How to bring back the home button on your iPhone X


Apple made a number of compromises in its first effort to make an "all-screen" phone, but chief among those was the decision to ditch the home button with its integrated Touch ID finger scanner, and replace it with a Face ID biometric solution, achieved by the TrueDepth camera kit that warranted a "notch" cutout at the top of the iPhone X display.

As a result, those coming from a legacy iPhone hit both a muscle memory wall, and aspect ratio compatibility issues. Don't cry and suffer, though, as there is a way to go home sweet home, even on the iPhone X, albeit in a virtual manner:

1. Go to Settings>General>Accessibility on your iPhone X;

2. Tap the AssistiveTouch option at the top, and turn on its switch;

3. Tap on the Customize top-level menu option, and mash on the minus sign until there is only one "Custom" star icon left out of the six initial options;

4. Tap in the custom icon, and pick "Home" from the long list of actions presented;

5. Set the transparency level when the Home button is not active to 20%, this way it won't interfere visually when you are scrolling down in Safari and reading an article, for instance;

6. Hold the virtual Home key, and move it to the middle of the dock at the bottom of the iPhone X's home screen;

7. Now each time you are feeling nostalgic, you can use the good old Home button, instead of the dreaded swipe-up gesture of your iPhone X. For unlocking the phone, though... well, that's still going to be done via a simple glance at the phone, why do you think Apple went through all that Face ID kit trouble?

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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17 Comments

1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Slowly and gradually we are netering the time when no one will start to care about new iphone, ios or galaxy etc. I have been a regular visitor of this website since 2012. Nowadays this website is just a pro-apple website like trump supporters support trump no matter how much he lies

3. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

U need to stop drinking the libtard fake news koolaide.

8. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No need. His own Twitter account exposes himself on a daily basis, contradicting himself.

5. Peacetoall unregistered

SJW sees Trump every where. SAD!

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

horrible workaround IMO. I mean.. why they didn't make this a normal feature which will have space on the navbar?

7. gynorm

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

if they did that they would be copying android, while they've done it before if they did this they would just be telling their customers that android does it better. Plus remember, apple doesn't care what it's customers want.

12. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 290; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Well they've been copying android features for years now and calling it something else so copying the android's navbar and calling it something magical wouldn't be new to them. :)

14. gynorm

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

haha Touché!

15. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

I was thinking the same thing. So stupid

4. LiLLicky

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 27, 2017

Let's just face it. Apple fd up on the interface. Should have made a robin fingerprint scanner power button on side.

6. Nopers unregistered

No and no. The nav bar works much better than the home button when you get used to it and to have a fingerprint sensor in the power button you need a wide power button which is impossible on the curved side of the iPhone X. Fingerprint sensors are going to die out and Samsung started it.

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 563; Member since: May 02, 2016

" Fingerprint sensors are going to die out and Samsung started it. " the next level of the fingerprint scanner will be under the screen and how amazing it will be , if apple toke it away from you that doesn't mean it's will die out ,face recognition wont be as easy and simple as FPS .. forget it

13. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 290; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Nah, Apple ditched the fingerprint sensor coz they can't make the under glass sensor to work.

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 563; Member since: May 02, 2016

i'm sorry for Apple Fanboys but seriously you have to stand together and face apple before they remove the screen , you are cool people you don't deserve all that .. you know it's too much to lose

11. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

That is a terrible work around. So how do you open the applications underneath it?

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Simple: You just move it out of the way of the application you want to open. I thought that you said that you own iOS devices?

18. itsjustaphone75 unregistered

Uncle_D-bag, Trolling every apple article. Feel bad for you. You must have no life. You wouldn't Know how to launch a terd into a toilet.

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