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An iPhone virtual home button helps navigation on a handset with a broken home button.

How to set-up an iPhone virtual home button

One of the most common components that breaks when an iPhone gets dropped is the home button. A broken iPhone home button can cause no end of problems. However, there is an option hidden away in the menu to set-up an on screen iPhone virtual home button. This can then be used to help you navigate your device.

How do I get the iPhone virtual home button?

The first step of this process is to go into settings. If you have already unlocked your device this is very straightforward. However, if your device is locked it can be a little bit difficult to access this menu. However, a swipe from the left to the right on the lock screen will allow you to access the settings menu.

Once you are in settings you are going to need to head over to the “accessibility” screen, which looks like this.

How to find iPhone virtual home button within the accessibility menu.

How to find iPhone virtual home button within the accessibility menu.

Scroll down to “touch” and select it. This will take you to a menu called “touch”. The first option of which is called “assistive touch”.

How to turn on the iPhone assistive touch button menu.

How to turn on the iPhone assistive touch button menu.

Entering this menu will take you to the final destination for this process, On the top of this menu is a slider, which will turn on a virtual on-screen button. Underneath this slider is a list of options of how this button responds to being touched. You can set it to return to home on a single, double press or whatever you want.

This menu allows you to customise your iPhone virtual home button experience, however you want. It’s actually more customizable than the physical home button. It can be used to create custom gestures that help with navigating to specific locations or apps, instantly.

Missing the home button on a newer iPhone?

You can even set-up one of these on an iPhone X, XR, XS, XS Max, and the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max if you miss the experience of having a physical home button and don’t wish to navigate via swipes.

How do I turn the home button off again?

Additionally, if you ever have a broken home button repaired or want to turn this feature off again, it can be easily done. Just go back into the assistive touch menu or search assistive touch in the top bar of settings.

If you were looking for a more visual guide to this process you can follow our video.

Setting up an iPhone virtual home button conclusion

Even the slightest chip or scratch to this fragile component can cause the home button to fail. Therefore, navigating your device can become very challenging. Using the virtual home button provides a fix for this issue. However, this may just be a temporary solution if you miss having the physical button.

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