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Common solutions to failures of the iPhone and iPad Home button

Common solutions to failures of the iPhone and iPad Home button
Common solutions to failures of the iPhone and iPad Home button

The iPhone and iPad Home button are one of the most important elements to interact with devices. Unfortunately, it is a mechanical element, so it is likely that after some time of use begins to give problems and fail. This is normal, as a mechanical component becomes loose and the mechanism deteriorates little by little.

The Home button is, perhaps, the most important of the device. Thanks to him we left the apps, access to multitasking, activate Siri and, generally, we also use it to wake the screen when it is off. That is why a breakdown in it is a major drawback, although luckily there are some things we can try to solve the problems of the Home button.

In case our iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch is under warranty, it is best to go to an Apple Store or an authorized Apple technical service. These breakdowns are usually covered by the warranty so the company would take care of everything. In case our warranty is already exhausted, we can also use Apple, but before we can try these possible solutions to the failures of the Home button, many times we can solve it ourselves without having to pay for it.

Calibrate the Home button:

This is the first procedure that we should use and it is advisable to do it from time to time, not only when we notice that the button starts to fail. To calibrate the Home button of an iPhone or iPad simply we must follow the following steps:

  • We open the Bolsa app (or another iOS native app like: Clock, Contacts, etc, etc …).
  • Keep pressing the on / off button until the option to turn off the device appears and then release the button.
  • Press the Home button between 5 and 10 seconds.

After performing this simple procedure we will see how the Clock app closes. This indicates that the procedure for calibrating the Home button has been completed and we should check if it responds as it should have always done now. In case you do, we will know that the problem was only a software issue and we can solve the problem; otherwise we can try the next point.

Clean the Home button on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

Another reason that may cause the Home button of our iDevices not to respond as it should is dirt. Being a mechanical component that we press continuously, the dirt can be filtered inside and cause failures in the button.

To clean the central button of our device we are going to need 95% isopropyl alcohol. It is important that we use this type of alcohol because if we use a different one, we could damage the device irreparably. The peculiarity of 95% isopropyl alcohol is that it does not contain water and that it evaporates very quickly, making it perfect for this type of operation.

Once we have the alcohol, we completely turn off the device and we just have to drop a few drops on a cotton ball and go over the Home button on the iPhone and iPad while pressing it repeatedly. This will cause the alcohol to seep inside the button and remove all traces of dirt. It is extremely important that alcohol does not touch the screen during the process, as it could damage it.

Once we finish cleaning the button, we must remove any alcohol residue from the surface of the terminal with a dry paper and wait about 15 minutes for the one that leaked inside to make its effect. After this time we can turn on the device again and check if it works correctly.

Use the AssistiveTouch as a substitute for the Home button:

If we have an iPhone or iPad with Lightning connector it could be said that this is the last possible solution option before going through a technical service. The AssistiveTouch allows us to have a sort of virtual Home button on the device’s screen. Thus, in case the physical button is disabled, we can use this virtual button.

To activate this option we simply must follow the following steps:

  • Access the Settings app.
  • Using the menu, we access General – Accessibility.
  • Activate the AssistiveTouch option.

Once activated we will have a small circle on the screen that will give us access to this “virtual Home button”. Touching on it we can replicate the same functions of the physical button, simply that we will have to do it on the screen instead of using the physical one.

Realign the Home button with the 30-pin connector

In the previous point, we said that it was the last solution in the case of having a device with Lightning connector, but if we have one with a 30-pin connector we still have one more possible solution: realign the Home button.

To do this, all we have to do is insert the 30-pin connector into the slot and push the connector a bit towards the Home button. By doing this we can return the home button to its place through the pressure in case it has been misplaced.

It is important not to exert too much force, as we could break the connector and make the breakdown even bigger. In the case of devices with Lightning connector, it is not advisable to follow this procedure, since the connector is much smaller and weaker, which could cause it to break much earlier.

Change the Home button

If after trying all the previous options we have not gotten the Home button to work again, we have no more options: we should think about replacing the Home button completely .

For this, we have different options. The one we recommend is to use a technical service authorized by Apple. This guarantees a good result, although as a counterpart the repair can be elevated lake.

The second option is to go to a repair company for mobile devices. Not all are authorized by Apple, but there are many that are reliable and have plenty of experience to perform the repair with good results. This will be, generally, cheaper than an authorized technical service, although before going to one you must inform yourself about the results of their services to avoid unpleasant scares.

The last option is to make the change ourselves. This is perhaps the riskiest option, although it will also be the most economical option. To carry it out we can buy the replacement home button and the necessary tools and perform the process at home. We do not recommend this option unless we know well what we are doing since we could damage the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch completely and leave it unusable forever.

Other options to fix the Home button?

Do you know any other way to solve the problems of the Home button? If so, we would like to know them and also know the results you have obtained by following this small guide. Have you managed to “bring back to life” the Home button on your iPhone or iPad? If you have any idea of the fixed iPhone and iPad Home button, then tell us in the comment section below.


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