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iOS 7 tip: 6 more things the Home button can do

Click the your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) Home button once, and you’ll end up on the home screen. Double-click it, and you’ll jump to the iOS multitasking screen (you know, the one that shows all the apps that are running in the background). But what happens if you try triple-clicking the Home key?

Well, most of the time, you’ll just wind up back at the home screen—or, if you’re already on the home screen, the multitasking screen will play a brief game of peek-a-boo.

But if you flip some switches deep in the Settings menu, you’ll be able to choose between six new functions that triple-clicking the Home key can activate.

Tap Settings, General, Accessibility, then scroll all the way down to a setting labeled “Accessibility Shortcut.”

Just tap the Accessibility Shortcut feature (or features) you’d like to activate. Note that Guided Access, which must be togged on or off from a separate screen, is grayed out.

You’ll now see the six (or maybe just five—more on that in a moment) actions that your iPhone/iPad can take when you triple-click the Home key. They include:

Just tap a feature to switch it on when you triple-click the Home key.

If you select more than one item, your iPhone or iPad will ask which one to activate whenever you triple-click Home.

Don’t want your iPhone/iPad to do anything when you triple-click the Home key? Then make sure all five items (or six, including Guided Access) are unchecked.

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