Technology doesn’t always work like you want it to and sometimes you run into issues you may need to troubleshoot yourself. In this case, the Home button of your Android device just isn’t working like it’s supposed it. Is there any way to fix it? Are you doomed forever? Yes to the first question and no to the second. There’s a few fixes that you can make use of to test the integrity of your Home button.
Restart Your Android Device
Yes, it is a simple solution, but the chances that it’s more than a simple hiccup is low. If you restart your phone, it has the potential to fix the problem. Chances are your phone was simply experiencing an error and giving it a clean slate to work with, expelling the error, will do some good.
Diagnosing Your Phone
The next move you need to make is diagnosing the problem, specifically if it’s a hardware issue or a software issue. Applications like the Android Accessibility Suite can give you the opportunity to test your buttons functionality. If they’re working, the app will pick it up. For example, if it’s a hardware issue, Android Accessibility Suite probably won’t pick it up, however, a software issue isn’t much of an issue.
Android Accessibility Suite is free to use, easy to use, and can be installed from the Google Play Store, like so:
1. Find and open the Google Play Store app.
2. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen while in the Google Play sStore, and search for “Android Accessibility Suite.” Select it from the search results below.
3. On the app’s information page, choose INSTALL and allow it to install itself to your device.
4. Once installed, open up your Settings. You can find it by looking for a gear icon either in your App Drawer, on your home screen or inside your notification shade.
5. From the Settings menu, you’ll want to scroll down until you see Accessibility.
6. Open the Accessibility menu and test the quality of your Home button.
Boot into Safe Mode
Software issues aren’t uncommon among Android devices, better yet, any device for that matter. These devices were written by people and people make tiny mistakes; it’s why there’s software patches all the time. With that being said, your Home button could be refusing to work because, well, it cannot work due to software on your Android blocking it.
As for the ‘why’ that’s more difficult to answer and, honestly, your guess is as good as anyones. Chances are you might have installed an application recently that is wreaking havoc on your Home button. By booting into safe mode, you can stop all applications from working except the absolute necessary processes to keep your Android running.
Once you’ve booted into safe mode, start by uninstalling applications that you’ve recently installed, especially that last app that you installed before you were having issues.
1. To boot into safe mode, press and hold the power button. When your power options open, choose Power Off or Shutdown. Give it at least 30 seconds to ensure all processes have ceased to function.
2. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button. After a few moments have passed, it will boot to your normal screen but “Safe Mode” will be plastered at the bottom of your screen.
3. Uninstall apps by visiting your Settings app.
4. In your Settings menu, make your way down to Apps and select it.
5. In the Apps menu, choose an app you suspect is the culprit.
6. On the app’s information page, choose Storage. Clear out the cache and data by tapping CLEAR CACHE and CLEAR DATA, then head back to the information page.
7. Finally, select UNINSTALL.
8. Once finished, shut your Android down completely and boot the device like you normally would.
Use Simple Control until Further Notice
So, you’ve tried every solution and not a single one helped you. Until you can make your way to a phone repair shop, you can make use of Simple Control, an application that adds a Home button to your Android device without having to use the native button. It’s free to use, easy to you, and you can download it from the Google Play Store.
1. Once installed, open your Settings application
2. In the Settings menu, find and select Accessibility. You can usually find it near the bottom of the Settings menu.
3. Once opened, Simple Control will have added itself as an option in your Accessibility menu. Enable it by using the slider next to Simple Control.
With Simple Control now enabled, you have a backup Home button to use until you can get your Android device examined by a professional as the problem has entered the territory of hardware failure.