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Is Your iPhone Home Button Not Working? 5 Quick Fixes to Try

Dan Helyer Updated 20-03-2020

Any number of issues can result in your iPhone Home button not working. If your device is under warranty, your best option to get it fixed is taking it to the nearest Apple Store. Otherwise, we’ll look at quick fixes you can use to repair it yourself.


Before we start, we should clarify that these fixes work with every model of iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has a Home button. Whether you have an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 8, if the Home button isn’t working you can use the tips below to fix it.

1. Add an AssistiveTouch Home Button to the Screen

There are lots of hidden accessibility features on your iPhone Make Text Larger & Other Useful iPhone Accessibility Features Did you know your iPhone's accessibility features are legendary? Read More . One of these is a perfect workaround to let you keep using your iPhone when the Home button isn’t working. It’s called AssistiveTouch, which Apple designed for people who struggle using physical buttons.

You can turn on AssistiveTouch from Settings to add a software-based Home button to your iPhone screen. It doesn’t fix your Home button, but it does let you keep using your iPhone without a working Home button.

Here’s how to add a Home button to your iPhone screen with AssistiveTouch:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch. On older versions of iOS, you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch instead.
    1. If you can’t exit your current app to access Settings, restart your iPhone to go to the Home screen.
  2. Turn on the toggle for AssistiveTouch. You should see a semi-transparent button appear on your screen. Tap it to reveal a popup menu, then tap Home to simulate pressing the Home button.
  3. Drag and drop the AssistiveTouch button to move it around your iPhone screen so it doesn’t get in the way. You can also use Siri to turn it off and on when you need it.

It’s worth taking a moment to customize the AssistiveTouch options from Settings to make it as useful as possible. If you only use it as a Home button, you can even make that the only option so you don’t need to open a popup menu anymore.

2. “Recalibrate” the Home Button

Slide to power off prompt on iphone

We’ve used “recalibrate” in quotes here because this is not an official term. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a definitive source for this trick, but it’s effective at fixing iPhone Home buttons nonetheless.


Again, you can use this trick to fix the Home button on any applicable device. The worst that could happen is that your Home button still doesn’t work after you try it.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch any stock app that came pre-installed on your device. For example, you might open Notes, Calendar, Reminders, or Photos.
  2. Now press and hold the Sleep/Wake or Power button on your iPhone until the Slide to power off prompt appears.
  3. Don’t power off your iPhone. Instead, press and hold the Home button for around 10 seconds until the prompt disappears and the app quits.

That’s it. This fix should work for physical Home buttons that aren’t working on the iPhone 6S and earlier, as well as the touch-based Home buttons on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

If “recalibrating” didn’t fix your Home button, try repeating the process several times. Some users have reported that their Home button started working after three or four attempts.


3. Restore the Firmware on Your iPhone

iPhone restore window from Finder

This one isn’t a quick method, but it still might be the quickest way to get your iPhone Home button working. A lot of Home button problems come down to a fault in the software or firmware on your iPhone. You can fix these issues for free by restoring the device using DFU mode.

When you do this, it erases all the data from your iPhone. So you should make sure you’ve got a recent iPhone backup first.

You also need to set aside at least an hour. Restoring your device with DFU mode rewrites every bit of the software and firmware. Sometimes, this takes a while.


Follow the instructions in our guide to restoring your iPhone using DFU mode 5 iPhone Problems You Can Fix Using DFU Mode DFU mode is a hidden option in your iPhone that lets you recover from serious issues. Here's what DFU can fix and how to use it. Read More . If that doesn’t work, you know your Home button definitely has a hardware problem. One of the other tips below can still help you fix it, though.

4. Clean the Home Button Using Isopropyl Alcohol

Cleaning iPhone Home button with microfiber cloth

As you use the Home button throughout the life of your iPhone, it’s likely to collect a buildup of dirt and grime. That filth might clog the mechanism, which could explain why the Home button stopped working.

Unfortunately, this tip can’t help if your iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 Home button isn’t working, because those devices don’t feature a mechanical button.

Here’s the proper way to clean the Home button on your iPhone:

  1. Start off by wiping the Home button using a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
  2. If that doesn’t work, lightly dampen the cloth with 98-99 percent isopropyl alcohol. This evaporates in the air, so it shouldn’t cause damage to your iPhone components.
  3. Rub the alcohol over the Home button while repeatedly clicking it. As you click the Home button, the alcohol should work its way inside to loosen any dirt.

5. Use Your Charger to Press Against the Home Button

iPhone 6S with pressure on charging cable

The Home button connects to other components inside your iPhone using a fragile cable near the charging port. Some people have fixed their Home button by applying a small amount of pressure in this area, presumably because it reconnected the cable.

Of course, you need to be incredibly careful when trying this. You don’t want to break anything inside your iPhone. You also need to be careful you don’t snap the Lightning or 30-pin connector off inside the charging port, which can be almost impossible to remove.

Follow these simple steps to try it:

  1. Insert the charging cable that came with your iPhone.
  2. Gently press on the back of the connector, close to the bottom of your iPhone, as though you’re pushing it toward the Home button.
  3. Keep that pressure while you click the Home button a couple of times.

You should find that this fixes the Home button on your iPhone for a few weeks or more. However, you’ll probably need to get the Home button on your iPhone replaced eventually. With an iPhone 7 or later, you can’t replace the Home button, so you may need a replacement device instead.

Find Out How to Replace the Home Button Yourself

iFixit Repair Guides home screen

If your iPhone is less than a year old, it might still be covered by Apple’s one-year warranty. That means you can make an appointment at the Genius Bar in your nearest Apple Store to have them repair your Home button for free.

Unfortunately, most iPhones with a physical Home button are more than a year old. But you can still pay for a repair from Apple or a third-party service provider.

That said, it’s usually cheaper to repair it yourself. There are lots of sites that show you how to repair your gadgets Learn to Fix Your Own Gadgets With Help From These 5 Sites Need to repair your smartphone, PC, MacBook, or other hardware? You can save money and time by doing it yourself with the help of these websites. Read More . Some of them even sell all the parts and tools you need for a particular repair. Just be careful you don’t miss a step and make the issue worse!

Related topics: iPhone Tips, Smartphone Repair, Troubleshooting.

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  1. shannon
    September 19, 2018 at 2:07 am

    the first option totally worked THANK U THANK U THANK U

  2. GB
    July 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    I was able to bring up my apps using the reset button, but could not switch between them without continually powering off. Didn't know about the assistive touch button which has solved my problem - brilliant! Thank you.

  3. BH
    May 14, 2018 at 12:26 am

    THIS WORKS!! Thank you, my iPad is 7 years old and I've been trying to fix the home button for ages, cheers keep up the good work

  4. Sal B.
    August 13, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Thank you so much. I had to use the Assistive touch.

  5. Michael Spondike
    May 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    If you erase all but one button in the Top Level menu and set the single button as the Home button then the button on the screen will function as the Home button with one touch and you will nit have 2-step process of having to select home off of the Assistive Touch menu.

  6. Kennedy Mcmullen?????
    March 25, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for the home button help now my home button has been working for a long time now

  7. K.zhongzhen
    February 1, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Mine can double tap and go to the multi tasking bar but when i press it it doesnot close the app
    I am jailbrokwn btw

  8. Popo Tare
    January 9, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Thanks very much for your explanation. At least my iPhone 4s is back for use again.

  9. Farzad
    January 8, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Calibration is not only a GREAT solution for the home button problem, but I feel it improved speed of launching as well as using my apps.

    Thanks alot Yaraa :-)

  10. Kevin
    December 23, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    catch 22 for me.

    My IPAD is locked and won't unlock because the home button doesn't work.
    I cannot open any APP or get to my settings. Also, does not work with itunes because itunes wants me to enter my passcode. The passcode screen doesn't show unless you press the home button (home button doesn't work).

    I guess I'll keep searching the internet for a solution.

  11. NSPainter
    November 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    What great workarounds! I used both of them. The Assistive Touch was so good that husband and two friends "needed it" immediately. Your suggestions ROCK!

  12. Maria
    November 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks my home button is cured after repeating only twice this is great as it was really annoying me!

  13. Purnendu Bagchi
    November 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

    The assistive touch, the second method mentioned above, is an wonderful idea. I was already aware of both the recalibration and assistive touch method, but did not apply the second one ever, as it seemed very cumbersome to me. Mine is a new SE handset, just one month old and does not have any issue with the home button. To be one the safer side, I wanted to find ways for avoiding the home button and found this second method extremely helpful. After your clarification, Yaara Lancet, using the assistive touch is butter smooth now.
    Thanks a lot.

  14. syefemsy
    September 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    i'm copying this link and will try to do this when I get back home. My Iphone 4's home button hasn't working since...years? just using the gesture button for now. They told me it might be dirty within and I have to dab some alcohol and remove the grime out.

  15. Mark
    September 25, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for this!

    Recalibration worked on my iPad mini 2.

  16. K
    September 12, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    My iphone 4's home button refuses to work even after trying the 1st method you mentioned, although I can confirm that the 1st method also works as I've tried it before the home button completely failed.

    The 2nd method you suggested works just great, THANK YOU! At least I can now use my phone again without having to switch it off and restart it to get to home screen.

  17. Dean
    August 7, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Thanks, nice hack. Worked second time i tried, the home button is back in the game!

  18. Gil
    July 9, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Fabulous hack! Thanks! My home button was having trouble recording finger prints. Your re-calibration technique worked like a charm!

  19. Claire
    April 12, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Thanks so much the recalibration worked perfectly!

  20. Lorri
    April 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    The recalibrate method did not work, but the assistive touch button did. This is the 2nd time my iPad 5C start button has stopped working. I used the assistive touch button last time, and eventually my start button began working again. Thank you for your advice.

  21. Melissa
    March 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    My ipod touch got stuck in settings when i was doing something. The home button wasn't working, and normally i turn it of than on again when problems occur. But the red slide never showed. Because I was stuck in settings I was able to turn on my 'Assistive Touch', when i tap it from there still nothing happens. WHAT DO I DO ??????

  22. Tom
    March 10, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Home button on my 3.5-year-old iPad mini stuck for the first time yesterday. A couple of attempts using the power-off approach suggested here have not (yet) worked, but the adaptive fix works well. You can reduce the number of buttons on that display to just one--the home button. Once you do that, it saves a click and it's just like having the home button right on your screen.

    • Billy
      May 18, 2016 at 3:37 am

      Thanks Tom for the heads-up on reducing the number of buttons on the display to just the one (home button). You are correct that it saves a click and now it easily replaces the home button.

  23. Jessica
    February 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    The assisted touch worked for mine! Thanks so much!

  24. F. Al Yaghini
    February 2, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    It worked for my iPad as well. Thanks, mate!

  25. amber
    December 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Well, neither worked for me. My home button is completely unresponsive. The AssistiveTouch is also unresponsive for the home button. It displays on the screen but when I click the home button nothing happens. Any other tricks out there that have worked for the same situation?

  26. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Worked like a dream! Bless you!

  27. Anonymous
    July 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you!! My phone got wet and did the rice trick. Everything is working except the home button. The accessibility touch option is awesome! Thank You

  28. Anonymous
    March 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you so much! This has been driving me crazy.
    It now works perfectly!!

  29. R
    February 24, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Yessssss, I was so mad cause I just got a new phone and now it's back to normal
    It really works

  30. alia hill
    January 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    thank you so much the re calibrating the home button worked! I was getting quite frustrated when my home button wouldn't actually send me to the home page, but would work for screenshots. after three to four times of recalibrating it, my home button started to work normally. thank you so much!!

  31. Wayne
    January 7, 2015 at 12:06 am

    The first option (using the power button) did not correct the issue. However, the accessibility touch option worked perfectly. By the way, I have the iPhone 4, the same fix worked.


  32. Anonymous
    December 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

    It worked for me .

  33. Mohsin
    January 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Great Tip, it is more responsive than earlier.

  34. Simone
    January 18, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Wow, this worked!!!!!! I thought something was physically wrong, but recalibrating it did the trick. Amazing, thank you!!!!! What a funny way to make that work!

  35. Laura
    January 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    The first fix ("recalibrating") worked wonders, thank you sooo much!!

  36. Debbie
    January 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you so much, home button on my almost new replacement iPad was not responding right away and decided to try this before taking it into the apple store and it seems this did the trick! Thanks!!

  37. Maura
    January 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I tried the first option using the power & the home button. It took 3 attempts but on the 3rd try both the "slide to power off" screen and Notes closed for me. I reopened it and it closed fine. I also tried it with Calendar and it worked too. Thank you for posting this tip.

  38. Unizombie
    January 3, 2013 at 4:41 am

    You are a goddess, for some reason my phones home button hadn't been working and assistive touch didn't either. I've been hitting the home button then holding the power button down which may or may not work for closing an app, and after closing it turns off (to home screen) the force quit worked, thanks. I don't know how I would live without being able to quickly transfer between apps. ;*

  39. jowie
    January 2, 2013 at 4:28 am

    tried this one but didnt work, but there's one unusual thing that i do to fix it, my friend suggest this one and it works, Hold ur iphone facing down and flick the home button, but not to hard, youll notice that dust comes out, repeat process if necessary, now my iphone has a soft touch home button

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 6, 2013 at 7:07 am

      Interesting way to clean the home button, I'm amazed it works!

  40. phoebe
    December 31, 2012 at 7:13 am

    You are AWESOME thank you! You saved me and my phone! I totally can't afford a new phone at the moment... thank you!

  41. Robin
    December 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I have same problem but only thing is VOICE CONTROL keeps coming on and then it makes calls to other people and after removing all contacts still it will call a random number and voice control still comes on every 5 seconds ....it seems like home key is being pressed automatically ...any help please

  42. Khan
    December 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thanks Yaara. I woke up today with an unresponsive home button. After going through the standard parental procedure of blaming the kids, I tried to call the Apple premium reseller which unfortunately would not answer.
    I came across your article and tried it . Initially for two times, didn't work, on the third time the app did shut down but the button was still unresponsive. I tried it again and the button got a bit better. I decided to clean the ipad and button and on a scale of 1 to 10 , it's an 8 now. Thanks a lot. You saved me a lot of headache and the trip to the store. My thoughts though are that it's necessary to keep the screen clean or all the dirt tracks down to the button causing an electromechanical reset. More like your iPads way of telling you it's time you quit your sloppy habits and start paying a bit on my attention on me as well.
    Thanks a million again.

  43. diego
    December 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    NICE im was so pissed off with it and finally fixed it but i still got that feeling that it might lag stop at times even tho it doesnt

  44. Jaco
    December 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    My New iPhone 5 home button worked about half the time. I was about to ask apple care to give me a new one. The reset trick worked like a charm!
    Thank you!!!!

  45. Rosalie
    December 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

    The home button on my iPod 4th gen started giving me troubles a few weeks ago. It would not respond consistently, then it would be fine for a while. Then it happened again. When it happened yesterday, the power button wouldn't work either. I was stuck. I called Apple support and was directed to reinstall my OS and restore the iPod. That worked for the power button but not for the home button. I was then sent to my local Apple store, where the technician set up Accessibility for me. That works okay, better than spending $99 for a replacement. None of the suggestions on this page are working for me - the home button remains unresponsive.

    • Rosalie
      December 9, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Hey! I slapped it against my thigh a few times and now it works. Go figure.

  46. MJ
    December 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    THANK YOU FOR THIS!! It worked and I didn't have to resort to a tantrum at work. You've saved my job and my sanity.

  47. Alison
    December 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The workaround is working for me. I'll take it to the Apple store to see if they have any ideas, but if not, you've saved my iPad from becoming a pricey cutting board.

  48. Asaf Ali Ahammad
    December 2, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Thank you very much. I was in tension that to give my iphone for repair. I tried these steps and the result was excellant for me. Thanks again...

  49. nomi
    November 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve been looking for an alternativeSurf Movies to the physical home button for a college who is a quadriplegic

  50. nicole
    November 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The assistive touch worked great!!! You just saved me hundreds of dollars

  51. Renee
    November 28, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I have been so frustrated because my home button was hardly working. I was ready to get a new phone! I did the recalibration trick, and now my phone is as good as new. Thank you so much for this!!!!

  52. Meesh
    November 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Re-calibrating worked, my home key on my iphone is now working much better. I did it 3 times, in notes, calendar, clock and then turned the phone off and back on. Now it is working great. Thanks

  53. emily
    November 24, 2012 at 2:10 am

    This for some reason also worked on my husbands sound. His iphone sound would work with the ringtones but in Apps it wouldnt. We tried everything.. then my home button stopped working and tried this. SInce his had problems with the home button for awhile now I tried it on his too.. His sound and home button both work!!

    • Yaara Lancet
      November 25, 2012 at 7:06 am

      That's interesting! The ways of the iPhone are truly mysterious. :)

  54. Jessie
    November 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The recalibration method works for me, but only for a short amount of time. Once my iPod touch (4th gen) goes back to sleep and I wake it back up, my home button is back to being unresponsive. Anyone else have this same problem?

  55. heather
    November 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    “Recalibrating” The Home Button instructions worked...thanks so much!

  56. Andrew Williams
    November 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Re-calibration worked! I was suffering from the sometimes responsive, sometimes not responsive home button (which convinced me it was faulty).

    The question is, why hadn't i heard of this before. But a big thank you for posting this - really has made my day.

  57. Mauritz
    November 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

    OMW! It worked. Such a strange "trick" could fix this problem. Why can't they just fix it in an iOS update?

  58. karen
    November 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Thankyou your info helped me fix the annoying problem of my home button sticking, had to do it several times but now it works like a dream and is much faster.

    thankyou once again

  59. Ramesh
    October 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks So Much It Worked !!

  60. Percival Mchunu
    October 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Magic, absolute magic. Thanx :-)

  61. wesly
    October 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

    it is my first time to search for the solutions for my home button problem.
    your advise really works. thank you for sharing this.

  62. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I tried your first solution for my iPad2 (non upgraded iOS due to concerns about WIFI drops) and it solved my HOME button issue. The Home button for some reason had lost it sensitivity and I had to keep pressing it several times to make it work. The solution you provided seemed to have resolved it. I am VERY Grateful for the solution you published. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!


  63. Bob
    October 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Wish I had looked for this sooner. I was looking on Amazon for a new home button and tools to fix. Thanks, Bob

  64. Carter LeCraw
    October 20, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Wow, that fix seems to do the trick. Thanks SO much. My last Iphone I finally just exchanged with apple at an apple store. I don't know why they just did not suggest this trick. Great fix!!

  65. ella
    October 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    thank you for the help i really do hope it works cause im very worried some thing happened that can never be fixed

  66. john
    October 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks!! The calibration way is very helpful and i finally got my home button working :)

  67. Jarrod
    October 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    My button was only working about 50% of the time. I put several drops of isopropyl alcohol on the button which formed a little pool that spilled ~1/2 inch over onto the adjacent glass. Then I held the button down with my fingernail a couple dozen times, working the alcohol toward the edges of the button with my fingertip while it was depressed. After the alcohol was mostly gone, I made another pool and repeated the process. Then I dried it off with tissue and blew a bit of air around the button. When I turned the phone back on my home button worked like new.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for describing your process Jarrod, I'm sure it will come in handy for people who are still stuck with their home buttons.

    • Bruce
      October 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      I think people have to realize that Yaara's method works on home buttons that freely click and are NOT mechanically sticky. In other words you easily feel the click occur everytime you press the button. My iPods button always clicked and never was physically sticky. In this case all the alcohol in the world isn't going to change things.

      I'm thinking her method is more of a software fix issue and was the only method that worked for me. My iPod was to the point of not responding nine out of ten tries.

      By the way, it's still working perfectly with every click of the button! Not one single click has been missed since recalibrating the iPod!

      Thanks again Yaara for such a simple and effective fix!

      • Jarrod
        October 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        Yes there appear to be many causes for an unresponsive home button. For the record, my button didn't feel sticky. It was very tactile on every press, but about half the time it didn't register. I tried every method mentioned here. Yaara's recalibration method wouldn't even register on my phone because the phone could never understand that I was holding the button down. There was probably just some dust on my contacts that needed to be cleared away. There are a lot of great ideas here. This is turning out to be a great resource for people who have all the different permutations of this problem!

  68. Adam
    October 14, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Another work around the malfunctioning HOME button on iPad: using Multitasking Gestures. Go to Settings>General and turn on Multitasking Gestures.
    Pinching with four or five fingers will bring up the HOME screen.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      That's true, thanks! Usually, though, I find that these multitouch gestures always work when I don't need them, so they're usually disabled for me.

  69. Bruce
    October 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Just wanted to let you know the recalibration method has worked out great for me. I was about to give up on a solution and have been having intermittent problems for the last year.

    It didn't work until I used your method for appoximately 4 or more times. The display would go to the home page but not force close. I almost was getting ready to give up and just kept trying and low and behold... bam!! As soon as it force closed my iPod (4 gen) now works like new!!

    Thanks again for sharing this quick fix :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Bruce, I'm glad it worked so well for you. Thank you for the email as well!

  70. STEVE B
    October 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Hi, many thanks for the tips. 1st did not work. 2nd did the trick and works, thus saving my sanity and the phone from bouncing off the wall ....(had enough!!)

  71. Emma
    October 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for this! The recalibration worked straight away on my iPad! Brilliant!!

  72. Jap
    October 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Thanks much, it worked for me :))

  73. Deborah Black
    October 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I have been more and more frustrated by my unresponsive home button over the past few months. This worked! Thank you thank you thank you!

  74. Chrismor
    September 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Worked on my iPad (3) like a charm. Thanks so much!

  75. tammy
    September 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    it did not work for me and I don't want to upgrade to 5 because then the gevey might not work. I'm at a loss. It started acting up yesterday and now I can't get it to work at all. Any more suggestions?

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 22, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Well, some people suggested you can clean around the button with a little bit of alcohol, maybe on a Q-tip. Sometimes dirt makes the button stop working. If that doesn't work either, you might have to ask for help at the Apple store.

      • Rodd
        September 23, 2012 at 4:58 am

        Dear Yaara Lancet, a big thanks to you for this post. I have read all the replies an suggestions but regardless of why the original idea works or not (it has for me so far) you have opened up a discussion on the subject. I thought my phone was on the way out and was dreading the cost of replacement. Now I know what the problem probably is I have a couple of strategies to try.
        A big thanks for your first post. Obviously some people are a bit hung up on semantics.

        • Yaara Lancet
          September 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

          You're welcome, Rodd, glad you found it useful!

  76. Sara
    September 18, 2012 at 5:11 am

    That is very helpful, thank you!! I didn't know about the assistive touch and was about to have a phone panic attack. I enabled it just in case, but the reset seems to have made my home button work better, at least for the time being.

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      That's great, glad it helped you with your phone!

  77. sesef
    September 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    or u can just do it with activator
    now i just shake the phone and it's on the home screen !! :)

  78. garrett shows
    September 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    um my i pod touch is not working well i tried holding the home butten and the power off butten at the same time. that did not work what should i do?

    • jorwen
      January 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      You can just clean your phone with some alcohol so dip it on a tissue en then press the home butten with your tissue and circle like a clock on the edges when it is dry press the home butten en blow it then it shall work or just go in calculater hold the power butten until the slid to off button coms then use your assive touch or your home butten and press it in till the slide to off sliders goes away en the app closes itself

  79. Michele Price
    September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks!! It worked great after the 4th try :)

  80. zachiko
    September 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    it doesn't work :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 11, 2012 at 1:58 am

      Sorry! As I said, these tricks can't fix everything. Maybe a thorough cleaning will help.

  81. Nabil A Swileh
    September 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks a lot.

  82. Vanessa Johnson
    September 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    -YES. I DO HAVE A PROBLEM!,.. df' !<............

  83. Zoe
    August 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

    If everything else fails, you can take it to the apple store, and they should replace it for free if it was the fault of the device or the software. If you dropped your device or something and the home button broke at your fault, there is still a chance they might replace it. Just talk to the people at the genius bar and tell them your problem. It worked for me when I dropped my phone. :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 7, 2012 at 5:19 am

      Great tip, thanks!

  84. Alex Livingstone
    August 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Very useful, thanks for the tip.

  85. Karl Joseph Ku
    August 3, 2012 at 6:09 am

    My mom and my friends use the assistive touch to preserve their home button.

  86. K
    August 3, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Only problem with assistive touch is you can't take screenshots. well you can but the menu is in the way really a disappointment for me as my home button is completely jammed :(

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 4, 2012 at 3:28 am

      Hmmm. You could try cleaning it out with some rubbing alcohol and something small that would go in the crack. That might help things.

  87. natalie blundell
    August 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    omg that was amazing it worked like straight away ive only had my iphone a couple of weeks and it allready has pms with the home button :L

  88. Jon Smith
    August 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    cool fixed mine!

  89. Evan Spangler
    August 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    This is perfect, thanks!

  90. Steven Kim
    August 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Dont have an iphone yet,but its good to learn new stuff :)

  91. echantrea
    August 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    nice ideas for a broken home button idevices.

  92. Verylatenight
    August 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    $15 and a good jewelers screwdriver kit, Internet search and replaced the button in under an hour. No more frustrating "fixes" or voodoo. Take your time with a clean and organized space and it is rather fun.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 4, 2012 at 3:27 am

      Thanks, sounds exciting!

  93. A.
    August 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I've been using a trick that works for me: Using your fingers, click on any side of the home button, and circle around it like how a clock's hand circles around the face. It should work.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 4, 2012 at 3:26 am

      Sounds like it would clean it out a little bit. Cool!

  94. John B Lontz
    August 2, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Thank you, it worked for me!

  95. Stephanie Woods
    August 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Awesome to know! Thanks for educating me!

  96. Jeff Branning
    August 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I didn't know about the "recalibration" technique or the option to turn on the assist. I probably saw it in one of the settings but since I didn't need it didn't try it to see what it would do for me. Thanks again!

  97. Vitaly
    August 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Just went with this problem to apple store last weekend. They did simple external clean with isopropyl alcohol. All problems disappear.
    Take plastic stick like a pen, put paper napkin with alcohol on the top of the button and do round movements with stick on the border of button. It magically fixed problem.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 2, 2012 at 2:32 am

      Yes, cleaning is known to solve many problems. :)

      • Jim
        September 22, 2012 at 5:37 am

        Yep. nail polish remover and a Q-tip. Fixed.... Thats it folks. yer done. Badda boom-badda bing!! :)

        • Yaara Lancet
          September 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

          Awesome, thanks for sharing that Jim!

  98. pnginbb
    August 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Wow! That was quick and painless.
    Worked great!

  99. Kyle Zhou
    August 1, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Just to let you guys know, the "calibration" trick doesn't actually do anything other than free up memory. Chpwn reverse-engineered this trick a while ago and it does nothing other than force quit the current application. It will temporarily help with responsiveness in general, but it's not a permanent solution.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 1, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Yes, I know it force-quits the app. And I don't believe it really re-calibrates anything either, but it does seem to help, sometimes for quite a long time.

      • Anil S
        August 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        Actually if none of the above tricks don't work (It didn't for me) One fix you can try is connect your charger, push the charger upwards into the iphone and then press the home button. This will align the home button back with the sensor.

        Here is the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXlY-VcxbCU

        • Yaara Lancet
          August 2, 2012 at 2:32 am

          Interesting, thanks!

  100. Drew B
    July 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    great tip!

  101. Scott Fisher
    July 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you! It worked the first time. I was about to throw my iphone out the window on the freeway!

  102. Rob Rand
    July 31, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    This worked the first time- thanks!!

  103. parvin Akter
    July 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    The trick is so good. I will try it.Thank you for the information

  104. jiggy
    July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Hey Thanks, works fine!

  105. Kelly Buchanan
    July 31, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I thought iDevices always just worked? ;) Seriously though, I have used an onscreen button alternative to the physical "screen off/power" button on my Galaxy Nexus....any physical button will eventually wear out under heavy use.

  106. Christine Satchell
    July 31, 2012 at 3:36 am

    After years of frustration with my iPhone home button getting stuck on every one of my iphones i installed the virtual home button and created a 'how to guide' for other similarly afflicted users: http://youtu.be/VNwuKn3MrPs

    Then, recently I brought a can of high pressurised air and blasted the home button and dock with it. Works perfectly now. Sweet!

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 1, 2012 at 5:40 am

      Cleaning it out is always a great option. Thanks!

      • Darcy
        November 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

        whats the best 'at home' solution for cleaning it??

        • Yaara Lancet
          November 4, 2012 at 7:11 am

          You can read around in the comments to this post, there are many suggestions. Seems that alcohol works well.

  107. Mike
    July 31, 2012 at 3:26 am

    This has nothing to do with some secret calibration code (which isn't there).

    There are two problems that cause an unresponsive home button:
    1. dust and dirt
    2. small miss-alignment with the contact

    Both are temporarily improved (decreased) by keeping the button pressed for a few seconds. It doesn't matter whether you hit the power button before, you do it within a default App or on the lock screen.

    Usually it's a matter of ours, maybe a day before you are back to old.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 1, 2012 at 5:41 am

      Of course it doesn't, that's why I called it "calibration". :)

      Anyway, it still has good effect on my iPad after several weeks, so I'm happy with it. As long as it works!

      Of course, cleaning is always the best option, if you feel like doing it.

  108. Bill McGovern
    July 31, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I've been using Assistive Touch for a while just to minimize home button use. It does slow one down a bit, but using it becomes second nature quickly. It's a useful option.

  109. Emmanuel Asuncion
    July 31, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Didn't work on my iTouch, most probably my unit's home button is faulty. Well I think, I might going to do it the hard way and try fixing the home button. Anyway, thanks for the info.

  110. sonnylim
    July 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I've been having similar problems with my iPad1 home button as well. Just tried "recalibrating" it. It seems more responsive...hope it lasts! Thanks for the great tip.

  111. Sheri
    July 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    the first trick worked!!! I might look into using the other as there are times I can't push the home button to hard due to some issues with my hand.... THANKS!!!!!!!!

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Awesome, glad to hear it helped!

      • Agent Smith
        October 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        dude, it just worked for me. I was dreading to go to an apple store. It's a store, Apple! No geniuses at all appear to work there.

  112. Martin Etcheverri
    July 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hi i have problems with my home button (is simply dead)
    i use activator in my jailbroken iphone with ios 3.1.3 (whited00r) and replace the function of the home button with the presure of volume up...pretty handy.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 1, 2012 at 5:39 am

      Thanks, jailbroken devices do have more options. :)

      • AMAN
        December 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm


        • Yaara Lancet
          December 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

          I don't own a jailbroken device, so I can't help you there.

          You can try asking on MakeUseOf Answers: [No Longer Available]

  113. Graeme
    July 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    This recalibration tip just did the trick, I was convinced my home button was faulty. Great tip, how did I not know about it!? Thank you so much!

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Glad it worked!

  114. LizzieCougz
    July 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Just tried this and it worked :D Thanks so much!!

  115. Tim
    July 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I've been looking for an alternative to the physical home button for a college who is a quadriplegic. She can move her fingers somewhat but doesn't have the strength to push the home button. Does anyone know of a way where she can double tap or do a gesture or something to bring the phone out of sleep mode? AssistiveTouch does not work after the phone goes to sleep.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      I'm not familiar with a way to do this... except maybe somehow automate an incoming call or text message, or alternatively, preventing the phone from sleeping. The latter would be pretty bad for battery life, though.

      • luke
        September 25, 2012 at 3:55 am

        Thanks for your tip with accessability. Got my phone working again.
        Luke , Sydney

    • Quinton Reeves
      July 31, 2012 at 1:02 am

      Could always use the power button, it is easier to press. There are other options too if the phone is jailbroken.