iPhone X’s new touch ges­tures and com­mands

Now there’s no Home but­ton, Ja­son Cross re­veals what to do

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The Home but­ton has been the one con­stant on the iPhone over the past decade. From day one, you would press the Home but­ton to re­turn to the home screen. As Ap­ple added fea­tures to the iPhone, the Home but­ton took on more ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

But it’s time for a new era, one that kicks the home but­ton to the curb. With the iPhone X, Ap­ple pushes

the dis­play right up to very edge of the phone and elim­i­nates the Home but­ton. If Ap­ple says the iPhone X is “the fu­ture”, the Home but­ton is an­cient his­tory.

How do you even use an iPhone with­out a Home but­ton? Here’s a quick guide to all the new ges­tures and but­ton com­bi­na­tions you’ll need to re­learn as you ac­quaint your­self with the iPhone X.

Re­turn Home: Let’s start with that most ba­sic of Home but­ton fea­tures: re­turn­ing to the home screen. Just swipe up from the bot­tom of the screen.

Wake it up: You can still raise the phone to wake it like you can on other modern iPhones, or tap the side but­ton. But the iPhone X also sup­ports tap-to-wake. Just tap the dis­play to wake it up.

Jump be­tween apps: Swipe left or right along the bot­tom edge of the phone to jump back and forth be­tween apps. You can sort of ‘flick’ from the bot­tom corners, mov­ing your fin­ger up and over, to ‘bounce’ be­tween the apps, or just slide di­rectly side-to-side along the bot­tom edge.

App switcher: Want to see all your run­ning apps? Swipe up from the bot­tom edge and pause for a sec­ond with your fin­ger still on the dis­play. App cards will quickly pop up, and you can lift your fin­ger off and swipe around through them. Close an app: You shouldn’t have to do this of­ten, but if you need to kill an app from the app switcher, you do it

a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. On other iPhones, you swipe up on the app card. On the iPhone X, you press and hold on the cards un­til a red (-) sym­bol ap­pears in the corners. Tap those to close the apps. It’s very sim­i­lar to the way you delete apps from your home screen. Take a screenshot: Sim­ply press the side but­ton and the vol­ume up but­ton at the same time.

Reach­a­bil­ity: This isn’t en­abled by de­fault on the iPhone X. You’ll have to go to into Set­tings to turn it on. Once you do, swipe down from the bot­tom edge of the screen – the lit­tle dark bar that in­di­cates where the ges­ture area is. Your en­tire dis­play will shift down­ward so you can reach the top of your apps more eas­ily.

No­ti­fi­ca­tions: You still swipe down from the top of the screen, just as with other iPhones. But with the iPhone X, there are two ‘swipe from the top of the screen’ ges­tures, so you have to swipe from the left side of the sen­sor notch to get to your no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

Con­trol Cen­tre: With the bot­tom of the screen con­sumed with other home ges­tures, the con­trol Cen­tre swipe has moved to the top of the screen. Just swipe from the right side of the sen­sor notch. The right ‘horn’, if you will. The left side is No­ti­fi­ca­tions.

In­voke Siri: Press and hold the side but­ton. Of course, you can still use your voice by say­ing, “Hey, Siri!”

Ap­ple Pay: Tap the side but­ton twice. You’ll have to au­then­ti­cate the pur­chase with ei­ther Face ID or your pass­code. You’ll no­tice that with Siri and Ap­ple Pay, you just use the side but­ton as you used to use the Home but­ton, so it should be pretty fa­mil­iar.

Power off and SOS: To get the power off slider and SOS but­ton, press and hold the side but­ton and ei­ther vol­ume but­ton for a few sec­onds.

Force re­set: Quickly tap the vol­ume up but­ton, then the vol­ume down but­ton, then press and hold the side but­ton.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity: If you’ve turned on the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Short­cut fea­ture in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity, you in­voke it by triple-press­ing the side but­ton.

Gen­er­ally, most of the ges­tures that have you swip­ing from the edge of the screen don’t re­quire a lot of pre­ci­sion. As long as you’re some­where in the gen­eral vicin­ity of the edge, they should work. Ap­ple in­di­cates the bot­tom ‘ges­ture area’ with a hor­i­zon­tal bar. Some apps have their own screen-edge ges­tures (games, in par­tic­u­lar, are known for this). If you’re us­ing an app that has a screen-edge ges­ture the same as a gen­eral iPhone X com­mand, just re­peat it. The first swipe should per­form the game’s com­mand, but the sec­ond swipe should per­form the iOS sys­tem com­mand.

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