What to do when your ipad home button is broken

My iPad very rarely leaves my side. I use it from the moment I wake up; to the moment I turn the light off to go to sleep. It’s my work, my social life and my lifeline. But when my ipad Home button broke and I had several days to wait until it went off to repair, how could I keep using it without this essential function? The answer is pretty simple, not to mention ingenious.

What to do when your ipad home button is broken?

Well first off, find yourself an Apple certified iPad repair place and get your iPad booked in. While you wait for your repair slot, you can still use your iPad without ever needing to touch your Home button again, or at least very minimally. Here’s how to do it…

Go to Settings and select General. Go to Accessibility and then scroll down until you see Assistive Touch and select On.

What to do when your ipad home button is broken

A smallish square with a circle in it will appear somewhere on your screen. This is your new Home button. You can move it around the screen to put it wherever you prefer. I preferred it next to my broken Home button as my brain seemed more likely to remember it was there and accept it than anywhere else.

When you tap the button the menu (pictured below) pops up offering a number of touch screen options including your Home button. Using the touch screen Home button does require an extra tap than your usual Home button, but it’s easy to get used to, especially if it’s only temporary.

What to do when your ipad home button is broken

To wake your iPad up, press the Sleep/Wake button, or the On button as I call it. Press that and tap the touch screen Home button, enter your passcode and you’re in. Easy yes?

I’ve been using my iPad like this for a few days now. It’s not a perfect fix, but it will do until my iPad can be properly repaired. There are lots of handy little tricks and fixes in the Accessibility menu, which is worth a look and a play with if you have some time on your hands.

Hope you get your iPad fixed soon. Good luck with your new touch screen Home button!

What to do when your ipad home button is broken

Wrappz.com iPad Skin Review

Disclaimer: I was sent my iPad skin free of charge for review purposes. All images and opinions are my own.

I live my life with my iPad in my hand. All of my work is done on it so I spend a lot of time on it. At Christmas I upgraded to an iPad Air and bought myself a cheap case to go with it. Within a couple of weeks the case cracked and was rendered useless.

When I was offered the chance to try a personalised iPad skin from Wrappz.com I couldn’t resist. They do personalised plastic and leather cases too, but as yet only skins for the iPad Air.

The process was really simple. Upload your chosen picture or pictures, adjust it to how you want it using the simple tools, add any text you want and submit your order.

My skin arrived within a couple of days, I’d chosen one of my favourite pictures of my son and the image was as vibrant as the original. It was easy to apply too. It’s like a large sticker with all the holes in all the right places for the camera etc. You just position it carefully and roll it onto the iPad taking care to rub away any bubbles or creases, if you get it wrong it’s easy to take it off and re-apply, though I managed it in one go.

ipad skin

I thought it made my iPad look beautiful, I was really pleased with it. When my son saw it the next day, he loved it too, he kept stroking it and saying “that’s me”

Although the skin wouldn’t massively protect it if I dropped my iPad from a height; it will protect it from everyday scratches and minor bumps. It’s a lovely thing to have and each time I pick up my iPad I am reminded of a happy, sunshiny day last summer with my lovely son.

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Disclaimer: I was sent my iPad skin free of charge for review purposes. These are my honest opinions.