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What is the iPad Home Button?


The iPad's Home Button

Image © Apple, Inc.


The iPad home button is the small, circular button decorated with a small box and located at the bottom of the iPad. Apple's design philosophy revolves around the idea that less is better, which makes the home button one of the few ways to control the iPad outside of the onscreen controls.

The home button has many uses, including waking up the iPad when you are ready to use it, exiting out of applications and navigating to the first page of icons. The home button can also be used in combination with the suspend button at the top of the iPad to take a screenshot of the display, and if you double click the home button, you will be greeted with a list of recently opened applications at the bottom of the screen.

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