How to Navigate to Home Screen on iPhones with No Home Button

The iPhone Home button is notably missing from the iPhone X and later iPhones like the iPhone 13. Here's how to access your Home screen without it.

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If you've upgraded from an older iPhone with a Home button to a newer iPhone, learning how to get back to the main Home screen on an iPhone with no Home button on the screen is important. 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 through later models, including the iPhone 13, with one easy gesture.

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

We've already gone over how to close apps on any iPhone and how to add a Home button on the screen for iPhones without them. For more tips and tricks for navigating your iPhone and other Apple devices, check out our free Tip of the Day.

Now let's learn how to get back to your main Home screen on the iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and the later iPhone 13 models:

  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.

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

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

Learn more about using your iPhone without a Home button.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.