Double-tap on Home button

Home button screenPressing the Home button takes you back to the Home screen from any other iPhone or iPod touch screen, and if the device is in sleep mode it takes you to the “Slide to Unlock” screen. However, the Home button does other things as well.

By default, if you double-tap on the Home button when you are in the “Slide to Unlock” screen, the iPod controls are displayed on top of the Slide to Unlock screen. This lets you control music playback without unlocking the device.

You can change the double-tap function to bring up the Home screen or your phone’s Favorites list by going to Settings >General >Home Button (Fig. 14).





Fig. 14: Go to the Home Button screen in Settings to change the way the Home button reacts to a double tap.

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Rich Hall

Rich Hall has written about Handheld and Pocket computers for the last 13 years. He is the Editor of Pocket PC magazine and former editor of The HP Palmtop Paper, the NEC Ultralite Connection and the HP Portable Paper. He began his career as a high school Math and English teacher. Rich lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife, Lucinda, and their children, Robert and Ella. You can contact him at