As the touchable screen ratio engulfs bezels and notches, some prefer the functionality the older iPhones provided with a physical home button. The home button is the large button in iOS devices carrying helpful shortcuts.
Home button makes using iPhones and iPads easy! Pressing it takes you to the home screen without interrupting your work whilst enabling accessibility features and also RAM purging for occasional lags.
Access Siri —– Holding down the home button will activate Siri.
Multitasking —– Double-clicking the home button will show all the running apps in the multitasking manager.
Type to Siri —– No Speak to Siri.
Access Apple Pay & Passes —– quicky!
The newer iPhones including iPhone XS/XR/XSMAX lack a home button, although you can add an On-Screen home button, It’s like a home button but on your screen, and is draggable which makes it easier to use.
How to Add an On-screen Home button on iPhone
- Open the Settings app.
- Select General.
- Tap Accessibility.
- Select AssistiveTouch and toggle it on.
- A small circle will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. You can tap and drag the button wherever you want on the screen.
- Tap the button to see your options. Tap Home.
The AssistiveTouch is like a home button to iPhone X/XS/XR/XSMAX with more power. You can add app shortcuts in AssistiveTouch and you can move it back to its original position and when you are not using it, will be in light grey so you can barely see it and your work will not be disturbed.
In iPhone 11/11MAX/11PRO/11PROMAX, the Home button is replaced with a Home gesture and it’s incredibly easy to do. Touch your finger to the gesture area at the very bottom of the iPhone 11 display. Flick up. Just a short drag and release.
Why Apple Removed Home Button?
Removing the Home Button makes the phone look wider and larger.
The Home button takes a wide amount of real estate on the screen. And, in an era where technology involves touch controls over physical, Apple had to make the move to keep its elegance.
Without a Home button, Apple had to figure out an easier way for users to turn the screen on — something easier than pressing the Side button.
They hit a home run here with the Raise to Wake feature. All you have to do to check the time or read new notifications is pick up the phone.
Apple wanted something easier and sufficient for its users, so they removed the Home button, but it’s not bothersome, because whenever you want, you can go into the settings and Toggle on AssistiveTouch with added functions.
Today’s iPhone may not have a Home button but that also makes it more waterproof, house a bigger display, and allow swishing around with gestures, things that the button presses can’t offer.