With the introduction of iPhone X, the key change has been the removal of the home button. This once was the iconic feature of iPhones since they were introduced and was loved by many. Back in those times, it was the only phone to have a single button right below its screen. However, the button is now gone. The change has been appreciated by many of its loyal users but at the same time, there are those who certainly miss it.
With this change come some changes in the way you are to use the iPhone now as there is no home button to get you back to the Home Screen. To know how you are supposed to perform the same old tasks without the Home Button, read on!
1 Unlocking the iPhone X
With the removal of the Home Button, the way you are supposed to wake your phone up has also changed. Instead of picking it up and pressing the home button, now you need to simply swipe the screen up.
This will either simply take you to the Home Screen or if you have a password set on your iPhone you will be asked to enter it here. Alternatively, if you use the Face ID, it will recognize you and take you to the Home Screen. The bottom line is that it all starts with a swipe.
2 Returning to Home Screen on iPhone X
Earlier on, returning to the Home Screen required a simple press on the Home Button and you were taken there. The process still is very simple even though the Home Button is no more.
All you need to do is make a quick swipe up the screen to be taken to the Home Screen no matter what app you are using at that particular time.
3 Opening the iPhone X Multitasking View
Previously if you were to go to multitasking view, the Home Button could be pressed twice, which let you see all open apps and easily switch to any of the ones that were opened at that time. The function still exists however instead of using the Home Button, you need to swipe up from the bottom, a little longer than the swipe you used for returning to Home Screen. You might get a little confused here as the methods for performing two different functions are very similar. However, with the passage of time, you will learn to perform them both. With the longer swipe, the apps will appear at the left.
4 Switching Apps without opening Multi-tasking on the iPhone X
This is something that is specific to the iPhone X only, which means other iPhones won’t have it. Interestingly you may straight away switch to a new app, with a mere swipe.
At the bottom corners of the screen, about level with the line at the bottom, swipe left or right. By performing this swipe, you will get the next or previous app from the multitasking view, all quick and easy.
5 Talking to Siri and Using Apple Pay and other tasks
If you were already an iPhone user you will know that there were multiple other tasks that were performed using the Home Button, here are some of them listed with the new methods to be used to perform them.
- Take Screenshots: Click the Side and volume up buttons at the same time.
- Turn Off/Restart: Press and hold the Side and volume up buttons at the same time.
- Activate Siri: Press and hold the Side button.
- Confirm Apple Pay and iTunes/App Store Purchases: Use Face ID.
6 Control Center on iPhone X
Control Center is more or less the place where you go to perform routine functions on your iPhone. Earlier it was accessed by swiping the screen upon other models of the iPhone, however, it is not the case anymore. To access it, swipe down from the top right side of the screen (to the right of the notch), and Control Center appears. Tap or swipe the screen again to let it go when you’re done.
7 Miss the Home Button and want to get it back?
If you are a true iPhone user, it is very natural to miss the Home Button. You don’t really have an option to get the physical form of the button back but may still have it via the Assistive Touch.
In order to enable AssistiveTouch:
- Tap Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Accessibility.
- Tap AssistiveTouch.
Move the AssistiveTouch slider to on/green and a button appears on the screen that can perform some of the Home button’s tasks.
Do you like the iPhone X with the Home Button removed? Or do you miss the good old Home Button? Let us know in the comments down below.