I am trying modify this setup for two push buttons https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Button.

The code seems rather trivial

int yellowButtonPin = 2;
int blueButtonPin = 4;

int yellowButtonState = 0;
int blueButtonState = 0;

void setup(){

void loop(){
  yellowButtonState = digitalRead(yellowButtonPin);
  blueButtonState = digitalRead(blueButtonPin);
  if (yellowButtonState == HIGH && blueButtonState == HIGH){
  else if (yellowButtonState == HIGH && blueButtonState == LOW){
   else if (yellowButtonState == LOW && blueButtonState == HIGH){
  else {

My problem is that there are several ground pins on the Arduino, but only one 5V pin, so I can't just simple double the circuits. Connecting the two circuits to different grounds but the same 5V didn't work out, although it seemed to be a good idea. How should I do this properly? To be honest, I actually would want to have three buttons, but I guess going from two to three will be trivial after going from one to two.

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  • 2
    Chances are there is something wrong with how you built your circuit. Using the same 5V pin for both buttons is perfectly acceptable.
    – Majenko
    Dec 12, 2016 at 14:10
  • Do I need different ground though? I'll edit with a circuit drawing in minute.
    – fbence
    Dec 12, 2016 at 14:11
  • 2
    All the ground connections are identical and connected together. It makes no difference which ground pin your use. Dec 12, 2016 at 14:12
  • 2
    There is only one ground. It may have multiple pins on it, but there is only one. Use whatever ground pin(s) you fancy, they are all the same.
    – Majenko
    Dec 12, 2016 at 14:12
  • 1
    I hope you don't expect characters '0' .. '3' in the Serial Monitor as you are sending characters: NUL, SOH, STX and ETX (ASCII values from 0 to 3) and they might not be visible.
    – KIIV
    Dec 12, 2016 at 14:53

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Learn about:

Built-in pullup resistors in Arduino Debouncing

and checks this code: https://blog.adafruit.com/2009/10/20/example-code-for-multi-button-checker-with-debouncing/

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