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iPhone 5 Broken Home Button Fix

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If your iPhone 5 Home button is broken or not very responsive it can be a bit of a pain. If your button has stopped working it could be either a software or hardware issue and it can also happen after a jailbreak.  You could try restoring or updating your device, although if you are currently using a jailbroken iPhone 5 you won’t want to be updating to iOS 6.1.3 if you can help it. Have a look at these 2 methods to try to improve the responsiveness or make your home button work again:

Method 1 : Recalibrate

  1. Open up a native app from your iPhone 5
  2. Hold down the power button until the turn off slider appears slide to power off
  3. Let go of the power button and hold down the home button until the slider disappears and your home screen reappears.

This will recalibrate your home button and increase its responsiveness. You might be interested to know that this is all Apple employees do if you take your iPhone 5 to them with a home button issue.

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Method 2 : Assistive Touch – this is available on iOS 5 or later and is an alternative to paying a bill to have a broken home button repaired.

  1. From your Home screen, launch the Settings app
  2. Tap on General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch,  and tap to enable it iphone 5 accessibility iphone 5 assitive touch
  3. You should now see a Home button at the top of your screen. Tap on it and choose what you want to do with your iPhone 5 assitive touch iphone 5

Method 3 :

If you have a jailbroken device you could try Activator, a tweak that lets you customize gestures to use in place of the home button:

  1. Launch Cydia and search for Activator
  2. Tap to install it and then respring your iPhone
  3. Go into your Settings, scroll down until you find Activator and tap on it
  4. Configure your gestures and you are ready to use your device without a Home button.

You can also use an alternative tweak called Zephyr although that one will cost you $4.99. You can download it via Cydia as normal .

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  1. jimmyjobob says:

    I have an iPhone 4, and when my home button stops working I take an alcohol prep pad, the kind used to sterilize the skin before using a needle, and I rub it all around the button. The alcohol seeps in and cleans the contacts.

    This tip has saved me from having to take the phone apart and replacing the home button.

    I don’t know it this will apply to the iPhone 5 as well.

  2. Tofi says:

    There’s 1 more way which still helps me solving the home button issue on my iphone4
    1. Plug in the charging cable to ur iPhone
    2. Pull up the charging male unit which goes in the phone towards the face of the phone

    And u r good to go

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