22 iPhone Tricks You Didn’t Know You Could Do

– The Home button lives on…virtually:

Apple finally up and removed the Home button from the iPhone X, leaving you without the comfort of having a round button to press whenever you wanted to go home. Thankfully, the company has a back-up plan in place for those who need it the most in the form of a virtual home button that stays permanently on your screen.

It’s actually been around for years under the name AssistiveTouch, so this tip isn’t just for iPhone X owners. It covers other models of the iPhone too. You’re probably wondering about a scenario in which a regular user would need a virtual Home button when a hard key is available. Well, what if the physical button is not working due to wear and tear, or some software glitch?

iPhone X AssistiveTouch Home Button

You might not have made the time to hop into an Apple Store and get it fixed. Or the cost of repairing it may feel prohibitive. Why not activate the virtual Home key in this case? Just hop on over to Settings > General > Accessibility and scroll down till you locate AssistiveTouch. Activate the tool and select Customize Top Level Menu. Tap on the minus button till just 1 icon remains.

Tap on that and choose Home from the list of options. You can then go back and assign Single-Tap to Home and Double-Tap to Multitasking. Long Press and 3D Touch can be decided based on your personal convenience, perhaps Screenshot or SOS to avoid holding down on multiple buttons. You could even clear out the dock at the bottom so it’s roughly in the same place as the good old physical home button.

Whether you like it or not, the future is button-free. Hard keys are being stripped away from smartphones wherever unnecessary. Not only are fewer buttons aesthetically more appealing, fewer ports and physical keys mean devices can be better protected from the elements such as water and dust. The iPhone X is one step closer to being water-resistant than any previous generation iPhone.

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