How to change the Home button click speed on iPhone and iPad

If you've got an iPhone or iPad, you're already aware that the Home button is by far the most used physical button since you use it to exit apps, multitask, and more. Depending on how fast you tap the Home button, double and trip clicks may not always register for you or get misread. iOS actually gives you a way to customize the Home button click speed by slowing it down.

Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Scroll down a ways and now tap on Accessibility.
  4. Under the Physical & Motor section, tap on the option for Home-click Speed.
  5. Here you can choose between Default, Slow, and Slowest

Since iOS will always register fast taps, the only settings offered are to slow it down. If you find that your iPhone is registering double taps as two single taps, slowing the speed down a bit could prevent this issue from happening.

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.

  • Thanks Allyson, much appreciate it. Also, can you pls tell us which software do u use to capture the screen-shot in bubble format? It looks very neat and tidy. I might use for my official work :)
  • Yep, it's called Napkin - it's available in the Mac App Store
  • While my Home button is somewhat busted, I use Zephyr to fix it; however, at times, I still use my button. One press could accidentally tricking multitask. Would this button speed fix it?
  • Hmm, sounds like your Home button is sticking. May help though..
  • Excellent How To as always Ally, I learned something new from you as I always do. Thank you
  • Wow that's really cool!
  • Another great tip and review. Thanks!
  • Good to know, though I've never had issues with the default speed.
    It's the double-tap on the handsfree that gives me trouble at times - I apparently tend to do it too fast at times thus causing the song to pause instead of skipping to the next track. Same for triple-tap which can result in the song skipping to the next rather than it going backwards. Thus I have to slow down on my taps at times ;)
  • This is cool. There is even a way in the settings to set a button on the touch screen which acts as a home button for those having problems with the physical button. It even provide some toggles as well
  • Another great how to tip Ally! Thanks
  • Hi Ally, I have an issue where my iPhone is a little slow in certain situations (i think), and misinterprets my input. What happens is I will pick up the phone and hit the home button. The phone will switch from landscape mode to portrait mode and back again (your guess as good as mine!). Then it will activate Siri (which is why i think it's being slow, since i tapped and didn't hold the button). Any ideas on an approach to this problem? Also, the home button used to bring one home. Now, if you went to a folder or swiped to another panel before going to an app, then click home, it will go back to that folder or panel instead of going to the real home. Big mistake by apple in my opinion. Is there potentially a way to change this behavior?