There’s nearly a full second of delay after pressing your Home button before the app you’re in actually closes. Whether you love or hate the delay remains to be seen, but if you aren’t fond of it, now there’s something you can do about it.

Installing a new free jailbreak tweak called Accelerated Home Button by iOS developer Mehul Rao from Cydia virtually eliminates the delay effect, making access to your Home screen instantaneous after pressing the Home button.

So why is that delay there in the first place? Mostly because Apple wants to let your device think for a moment and see what your next action is going to be. If you press the Home button once, you go to the Home screen, but if you press the Home button twice or three times ocnsecutively, something else happens entirely.

The short pause after pressing the Home button once lets the device wait for additional presses so that it can seamlessly open the App Switcher or provide you with Guided Access/Zoom options without any jitter in animations, assuming you want to.

Accelerated Home Button will make these animations more jittery, but the speed at which it closes out of apps immediately after the Home button is pressed might be preferred by some over the stock timing tolerances.

Apart from disabling the delay that you normally experience when the Home button is pressed, there really isn’t much more to the tweak. With that in mind, you really have to try it and judge it for yourself to find out if you like it.

Accelerated Home Button doesn’t have any options to configure, so if you ever want to revert back to the original timing, you will have to uninstall the tweak from Cydia.

To give Accelerated Home Button a try on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad, head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repository, where you’ll find it as a free download.

If you have a Touch ID sensor, you might also like a tweak called FingerTouch, which lets you assign unique touch-best gestures to your Home button.

What are your thoughts about Accelerated Home Button? Share in the comments section below!

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    For those of you with stock iOS (un-jailbroken), there’s a way to re-calibrate the home button press, which in turn will have the delay time noticeably reduced. To do this you’ll need to launch a stock iOS app (ex: Calculator, Calendar, Clock, and a few others), once launched you need to press and hold the sleep/power button till the “Slide to Power off” message appears, then let go of the sleep/power button and press and hold the home button till you’re thrown back to the home screen. That’s it, now you’ll notice the home button press will have a noticeably reduced delay time, snappier response time.

    • malhal

      That’s just a re-spring which kills all apps. If doing this has a side affect of speeding up your phone then it means you have some background app using too much CPU.

      • BlackPantherK

        So it’s effect is battery drain, correct?

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I didn’t say that it speeds up the phone. What it does is it reduces the delay from when which the home button is pressed to perform an action like take you to the home screen. That split second delay is reduced. Please re-read what I said more carefully.

    • It was never really proven that this actually worked and I believe it is just a placebo effect that went viral across the internet.

      • Sebastian Rasch

        True, there is nothing to it. It doesn’t change anything.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Whenever I do that the home button press delay does seem noticeably reduced. Proven or not, it does seem to have had an effect as far as I can tell.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      LOL I remember trying this during the iPhone 4 days! turns out it just needed alcohol underneath the button to get whatever crap out of there XD

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        This has nothing to do with those who have greasy gunk stuck in or around some people’s home buttons, I’m well aware of that.

  • Wonderful, installed, iPhone crashes, force reboot needed, rejailbreak, try 5 times to get substrate fix to work, iPhone crashes, force reboot needed, rejailbreak, repeat again. grrrrrrr, I hate this yalu b3. Please Pangu Team come good soon .

  • With these tweak: to Home is so quick if you double press for multitask you first see the springboard and then the multitask.

    deinstall .. it was quick enough already ..