iOS 16: How to Remove Home Screen Search Button on iPhone

Apple introduced iOS 16 at the Apple Annual WWDC 2022 event and released its first beta release in July. Following that, the stable version of iOS 16 was rolled out on September 12, 2022. Now that the Stable version is rolling out to users, it’s creating more hype.

The new iOS 16 is expected to be a big hit as it introduced many new features. You get a redesigned lock screen, improved animations, increased privacy options, and more in the latest iOS 16. For a complete list of iOS 16 features, check out our article – WWDC 2022: Every New Feature of iOS 16.

If you have just upgraded to iOS 16, the first thing that would catch your attention is the Search button on the home screen. The new search button sits just above the dock, and it’s supposed to make the searching part easier.

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Remove Home Screen Search Button on iOS 16

However, the problem is that anyone who knows how to search on an iPhone may find the new search button useless. It takes up the screen space and ruins the wallpaper experience. So, if you are amongst those who find the new search button to be an unnecessary distraction, you can easily remove it.

Below, we have shared a step-by-step guide on removing the home screen search button on iOS 16. Let’s get started.

1. First of all, open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Settings

2. On the Settings app, scroll down and tap on the Home Screen.

Home Screen

3. On the Home Screen, scroll down to the Search section. On the Search, toggle off the switch for ‘Show on home screen

Show on home screen

4. This will disable the home screen search button on your iPhone.

That’s it! This is how you can remove the home screen search button on your Apple iPhone (iOS 16).

While the home screen search button is appreciated, it’s still pretty useless because iPhone can help users can still search for their files, apps, messages, mail, contacts, etc., without the search button.

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To search without the home screen search button, iPhone users need to swipe down on the home screen. So, this guide is all about how to remove the Home Screen search on iOS 16. If you need more help removing the home screen search button on iOS 16, let us know in the comments below.