How to customize the Home button on iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPhone or iPad with a Home button and Touch ID — like the iPhone SE (2020) — there are a few unique customizations available to you. If you’re looking for an easier way to trigger actions with the Home button and make your iPhone the best iPhone it can be, this guide is for you. Here’s how to customize the Home button on iPhone and iPad.

How to disable Rest Finger to Open

Your iPhone or iPad will automatically unlock if your Lock screen is awake and you rest your thumb or finger on the Home button. However, if you disable the option, you’ll have to rest your finger, then press the Home button.

If you go straight from a sleeping Lock screen, rest your finger for a second, and press the Home button, it’ll unlock, whether you have Rest Finger to Open enabled or not.

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  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Home Button.
  4. Tap the switch next to Rest Finger to Open.

    Source: iMore

How to change the click speed of the Home Button

If you have mobility or motor impairments and can’t click the Home button as quickly as the default setting, you can change it so that you can double- or triple-click comfortably. Here’s how:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Home Button.
  4. Tap Default, Slow, or Slowest to set the click speed.

    Tap Home Button, tap a click speed option

    Source: iMore

How to change the Home Button’s click intensity

If you have an iPhone 7 or later, you can change your Home button’s “click” intensity since the Home button isn’t really a button at all (it uses haptic feedback to simulate the feeling of pressing a physical button). The “click” you feel is actually vibration, and you can alter it to suit your needs, but only on iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Home Button.

    Launch Settings, tap General, tap Home Button

  4. Tap 1, 2, or 3. You can press the Home button each time to test how each setting feels.
  5. Tap Done in the top right corner when you’re satisfied with the intensity.

    Tap an option, press the Home button to test each one, tap Done

Questions?

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Updated September 2021: Updated for the latest version of iOS 14.

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