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Did Your iPhone X Just Arrive? Here Are the Swipe Gestures You Need to Know


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The iPhone X — available now — is unlike any iPhone before it. It’s been redesigned with an edge-to-edge OLED display, virtually no bezels, great front and back camera systems and no Home button. The last of which, along with the addition of Face ID, means that using iPhone X will feel different. You won’t be able to use the Home button to go back to the Home screen or activate Siri. And you won’t be able to use Touch ID to unlock it. There’s also, because of the notch at the top of the display, new ways to access the Control Center and Notifications Center.

Fear not. Even though there’s a completely new look to the iPhone X, it still runs the latest iOS, and once you get going, it will very much operate like the iPhones of old You’ll just need to learn some new gestures to get you acclimated, which shouldn’t take more than a day or two. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.

How to unlock the iPhone X

The easiest way to unlock the iPhone X will be with Face ID — just look at the screen and it’ll unlock. The one caveat is that your eyes will need to be open. If Face ID is successful, the lock icon at the top of the display will unlock, and you’ll just have to swipe up from the bottom of the phone. If Face ID doesn’t work, or you don’t want to set it up, you can swipe up from the bottom and type in a pattern or PIN.

How to go back to the Home screen

The Home button has long been the get-out-of-jail button for iPhone users; it has always brought them back to Home screen from any app. With it gone, the new get-out-of-jail gesture on the iPhone X is to swipe up from the bottom of the screen, just like you do on other iPhones to get to the Control Center.

How to access Siri

You can’t press down on the Home button to access Siri on the iPhone X. Instead, Apple moved that functionality to the power button on the side. Simply press and hold this side button to activate Siri. Or, like before, you can just say “Hey Siri.”

How to access the multitasking app slider

The multitasking app slider helps you quickly switch between the apps you already have open. It also helps you close out of apps you don’t need to still be running. With other iPhones, you’d tap the Home button twice to access this app slider. On the iPhone X, however, you’ll have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause, still pressing the display.

How to access Control Center

Instead of swiping up from the bottom of the screen, the iPhone X requires you to swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to access the Control Center.

How to access Notification Center and Search bar

Instead of swiping down from the top of the screen, the iPhone X requires you to swipe down from the top-left corner of the screen to access the Navigation Center and Search bar.

How to use Apple Pay

Instead of using Touch ID to verify Apple Pay payments, the iPhone X uses Face ID for authentication. To initiate this process this, double-tap the side button. You’ll then have to look down at the display, just like you would with Face ID to unlock the phone. From there you hold the phone out to get scanned as you normally would to complete the transaction.

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