I recently purchased a Lumia 550 and all is going well.

I am struggling with closing apps as on a lot of the apps I have, the start bar is hidden and un-un-hidable within the app.

How can I get back to the start screen from this without opening the notification centre and going to camera, then hitting the start button when it appears?


  • What do you mean by start bar? Are you asking about how to close the apps or how to go to the start screen from the app?
    – Kolappan N
    Jun 4, 2016 at 7:43
  • Yes, the little black bar with the back button, start button, and search button.
    – user21353
    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:19
  • I'm trying to get to the start screen
    – user21353
    Jun 5, 2016 at 10:19

1 Answer 1


You can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the navigation bar.

The start bar you are referring to is popularly known as navigation bar.

You can see the offical Microsoft document here which says,

On phones without built-in buttons, reveal the navigation bar by putting a finger below the screen and swiping up.

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