One of the most frustrating things about owning an iPhone is when the home button stops working. This might happen de to extensive usage which prevents you from making a call, texting or browsing the internet.


This article will show you how to fix iPhone’s home button not working problem to get it working again! The main cause of the iPhone home button not working. There are a few reasons why the home button on your iPhone may not work anymore. Your iPhone may encounter some working problems, even though you are careful while using it.


Normally, your iPhone’s Home button may fail to work due to the following reasons;


  • Software problems- They are usually caused by installing an update or re-installing the latest iOS version. If your iPhone’s software is outdated, it could lead to any of the above-mentioned problems.
  • Hardware problems- Sometimes the home button may stop responding due to liquid damaging your phone. Heating & dust- Frequent use of your iPhone may lead to some problems like heating up and dust getting into the Home button. Over time, the home button will lose its functionality.
  • General wear and tear- The home button is constantly pressed when you use your iPhone. Over time, it will wear out and stop working.


What you should do if your iPhone’s home button isn’t working:

Set your iPhone to Assistive Touch mode – If the home button is not working and you can’t access the menu or control your phone, then you can do the following to set your phone to Assistive Touch;
1. Go to Settings and tap on General.
2. Tap on Accessibility.
3. Tap on Assistive Touch to enable it and then toggle the ON button so that it turns green. Now you can access the home button by tapping near the bottom left corner of your iPhone’s screen for which you would normally use the home button.

This isn’t a permanent fix but it can help.


Inspect the phone’s button and display- If your button is not working, then you need to check the button and display for any damages. It’s most likely due to a problem with the cable inside of your phone. You may have a faulty port on your phone or a damaged cable that’s causing this issue. If you suspect your iPhone is having hardware issues, it is recommended that you take it to the nearest Apple Store or follow local Apple Support instructions on how to fix the problem yourself.


Software issues – If your phone is having software problems, then you have to do the following to fix it;

Restart your device – Restarting your device can resolve software issues. Normally, an overheated iPhone may lead to a problem that can be resolved by restarting your device. To do so;

1. Press and hold the Power key on your iPhone until you see “slide to power off”.
2. Slide the slider on the screen and turn off your device. Once turned off, wait for a few seconds and then turn it back on.

Re-calibrate your iPhone Home Button


Sometimes, an over-used button may become loose. However, this is not a permanent fix and it can be resolved by re-calibrating the button. To do so;

Launch an app that can be pre-installed.
1. Press and hold the Power key on your iPhone until you see “slide to power off”.
2. Release the button and long-press the Home button till the slider disappears.


Restore your iPhone

Restore your iPhone to factory settings- Sometimes, restoring your iPhone may fix the problem. To do so;
1. Back up your iPhone to iCloud or iCloud before restoring your device as a safeguard against data loss.
2. After restoring your phone, make sure that your iPhone is in Normal mode and not on a Wi-fi network.
3. Connect your iPhone to a known Wi-fi network then launch iTunes.
4. From the main iTunes window, select your device and click on the “Summary” tab at the top of the window (if you don’t see a summary tab, then click on the “Status” tab instead).
5. Click on the “Restore” button under the Summary tab to restore your iPhone.


Clean the Home button

Begin by removing the screen to gain access to the button and then, clean all the dust or particles inside the home button. To remove the screen;


What can I do if my iPhone’s home button is not working?

If your iPhone’s home button is not working, then you can try the following;

Try using Assistive touch on your iPhone. *Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive touch to enable it. This feature helps people with disabilities who can not use the Home button to access the menu and control their phones.


How to open an iPhone when the home button isn’t working?

Use touch ID to open your iPhone if the home button isn’t working. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button then toggle the Rest Finger to Open switch on.



If your iPhone’s button isn’t working, then you should try all of the above-mentioned tips. Hopefully, one of them will resolve the problem.