If you are having problems with your iPad, the first thing you will try is to find some “do it yourself” solutions, and that includes the situation when the iPad home button does not work. One of the solutions is to replace the button, in which case you would have to take your device apart. It’s complicated and certainly not a recommended DIY option, especially if you’ve never tried anything like this and your device is still under warranty. We have some other, simpler solutions to share that are pretty effective. Here are 5 ways to fix iPad home button not working.
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5 Ways to Fix iPad Home Button Not Working
Solution # 1: recalibrate the home button
This is probably the easiest solution of all 5 ways to fix iPad home button not working, and it works for many. This is how you should proceed:
- Press and hold the power button
- When “slide to power off” appears on your iPad screen, release the power button and keep the home button pressed
- Press and hold the Home button until the home screen appears.
Solution No.2: clean the home button
One of the main reasons the iPad’s home button won’t work is because of debris, dirt, and dust, so just clean the button. To do that, you should use rubbing alcohol, and you can pour a few drops on the cotton swab and clean the button. The other option is to put a drop or two on your finger, rub the button, and then press the button around the corners.
Solution # 3: portrait view / landscape view
This problem has plagued many iPad users and this solution has helped many. Proceed as follows:
- Press and hold the home button while your iPad is in portrait view.
- Hold down the button and rotate the device to landscape mode
- Rotate your device back to portrait view
- Make sure that the screen of your device rotates
- Release the home button.
Solution number 4: 5-finger gesture
If the previous solutions didn’t fix the iPad’s home button, here’s a try:
- Go to Settings
- Put multitasking gestures on
- To get back to the home screen, spread your hand apart and place five fingers on the screen, then pinch all of your fingers together – grasp them together.
Solution # 5: assistive touch
If you don’t like the 5-finger gesture solution, you can create the home button on the screen. Here’s how you can do that:
- Go to settings
- Tap on Accessibility
- Tap Assistive Touch and turn it on
- Click the icon that appears in the lower right corner
- Choose Home
- The home button is now in the lower right corner.
- If you want to move it to a different location, tap and hold your finger on it and drag the icon where you want it.