Productivity Tip: Using Another Home Button on your iPad When The Original One Stops Working

Technology is great when it works, but when it starts to not do what it’s supposed to, it’s easy to become frustrated. Like when you push your Home button on your iPad and nothing happens. What?! That Home button is essential in using the iPad. Don’t despair, there is a great workaround already built into the operating system. Go into your settings and turn on assistive touch. Here’s a quick video (2:01 min) to explain.


  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General in the left hand pane.
  3. In the right hand window, scroll down the list of options. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. In the right hand window, tap on Assistive Touch.
  5. Slide the slider to the ON position. A white button will appear on your screen. Tap on the white button to bring up a list of options. Tap HOME to mirror the functionality of the Home button.

To move the placement of the white button on your screen, tap and hold the white button, and then move your finger to a new screen location. To turn off the white button, go into your Settings, tap General, tap on Accessibility, tap on Assistive Touch, and turn the slider to the OFF position.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time, Susan

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Susan Wheeler

I love to provide technology skills training and help in the workplace. There are so many wonderful tools and resources available to you so if you are not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place.

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