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

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Since Apple removed the Home button from the iPhone X, we've mostly gotten used to using iPhone gestures, swipes, and the Home bar instead of relying on the Home button. Now, it's time to learn a few more easy tricks for navigating quickly around the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, and any other iPhone without a Home button. One important question people with page after page of apps are wondering 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 without a Home button is important, since this is often where all the apps you use the most, like the Calendar app, the App Store app, and the Photos app are located. 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 phones without them. Now, let's get started learning how to save time and navigate home on iPhone X and later with one easy gesture.

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

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How to Return to the Main Home Screen on an iPhone X, iPhone XR & Later with a Swipe

As we learned in a previous daily tip, you can exit out of any app on iPhone X by simply swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen. But now what? Do you really have to swipe through all your app pages to get back to your main Home screen? Nope!

  1. To exit any app, swipe up from the bottom of the page.
  2. Now you're back to the last Home screen you were on.

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