How to Remove the Grey Home Bar at the Bottom of an iPhone

Hide the Home Bar when it become a distraction.

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access and toggle on Guided Access.
  • Open an app and triple-click the Power button to enter Guided Access.
  • There's no other way to get rid of the Home Bar.

There is no switch to turn off the grey Home Bar at the bottom of an iPhone. This article shows you how to turn it off with a workaround you can use instead. 

Why Is There a Bar at the Bottom of My iPhone?

The home button was a familiar feature on earlier iPhones. The iPhone X brought more screen estate by swapping the iconic Home button for a grayish bar at the bottom of the screen. The screen now shows you more information, and new gestures have made handling the iPhone faster. 

As you swipe from one screen to the next, you will barely notice the grey Home Bar. You don’t even need to select it or tap on it to browse your phone. The permanent thin bar is just a reminder to swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen. Notice a Swipe up to unlock message appears above the bar when you wait for a moment.

It's a visual aid on the screen of every app you open both in Portrait and Landscape mode. But it can be slightly intrusive on some apps (like games and media players) and in Dark Mode.  

Home Bar on iPhone 12

Can You Get Rid of the Bottom Bar on an iPhone?

The iPhone does not have a setting you can enable or disable to control the display of the bottom bar. Developers can write code that auto-hides the bar on some apps. But iOS has the final say. 

Until Apple introduces this setting in a future update, use Guided Access in Accessibility Settings as a quick hack to remove the grey home bar.

It has one limitation: Guided Access works only in one app at a time. You'll have to trigger Guided Access for each app you open. 

How Do I Get Rid of the Bar at the Bottom of My Screen?

Guided Access locks the phone to a single app and allows you control over the screen elements on display. It’s an essential child-proof feature to limit what kids can see and use on the screen. Guided Access also works as a temporary fix for the bar at the bottom of the screen. 

  1. Open Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access.

    iPhone Accessibility Settings with Guided Access highlighted
  2. On the Guided Access screen, toggle the switch to On. Select the options that appear when Guided Access is enabled.

  3. Tap Passcode Settings. Select Set Guided Access Passcode that the iPhone will require to end a Guided Access session. You can also optionally enable Face ID to end a Guided Access with a double-click on the side button. 

  4. Toggle the switch to enable Accessibility Shortcut, which later displays a small pop-up with accessibility options on triple-clicking the side button. 

    Enable Guided Access in iPhone highlighting the Guided Access and Accessibility togles

Note:

The accessibility shortcuts use the triple-click on the Power button to quickly access frequently used accessibility features. Select the shortcuts from Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcuts

How to Use Guided Access to Remove the Home Bar?

As Guided Access prevents app switching, pick an app you want to use for a longer time. You also can't take screenshots or return to the home screen without exiting the Guided Access mode. 

  1. Open the app that you want to use without the Home Bar. 

  2. Click the Power button on the right side of the phone three times to activate Guided Access. On iPhone 8 or older phones, triple-click the Home button.

  3. The iPhone enters the Guided Access mode. Tap Guided Access and then tap again on Start.

  4. To exit the Guided Access screen, triple-click on the Power button. Enter your Guided Access passcode, then tap End. To use Face ID for exiting Guided Access, double-click the Side button. On iPhone 8 and earlier, you must double click the home button or use Touch ID to exit. 

Tip:

Siri is a quicker route to open a Guided Access session. Open the app you want, then tell Siri to "Turn on Guided Access” or “Start Guided Access.” 

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