Apple Has Temporary Workaround if iPhone 7 Home Button Fails

The iPhone 7 was the device that Apple has shipped in the iPhone family that did not include a mechanical home button. Instead, the company used a solid-state pressure sensitive home button that uses the Taptic Engine to simulate a button press.

MacRumors forum member ‘iwayne’ has shared a screenshot that illustrates what happens if iOS 10 detects that the home button is unresponsive. Apple has designed a fallback mechanism for the home button so that if the button stops working, iOS 10 will alert the user about the malfunction and instruct the user to use the on-screen home button.


The addition of the new solid-state home button has forced Apple to move some key features of the device. For instance, in order to force reboot an iPhone 7, a user can no longer hold the sleep/wake button and the home button. Instead, the user must hold the sleep/wake button and the volume down button.

Have you been experiencing any issues with the home button on your iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • KS

    “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”

  • LadeeDa

    Considering how expensive the iPhone is now. Lets hope these problems can re repaired without the need of a device replacement after warranty expires

  • Ed Johnson

    I put my iPhone 7+ in a running armband that has a clear cover over the front of the phone. Even though it worked fine for my iPhone 6+, the home button on the 7+ doesn’t work behind the plastic cover and thus I can’t turn on the phone. Anyone have any work arounds?

  • Actually that is overly optimistic. The set is much larger: Anything that CAN’T go wrong will go wrong.

  • MleB1

    Wow. Build in a Plan B on what is clearly a known issue on a new device. Rather than, y’know, resolve the issue before selling the product. But Apple has a reputation for that on it’s iPhones. No longer are we ‘holding it wrong’ but rather, we’re ‘pushing the button wrong’. Meanwhile, other discovered hardware and software issues go unresolved and denied by Apple until the public uproar goes beyond the Communities and into the tech Press.

  • Kevin D.

    That’s a hint right there to the next iPhone in 2017 (rumored to be iPhone 8), no button and hopefully a complete screen from top to bottom on the front!

  • swotam

    Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly why they did it… #facepalm

  • swotam

    It’s not a physical button, it’s just a touch sensitive section of the front glass, so it won’t work when it’s under a plastic cover. Not sure how you’d get around that to be honest.

  • swotam

    One would assume that if the phone is under warranty, it would be covered like any other hardware failure. Keep in mind that Apple rarely fixes defective devices, they just replace them with one that works. Out of warranty, there would no doubt be a cost involved.

  • MleB1

    …and by ‘one that works’, that usually means a refurb – not new – device. So if they haven’t figured out how to resolve the hardware issue, you’re simply getting a second chance to have it again.

  • swotam

    Not sure why you’re assuming this is a hardware “issue” when it’s a case of the product manufacturer including a fallback option in the event of a failure on a particular device, not some grand conspiracy whereby all iPhone 7 home buttons are actually defective and Apple included this option for the time when they all suddenly start failing globally. Replacing defective devices with refurbished ones is pretty normal these days, so nothing unusual there.

    Bottom line, if your home button dies for whatever reason you have a fallback option. Take the device to Apple, get it fixed/replaced/whatever, and move on.