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My iPhone Home Button Doesn't Work. How Can I Fix It For Free?

Updated on July 31, 2013
Is your home button on your iPhone broken or unresponsive? Here is how to fix it for free!
Is your home button on your iPhone broken or unresponsive? Here is how to fix it for free!

How To Fix Home Button Not Working

If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, there is a very good chance that you have noticed that your home button is often unresponsive.

You press it and press it and it does not always work.

You have probably also heard that there are iPhone repair shops which can fix this for you, for a fee of course, however after spending a small fortune on these smart phones to start with that is probably the last thing you are wanting to do, so you choose to put up with it.

Did you know that there is free solution to this very common problem?

Yes, that is right.

The solution is actually a function already inbuilt into the phone itself. It already exists, Apple just didn't tell you, and the iPhone repair shop definitely didn't tell you about it.

It is called 'Assistive Touch' and here are the quick and easy steps to activate it right now.

It is well documented within forums all over the internet that the home button on many Apple products, not just the iPhone, is a common problem. In fact it is known to be one of the most commonly complained about issues with the iPhone 4.

Unless you have recently purchased your phone and it is within warranty, you will be happy to realise that this can be resolved with the click of a few buttons. If you are planning to purchase an iPhone 5 which is due to be released soon, you will also definitely not want to be paying for any fix.

Now, you may be loudly telling me that this is not new and you already knew about this but personally I didn't and I have suffered long enough with my 'broken' button and I have shared this with so many people lately who also were none the wiser so I can only guess that there are are still a few people in the dark about this feature. But not for any longer.

So here we go, the solution which is applicable to both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. And best of all it solves the same problem onyour iPod Touch and iPad.

Assistive Touch - Virtual Home Button on the iPhone
Assistive Touch - Virtual Home Button on the iPhone

How to fix the home button on my iPhone

The first thing that needs to occur is to activate a function within the phone called Assistive Touch. This basically activates a 'Virtual' home button.

  • Settings - General - Accessibility - Assistive Touch

Next to 'Assistive Touch' will be an on-off option.

  • Turn Assistive Touch On

You should then notice that there is a small square icon that has appeared on your screen with a white circle in the middle.

Simply touch this button and a menu of 4 options will appear.

  1. Gestures
  2. Favorites
  3. Device
  4. Home

The home button is your new virtual home button. Press on it and you will return to your home of icons just as if you had pressed on your physical home button.

This button will remain on your screen until such time that you choose to turn it off.

If you are not happy with where it is, you can move it around to any location just by touching it and dragging it to a free space on your screen. No matter where you are on your phone, this white square icon will be there for you.

It is as simple as that.

If you prefer visual instruction, here is a video which demonstrates the steps.

How to take a screenshot with Assistive Touch

Even with Assistive touch activated you can still perform many functions on your Apple devices, including taking a screenshot or printing screen.

The typical way is to hold your home button and press the top sleep/wake button simultaneously. The resulting image will be stored in your photos.

Believe it or not, using Assistive Touch is no different. Simply touch the circle to activate the menu where you will see favorites, gestures, device and home. Touch and hold the home circle and press and hold the sleep button on your phone. And that is it. Now the only downside is you will find your circle box is in the way of your photo but at least you can still perform this function if need be.

How to Fix or replace iphone parts

Unfortunately there are more problems that can happen to our iPhones however there are ways to fix or replace parts! Here are the most common issues faced.

Well I hope you have now been able to solve an all too common frustrating problem with your iPhone. And best of all it has saved you money.

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      WorkAtHomeMums 5 years ago from Australia

      Great news! Thanks for letting me know.

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      Michael 5 years ago

      This just fixed me fix my iphone. :) Well worded and useful information, thanks a bunch for this hub

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      WorkAtHomeMums 5 years ago from Australia

      Excellent news.

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      Cassie swain 5 years ago

      This worked so well!!! Thank you so much :)

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      WorkAtHomeMums 5 years ago from Australia

      Yes the depressed circle at the bottom. Hope this has worked for you now. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Well this is embarrassing, but what is the home button? Is it that depressed circle at the bottom of the device? I am always having issues and have to hand my phone and ipad over to my husband or my 9 year old daughter to fix. This is a really useful hub!

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      WorkAtHomeMums 5 years ago from Australia

      Yes it is applicable to the iPad too. Hope you got it activated. Such a nifty little device..

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      This is genius! We have an iPad and the home button doesn't work. I'm going to go see if this works....