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How to Fix an iPhone’s Unresponsive Home Button? Four Solutions You Can Try

There is nothing more upsetting than having an iPhone or any other iOS device that has an unresponsive Home button. Regardless of how much you keep your iPhone safe and intact, it is still not immune when it comes to its inevitable wear and tear. And one of the most annoying consequences of wear and tear is the dreaded unresponsive Home button. If you are a longtime iOS device user, you can definitely appreciate the problems that this particular defect can present. Of course, if you are still under warranty, this problem can be easily solved by taking your device straight to Apple. However, what if your device is not under warranty anymore? Well, here are some solutions on How to Fix an iPhone's Unresponsive Home Button.

Fix iPhone Unresponsive Home Button

How to Fix an iPhone's Unresponsive Home Button?

CNET has just recently shared four methods that could possibly solve an unresponsive Home button on your iPhone. You can try them and see if it solves your problem before you decide to take it for repairs or replace it altogether. Who knows, maybe it can save you a good deal of money if you try out these solutions.


Jaxov will not be held responsible if you damage your iOS device while performing one of these steps improperly. So proceed with absolute caution and understand the risks involved.

Solution #1: Recablibrate Your iPhone's Home Button

Fix iPhone Unresponsive Home Button Recalibrate
Despite the iPhone's great build and quality, sometimes the problem lies with the software itself. In this case, you will simply need to re-calibrate your home button. To perform this, simply perform the steps below:

  1. Launch any of the iOS's stock applications like Weather, Stocks, Settings etc.
  2. Once the app has been launched, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds and the "Slide to Power Off" screen should appear.
  3. Now press and hold your iDevice's Home button until the "Slide to Power Off" screen disappears followed by the stock app force quit. After that the screen will return to the Springboard.

If this solved your problem, then consider yourself very lucky. If you are jailbroken, just make sure that none of your Activator gestures conflict with the steps above.

Solution #2: Realigning the Docking Port

Fix iPhone Unresponsive Home Button Realign
If the software fix above did not solve your problem, then it is likely that there is something wrong with the hardware itself. Through wear and tear, it is quite possible that the iPhone's docking port got misaligned. In that case, you can try to realign the docking port by yourself as suggested by this YouTube user.

Plug a USB cable into the iPhone. Next, gently push down (with minimal pressure) on the 30-pin connector in a way that it pushes up behind the home button. While the pressure is being applied, click the Home button a few times. Promptly remove the cable and see if your Home button works properly.

Solution #3: Cleaning the Home Button

Fix iPhone Unresponsive Home Button Cleaning
Anything from your sticky hands to the dirt inside your pocket can damage your iPhone and cause an unresponsive Home button problem. In this case, you might need to clean your Home button now.

You can clean your Home Button using a 98-99 percent isopropyl alcohol which can be bought easily in stores. Get an eye-dropper, cotton swab, or tissue and use it to apply 2-3 drops of isopropyl alcohol straight into the Home button while avoiding the screen. Next, take a dull object such as the eraser at the back of a pencil and use it to repeatedly tap the Home button. This will allow the alcohol to seep right into the frame. Wipe it off completely and wait for it to dry for about 10-15 minutes and see if it fixes your Home button.

Solution #4: Enable On-Screen Home Button With Assistive Touch

Fix iPhone Unresponsive Home Button Assistive Touch
If the above solutions don't work for you, then it looks like you got yourself a completely busted Home button. It will most likely need to undergo professional repairs. And if that is not an option at the moment, here is a solution that will let you use your iPhone even without a functional Home button. This can be a temporary solution until you can get yourself a new unit or have your current one repaired. Fortunately, you can still use your device by enabling the on-screen Home button via Assistive Touch. This is generally used as an accessibility option, but it also be used for those who have busted Home buttons.

Assistive Touch will create an on-screen button that will allow you to access several options: Home, Siri, More, and Favorites. To enable the said on-screen home button, navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch. Enable Assistive Touch, and you should see a small circle appear on screen.

In your case, you can simply ignore the Favorites selection. Whenever you need to use your Home button, just tap the on-screen Home button. This is also applicable if you wish to access Siri and other options. If you find the onscreen button intrusive, just tap it and drag it anywhere else along the edge of the screen. This isn't the most convenient solution, but it should help you use your device for the meantime.

So did any of the solutions above fix your problem? If it did, then kindly share your experiences in the comment section or you can leave a comment if you wish to share other tips on how to fix an iPhone's unresponsive Home button.

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