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iPhone 7 home button not working? Here’s the easy fix

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Apple has a solution for iPhone 7 owners who find themselves with a defective home button.

It appears that if the iPhone 7 doesn’t detect a working home button, a digital version of the button will appear on screen. The software-based buttons works just like the physical home button, and appears alongside a notification prompting you to get your device serviced.

The feature was first noted by a MacRumors forum user, who posted: “So plugged in my iPhone 7 to charge and it turned itself off. When I powered it back up, this appeared on screen. Really Apple?”

The following image was attached to his message:

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Unlike previous Apple smartphones, the iPhone 7 doesn’t use a mechanical home button; in fact, it doesn’t even move at all. Instead, Apple has built force sensitive technology underneath that responds to pressure, and then uses the ‘taptic engine’ that first debuted on the Apple Watch to simulate feedback by creating a weird, vibratory buzz.

However, we should note that if you want to try out the software button, you don’t have to wait for Apple’s physical faux-button to fail. The digital button has actually been around for ages, and it’s called Assistive Touch. It’s not exclusive to the iPhone 7, and can be turned on in your phone’s settings. The only difference is that Apple now seems to be automatically enabling Assistive Touch when it detects a problem, rather than putting the onus on users who may not have known that it even exists.

To enable Assistive Touch, you can use any of the following steps:

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch, then turn it on
  • Tell Siri: “Turn on Assistive Touch”
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut, and turn on Assistive Touch

When you activate Accessibility Shortcut, you can turn Assistive Touch on or off from any screen by triple-clicking the home button. You can even adjust the triple-click speed by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home-click Speed.

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Bob Deplorable Racist Smith

October 16, 2016, 8:27 am

just out of the gate and the "taptic" sensor is failing?

what next? I smell a Samsung here

Biggles

October 16, 2016, 10:32 am

Am I missing something, or is this article actually about enabling the software Home button, and not about fixing the physical Home button??

Bob Deplorable Racist Smith

October 16, 2016, 10:57 am

precisely...like the democrats, Apple is no longer accountable...they are untouchable and above the law..."no soup for you"

Seymour Cat

October 16, 2016, 12:17 pm

"Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut, and turn on Assistive Touch"

This is genius! Thanks. I use the Assistive touch to fix a video problem that the iPad air suffers from which Apple seem not to want or possibly be able to fix.

Watching fullscreen video in a darkened room the iPad's brightness suddenly turns up and blacks turn to milky greys. This fluctuates and is very annoying. The assistive touch button down in the black bar of a widescreen movie stops this happening, but was a faff of menu hunting to enable. NO MORE! :-)))

Gareth Burleigh

October 17, 2016, 7:34 am

Just a thought but you don't have auto brightness switched on do you?

That would cause the backlight to go up and down when watching something in a dark room although not sure to an extend it would wash out blacks out.

If you not sure it's in setting then brightness and there is a checkbox under the slider

Gareth Burleigh

October 17, 2016, 7:37 am

Ha ha dare we accuse the site of click bait once again? I also clicked to see what the simple fix was........

The simple fix is go to an Apple Store where I'm certain they will just swap it for you on the spot, or hang tight for an update because it imagine it a software glitch more than anything

Seymour Cat

October 17, 2016, 10:17 am

No, I dislike anything like auto brightness and disabling it was one of the first things I did.

Gareth Burleigh

October 17, 2016, 10:40 am

I figured you would have but worth an ask

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