I use the Apple wireless keyboard A1314 (newer model, using two AA batteries) with my iPad 4th (or is it 3.5th generator? whatever is the newest) generation. Is there a way to map one of the buttons to the home key? Is it possible to do this with a jailbroken iPad, if not a jail-unbroken iPad?

An earlier answer says it isn't possible, but refers to iPad 2, so I don't know if anything has changed in the 1.5+ years.

This is more than a minor annoyance with the otherwise great Incase Origami stand, because the home button is physically blocked with the iPad in portrait mode.

  • I don't think it is possible still. If you don't mind using the right-click on your mouse as the home button, this might work: iphonehacks.com/2012/10/how-to-use-a-mouse-on-the-ipad.html (NOTE: It's a jailbreak tweak.) Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 14:11
  • Oh cool! I'll have to get a bluetooth mouse and try this.
    – user327301
    Commented Mar 9, 2013 at 19:20
  • what iOS version?
    – Sam
    Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 17:45

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This is an old question, but for anyone else coming across it, the answer is Command-H is the shortcut to display the home screen.


  • Command H displays the home screen
  • Command-Tab shortcut displays the task switcher
  • Command-Space toggles the search bar

Here is an iPhone perspective with the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard. My keyboard is a little older, and for whatever reason CMD + TAB doesn’t bring up the App Switcher nor switch between apps on the iPhone. CMD + H = Home Screen. CMD + S = Search. CMD + TAB does nothing. Upward pointing triangle which on the Mac used to eject a CD toggles the on-screen keyboard. ƒn key toggles the emoji keyboard. CNTL+SHIFT will toggle off any secondary keyboard language you may have activated to your preferred keyboard language.

Note: there are two ƒkeys, or FUNCTION+[ƒkey]. set up for multi-app + switcher (above the 3 and 4 keys, respectively), but neither seems to work on the iPhone. I haven’t tried using them in combination with a MacBookPro or iMac.

Also: Holding down the CMD key within any app with bring up a list of available CMD + shortcuts.

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