If you’re an iPhone user, you’re familiar with the bottom bar that allows you to swipe up from the bottom to return to the home screen or open recent apps. The bar can appear in either white or grey, depending on the background. If the bottom bar is causing issues or acting as a distraction, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll learn how to hide the bottom bar on your iPhone.
The bottom bar on my iPhone was never an issue until I started playing a specific game. In this game, it serves as both a distraction and interferes with the gameplay since some controls are located at the bottom. I realized that this small line could be a problem for many users, prompting me to create this guide.
Can You Remove iPhone Bottom Bar Permanently?
No, the iPhone doesn’t officially permit users to permanently remove the bottom bar. However, you can hide the bottom bar temporarily while using specific apps.
There is an alternative method you can follow to remove the distracting white/grey line, and it’s quite easy once you complete the setup. Importantly, you won’t need to use any third-party apps. Let’s begin the guide.
How to Hide Bottom Bar on iPhone
We’ll be utilizing an Accessibility feature to hide the bottom bar. Before we delve into the steps, it’s important to note that when you hide the bottom bar using this process, you can only return to the home page by swiping up from the bottom after bringing back the bottom bar.
However, it’s particularly useful if you only need to hide the line in specific apps. The process of hiding and bringing back the bottom bar is quite easy.
Setup Guided Access
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and open Accessibility.
- Look for Guided Access and open it.
- Now switch on the toggle to enable the feature.
- In the Guided Access page, also enable Accessibility Shortcut that will make it easy to hide the bar.
- After that set your Password in Password Settings.
Yes, it will ask for password each time you hide or unhide the bottom bar. So if you don’t set it now, you will be prompted to set a password later.
Now that the Guided Access setup has been completed, its time to hide the white/grey/bottom bar on your iPhone.
Hide Grey/White Line at the Bottom
- Open the App or Game where you want to hide the bottom bar.
- Now tap the Side key three times.
- This will open the Guided Access menu.
- Tap on Start and it will ask for your passcode that you set earlier. After entering the password, the bottom bar will disappear.
When the bottom bar is not visible, you won’t be able to jump back to the home screen or open the control center. So, once you’ve completed your task in the app or game, you can turn off Guided Access, and the bottom bar will reappear.
To turn off the Guided access, press the Side key three times and then tap End followed by entering its passcode.
Yes, you need to enable Guided Access every time you want to hide the Bottom Bar. You can easily bring the Guided Access either by pressing the Side Key or you can also add the Guided Access shortcut in the control center.
Apple should consider providing a direct option to hide the bottom bar, as it can be annoying for some users. It can lead to an unpleasant experience sometimes. While it doesn’t interfere with most apps, it can be a hindrance in games.
I hope you found the guide useful and the bottom bar is no longer the problem when you are using an specific app. As you know there isn’t any direct option, you have to settle with alternatives. Let us know if you know of a better solution than the guide I shared today.