No matter how much we protect our phones, accidents are still happening. If an accident has claimed your iPhone start button, you may feel that you need to have the phone repaired, or worse, replace the entire phone. But you don't have to replace your phone right away.
In this article we show you how to modify your iPhone so that you can continue to use it, even though the start button no longer works.
Opening your phone without Touch ID
Before we reach the point where we can turn on the temporary solution, we need to get you in your iPhone. If your Home button is completely broken and you use Touch ID, you might be wondering how you can unlock your phone. If you press your on / off button, you will go to your notifications, but you cannot actually unlock your phone without using Touch ID. So what do you do?
You turn to the number one line of all computer issues – you turn it off and on again.
No, seriously. Press and hold your on / off button to switch your phone off and then on again. When your phone restarts, you will be asked to enter your password to unlock your phone, bypassing the annoying Touch ID wall. But make sure you are doing well; if your phone screen turns off, you must restart it to get the chance again.
This handy tip is also useful for older iPhones without Touch ID, because it bypasses some other issues, such as being locked in an app that you cannot leave because, well, your Home button has been broken. But the last thing you want to do is restart your phone every time you want to check a notification or send a WhatsApp message. So what can you do now to make sure you don't have to? Fortunately, there is an accessibility solution and it is easy to enable:
- Open your app Settings
- Tap General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch.  Tap the switch for AssistiveTouch so that it is displayed in green.
Once checked, a floating grayscale button appears in the lower right corner. Tap it and a context menu will appear that you can use to emulate the functions of your Home button, including multi-finger touching, opening the app switcher or even opening your Control Center.
Best of all, this button stays on the unlock screen, so you can tap it and Home Select to open your access code entry.
Turn off Touch ID until your Home button has been established
Okay, so your Home button is back as a fitting ghostly, ghostly version of its previous self, and you have everything you need to keep using your phone normally . Except for one thing – Touch ID. If you had it turned on, you probably used it for a range of functions, including authorizing downloads from the App Store. Well, not at the moment; you might as well turn it off.
Note: this step is fully optional, so do not feel the pressure to disable Touch ID if you do not want to. It's just a step that might make your life a little easier until your phone is repaired.
To disable Touch ID, follow these steps:
- Return to your app Settings
- Scroll to Touch ID & Access code and tap it.
- Enter your access code.
- Finally, clear the four boxes to disable Touch ID.
That's all, no more Touch ID until your phone is fixed. Because your iPhone is mostly functional, you can fix it at your leisure.