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Every new iPhone X gesture you need to learn

Published Nov 3rd, 2017 2:20PM EDT
iPhone X Gestures
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iPhone users who are upgrading to the iPhone X on Friday will discover that after 10 years of using iPhones a certain way, they now have to relearn some of the device’s core functions. The phone lacks a physical home button, but all the actions that were associated with it are still there. They’re just paired with different gestures now.

It’ll be a bit puzzling at first, even if you know all the new gestures, as your body is already accustomed to doing certain things on the iPhone using the home button. I already experienced the awkwardness of not knowing how to get back home on the phone, even though I was aware of the gesture. So here are all the new iPhone X gestures you’ll need to know once you pick up your new iPhone X.

Waking the phone

You have various ways of doing it. Tapping the display or pressing the side button will do the trick. The easiest way is to have Raise to Wake enabled, which should also speed up Face ID unlocks.

Unlocking the phone

Just enable Face ID while you set up the iPhone X. Or use a regular passcode if you don’t want Face ID. But you should because, as you know, there’s no Touch ID anymore.

Going home

One of the things you do most on the iPhone is pressing the home button to go to the home screen. You’ll have to swipe up from the bottom to head back to your home screens now.


Recheability is still available on iPhone X if you enable it from the Settings app. Just swipe downwards at the bottom of the display, and the screen will drop.


The other thing you’re used to doing on the iPhone is switching between apps using the home button. Instead of double pressing a button, you’ll have to swipe up like you’d want to go home, but stop in the middle of the screen. That’s when the app carousel will pop up, allowing you to switch apps.

More multitasking

Tap and hold on the bottom left or right of the display and then move your finger in an arc from one side to the other in order to quickly cycle through all open apps.

Switch between recent apps

See that strange gesture bar at the bottom of the screen? Swipe on it to the right and left to switch between the current and previous app.

Control Center

By now you must have realized that Control Center no longer lives at the bottom of the screen. A swipe downwards from the top right side (or “ear”) of the screen will open it up.


Notifications, meanwhile, reside in the left ear. Swipe down from there to access them.


Press and hold the side button to get to Siri. Yeah, it feels similar, but it’s a different button. You can also just enable “Hey Siri.”

Apple Pay

Double-click the side button for Apple Pay, but make sure your face is in range to authenticate the payment.

Taking screenshots

That’s also something you may be looking for in an iPhone. To do it on the iPhone X, you need to simultaneously press the volume up and side buttons.

Turn off the iPhone

Keep pressing the volume up and side buttons to turn off the handset. Or go to the Settings app to do it.

Force reboot the iPhone X

Sometimes, you need to force reboot the iPhone. This one’s going to be tricky, so here goes: Press and release the volume up button, press and release volume down, and press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.