various actions on your device.

Utilize Android Accessibility Features

Utilize Android Accessibility Features

If your phone does not already have this utility, you can install it for free from the Google Play Store. Once it is installed, you can configure it so it works the way you want.

Way 5. Factory Reset Your Phone

If nothing else works, the last and nuclear option to fix all your Android issues is to reset your device to the factory settings. When you do this, all of the data including your files and settings are deleted from your device. You then need to set up your device from scratch.

Note: use this option as your last resort as all your customized settings and data will be gone when you perform this method. So make sure you already backed up your Android device.

If you have any of your important files saved on your phone, back them up. Then, use the following steps to reset the phone.

  1. Head into Settings and tap System.
  2. Select Reset options and tap Erase all data (factory reset) to reset your device.
Reset Android to Factory Settings

Reset Android to Factory Settings

Conclusion

Your Android Home button can stop working for various reasons. The guide above should tell you what to do when the button does not work anymore. The guide also tells you what you can use in place of the Home button so that your tasks do not get interrupted.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.