8 Finger Movements for Operating the Android Phone Touchscreen

By Dan Gookin

Part of Android Phones For Dummies Cheat Sheet

On your Android phone touchscreen, you can perform several basic actions that carry out various day-to-day operations. It’s just a matter of teaching your fingers to do what you want them to.

Action How to Do It
Tap Touch the screen.
Double-tap Tap the screen twice in the same location.
Long press Touch a spot on the screen and keep your finger held down.
Swipe Touch a spot on the screen and drag your finger left, right,
up, or down.
Drag A combination long-press and swipe, tap and hold a spot on the
screen and then move your finger. The effect is to relocate or resize
an item on the touchscreen.
Pinch Use two fingers, spread apart, to touch the screen and bring
both fingers together as you continue to touch the screen.
Spread Use two fingers close together and then spread them apart,
touching the screen as you spread them.
Rotate Twist two fingers around a central point to rotate an image, a
map, or another object on the screen.