How to set the home button on iPhone

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From iPhoneLoyals, we want to explain how to set the home button on iPhone. All you need is your Apple Touchscreen smartphone and its corresponding operating system. You ask me how? I will show you right away. First of all, I would like to point out that you can place the AssistiveTouch button on the screen wherever you see fit. To learn how, read on.


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know how to put the home button on iPhone X or any other Apple smartphone model? Then I inform you that to succeed you just need to exploit Assistive Touch, the system integrated in all versions of iOS through which, in fact, it is possible to simulate the pressure of some physical keys on the device, including the Home button, and retrieve various operating system commands present on the same through the corresponding icons. on thescreen. For more information, read on, you will find everything in detail below.

Enable AssistiveTouch


Wondering how to use AssistiveTouch for your purpose? Well, first take your device, unlock it and press the settings icon(the one with the gear) that is on the home screen and then stop on the general wording on the displayed screen and press the Accessibility item.

Once this is done, press the Assistive Touch key that is in correspondence with the interaction section and turn ON the lever of the Assistive Touch option (From gray it should turn green) that you find on the next screen to enable the virtual button that allows you to access all the AssistiveTouch functions. Done!

Use the Start button with AssistiveTouch

After completing the steps I indicated in the previous step, you will see the AssistiveTouch Button (The white circle enclosed in a darker circle) on one of the screens of your iPhone.


By default, you can use it as a Home button by using 3D touch, then pressing firmly on the virtual button that appeared on the screen. If your iPhone does not support 3D Touch, you can still do a long press on the AssistiveTouch button to access the Home button function. Pretty convenient, don't you think?


As an alternative to the procedure described above, you can retrieve the Home button function by normally pressing the AssistiveTouch button displayed on the screen and then pressing the Home item in the menu that opens.

Configure and customize the Home button with AssistiveTouch

If you wish, you can also configure and customize the default functions of the AssistiveTouch button to use it as a Home button as you see fit. You ask me how? I'll point it out to you right away. First, I'd like to point out that you can place the AssistiveTouch button on the screen wherever you see fit (for example, at the bottom center of the screen, to resume the position of the Home button). To do this, press on it and, while keeping it pressed, drag it to the point where you want to place it, then release your grip. Done!


As for the actual operation of the virtual button, go back to settings (you have to press the gear-shaped icon that is on the home screen), then step on the general text on the screen that opens and then press Accessibility.

Now, tap the Assistive Touch item always attached to the interaction section on the screen you are shown and use the available options to customize and configure the operation of AssistiveTouch so that the virtual use of the Home button is as pleasant as possible for you.

By touching the Edit main menu item for example, you can choose whether to leave the Home button icon in the AssistiveTouch menu or remove it by pressing the [-] button below it. If in doubt, you can add it again by touching the [+] button on the screen (always at the bottom) and choosing Home in the next menu.


You can also change the position in the menu by first pressing the icon where you want to place the Start button and then tapping Start from the next screen. Obviously, then replace the previous position of the Home button in the menu, always pressing the relative icon and then choosing the function you prefer from the menu that appears.

Then returning to the main AssistiveTouch screen and acting on the items you find in correspondence with the Custom Actions section you can choose how to invoke the use of the Home button when the AssistiveTouch menu is not used. As anticipated in the previous step, by default you can recall its use via 3D touch or long press, depending on the iPhone model, but if you want you can decide to associate it with a single tap or double tap.

I'd also like to point out that, again from the same section of the AssistiveTouch settings, you can adjust the degree of opacity of the AssistiveTouch button when it is not active (which by default is set to 40%) by tapping the Opacity in inactive state wording and then moving the cursor in the adjustment bar you see appear.

Replacing or repairing the physical home button

The information I gave you in the previous lines do not interest you because you would like to understand how to put the Home on iPhone in the true sense of the term, ie the physical button, perhaps because the one in use is broken or not, does it work better? Then follow the instructions on the subject that you will find below. Depending on your needs and very personal preferences, you can choose to do everything with your own hands or contact Apple support.

Do it yourself

In order to put the Home button on the iPhone by replacing or repairing the physical broken or if it does not work properly, you can rely on the information you find on iFixit, a well-known portal that shows in detail all the disassembly operations of the various iPhone models (but not only) depending on the components in relation to which you intend to act. The site is edited by a team of specialists, is full of images and lists for each operation to be performed the tools needed to complete the job. In short, it is a real gold mine!


To find out what are the steps to follow to achieve your goal and what tools you need, connect to the iFixit website and click on the name of your iPhone model(iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, etc.). On the page that opens, select the item related to the disassembly of the Home button and then you will be shown the page with detailed instructions on the operations to be performed along with the list of tools to use (which among other things you can buy directly from there by clicking on the corresponding links).

For more details on this and on the general iPhone disassembly procedure, you can refer to my tutorial on how to open iPhone through which I proceeded to tell you about it in a very comprehensive manner.

However, before you attempt to disassemble your iPhone, keep in mind that completing the procedure in question is not a walk in the park at all. Also, if your iDevice is still under warranty, doing so will inevitably invalidate it. Also keep in mind that succeeding in the business requires a high dose of concentration as well as, as easily deducible, a minimum of free time. So, if you're not quite sure what to do, forget it and entrust it to the industry experts, Apple support, following the instructions you'll find in the next step. Then don't tell me I didn't warn you!

Apple Support

If you prefer to go directly to Apple support (which I strongly recommend you do if you are not very confident in your repair skills and even more so if your iPhone is new and you want to avoid voiding the warranty), go to an Apple store take the device with you and expose your needs to the staff. If you do not know where the nearest one is in your area, connect to the relevant website to see the complete list of Apple centers in the city and their addresses.

If, on the other hand, you do not want or are unable to go to an Apple Store in person, you can request assistance from Apple via messenger. To do this, connected to the appropriate Apple support website, select the button with iPhones, click on Physical damage and repairs and then Buttons do not work. Then choose the Submit for Repair option and follow the procedure provided on the screen to submit your request.

Along with the above mentioned systems, you can contact Apple and ask for clarification on Home button replacement or repair also through, say, telematic avenues as below.

  • By phone- Call the toll-free live chat number and follow the recorded voice instructions. The call is free, the number is active Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 7:45 pm.
  • Apple Support App - Download the Apple Support app on iOS (doesn't have to be the iPhone), run it, log in to your Apple ID, select the your iPhone from the list of devices you want to get help for in the Get Support section and you will see a list containing numerous items. Press the one you think is best for you and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Twitter- Visit the official @AppleSupport account and send them a tweet or a DM explaining what your issues are. In no time you will receive a response.

If you see fit, you can get more information on what to do by reading my tutorial on how to contact Apple through which I proceeded to tell you about the issue in more detail.

I would also like to point out that if you had insured your iPhone with AppleCare +, you have accidental damage coverage that allows you to have two repairs at a reduced price and that may be useful for the purpose at hand. For more information, you can refer to the relevant information page. If you have not insured your iDevice, the repair can be done by paying the full price, as reported on the Internet page.

As for the warranty let's say, classic, it lasts for two years, of which one is paid by Apple and one is paid by the retailer of the device. In this specific case, however, there is no coverage for accidental damage. For more information, I invite you to read my post on how to check iPhone warranty.

How to remove the floating button on iPhone

To disable the floating button built into iOS from your iPhone , you need to follow the simple steps that we propose below:

Tap the Settings icon on the home screen to access the Settings , choose General and then press Accessibility .

On the screen that appears, locate the Interaction section and press AssistiveTouch .

Continue with the deactivation by pressing the switch next to the AssistiveTouch item .

In case you have activated AssistiveTouch as a shortcut through the Accessibility shortcuts menu , you can deactivate it by following two ways. The first is to open Settings , tap on General , choose Accessibility and click on Shortcuts . From the screen that appears, remove the checkmark by simply tapping on AssistiveTouch .

Alternatively, press the Home button 3 times in a row (if you have an iPhone up to iPhone 8/8 Plus) or the on / off button (if you have an iPhone X or later models) to automatically disable it.


How to put the Home button on iPhone



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