The iPhone’s Home button is something that is unique to the device and performs important functions like going back to the Home screen, switching between apps, etc. However, logical reasoning says that regular and rough use of the Home button can result in its premature wearing out, and it can sometimes result into the Home button not working at all.
Image : SPTouch – Virtual Home Button for iPhone
A lot of users have reportedly said that they have faced instances when the Home button on their iPhone stopped working properly and worked only when pressed very hard or in a particular way. In other instances, the Home button stopped working completely and needed to be replaced. Of course, you have got Assistive Touch, but it won’t be of any use if you haven’t enabled it. Your only solution would be to get the Home button replaced, which might be an expensive and inconvenient affair.
This is why you need a feature that will help you use the Home button without causing any issues to it. If you are using a jailbroken iPhone, one solution is readily available. A new jailbreak tweak called SPTouch has been released for iOS 9 and provides a solution to this problem by adding a virtual Home button to the screen. But is it really worth downloading ? Let’s see.
- SPTouch, similar to Assistive Touch, adds a new button to the display of your iPhone, and this new button acts as the Home button. With just a tap on the button, you can perform various actions that you can with the physical button.
- A great thing about this tweak is that the virtual Home button can be dragged and repositioned anywhere on the screen as per your convenience.
- One tap on the virtual button will take you back to the Home screen. To open the App Switcher, you need to double tap the button.
- The SPTouch button can be customized in many ways from its preferences pane inside the Settings app. The size and transparency for the button can be adjusted, and you can even have it disabled on the lock screen. There are a few more customization options in the preferences. No respring is needed as the changes take place immediately.
What we don’t like about SPTouch is that the virtual Home button does not look native to iOS 9. But other than that, the tweak works perfectly and saves your physical home button from exertion.
You can download SPTouch for Free from the BigBoss repo in Cydia. To learn more about jailbreaking and installing Cydia , read our detailed tutorial.