How to Get Rid of the Search Bar on Your iPhone Home Screen in iOS 16

While there's been a lot of buzz about the new iOS 16 Lock Screen features, you may have noticed Apple added a new search bar to the iPhone's Home Screen as well. While this feature definitely makes it easier for folks who aren't familiar with pulling down on the center of the Home Screen to open Search, it also hides the Home Screen dots that allow you to quickly swipe through all your pages of apps. But if you want to get the old iPhone Home Screen layout back, we'll show you how to remove the Home Screen search button in Settings. 

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How to Get Rid of the Search Button on the Home Screen

If you just want to know what happened to the dots at the bottom of your Home Screen, they're still there. The Home Screen dots will reappear once you start swiping left or right between Home Pages and then be replaced by the new Search button after a moment of inactivity.  If you like tips like this about how to use your iPhone Home Screen, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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Here's how to remove the search bar from your iPhone Home Screen:

  1. To get rid of the new Search bar on your Home Screen, go to Settings on your iPhone.

    To get rid of the new Search button on your home screen, go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Home Screen.

    Tap Home Screen.
  3. Under Search, toggle Show on Home Screen to off. The feature will be gray when disabled and the Search Bar will no longer appear on your Home Screen

    Then, toggle Show on Home Screen to off. It will be gray when disabled.

And that's all there is to it! I know not all of us love change, and iOS 16 brought with it a fair amount of new features. This feature, while helpful to some, can seem a bit pointless for others. Plus, some of us like to keep things the way they were before!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.