Things don't always work as they should. This can be especially frustrating when it happens to an iPhone. Screens crack, speakers short out and sometimes – perhaps worst of all – the Home button can stop working. The Home button is one of the most essential aspects of iPhone functionality, and if it suddenly stalls out then the user is generally in a tight spot.
While the first thought might be to get a new phone or invest in a repair, there are other issues common to the iPhone that could be to blame. Even more, there are ways to work around a broken Home button for the time being.
First things first
If your Home button is broken or not working correctly, chances are you're still going to need your phone before you can give it some attention or take it into a repair shop. According to Gigaom contributor Alex Colon, iPhones with busted buttons can still be used thanks to AssistiveTouch.
The AssistiveTouch feature was built into the iPhone for users who are unable to physically press down on the Home button. Turning on AT will place an icon on the screen at all times that calls up a menu for things like Voice Control. Home button functionality can be obtained in this way until the phone can be repaired.
Just short of replacement
Seeking out a repair should be the last thing someone tries. Home button issues can be the result of a number of different factors not related to faulty or broken hardware. According to WonderHowTo contributor Osas Obaiza, this could start with simply cleaning the Home button off.
“Like anything, after a ton of use, the iPhone's Home button can get dirty, causing it to lose it (sic) functionality,” Obaiza wrote. “Lint from your pocket or old Cheetos dust can find its way into the small crevice encircling the home button. In order to clean this out properly you want to use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and a cotton swab. Put a few droplets of alcohol directly on the Home button and push down on it using the cotton swab. Wait a few minutes and then check to see if that fixed the problem.”
Beyond this measure, there are still some other solutions that can be pursued. Calibrating the phone is one such way to go about things. Hold the power button until the “slide power off” bar appears, then hold the Home button down. If it worked, then the home screen will appear. Another way to handle the problem is to restore the phone outright. Backing the device up and restoring it through iTunes has also been known to take care of things.
If none of these things work, then chances are the button is going to need replacement. Is your iPhone 5c Home button not working? Contact iResQ today for all of your iPhone repair needs. From a cracked screen to a busted Home button, iResQ has you covered.