iPhone touch gestures and commands – no Home button, no problem!


So let’s say you just upgraded your iPhone. You old iPhone had a home button and your
new one…does not. The iPhone X, XR, XS, and iPhone 11 all have
an edge-to-edge display with no home button. The latest iPhones also don’t have 3D touch. And, in iOS 13, Apple has really expanded
the gestures and commands available. So whether you’re new to the iPhone or an
old pro, you may want to bookmark this video, because I’m going to rapid-fire run through
all the important commands and gestures to control a modern iPhone that has no home button. Let’s start simple. To go back to the home screen, swipe up from
the bottom edge of your phone. To jump back and forth between recent apps,
swipe left and right along the bottom edge of the display. To show the app switcher interface, swipe
up and pause with your finger on the screen. It only takes a split second for the app cards
to show up. With the apps switcher open, just drag the
app card up to close that app. It doesn’t need to be the topmost app, and
you can even swipe up on multiple apps at once. To view view your notifications, swipe down
from the TOP LEFT edge. To access Control Center, swipe down from
the TOP RIGHT edge. This is also where you’ll see your battery
percentage. To get to your Widgets, swipe right on the
first home screen. There’s an Edit button at the bottom to
choose which Widgets you see and their order. Tap and hold on any app icon and you’ll
soon see a pop-up menu of shortcuts for that app, followed by two options: Rearrange Apps
and Share app. Choose Rearrange Apps and all your apps will
wiggle, with an X in the corner. You can now drag apps around to where you
want them, drag apps on top of each other to make folders, and tap the little X in the
corner to delete the app. You can ALSO get into this state by simply
continuing to hold down on an app icon even AFTER the menu appears. If your iPhone is too big for you to comfortably
tap on things near the top of the screen, use Reachability. You have to turn it on by going to Settings,
Accessibility, Touch. To use it, swipe DOWN on the bottom edge of
the screen, making the whole display shift downward. Swipe up again, or wait a few seconds, to
return it to normal. A lot of the features of 3D Touch have been
replicated by Haptic Touch, which is a fancy way of saying “long-press with vibration.” You can long-press on links, phone numbers,
addresses, dates and times, app icons… you should just experiment. A lot of Control Center icons have additional
features when you long-press on them, too. Starting with iOS 13, you can now drag the
scroll bar in almost any app that has one. Just tap-and-hold to on it to grab it, and
then scroll up and down quickly. In most apps that scroll vertically, you can
tap at the top of the screen to quickly zoom back to the beginning. In apps that let you select multiple items,
like Files or Photos, tap with two fingers and drag to select multiple items at once. Let’s talk about editing text, which got
a bunch of new gestures and controls in iOS 13. There are two ways to move the text cursor. Simply tap-and-drag it where you want it to
go, or, tap-and-hold on the Space Bar. You’ll see the labels turn blank and then
you can drag your finger around like a touchpad. To select a word, double-tap it. To select a sentence, triple-tap. You can even select an entire paragraph by,
you guessed it, quadruple-tapping. To undo your last change, swipe left with
three fingers. To redo, swipe right with three fingers. Do a three-finger “pinch” gesture to Copy
your selection. Do the three-finger pinch twice in a row to
Cut that selection. Do the three-finger pinch in reverse to Paste
wherever the cursor is. If you find those three-finger gestures difficult,
try using the Edit Bar. Just tap anywhere on the screen with three
fingers. You’ll see a bar at the top of the screen
with Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Redo. Those are the basics for tapping and dragging. Now let’s talk about those buttons. To take a screenshot, press the side button
and volume up button at the same time. If you want to invoke Siri without saying
“Hey Siri,” press and hold the side button. To use Apple Pay, double-tap the side button. The fastest way to use Apple Pay is to do
this while looking at your phone to quickly authenticate your default card with Face ID,
and THEN hold your iPhone to the payment terminal. If you want to disable Face ID, press and
hold the side button and EITHER volume button for a few seconds. You’ll feel a little tap-tap-tap to let
you know it worked. It’s designed to be easy to do even in your
pocket without looking. Face ID won’t work until you use your passcode
to unlock your iPhone. This way, someone who steals your iPhone,
or even law enforcement, can’t hold you phone up to your face to make you unlock it. This gesture is also how you fully power off
your iPhone—just press and hold until you see the Slide to Power off option, and use
that. If you keep holding down the side button along
with a volume button, your phone will make a loud tone and then call emergency services. Finally, if your iPhone just becomes totally
unresponsive, here’s how your force it to reset. Quickly press and release the volume up button,
then the volume down button, then press and HOLD the side button. Keep holding that side button until the Apple
logo appears, which should take about 15-20 seconds. Then you can let go. Now, that list is hardly every possible thing
you can do with your iPhone, but it should cover all the basics and then some. If you’re new to the iPhone, I hope it helped. If you’re NOT new to the iPhone, maybe sharing
this video with them will keep them from asking YOU how to do everything.

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