What If The Home Button Is Not Working On Your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch?

My home button stopped working. Before I used to have to just press it repeatedly to have it working again, but now it never works. I pretty much just use it for screenshots though. Please help? Thanks in advance!

If you can’t unlock your iOS device using Touch ID, can’t enroll a fingerprint, or you’re asked to enter your passcode, learn what to do.

home button issues with your iphone/ipad/ipod touch

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  • Make sure that your fingers and the Home button are clean and dry. For the Home button, use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe off any dirt or debris.
  • Your finger should cover the Home button completely, touching the surrounding metal ring. While Touch ID is scanning, you shouldn’t tap too quickly or move your finger around.
  • Restart your device. If you can’t restart your device, try to force restart it.
  • If you’re using a case or screen protector, make sure it doesn’t cover the Home button or the surrounding ring.
  • Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and make sure that iPhone Unlock or iTunes & App Store is on, and that you’ve enrolled one or more fingerprints.
  • Try enrolling a different finger.
  • If the previous steps didn’t help, you see “Failed—unable to complete Touch ID setup”, or either of the following happen when you go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, take your device to an Apple Retail Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider, or contact Apple Support:
  1. You can’t turn on Touch ID
  2. Touch ID is dimmed or grayed out
  • If the button or switch still isn’t working, is damaged, or works intermittently, you might need to set up service for your device. Contact Apple Support, then follow the steps to complete your service request.

When should you need to enter your passcode?

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  • You just restarted your device
  • Your fingerprint isn’t recognized five times in a row
  • You haven’t unlocked your device in more than 48 hours
  • You just enrolled or deleted fingerprints
  • You’re trying to open Touch ID & Passcode in the Settings menu
  • You used Emergency SOS.

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