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How to use gestures well on the iPhone

IPhones are amazing devices. If you stop to think, they have the gift of allowing us to travel through web pages, play games, keep in touch with friends and family, perform work, as well as make calls or video calls.

However, you may not be getting the most out of your new mobile phone, at least as a true professional user does. Fear not, we are here to help you master your iPhone or iPad and interact with these simple gestures.

Either because you just bought one of the latest iPhone 13 models, or you own one but are not very familiar with the novelties that the iOS 15 operating system brings, you have come to the right place to help you. Check here if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 15.

Mainly we wanted to focus on the classic iPhone models that still have a ‘Home’ button on the front, which does not prevent many of the gestures from being applied to any of the latest iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 Pro models, as well as other previous iPhone X, XS, XS Max or XR models.

Play

Without a doubt, the gesture that you will use the most will be that of a simple touch. It is based on pressing lightly on the iPhone screen for a moment with your finger to select options, open applications, or start writing somewhere.

Double touch

In most applications, double-clicking on its icon will not cause any reaction, but it can be a very useful feature when done with the ‘Start’ or ‘Home’ button since it activates the ‘Reach’ mode to manage the one-handed device.

To see how it works, tap the ‘Start’ button twice in a row and then you should see the upper half of the screen move to the lower half of the screen.


In the new iPhone 13 this is achieved by just moving your finger slightly from the bottom of the screen towards the frame. You will quickly get the same response as when double-pressing was applied to older models that still had a ‘Home’ button.

Hold down

If you keep your finger on the screen when you touch it, after a couple of seconds, you will see that all the application icons start to shake. For new iOS users it can be disconcerting, but you will see that everything works fine.

Each icon has a small ‘X’ at the top in the left corner. If you want to remove an application, click on it to proceed with its uninstallation. If you press it by mistake, you can always go back to the App Store to download it again.

iPhone 12 iOS 15 gestures

To stop the shaking, tap the ‘Home’ or ‘Home’ button again. In the new iPhone X models you can use this function by clicking on the ‘OK’ button that appears at the top right of your screen.

Touch, hold and drag

The other thing you can do while the icons are shaking is to press and hold one of them and then drag it to another place on the screen. It is the way that iOS offers to organize the icons by folders or themes and have the desktop more organized.

When you finish scrolling it, lift your finger from the screen and you will see that the icon will remain on the current screen to which you have moved it.


Unlike what happens in the models of smartphone With Android, the icons of the applications in iOS are kept on the desktop following an order without the possibility of them remaining in the physical place where you left them. It is something that Apple could modify in future versions.

Slide

Navigation through the different pages of the iPhone is carried out with a simple lateral movement in a horizontal direction from left to right or vice versa. The scrolling does not have to be long, since a simple movement of your finger will be interpreted.

In classic iPhones (those with the ‘Start’ button) you will also find that sliding your finger from the bottom to the top opens the ‘Control Center’ panel where you can quickly carry out a series of actions how to handle brightness or volume.


A movement to the contrary, sliding your finger from top to bottom from the top of the screen, will allow the notification panel to open to see the messages that have arrived or control the music applications that are active at that moment.

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Zoom

The ‘zoom in’ feature is something you will use more often than you think. In fact, it is possible to apply it in various situations and not only with the photos or images viewed or captured with our camera.

If you want to know how to get the most out of your iPhone’s camera, see our article on Camera + for iOS to apply effects at the same moment of capture.

Press the screen with both fingers (index and thumb usually) on a certain point and move them away while holding them down on the screen. You will see that the content will be enlarged or reduced depending on the direction in which you move them.


It is the opposite movement to that considered pinching the screen and what you will achieve is to enlarge the displayed content to be able to see more detail. If you act the opposite by bringing both fingers together, you will see that you will manage to shrink things.

Obviously, the effect is only visual, so that by enlarging the image you will not be able to alter or modify the content you handle. It is something that you can usually apply to photographs, maps or even recorded videos.

Rotate content

The last gesture that we suggest to be able to use your iPhone like a true professional is the one that will allow you to rotate the images. It is similar to the pinch movement described above. iOS moves it through four different 90 degree angles.

Turning both fingers at the same time in one direction or the other will allow you to rotate the image in one direction or the other, as well as go back in the other as much as you want. Play with the movement and you will see that you quickly catch the thread.

It may also be interesting for you to consult the article on 3D Touch: tips and tricks to enjoy your iPhone. Keep in mind that the so-called haptic response is a feature maintained in the new iPhones with the exception of the iPhone XR model.

Now that the new iPhone 13s have just been released, it is very likely that you are wondering if it is worth your purchase. Consult the article on which iPhone to buy in 2021 to see in which specific cases we recommend renewing or purchasing a new iPhone, and when we consider that you can continue with the current one.

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