How To: Access the Home Screen on the iPhone X, XS, XS Max & XR

Access the Home Screen on the iPhone X, XS, XS Max & XR

Is the Home button the main reason you haven't pulled the trigger on a new iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR? Are you worried that you'll miss its functionality too much, or that simple things like accessing your home screen will be too hard? Well, don't worry about any of that, because Apple came up with some intuitive gestures that will make the old Home button seem clunky and outdated once you get used to things.

Apple knows their customers want a beautiful phone that is still easy to use. They've delivered a genuinely new device (compared to other recent iPhones), and the minimal bezels are at the heart of this cutting-edge design. So the Home button had to go, but thankfully, they turned all of its essential functions into simple swipes of the screen.

To access the home screen on the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR, swipe up from the very bottom portion of the screen where the thin bar is, then watch the animation of the app returning to the home screen. If you're on the same home screen page that the app you're swiping away is on, it will return to its own icon. Pretty neat, right? It's like you're swiping the app back to where it belongs.

Using the new Home gesture on the iPhone X and newer.

Likewise, if you're on the lock screen, you just swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go home or to whatever app you were in last. You will have to enter your Face ID or passcode to continue, of course, if those are set up.

Now, I know you're wondering about Control Center. Apple has changed how you access your system toggles and other quick settings since this new swipe-to-go-home gesture took over for the old method for accessing the Control Center. But it's still pretty easy — just check out our full guide on accessing the Control Center to see how it's done.

Let us know how you feel about the new method for accessing the home screen. Do you love it or hate it? Will this prevent you from getting your hands on a new iPhone X, XS, XS Max, or XR? Tell us all about it in the comment section below.

Cover photo and GIF by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

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