Is the home Button not working on your iPad or iPhone? 5 Fixes

What to do if the home button on your iPhone or iPad is not working? One of the solutions is replacing the button, in which case you would have to take your device apart. .

What to do if the home button on your iPhone or iPad is not working? One of the solutions is replacing the button, in which case you would have to take your device apart.

It is not an easy thing to do and certainly not a recommended DIY option, especially if you have never tried something like that before and if your device is still under warranty.

We have some other, more straightforward solutions to share, which are effective.

What to do if the home button is not working on your iPhone or iPad


  • Ensure to remove all cases or screen protectors
  • Ensure the button area is clean
  • Consider restoring your iPhone or iPad firmware via iTunes or Apple music.

Solution No.1: Recalibrate the home button

This is probably the simplest solution. Here is what you should do:

  • Press and hold the power button
  • When “slide to power off” appears on the screen of your iPad or iPhone, release the power button and hold down the home button
  • Keep holding the home button until the home screen appears.

Solution No.2: Clean the home button

One of the main reasons why the home button won’t work is because of debris, dirt, and dust, so what you should do here is clean the button.

Use rubbing alcohol (or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes) and a cotton swab to clean the button. Also, the other option is to pour a drop or two on your finger, rub the button and then push the button around its corners.

Solution No.3: Portrait view/landscape view

This solution helped many. Follow these steps:

  • Press and hold the home button while your iPad or iPhone is in portrait view
  • Keep holding the button to turn the device into landscape mode
  • Turn your device back to the portrait view
  • While doing this, make sure that your device’s screen rotates
  • Let go of the home button.

Solution No.4: 5-finger gesture

If the previous solutions didn’t fix the home button, you can try this:

iPads running iOS 12-iOS 10:

  • Go to Settings > General > Multitasking and Dock
  • Set Gestures to on
  • To return to the Home screen, place five fingers on the screen and pinch all the fingers in – grab them together.

In iPadOS: Navigate to Settings > Home Screen & Dock. Tap the Gestures toggle switch to turn gestures on or off.

Solution No.5: Assistive touch

If you don’t like the 5-finger gesture solution, you can create the Home button on the screen. Here is how you can do that:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Accessibility
  • Tap Touch
  • Tap on Assistive touch and turn it on

  • Click on the icon that shows up in the bottom right corner
  • Select Home
  • If you want to move it to another position, tap and hold, and drag the icon where you want.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORSElizabethElizabeth is your trusted Apple product expert with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from her tenure as an Apple authorized personnel. She's also a seasoned mobile phone, Samsung, and Android expert. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for all things Apple, Samsung, and Android, she is dedicated to providing you with accurate, reliable, and up-to-date insights. Count on Elizabeth to be your go-to source for expert advice on navigating the world of Apple technology, Samsung devices, and the Android ecosystem.
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