How to Go to the Home Screen on iPhones with No Home Button

The iPhone Home button is notably missing from the iPhone X and later iPhones. Here's how to access your Home screen without it.

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Learn easy tricks for navigating quickly around the iPhone X and later when there is no button for Home. One important question is, "How do I get my Home screen back without a Home button?" Learning how to get back to the main Home screen on an iPhone with no Home button on the screen is important, since this is often where all the apps you use the most are located. Let's get started learning how to save time and navigate home on iPhone X and later models including the iPhone 12 with one easy gesture.

Related: How to Go to the Home Screen on an iPhone X  

How to Return to the Main iPhone Home Screen with a Swipe

We've already gone over how to turn an iPhone XR on, how to close apps on any iPhone, and how to add a Home button on screen for iPhones without them. Now let's learn how to get back to your main Home screen on an iPhone X and iPhone 11 as well as for later iPhone 12 models. For more tips and tricks for navigating your iPhone and other Apple devices, check out our free Tip of the Day.

  1. To exit any app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

  2. Now you're back to the last Home screen you were on.

    iphone 11 home screen
  3. To get back to your primary Home screen, swipe up one more time.

    iphone gestures
  4. Here you are, back at your main Home screen!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.