The Different Uses of the iPhone Home Button

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

Part of iPhone All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Dorothy clicked her red-sequined heels three times to go home. You only need to press the Home button once to get to the iPhone’s Home screen. Pressing the Home button twice performs a couple functions, depending on where you start from, whereas pressing it three times makes your iPhone perform various Accessibility functions:

  • When iPhone is sleeping: Press the Home button once to reveal the Unlock slider, the Camera button, and the playback controls (if you’re listening to music or a podcast).

  • When iPhone is unlocked: Press the Home button twice quickly to reveal the App Switcher and recent contacts.

    • From any Home screen that isn’t the first one: Press the Home button once to return to the first Home screen.

    • From an app: Press the Home button once to return to the Home screen that was most recently viewed. The app remains running in the background until you close it from the App Switcher.

  • Press and hold: Whether your iPhone is sleeping, locked, or awake, press and hold the Home button to summon Siri (an Internet connection is required for Siri to function) or Voice Control, if you have Siri turned off.

  • Press the Home button and Sleep/Wake button simultaneously: Captures an image of the screen, known as a screenshot, and stores it in the Camera Roll of the Photos app.

  • Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously: Your iPhone will turn off without displaying the Slide to Power Off slider.

  • Open the Settings app, tap General, tap Accessibility, and tap Accessibility Shortcut to activate any or all options including VoiceOver, Invert Colors, Grayscale, Zoom, Switch Control, and AssistiveTouch: When activated, triple-pressing the Home button solicits those functions.