Since the appearance of the iPhone X at the end of 2017, Apple’s smartphones no longer have a physical home button on the front panel. This one has been replaced by a grayish bar placed at the very bottom of the screen. The problem is that this bar remains permanently displayed, even in games. Here is a method to get rid of the iPhone home bar.
What is the purpose of the iPhone home bar
The round home button was for a long time the distinctive sign of Apple smartphones. But with the arrival of edge-to-edge screens, Apple had no choice but to remove it. Obviously this change in design is not without consequences on the user experience.
To help its customers to better familiarize themselves with this new navigation system based on gestures, Apple has decided to place a black (or white) bar at the bottom of the screen. It serves as a reference point to unlock the screen or display the selection of applications. As a reminder, here is the list of gestures that replace the home button of the iPhone.
However, the handling of the iOS interface is relatively easy. Once you get used to it, the home bar will no longer be of any use to you. Worse, it might even get in the way when you play games or navigate in the iPhone interface.
Hide the home bar
I have to tell you right away, Apple has not planned to make the indicator disappear from your iPhone. For some incomprehensible reason, the Cupertino company does not offer any switch in the iOS settings to manage the display of this navigation element.
Whether it’s the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 pro and the following versions, the home bar is almost always visible. Hopefully, Apple will come up with an iOS update very soon to fix this issue. In the meantime, a workaround exists. For that we will use the accessibility settings.
- Open the Settings of your iPhone
- Click on the accessibility section and then on guided access
- Press the switch placed at the top of the window to activate this function
- A new window will open
- Press on code settings and activate the accessibility shortcut function using the switch
That’s it, your iPhone configuration is now complete. But as you can see the home bar is still present at the bottom of the screen. Don’t worry, it’s normal. You still have one more manipulation to do:
- Launch the application in which you want to make the home bar disappear
- Click three times in a row on the power button placed on the right edge of the phone
- Your device will go directly into guided access mode
- The home bar indicator will automatically disappear
Be careful, once the guided access mode is activated you will not be able to change application, take screenshots or return to the home screen of your iPhone. To leave the application, you will have no other choice than to triple click the power button to exit the guided access mode.
So of course, this solution has some drawbacks. But it is the only one today able to make the home bar disappear from the iPhone.