Although the iPhone 7/7 Plus has been in the market for nearly two years, many iOS users cannot still get over the fact that the ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature was removed. Another change from iPhone 7/7 Plus model is the replacement of the physical press Home button by a pressure sensitive one, giving a physical feedback.
However, some iPhone 7 users or even iPhone 8 ones have recently complained that they suddenly noticed that the home button on their device was not working properly any longer. There was a popup appearing on the screen saying ‘The Home Button May Need Service’. The ideal option would be to visit a nearest Apple repair center for the fix. However, if you are in the same situation, don’t worry as there is a solution to your issues.
How to Use iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8 or 8 Plus In Case Home Button Fails
From iOS 10, Apple has added a new feature for this eventuality. There is an on-screen button appearing on the display. It allows you to use your phone until you take your phone to Apple repair centers for the fix. In reality, the thing causing the home button on iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus to go haywire is when it is put on charge.
Apple knows this potential issue and deals with it in this manner. But until now, there is there is no permanent fix for the issue and there is an only way to deal with it that is taking your phone to an Apple repair center. However, you should be worth performing a hard reset as t can fix most common problems and issues.
How to Add a Virtual Home Button
If you see a “The Home Button May Need Service” message on the screen and the home button of your phone does not work, then you should add a virtual home button to enjoy your device again. You can follow below steps to do it quickly.
Step 1: After your phone boots up again and the “The Home Button May Need Service” error appears on the screen, simply tap on OK and you are now on the lock screen. Now simply tap and hold on the lock screen and then swipe left to open Search widget.
Step 2: In the search box, enter Settings and then tap on the Settings app on your iPhone. If you are prompted to enter passwords, just enter it.
Step 3: Go to General -> Accessibility and select the Assistive Touch option.
Step 4: Tap on the Assistive Touch option and from Custom Actions menu, launch the Single-Tap option.
Step 5: Choose Home as a Single-Tap option.
Now you will see the virtual home button on your screen. You can test and drag it to your desired position.
If some iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus users experience the issue mentioned, the temporary on-screen home button can be a fix, at least for the short time, until you bring your phone to Apple centers for repairs. We hope you guys find this post helpful.