How to use the Home Button

Your iPhone has one button on its front. Pressing this button may perform different actions in different circumstances. This simple visual guide shows you how it works.

  • Mike 4y

    OK - that needs to be printed out on my wall and shown when someone wants to argue about simplcity. Context is king.
  • adurdin PRO 4y

    Lukas Mathis explains in this blog post why even the simplest intent—to get to the home screen—can be hard to achieve with the home button.
  • Dan Hudlow 4y

    VoiceOver can be activated directly from locked/off with a hold. Though, it does show the lock screen during the hold.
  • expin 4y

    Nice, here's one for Android:
  • adurdin PRO 4y

    Dan Hudlow Yeah, this chart is not quite complete. I found some time after making it that you could jump straight to the ipod controls from locked with a double-click home, though I hadn't noticed that that was true also for VoiceOver.

    expin Nice and simple. The complexity of the iPhone diagram has increased over time, as every major iOS version has added more functionality onto the single home button.
  • anikijo 4y

    Nice!Thx adurdin
  • Bogdan Tikhomirov 4y

    People, who haven't used iPhone before might think that it is very difficult to use it.
    It's twice more compound on this picture than it is.

    Sorry for my English.
  • Bogdan Tikhomirov 4y

    It's difficult to understand where should I start to read this guide from
    Somewhere I couldn't understand where I should continue

    I think that this information graphic may be easier that it is, but there is a question: What is the main aim of this guide? To describe simple thing using the hard way?
  • adurdin PRO 4y

    @bodgan.tikho The diagram is not actually meant as a guide, nor is it useful as one. The “How to use the home button” title is a joke. The diagram is just meant to show the number of different actions that the home button performs in different contexts. It highlights that the behaviour of the home button is not always easily predictable to the user.
  • Steve Crane PRO 3y

    Nice. As a relatively new iOS user I'm still trying to get to grips with the complexity in the supposed simplicity.
  • expin 3y

    For what it's worth. I considered redoing this to handle Android 4. However it is not even worth a diagram:

    Home Button -> Home
    Multitasking Button -> Multitasking
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