It’s a sad thing when an iPhone starts to break down. Alas, an iPhone isn’t invincible; it’s just a phone. One of the first things to go on any given iPhone is the Home button.
Pushing this button thousands of times tends to wear it down. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to toss your phone. There are some ways to repair a broken iPhone Home button. Rest assured, help is on the way!
Try the Default Apps First
Your iPhone probably came pre-loaded with a bunch of apps (like Notes). Tap on one of these apps to open it up. Then, hold down the Power button until you see the “Slide to Power Off” option. Then, press and hold down your Home button. Now, test the home button to see if it works. If it’s working, you can stop reading this article now. If it’s not working, I have a few more tricks for you to try out.
Your iPhone comes with something called AssistiveTouch that basically allows you to use your iPhone without actually touching it. To access AssistiveTouch, head to your Settings app, click on Accessibility, and slide the AssistiveTouch app to “On.”
Once AssistiveTouch has been activated, you can create custom gestures that will let you access nearly everything on your iPhone without using the Home button. AssistiveTouch isn’t an optimal choice, but it will definitely work in a pinch. Not ready to give up on your phone yet? Well, you might not have to resort to AssistiveTouch. There is one last option.
Replacing the Home Button
The Apple Store with its white glow and expensive prices can be intimidating. But, don’t let the dГ©cor scare you. Replacing a Home button is actually one of the least expensive things to replace on the iPhone device. So, if your button is really busted and you just don’t want to give up your phone (or fork over lots of cash for a new one), you can simply have your Home button repaired.
The repairs don’t take very long to complete, and your phone will be as good as new. Of course, it pays to try the first solution to the broken Home button before you repair your phone, but a quick and inexpensive repair is the next best thing.
Buying a Used iPhone
Now that you know the iPhone Home button tends to break first, keep this in mind when buying a used iPhone. There’s no real way to tell if a Home button will break shortly after buying a used iPhone, but chances are that the phone you are about to purchase has gone through a fair amount of Home button use and abuse.
So, factor in the cost of repairing a Home button into the price of that used iPhone (approximately $20-$30 depending on where you live and what kind of deal you get). You can also use the “the Home button will break soon!” argument to haggle on the price of that used iPhone.