To bring us an edge-to-edge display on the iPhone X, Apple had to ditch the familiar home button that used to live on the bottom bezel of older iPhone models.
The home button on current iPhones serves several uses, like waking and unlocking the phone if you didn’t have any security (naughty you), housing the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, bringing you back to the home screen from an app, pulling up the multitasking app slider menu, using Apple Pay, and summoning Siri.
So, without a home button, you may be wondering how you’d do any of the above with the home button-less iPhone X. Check it out:
Tap the iPhone X’s screen to wake.
On current and older iPhones, you could wake your phone by pressing the home button, raising the phone, or pressing the power/sleep button. Now that the home button is gone on the iPhone X, however, Apple has introduced a couple of new ways to wake the phone.
One way is to tap the screen to wake the iPhone X. You’ll also be able to unlock the iPhone X using the sleep/power button and raising it.
Use Face ID to unlock the iPhone X securely.
To unlock the new iPhone X with Face ID, you’ll need to simply look at it: As long as your eyes are open and looking at the screen, the lock icon at the top of the iPhone X should then show an unlocked animation, which will allow you to access your home screen by swiping up from the bottom of the phone.
Face ID uses Apple’s True Depth system with its various sensors in the iPhone X’s front-facing “notch” to detect your face and unlock the iPhone X.