iOS 16.2 will let you dramatically change your home screen — here’s how

iOS 16.2 may introduce a completely reworked option for your iPhone’s home screen, menus and apps with a new feature named Custom Accessibility Mode.

It’s not available to users yet, even if you download the latest iOS 16 beta software. But 9to5Mac (opens in new tab) was able to root around in the code for this latest iteration of iOS, and find out the key details. 

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When activated (by using the iOS accessibility shortcut of three side or home button presses), Custom Accessibility Mode transforms the familiar grid of app icons into a much larger two-column grid or a list of options, with no bottom app dock to distract or confuse things. It also noticeably offers a permanent back button at the bottom of the screen, with apps filling a smaller active window above. Rather than having to use a swipe gesture or look for a back button, the path home is always obvious.

The lock screen changes too, displaying a simple bubble reading “Hold Down to Enter” to make it obvious how to access the phone. It’s not clear how this would work with Face ID or Touch ID though.


Screenshots showing the custom accessibility mode feature in iOS 16.2 beta

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As well as these big changes, the Settings page for Custom Accessibility Mode allows users to adjust text and icon size further, enable shortcuts to Emergency SOS features and limit features like volume button controls and access to apps.

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