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How to Use the New Back Button Menu on iPhone in iOS 14

Use this trick to save your finger from the hard work of swiping so much

Apple announced iOS 14 at WWDC20 and users are in for a treat when they get their hands on the public release this year in fall. “It’s a roller coaster that’s only going up” might be just the right words to describe what you can expect from it.

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A lot of changes, big and small, are coming to iOS 14 that are completely going to change your iPhone. One such small but significant change is the ‘Back Button History Menu’ in the iPhone settings.

Back button history menus are not a new concept, a lot of browsers have them. But it’s still a new concept to iOS and a welcome one at that.

When you are changing something in your settings, you don’t even notice how deep you’re in until you have to swipe multiple times to return to a previous screen. With the Back Button History Menu, you can easily go to any of the previous screens in the hierarchy that led to the present screen with just a single tap.

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To use the back button history menu, long-press the back button on the top left corner of the screen.

A menu will pop-up where the back button was with all the options of the previous screens to back to. Tap on the screen you want to go to and you’ll reach there in a jiffy.


It might seem like a very small change but once you get around to using it, you’ll realize it is definitely not trivial. It might even prove quite useful by cutting down the time it takes you to get back to where you started in the settings menu.