13 Amazing iPhone X Swiping Gestures You Need To Know

Though It's different, but you can also swipe on iPhone X, XS, XR, and XS Max
Holding iPhone X upward over a computer system
When Apple released the iPhone X in 2017, it eliminate the included physical home button since the very first iPhone in 2007. So, it's now very important for iPhone X users to learn an array of new interactions, including how to return to the home screen without the home button. But did you know Apple also introduced a lot of useful new gestures most iPhone users are not aware of?

Here are all the iPhone X gestures you need to know to get the most out of your iPhone.

This article includes instructions for the following iPhone series; iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR running iOS 12 and up.

1. Face Unlock iPhone X

One of the key features of the iPhone X is Face ID Recognition feature.

To unlock your device, ensure the TrueDepth camera (located within the notch at the top of the screen) has a clear view of your face. Then, swipe up from the bottom of the display area.

If the area where you are using your iPhone is too dark, there's too much light, you're wearing sunglasses or your face is otherwise obscured, Face ID recognition will not work correctly. Instead, you’ll be asked to enter your device pin to unlock.

2. Return to the Home Screen on iPhone X

With the omission of a physical home button on the iPhone X series, it's not necessarily obvious how to return to the home screen. However, all you need to do to take you back to the startup screen is to swipe up from the home bar situated at the bottom of the display area of your phone.

3. Touch to Wake iPhone X

You can quickly get some information from your iPhone without having to unlock it. Simply touch the display area to wake your lock screen.

This interaction is useful if you want to check the battery level, glance at your unread notifications, or check the time while your iPhone is charging. From here, you can also quickly turn On/Off the Flashlight feature or activate the Camera without unlocking your iPhone.

4. Lift Up to Wake iPhone X

Similar to touch to wake, lifting your phone gives you glanceable information without having to do anything else. You also have fast access to the Flashlight and Camera features and because of the iPhone's position, the TrueDepth camera system will likely has a clear view of your face, allowing you to unlock your phone with a simple swipe up from the bottom of the display area.

5. Access and Manage Your Notifications on iPhone X

If you want to see a list of your notifications, simply swipe down from the left side of the display notch (the side showing the time). If you have any, you'll see all your notifications grouped by app.
managing notification on iPhone X by tapping or swiping
  • To take action on a single notification, tap it to launch the app sending the notification.
  • With grouped notifications, tap to expand, then tap the notification you want to launch.
  • To manage a notification, swipe it to the left side to reveal additional management options such as disabling the app from sending further notifications related to the one sent. 
  • The above three features are also available on latest Android OS versions probably from Android version 7.0 Nougat upward.
  • To clear all notifications on your iPhone, tap X, and then tap Clear.

6. Access Control Center on iPhone X

To access the Control Center, swipe down from the right of the notch (the side showing the network indicator and battery level). This action will give you quick access to control features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Volume, and others.

You can also access Control Center from the lockscreen(without having to unlock your phone) using the same gesture as described above. Just make sure your screen is on.

7. Adjust Settings in Control Center on iPhone X

Once in Control Center, you can quickly adjust certain settings using 3D Touch (for iPhone X, XS, XS Max) or long press (for iPhone XR).

For example, if you want to adjust the display brightness, press down (or press and hold) to show the settings bar. From here, you can swipe up or down to adjust the display brightness. In addition, this window also provides quick options for activating Night Shift mode and True Tone.

8. Quickly Switch Between Recent Apps on iPhone X

To move between an app you’re currently using and the recently used ones, swipe right on the home bar at the bottom of the display area. This action lets you slide along to the app you were using prior to the current one.

You can keep swiping to scroll through the most recently used apps in their order of last use. To go back to the previous app, swipe left on the home bar. This action is very useful if you find yourself having to move back-and-forth frequently between two or more apps.

9. Switch between Active Apps on iPhone X

To get a fuller view of your recently used apps, swipe up from home bar, stop halfway up the screen and then move your finger slightly to the right. This action will reveal an ordered list of your recently used apps. You can swipe through them from here and tap the one you want to open.

10. Shut Down Opened Apps on iPhone X

If you need to close an app that’s misbehaving, you can do so by revealing the full app switcher. From the full view of your recently used app, swipe up on the app you want to shut down to remove it from the list, this will shut down the app completely.

11. Activate Reachability Feature on iPhone X

If you've ever found it difficult to interact with the top bar of your iPhone display area, Reachability is a useful tool for sliding down the display area. To do this, swipe down over the dock at the bottom of the screen. The displayed features at the top bar will now be more accessible so you can conveniently interact with them.

If this doesn't work for you, then you'll have to toggle the option to enable Reachability in Settings >> General >> Accessibility.

If you want to return to the standard view, you just have to swipe down over the home bar or press the small carat at the top of the display area.

12. Access Siri Search on iPhone X

Swiping down from middle on iPhone X to use the Search feature
Siri Search is a useful tool that you can use to search across your device and installed apps. To access Siri Search, make sure you’re on the home screen, then swipe down from the middle of the display. This move will launch a search bar at the top of the screen and bring up your keyboard.

13. Access Today View on iPhone X

To access Today View, swipe right from the first page of your home screen. This action will reveal an array of your installed app widgets. If you want to go back to your home screen, swipe right or up from the bottom of the display area.

So, that's it. All the swiping gestures you need to get the most out of your iPhone X. If you found this article helpful please share to let others benefit. For more related updates, Subscribe to our newsletter for free, you can unsubscribe anytime.

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