Daily Tip: How to navigate through your home screens in three different ways

New to iPhone or iPad and wondering how to quickly navigate through your home screens, if you have multiple pages of apps and folders? Well the good news is, there are three different ways to do this, which means you'll likely find at least one that suits you. We’ll show you how, after the break!

There are three ways to easily switch between your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone home screens.

  1. The way most common way to switch between pages is by swiping across your home screen from right to left (or left to right depending on which way you need to go).

  2. If you have an aversion to swiping, you can tap the bottom right or left corner of the screen, between the bottom row of apps and just above the dock. This takes you to the next screen depending on where you touch it. This way is probably the worst way of getting to different home screens, as it is a little hit and miss.

  3. Looking at the bottom of your home screen, just above your four dock icons, you will see a very small magnifying glass and a series of circles. Each circle represents a home screen. If you click carefully on one of the circle outlines, it will take you to the next home screen. The filled in white circle represents the screen you are on; so if you click to the left it will move back a screen and to the right forward a screen. Incidentally, if you touch the magnifying glass you are taken to the search screen.

So there you have it, three simple ways of navigating around your home screens. If you have any other home screen tips for us, let us know in the comments!

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Daily Tip: How to navigate through your home screens in three different ways


To me, some of the things presented in the ios 5 betas seems to indicate things to come in the iPhone 5/ios 5.
1) Camera light as LED notification >>>
possible LED light on the front of the iPhone 5
2) Volume button as camera shutter >>>
(less likely) possibility that there will be a dedicated camera button.
3) Method of accessing notification center (i.e. swiping down from the top edge of any screen, regardless of the presence/absence of the the status bar) >>>
possibility of there being other such gestures:
i.e. from within any application, swiping from the left or right edge of the screen results in quicker app switching, swiping up from the bottom of the screen leds to the home screen, two quick swipe from the bottom edge opens up Apple's ios multitasking manager;
from the home screen, swiping up leads to the multitasking manager

Dude.. what are u talking about? iOS 5 Beta is iOS 5.. whats presented in the Betas is what is coming (for the most part) If there were other gestures coming then they would have mentioned them.. (for the most part).. as for iPhone 5.. I doubt that 1 & 2 suggest what u think they do.. But you are entitled to your opinion so we'll just have to see

You do know that tapping anywhere to the left or right of the white disc switches pages, right?
Nothing to do with corners..,

tips 2 and 3 are technically NOT the same thing, though they could be combined if described differently.
the first involves tapping either to the left or right of the row of white dots. the other involves tapping on the dots.
the result is the same, but for the tips to be combined, it would have to be stated that one can tap either beside or on the dots.

"if you touch the magnifying glass you are taken to the search screen."
are you sure about that? doesn't work on my iphone 4 running iOS 4.3.3. tapping the magnifying glass only appears to work if one is located the very first home page. then, tapping on the magnifying glass is the equivalent of swiping once to the right.
but if you're on the 2nd or 3rd page of apps (or later), tapping the magnifying glass seems to only take you to the previous page of apps.

First off the 2nd and 3rd are the same. Also I thing the 2nd (tapping the lower corners) are the easiest. To quickly navigate to the "spotlight" if you click the hone button it takes you to the first page. Whennob the first page hit the home button again and it will take you to spotlight.