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 X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5/4 right away.

By iMobie | Posted on: Aug. 07, 2018, Last Updated: Jan. 24, 2019

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 X/8/7, iPhone 6s/6, and even iPhone 5s/5, for sure. But also it is not incurable, for sure. In this post we will provide you 5 methods to fix the broken iPhone Home button in 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 X/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 of it may inadvertently shift some things out of place. In this situation, you can try 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 long time usage of iPhone or iPad, the Home button would get dirty, which also can be the reason why its not working. To clean it, please use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and a cotton swab.

Method 4. Restore iPhone

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

Method 5. Enable the on-screen Home button

If none of above four methods fail to help you out, unluckily, it seems that your iPhone Home button suffers from a completely 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.

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.


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