The New Search Button May Be the Most Annoying iOS 16 Feature, but There Is a Fix
If you keep accidentally hitting the new Search button on your iPhone, there's a way to completely remove it.
Nelson Aguilar is an LA-based tech how-to writer and graduate of UCLA. With more than a decade of experience, he covers Apple and Google and writes on iPhone and Android features, privacy and security settings and more.
I'm talking about the addition of the Search button to the bottom of the home screen, right above the dock. While the Search feature is useful for quickly finding text messages, files and settings, the new button is placed in a location where it's easy to accidentally tap, especially when I'm scrolling through my various home screen pages.
And when I do inadvertently hit the new Search button, the Search feature blows up in full screen. Then I have to swipe out of it to go back to my home screen, which can get annoying real quick. Fortunately, there's a fix.
On your iPhone running iOS 16, launch the Settings application, go to Home Screen and toggle off the Show on Home Screen button underneath "Search." Instead of the Search button on your home screen, you'll now see several dots indicating your various home screen pages instead. If you press on it, nothing happens.
If you want to access the Search feature after removing the home-screen button, you can access it the traditional way: swipe down from anywhere on your screen.