Remove Home Screen Search Button on iPhone (iOS 16)

iOS 16 brings several visual improvements to iOS including customizable home screen with widgets.

This time around Apple has added a new search button at the bottom of the home screen of iPhones in iOS 16.

Using this button you can trigger Spotlight Search and it sits right above the dock.

However, if you are one of the iPhone users who is used to swiping the home screen downwards to open search option and don’t like this new search button and instead prefer the Home Screen dots then you can simply remove the search button.

So here’s how to remove the home screen search button in iOS 16.

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Remove Home Screen Search Button in iOS 16

To completely remove the Home Screen Search Button above the dock in iPhone follow these simple steps.

STEP 1: Open the iPhone Settings app

iPhone settings

STEP 2: Scroll down a bit until you locate Home Screen. Once located tap on Home Screen

home screen

STEP 3: Under the “Search” section, toggle off the switch that says Show on Home Screen.

search settings home screen

If you followed these steps carefully then the search button might have gone away from your home screen.

It will now be replaced by the Home Screen dots if you have multiple home screens before the app library.

If you want to enable the Home screen search button again, follow the same method and toggle on Show On Home Screen.


How To Search Without The Home Screen Search Button?

With iOS 16 Apple has removed the big search bar on the left side of the home screen and it has been replaced with a small search button on the home screen.

This search button can be used to search almost anything on your iPhone, including files, apps, messages, mail, contacts, and much more.

Now after removing the home screen search button you can just swipe down on the Home Screen or the Lock Screen to bring up Spotlight Search.

The search button might have been added for the new iPhone users as experienced are already aware of the search gesture.

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So this was a simple and easy-to-follow guide on How To Disable The Home Screen Search Button In iOS 16.

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Anubhav Tyagi
Anubhav Tyagi
Just a normal guy who listen to lots of music, but apart from that I love Tech!


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