How to Get Back to the Home Screen on an iPhone 11 & Other iPhones with No Home Button

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One of the biggest questions people usually have when they upgrade from an older iPhone with a Home button to an iPhone 11 is, "How do I navigate my iPhone 11 without the Home button?" In particular our readers frequently ask us how do you return to the Home screen on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max as well as any earlier iPhone without a Home button? The answer is surprisingly simple: To go back to the Home screen without a Home button, start by locating the thin, long bar that usually appears as white, black, or gray, at the very bottom of your screen. Here’s how to return to Home screen on iPhone XR, XS, 11, and more.

Related: How to Add an On-Screen Home Button to Your iPhone X

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How to Navigate an iPhone without a Home Button

  1. On your unlocked Lock screen or in any app, locate the bar at the bottom of your screen.
  2. This bar is called the Home bar.
  3. Place your finger on the Home bar and swipe up past the middle of the screen.
  4. That’s it! You've returned to Home screen.

As I mentioned above, the bar at the bottom of your screen is a perfect visual cue for where to swipe up from (although you won’t see the bar from Home screen, just within apps or on the Lock screen. Like taking screenshots without a Home button, once you get this new gesture down, returning to the Home screen by swiping up will feel completely natural.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.