double swipe on home button

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pkiefer131, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. pkiefer131 macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    Hey members!

    I've been an iPhone/Apple user for a few years now and upgraded to the iPhone 6 (not jailbroke. Stock iOS 8 software). Previously I had an iPhone 5 so I did not have the dynamic home key (fingerprint) and noticed something weird today with my new iPhone 6.

    I don't know what made me do this, but I was on my home screen I got the bright idea to see if the home button was capible of swipe commands, like if I swiped left on the home button would it swipe my screen. So ended up swiping my finger down on the home key twice. Boom! All my apps moved down and left a blank space on the top of my home screen for a while. Any idea why this is a feature? I thought maybe it had something to do with notifications.
  2. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    Yes we all know. Get to know your phone better
  3. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    It's the reachability feature for one handed use.
  4. freemini macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2009
    I don't think the home button assembly is capable of differentiating a tap from a swipe, it might depending how complicated it is built.
  5. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    This is their "Reachability" feature on the 6 and 6+. You don't have to swipe, just tap (not press) the home button twice. It's a feature they put in to help with one-handed use of the larger screens.
  6. mKTank macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    Yes it is. The ring surrounding the button acts as a touch sensor.
  7. pkiefer131 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    But look...why does it do this

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  8. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013
    So you can reach the top of the screen, one handed.
  9. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    So you can reach it with 1 hand use.
  10. pkiefer131 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    Ohhhhhhh. Got it. Thanks every. Minus the first guy.
  11. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    You don't have to swipe, just double touch the home button and it will do this. As others have said, it's called Reachability. It's a feature on the 6 and 6 plus to move the screen down so you can more easily reach anything towards the top of the screen.

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