The Amazing iPhone Home Button

October 2, 2014
Updated October 16, 2016

How many things can the iPhone Home Button do? Let’s see…

  1. Go to home screen (press while unlocked)
  2. Wake the phone from sleep (press while locked)
  3. Launch/cancel fast app switching (double press while unlocked)
  4. Launch Siri (press and hold)
  5. Unlock the phone with Touch ID (touch)
  6. Make a purchase on iTunes Store (touch)
  7. Authorize an app to access a Keychain item (touch)
  8. Enable/disable accessibility options (triple press)
  9. Reachability (double touch)
  10. Apple Pay (double press or touch and hold)
  11. Take a screenshot (press and hold, press sleep/wake button)
  12. Take a stackshot sysdiagnose (press and hold, press a volume button)
  13. Enter DFU mode (no longer works with iPhone 7)
  14. Dismiss Notification Center or Control Center (press while NC or CC is displayed)
  15. Dismiss lock screen camera (press)
  16. Go to the home screen from lock screen (press) (iOS 10)
  17. Dismiss a pulled-down notification (press) (iOS 10)
  18. Make a purchase in Safari (touch) (iOS 10)

Removed functionality:

  1. ✗ Show/hide media playback controls over lock screen (press while locked) (removed in iOS 10)

Credit goes to Guy English for inspiring this.

Update: Found a 15th use.

Update: Updated for iOS 10.