the home gesture on the newer iphones?

iOS & iPadOS

I visited a apple store yesterday to have a look at the new max xr and the XS devices.
I didn't have a chance to have a look at the X previously so I wasn't aware of how the home button gesture works.
Whilst many on here describe the feature as really entuitive, and easy to do, I had real difficulty with it. took me a minute to get it out of the settings screen and to the home screen lol.
My max should be ariving today, and I wonder if I am missing something here, that is maybe I am performing the go to home gesture incorrectly?
any ideas thoughts or guidance would be more than welcome on this.
Thank you.



Submitted by DMNagel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I also found it difficult at first, but find it easy now. First you must place your finger on the bottom edge of the screen. Now simply start sliding upwards to hear those clicks. There are three clicks that differs in pitch. In order to go home, slide your finger upwards and release it as soon as you hear the middle pitch click. For the app switcher you would want to keep sliding up until you hear the high pitched click. I hope this helps. The low click simply indicates that you are starting to do it right.

Submitted by DrummerGuy on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Just place your finger at the bottom of the screen and listen for a little sound which is kind of a popping noise. Without letting go of the screen, start moving your finger upwards and then you're going to hear another pop noise but the tone will increase. It will sound higher. Then you can lift your finger and you will be at the home screen. If you need to access the app switcher, do the same thing but keep going until you here a third pop noise at a higher tone. Remember The first pop noise is letting you know that you're ready to go up on the screen either to the home screen or the app switcher. The second tone lets you know that you are ready to go to the home screen and a third tone will let you know that you are ready to go to the app switcher. Once you place your finger at the bottom of the screen weight for a second and you will hear the first pop. Then don't let go of the screen and start moving your finger up until you hear the tone you need. Once you hear the second or third PUP, lift your finger and you will be at the desired screen. It might take you a minute or two to figure out but once you do it, it'll be easy. I totally forgot about the home button two minutes after I had my iPhone X in my hands. Hope that helps.

Submitted by Lukas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I have to join the others who have commented and agree with them in that the gesture is quite easy to perform after a while. Don't forget that it works exactly the same way in principle but in reverse, i.e. from top to bottom, for the control center and notification center. Even the old gestures involving a three-finger swipe up or down to bring these centers up from the status bar still work but these newer ones are probably faster most of the time, as it's much more difficult than before to locate the status bar by touch on these new iPhones with edge to edge displays.

All four of these gestures work and can be practiced for however long you want in the VoiceOver practice which you can turn on from VoiceOver settings or by double tapping with 4 fingers at any time.

You should also know that if you move too far to the left or right while performing the gesture, sliding your finger upwards or downwards respectively, VoiceOver will give you some very promiment haptic feedback and the gesture will be canceled. You need to go in a relatively straight line for it to succeed.

My only problem with these gestures at first was that I tended to start doing them still way too far up away from the edge. I didn't have any issue with the home button missing as such, but I was still kind of subconsciously placing my finger where the display area on the older iPhones used to be, not where the home button used to be. Your muscle memory really needs to get used to the fact that the chunk of the phone where the button used to be is quite larger than it seems at first glance, and that this whole area is now truly a part of the display. You can use either the lightning port, the speaker grills or the edge of your case if you use one to help yourself get oriented at the beginning to locate the bottom edge of the display reliably every time at the first attempt.

I personally don't miss the button and don't have any issues with these gestures any more, but I can't agree with those who say it's in fact much faster, easier and more intuitive than the home button was, either. To me, that kind of overexageration is just non-sense. No kind of a finger swipe along the actual surface of the display can ever be easier than just lightly tapping a physical button, or even a solid state one, but you get the point. Certainly, this is not faster than the button on my iPhone 7 Plus was, but perhaps it's not exactly slower either. I would just say it's neither better nor worse, it's just different. I would also welcome the gesture to be much more tolerant in that it would need a much shorter distance and would accept a much faster, lighter swipe for it to succeed. I know that it would probably be much easier to confuse for a mere explorative touch that way, but the way it is now, it's still sometimes way too slow for my liking. I guess I'm still hoping for the kind of speed and fluency I was constantly achieving with my trusty home button, especially when invoking the app switcher. :-)


Submitted by Joseph Westhouse on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

While I usually do the gesture quickly and fluidly, it is not time sensitive. As long as you keep your finger solidly pressed to the screen, after you hear the first click, you can slide up as slowly and deliberately as you like. Just in case you're worried about getting the timing just right or anything. But the important thing is t keep your finger on the screen and listen for two clicks/pops.

Submitted by eclectica on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Just out of curiosity, how do people who are hard of hearing or deaf accomplish these gestures when they must rely on sounds to know when their finger is on the correct location to bring up the app switcher, etc.? This is, of course, if they are not using a Bluetooth keyboard or braille display. This also applies to those who do not like VoiceOver sounds and have them silenced. I still have an iPhone 8 Plus or else I would play with it to find out.

Submitted by falcon wings on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thank you to all of you that took the time to write back and help. :)
I have had the iphone XS Max for a few hours now, and its charging besides me as I write and yes, whilst it seems to be difficult at first, once you get it right, its doable. I guess it will take time for me to get used to it, but I would agree with Lukas, that I wouldnt really go as far as to call it worse than the home button, its not great either, its just different, and no, no way its faster than tapping or pressing the home button.
Thank you aditionally at Joseph because it was precisely me worrying about the time sensitivity of the gesture that it took me so long to figure it out. and it wasnt a minute either :D.
I am just wondering how this would translate to crouded situations or where you are not exactly able to here the tones, but I guess after a while it will be autopilot and built into the mussle memary.
So once again, cheers and thanks.
P.S. slight OT question, any tips tweeks you would suggest to a person migrating from the iphone 6 plus to the max?
I almost called emergency / police trying to turn off voiceover lol!

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

As long as you have sensory input in your finger, you can also feel the vibration of each click. It should not be a problem at all. In fact, I think it more of a feeling gesture than a hearing one.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

When using finger going up forget about the first beat, second beat open the iPhone and third beat open the app switch.

Submitted by DMNagel on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I went from a 6 plus all the way to XSMax on Friday the second this month. As for tweaks, all i did was disabling raze to wake at settings/display and brightness, then disabling tap to wake at general/accessibility. When i lock my screen, i believe it pointless if the phone wakes at every tap or raze. Just my thoughts, but to each their own.

Submitted by Kelsey Nicolay on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

While I don’t use the iPhone X or 11, these same gesjures are available on any iPad running IOS 12 or later, so I can relate to what has already been said. When IOS 12 came out, I was very curious about the new gestures, so I experimented on my iPad Mini 4. I had a heck of a time with it at first. I had an appointment at the Apple Store for some VoiceOver training, so I had them show me what to do because it just wasn’t clicking when it was described verbally. One thing they told me was not to press too hard. But if you’re really struggling with this, there’s nothing wrong with going into the Apple Store for help.

Submitted by OmniverseAgent on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Just in case someone else has the same physical issues as me. I basically removed almost all of voiceovers gestures and reassigned the ones that I use to the easiest gestures for me.

My hand is basically stuck in a fist so the easiest things to do are the ones with one finger gestures and three finger gestures. so I put a three finger single tap to go home, and a three finger double tap for my app switcher. One finger triple tap highlights the status bar and so forth.

I’m probably making you pull out your hair and scream at the phone but hey what can you do LOL