Here’s How to Add a Home Button to Your iPhone X

Much has been made of Apple’s recent decision to do away with the iconic home button, which has been a hallmark of the iPhone since its inception. Instead the iPhone X relies on facial recognition to grant users access and gestures to allow navigation.

Thankfully, there’s a nifty workaround for those of you who aren’t thrilled with the lack of a physical home button. The hack, which was outlined by Business Insider, allows you to create a virtual home button in its place at the bottom of your iPhone X’s screen.

  1. First, clear room for the virtual home button on your screen by moving apps away from the bottom.
  2. Then toggle on the ‘AssistiveTouch’ feature by performing the following steps: Open Settings.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Tap Accessibility.
  5. Toggle on Assistive Touch.
  6. Choose the ‘Home’ option. A white button will appear that you can drag to the bottom-center of your screen. You can use this as a makeshift home button.

While the move to ditch the home button wasn’t universally welcomed, Apple’s chief designer Jony Ive defended it as part and parcel of the company’s approach to innovation and improvement.

“I actually think the path of holding onto features that have been effective, the path of holding onto those whatever the cost, is a path that leads to failure,” Ive said to Time. “And in the short term, it’s the path the feels less risky and it’s the path that feels more secure.

“It’s not necessarily the most comfortable place to be in when you believe there’s a better way,” he added. “[Because] that means moving on from something that has felt successful.”

Another point of criticism has been the iPhone X’s $ 999 price tag, which is prohibitively high for many. Regardless, sales of the iPhone X have been strong. Initial supplies of the iPhone X sold out within minutes due to “off the charts” demand.

The iPhone X is expected to propel a surge in revenue to a record $ 87 billion in the quarter ending in December. Apple has also been contending with supply chain and production issues for the iPhone X, which hampered initial supplies.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that his company is working out the delays. Production is “going well, we’re doing more each week and I’m pleased with how things are going,” he said according to Bloomberg. “The initial demand for iPhone X has been very, very strong.”

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Best Gifts for iPhone Users

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else, gifts that compliment your most personal device are a great way to spread holiday cheer all year long. These 10 gifts for iPhone users are sure to delight any recipient every time they pick up their iPhone.

Best Gifts Under $ 20

PopSocket Phone Stand/Grip

The PopSocket became wildly popular in 2017 as a way to both hold your phone more securely, as well as prop your phone up on a desk or table. The collapsible button adds a small pop-up grip to the back of your smartphone, allowing for more controlled grip by placing it between your fingers. When not in use, it collapses down to just a few millimeters thick to minimize added bulk. PopSockets are available in a multitude of colors, from $ 7.50 – $ 15.

Buy$ 7.50 – $ 15


Nomad Horween Leather Folio Wallet Case

The Nomad leather folio is a combination wallet and iPhone case for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, or 8 Plus. The American made leather is designed to patina beautifully over time, allowing each case to take on a unique and personal look. Additionally, the wallet can hold three to six cards, and the entire thing will protect your iPhone at the same time.

Buy$ 37.49


Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad

If you or someone you know recently upgraded to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X, or sport and Android phone that supports wireless charging, this wireless charging pad is a great gift idea. Using the Qi (pronounced chee) standard, this allows for recharging our device without plugging it in. A great option for reducing cable clutter on a desk or nightstand.

Buy$ 19.99


USB Solar Charger & Battery

This solar charger can act as emergency power, no matter the situation. With a built-in 5000mAh battery, it can recharge an iPhone nearly 2 full times on a single charge, and its built-in battery can recharge with in sun without needing an outlet. Perfect for camping or long days outdoors without access to power. Pick yours up today for $ 19.99.

Buy$ 19.99


Anker PowerLine+ 10ft Lightning Cable

Apple’s Lightning cables have long been a pain-point for iOS users, due to their relatively short length and their fragile construction. With the Anker PowerLine+ 10ft Lightning Cable, you get 3x more distance from an outlet than Apple’s standard cable, and the braided cable housing is much more resilient to everyday wear and tear. If you or someone you know is dealing with a frayed Lightning cable, this is the way to go ($ 17.99).

Buy$ 17.99


LimeLens Smartphone Camera Lens Set

We all love taking photos with our smartphone, but sometimes focusing close up, or getting an entire setting in view can be a challenge. This clip on lens allow for extreme close-ups (macro), as well as ultra-wide fisheye shots, and everything in between. This clip on lens comes with 10x macro, wide angle, fisheye, and 1.5x telephoto lenses for diversifying your photo game. Get it here – $ 17.99.

Buy$ 17.99


Hoverdock for iPhone

Whether it’s the latest and greatest iPhone or an iPhone 5, this dock will work with any lightning equipped iPhone. Using an existing lightning cable, the underside of the dock offers retractable cable storage for a tidy workspace. The sturdy base and rubber bottom will keep an iPhone in place, floating above any surface, away from spills. Using the dock is also a great way to maximize the life of the light cables and keep them from fraying or splitting with extended use.

Buy$ 27.95


SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

Quickly free up space on an iPhone by storing photos and videos on an external drive. Great for anybody battling a 16GB iPhone, or the selfie queen in the house, the iXpand Flash Drive and iXpand Drive app allow for offloading your photos, videos, and music storage in a convenient flash drive. With both Lightning and USB-A ports, moving files from an iPhone to a computer couldn’t be easier. The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities.

Buy$ 39.99


Scosche Magic Mount

Your iPhone is likely your GPS and form of entertainment while driving, but fiddling with clips and latches can be a hassle. The Magic Mount uses a thin metal plate on your smartphone and a magnet in the mount to hold your phone securely in place without the need to press clamps or springs. The entire mount suctions to your windshield, while the plate can be stuck to the back of you device or its case. A great gift idea for anybody that spends time behind the wheel.

Buy$ 19.99


Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

This 360º wireless speaker pumps out huge sound without distortion. Offering well rounded sound that fills the room. The built-in microphone allows for phone calls, and can also be used for talking to Siri. The IPX7 waterproof design and 15 hours of battery life make it the perfect companion, anywhere you go.

Buy$ 123.99


Beats X Wireless Earbuds

The iPhone is an extremely popular workout companion, and so are the Beats X Wireless Earbuds. These sport earbuds offer a comfortable neck strap, in-ear tips for improved noise isolation, in-line controls for volume and audio control, and feature Apple’s W1 chip for easy pairing. The Beats X are charged over a Lightning cable, meaning you need one less cord when traveling, as well.

Buy$ 99



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Mercedes’ wireless charger doesn’t play nice with the iPhone X

I’m driving a new 2017 Mercedes E300 today, and it comes with a built-in wireless charger, which is a nice feature for a $ 60,000 car. Now, let’s overlook the poor placement of the charger — buried behind the cupholders, for some reason — and get to the main issue.

If you have an iPhone 8 or iPhone X, which come with wireless charging, you can charge your phone on the pad, unlike previous iPhones. But there is a major flaw that keeps driving me crazy, and it’s Apple Pay. Since the charging pad also has NFC, the iPhone thinks you’re trying to pay for something and automatically activates Apple Pay every time you put the phone down to charge.

Seems like a small issue, right? Well if you’re playing music in your car from your phone, as…

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