Mastering the iPhone X Series Multitouch Screen

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Part of iPhone For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Apple iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max don’t have physical keyboard or keypad buttons, so you must use a virtual version of buttons and controls that appear on-screen for the tasks at hand.

Following is a brief summary of the “intuitive” (according to Apple) gestures of the iPhone X models, along with their old-school (pre-iPhone X) equivalents.

  • Go Home: Swipe up from the bottom to return to the Home screen or to return to the first page of Home screens from other pages.

Old-school equivalent: Tap the Home button.

  • Switch apps: Swipe up and pause without lifting your finger to invoke the app switcher. Or swipe right along the bottom to switch to the last app you used, as shown in the figure.

Old-school equivalent: Double-tap the Home button.

To close a running app, swipe it upward.

The following figure shows standard options; the list below tells you how to maneuver through iPhone X’s touchscreen icons, buttons, and connections.

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  • Flick a finger to scroll through music, pictures, emails, contacts, and more.
  • Tap against the screen to open applications, play songs, choose photos, and so on.
  • Pinch and unpinch to enlarge web pages and pictures, or make them smaller. The actions involve placing your thumb and index finger against the screen. Then, keeping the thumb in place, drag your index finger to pinch or unpinch accordingly.
  • Swipe the screen from top to bottom to open Notification Center; swipe from bottom to top to close it.
  • Swipe down from the top-right corner to open Control Center.
  • Press gently to peek; press harder to open using 3D Touch (all current models except iPhone XS R).
  • Trust the virtual keyboard. The touchscreen provides visual suggestions and corrects mistakes on the fly.
  • Correct errors by holding your fingers against the screen to bring up a magnifying glass that lets you position the pointer in the precise spot you want to edit.