How to Fix “iPhone Home Button Not Responding”

iPhone home button not responding? Follow this post to get five easy but practical solutions to fix Home button not working on iPhone 8/7/6s/6/5s/5/4 right away.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 23, 2021

My iPhone’s home button was working five minutes ago and now it’s not, I didn’t even do anything, HELP please!

As the words above, coming from one user on Twitter, iPhone Home button not responding, or not working is one of the most common iPhone problems and issues when we use it. It is not a unique “feature” to one specific iPhone model but can happen on any model, iPhone 8/7/6s/6, and even iPhone 5s/5. While it is not incurable, for sure. In this post, we will provide you 5 methods to fix the broken iPhone Home button on iOS 12/11/10/9/8.

iPhone Home Button Not Responding

iPhone Home Button Not Responding

How to Fix: iPhone Home Button Not Responding in iOS 12/11/10/9/8

Method 1. Calibrate iPhone

The first way to solve iPhone 8/7/6s/6/5s/5 Home button not working is calibration. You can go to open up a stock app, like the Weather > Hold the sleep button until “Slide to power off” appears > Then let go of the sleep button and hold the Home button for about 5-10 seconds, the app will close.

This solution can work in some situations, but not for everyone. If it does not work for you, please move to the next one.

Method 2. Realign the Docking Port

Everyday plugging and unplugging the connector will also lead to iPhone Home button unresponsive, because it may inadvertently shift some things out of place. In this situation, you can try to plug a USB cable into your iPhone > Then, slowly push down on the 30-pin connector, so that it pushes up behind the home button > While you do it, simultaneously tap the Home button > Remove the cable, and see if that fixed the problem.

Method 3. Clean the Home Button

After a long time of usage of iPhone or iPad, the Home button would get dirty, which also can be the reason why it’s not working. To clean it, please use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and a cotton swab.

Method 4. Restore iPhone

You can also choose to restore your iPhone to fix the problem, which works many times. But you need firstly back up your iPhone, and then choose to restore operation.

Method 5. How to Use iPhone with the On-screen Home Button

If none of the above four methods fail to help you out, unluckily, it seems that your iPhone Home button suffers from a complete de-function. But no need to worry. iPhone is equipped with an amazing feature – on-screen Home button. You can totally enable it to replace the physical button.

To enable the on-screen Home button, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch > Turn Assistive Touch on, and you’ll see a small circle appear on iPhone screen. Tap it, and you will see six options: Home, Siri, Favorites, Notification Center, Device, and Control Center.

Method 6. Fix iPhone Home Button not Responding with iOS Repair Tool

If the above methods didn’t work for you, there is an iOS repair tool that can help you. AnyFix – ios system recovery can repair most iPhone system problems, including iPhone stuck issue, iPhone won’t restart/restore/update, iPhone buttons stuck, and more. So when iPhone’s software doesn’t respond correctly when you press the Home Button, the button could not respond. Then AnyFix can help you with the software problem. Next, you can follow the steps below to fix the issue:

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of AnyFix on your computer.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2: Open it and choose System Repair.

Choose System Repair in the Homepage

Choose System Repair on the Homepage

Step 2: Choose iPhone Problems and Start Now.

Select iPhone Problems

Select iPhone Problems

Step 3: Choose Standard Repair mode to continue, which can fix the most common system issues and no data will be erased. Besides, Advanced Repair can fix complex system issues with data loss, and Ultimate Repair supports the most comprehensive system issues with data loss. Then you can choose a suitable mode according to your demands.

Choose Standard Repair Mode

Choose Standard Repair Mode

Step 4: Next, you need to download a matching firmware file and put your iPhone in Recovery Mode.

Step 5: Once firmware downloaded, tap on Fix Now to start repairing.

Firmware Download Completed and Tap Fix Now

Firmware Download Completed and Tap Fix Now

Step 6: Once the repair completed, you will see the Repair Completed page.

The Bottom Line

With these five methods, mostly you can successfully solve the iPhone Home button not working issue. If we miss some other great ways, you can tell us, by leaving messages in the comments below, and we will update them to help more people.

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.