How to change the Home button opening behavior on iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPhone with a Home button and Touch ID, there are a few unique customizations available to you. If you're looking for an easier way to trigger actions with the Home button, this guide is for you.

How to disable Rest Finger to Open

If your Lock screen is awake and you rest your thumb or finger on the Home button, your iPhone or iPad will automagically unlock. 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.

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

    Tap Home Button, tap the switch next to Rest Finger to OpenSource: 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:

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  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 optionSource: iMore

How to change the Home Button's click intensity

If you have an iPhone 7 or later, you can change the "click" intensity of your Home button, 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

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