How to Deactivate the Home Screen Search Button on iPhone

Starting with iOS 16, the iPhone Home screen includes a small Search button located just above the dock. If you find the addition annoying, Apple makes it easy to remove the Search button.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 15, 2022

Starting with iOS 16, the iPhone Home screen includes a small Search button located just above the dock. If you find the addition annoying, Apple makes it easy to remove the Search button. Let’s explore this easy fix.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 16+

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Apple likely added the new search button in iOS 16 because launching Spotlight Search on an iPhone had previously been a mysterious process (you swipe downward with one finger in the middle of the Home screen.) With the new button, all you have to do is tap it, and Spotlight opens instantly. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Search button

To remove this Search button, first, open Settings on your iPhone by tapping the Gear icon. See the below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in Settings, scroll down and tap Home Screen. See the following image:

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Accessing the Home Screen option

Now, on Home Screen settings, locate the section labeled Search and toggle the Show on Home Screen to the OFF position. Refer to the below image:

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Disable the Search button on Home Screen

ANext, exit Settings, and you will see that the Search button has been replaced with the Home screen page number dots like iOS 15 and earlier. See the below image:

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Back to the dots

These dots visually show you the Home screen you are on. You can hold your finger on them, then slide it to quickly scroll through your Home screen pages.

Even after you disable this Search button, you can swipe downward with one finger in the middle of the Home screen to open Spotlight search.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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