How To Remove The Search Button From iOS 16’s Home Screen

When I upgraded to iOS 16, the first thing I did was look up how to remove the Search button from the Home Screen. I completely understand Apple’s reasoning for including it, but for anyone who already knows how to search on an iPhone, it’s just an unnecessary distraction.

You’ve always been able to search your iPhone by pulling it down from somewhere on the Home Screen, and iOS 16 doesn’t change that.

What has changed is the addition of a Search button just above the Dock by Apple. The reason is understandable: the gesture for searching is not easily discovered, so Apple wanted to provide non-technical iPhone owners with a very obvious and visible way to do so.

But for the average BestTopReviewsOnline reader, it’s just visual clutter.

Fortunately, Apple made it extremely simple to uninstall. Simply go to Settings, search for Home Screen, tap the main Home Screen option, and then turn Search off.

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