With the rollout of iOS 16 for iPhone in late 2022 Apple added a Search button between your app screen and the menu tray at the bottom of the screen. This Search button is effectively a shortcut to access the spotlight search feature, which checks your searches against the apps on your device, the App Store, and the general web. Thankfully if you feel like this new search button is an eyesore Apple makes it easy to get rid of.
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Steps to Remove Search Button from iPhone Home Screen
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll down this menu, and then tap “Home Screen.”
- Find the Search section, and then tap to de-select the toggle associated with “Show On Home Screen.” Going forward the Search button will no longer appear on your Apple iPhone home screen.