Apple smartphones are not only one of the most expensive gadgets produced in the world, but are also famous for their reliability. Therefore, they have a lot of admirers and users, despite the high cost. Quite often you can meet users who have not yet abandoned models of the fourth and even third series. But now let’s talk about the iPhone 5S, which was released at the end of 2013 and is a fairly new model. Nevertheless, everything made by human hands breaks from time to time.
But do not rush to run to the service center and carry your iPhone for repair, maybe not everything is so bad. One of the most common malfunctions can be voiced as follows: the Home button on the iPhone 5S does not work. What could be the causes of such a malfunction, and how to eliminate them?
The causes of the malfunction
In fact, there may be several reasons why the Home button on the iPhone 5S does not work. And they fall into three categories:
Let’s see what can be attributed to mechanical malfunctions, which leads to the fact that the Home button on the iPhone 5S does not work. This category of malfunctions can cause dust or moisture to get under the button itself or cause mechanical damage due to shock or excessive pressure. Most often, such issues are resolved with the help of a service center.
Software issues with the Home button
One of the reasons the Home button on the iPhone 5S does not work. updating the operating system to iOS 10. After installing this update, it turns out that after pressing the button when the phone is turned on, it does not enter the PIN code input mode. And there is a feeling that the button is broken.
There are two ways to solve this problem. First, get used to the fact that in iOS 10 you need a double click. This is the easiest way. Secondly, you can go to the basic settings of the phone, select the category “Universal Access”, and in it the category “Home” and select “Attach a finger”. After this operation, the phone will return to previous reactions to your actions. But most likely, you will have to get used to such features of the operating system. It is likely that in future versions there will be no such return.
Home Button Calibration
Some users of an expensive gadget noticed that when the Home button on the iPhone 5S does not work well, its calibration helps. How to do it? Let’s figure it out.
To carry out such a procedure, you need to display any application on the iPhone screen, and then, holding the Power button, wait for the “Turn off” slider to appear. After that, hold and hold the “Home” button. After ten seconds, the application will close. After that, the system will calibrate the button. In this way, a software system failure associated with it will be fixed.
Chemical way to solve the problem
Quite often, the reason that the Home button on the iPhone 5S has stopped working is its pollution. This happens if the phone is taken with bold hands or spilled drinks fall onto it, flowing under the body. A fairly effective way in this case is to use a WD-40 aerosol or isopropyl alcohol, which is part of many wipers. It is important to remember that applying the chemical is necessary on the button, and not on the screen. Errors can result in additional problems. After this application, you must repeatedly press the button and allow the liquid to fall under it. After that, the cleaning agent will eliminate grease stains or the remains of drinks, and the button will begin to function as before.
Software Method for Solving a Problem
If the above methods did not lead to the desired result, and the question why the Home button on the iPhone 5S does not work remains open, you can use the software method to solve this problem. This is a temporary measure that will help you use your smartphone. You cannot call the option convenient, but it’s better than a completely inactive button. How to do this?
It is necessary to take out the image of the Home button on the smartphone screen. To do this, go to the iPhone settings. In the settings, select the “Basic” tab. Then, as already described earlier, go to the category of “Universal Access”. Next, go to the AssistiveTouch category, after which four options for continuing the event appear on the screen, as shown in the figure above. We select the “Home” button. After that, on the screen of your iPhone there will be an application that simulates pressing this button. For a while, this will be the solution to your problem. However, it is not ideal, and it will probably annoy you a little, but it will allow you to use the phone until you get to the service center.
Replacing the Home button on the iPhone 5S
When the “Home” button on the “iPhone-5S” does not work, remedies that do not involve opening the phone may not help. Then it remains only to try to open the phone. But to complete this procedure, the specialist who will perform this work needs not only the appropriate tools, but also the qualifications. Therefore, it is better to take the iPhone to a service center and use its services. After all, his workers have repeatedly carried out this operation and are well aware of how to repair such damage.
Repair of the Home button on the iPhone-5S at home
First, let’s talk about the tools necessary to open the phone if the Home button on the iPhone 5S does not work. The minimum toolbox looks like this:
- CPT shoulder blade.
- IPhone screwdriver.
- Phillips screwdriver.
First, unscrew the two screws next to the power connector. Then, holding the screen with the suction cup and helping the CPT blade, disconnect the screen and the phone case. The disconnection operation must be carried out carefully enough so as not to damage the touch screen of the screen. Using a CPT blade, we click off the touch screen connector and raise the screen. Next, use a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the screws that secure the shield module loop cable, and disconnect it.
Then, we unscrew the three screws from the display module and remove the “Home” button along with its cable. It looks like the photo shows.
After that, it is advisable to replace the broken Home button with a new one, and it is better that it be original. Of course, a copy will cost a little cheaper, but it will have to be changed more often. Then the iPhone is reassembled. It should be remembered that the screws must be screwed exactly in the places where they were unscrewed.