How to Use Hidden Home Button on Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Having a tough time with the solid-state home button on the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owing to its malfunctions? Use Apple’s virtual alternative which offers similar functionalities.

    Apple, in favour of a new solid-state home button, jettisoned its iconic mechanical home button on the new Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

    How to Use Hidden Home Button on Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

    Rumours are already abuzz that Apple will eliminate the physical home button for good by integrating it under the glass screen when it launches the next iPhone in 2017.

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    That being said, it appears as if all is not well with the solid-state home button on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Recently, an image was posted on the MacRumors forum which read "The Home Button May Need Service. In the meantime, you can use the onscreen Home button below."

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    How to Use Hidden Home Button on Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

    This virtual home button discovered by a layman on the MacRumour forum is not entirely new and has been there with us for a long time now. Known as the Assistive Touch, the virtual button serves the same purpose as the physical home button along with a few shortcuts which include one-tap access to Notification Center, Siri, Control Center, and a few more.

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    Earlier, the Assistive Touch feature on the iPhone had to be enabled manually. However, with the iOS 10 rolled out, Apple is providing this feature by default whenever there is a Home button malfunction or when it needs service.

    How to Use Hidden Home Button on Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

    With that being said, if you want to give the virtual alternative for the home button a try anyway, follow the below instructions.

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    Open Settings > General > Accessibility and scroll down until you find Assistive Touch and enable it. Voila! You can now use it to access Siri, open notifications, take a screenshot, control the volume, and much more just by a few taps.

    Do make a note that, unlike the physical home button, the virtual alternative doesn't support fingerprint recognition.

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