iPhone Home Button Not Working [iOS 17.0.2]: Here’s Fix

Last Updated on Dec 22, 2022

Most iPhone users are worried about the physical home button not working on iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6S (Plus), iPhone 5S/SE.  An iPhone home button problems cause the sensor does not to work after long enough heavy usage and time. So apple suggests an official way move the home screen means without press the home button without any third-party apps and the external device, hardware repair/ replacement.

Let’s see how to resolve the problem. The home button is not working on iPhone, iPhone, iPad models free of cost after the expired hardware warranty. If you know about Assistive touch under the accessibility, that must resolve your problem on the home button broken, not pressing, or not working after the latest iOS updating.

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Step to Fix Home Button Not Working on iPhone

Determine the Home Button

At first, analyze the home button by yourself; try to press gently from all the sides. Any loose connection between the home button and internal parts can be fixed by pressing the home button from all sides.

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If the home button works on pressing it from the far left side or right side or top or bottom, it might be a hardware problem.

Look for the Water Damage

Closely look for the water damage near the Home button, charging port, and headphone jack (if it has). Liquid damage can stop the home button functionality. Use the torchlight to see clearly.

Start Troubleshooting for Software Issues

If the Home button is not working, try the below troubleshooting tricks to deal with the software issues. It’ll take a few minutes to try them.

Solution 1: Charge the iPhone

If you’ve used the iPhone for long, or until the battery drained to 0%, in that case, but the iPhone to charge for at least 1hour and give some time to charge. Later, press the Home button and see if the iPhone responds upon interaction with the home button.

Solution 2: Check for iPhone Software Update

It’s a matter of fact that, certain functions including hardware, stops working, like the iPhone home button not working on iPhone 8 or iPhone 7. This can happen due to outdated software or glitch; a simple solution to address such problems is to keep the iPhone up to date.

  • Open the Settings App
  • Tap on General
  • Click on Software Update [Make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi network.]

Solution 3: For Restart or Reboot the Device

Try refreshing the device by restarting it, if you can.

For iPhone 6S Plus/6S or Earlier:

  • Press and hold the Home Button and Sleep/Wake Button until the Apple logo appears.
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For iPhone 7/7Plus:

  • Press and hold the Volume Down button and Power button until you see the Apple logo.

For iPhone 8/8Plus:

  • Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.
  • Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.
  • Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

Solution 4: Change Home Button Intensity

You can change the intensity of the Home Button; how quickly do you want to operate the home button. There are three options available to choose from, 1, 2, and 3.

  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap General.
  3. Go to the Home Button.
  4. Change Click settings to 1 or 2 or 3 or try all of them, see if it works.

Solution 5: Reset All Settings

Undoubtedly, sometimes clearing all the settings to default positively resolves the random errors. You might want to try this out. Don’t worry, and it will just reset the settings; all of your data, including photos, contacts, messages, are safe and secure.

Steps to Reset All Settings for iOS 15 and Later Version

  1. Go to the “Settings” app
  2. Tap “General
  3. Find and open tap “Transfer or Reset iPhone”
  4. Tap “Reset
  5. Lastly tap on “Reset All Settings”
  6. For security reasons, you will be asked to enter the iPhone Passcode.reset-all-settings-on-iphone-ios-15
  7. Tap Confirm Reset All Settings.
  8. After that iPhone will reboot.

Steps to Reset All Settings for iOS 14 and Earlier Version

  1. Navigate to the Settings App.
  2. Tap on the General.
  3. Scroll down to Reset.
  4. Select Reset All Settings.
  5. Type the iPhone’s passcode and confirm Reset.

Solution 6: Contact Apple Support

If you are tired of trying all the solutions and neither of them fixes the iPhone home button not working, then it’s time to schedule an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar and let them fix it for you.

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Trick: Turn On Assistive Touch/Virtual Home Button

Use the Virtual Home button from Assistive Touch on iPhone’s lock screen on the home screen.

in iOS 13 and Later –

  1. Open the Settings App
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Select Touch.
  4. Tap on AssistiveTouch.
  5. Turn toggle Assistivetouch on/Green. That’s it!

in iOS 12.4.2 and Earlier, all iPhone’s

  • Step 1: Go to the Settings app and launch it.
  • Step 2: Next, Tap on General > Accessibility > Scroll down and tap on Assistive touch and enable it. For disable, assistive touch (Dark icon on the home screen), move there, and disable it.Home button not working in iPhone 6 fixed with Assistive touch option
  • Step 3: On your Screen, you will see a white round button with the black area. Just tap on it, the Home option will appear in the square area. Just tap on it when you want to move the home screen from anywhere in the iPhone application or Game.Home button inside the Assistive touch options
Turn off iPhone using Assistive touch in iOS 5 or later iOS 8, iOS 9

Note: Home button is not working and wants turn off iPhone without the home button, tap on Assistive touch icon on-screen > Device and tap and hold, you will see “Slide to power off” slider option for turn off.

Before that, you had purchased an Apple care plan when you bought; you have a chance to replace the iPhone in case your device didn’t drop or Accidental Damage. For that, you can return the device with an express replacement service.

Otherwise, you can contact the regional apple support center and verify with the serial number (Settings > General > About > Serial Number). If the device in warranty, then you don’t have to pay for that.

Such big help by apple when the Home button is not working on iPhone running the latest iOS.

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  1. my home button is refusing to work when I click it, I just did a settings reset but it didn’t work, any suggestions?

    • Hey Shaun, you should force restart your Phone or alternative your can use Assistive touch home button that you can add on-screen without installing third-party App. To do that, follow my steps:
      Open Settings App > Navigate General > Tap accessibility > Tap on Assistive Touch> Turn Assistive Touch On/Green. That’s okay. Now you can use it as your phone physical home button. Thanks for your feed back. if need further assistance then contact us without worrying.

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