6 Gestural Interface Tricks to Try Out With Your New iPhone X

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Most iPhone X owners have had barely 48 hours to get to grips with Apple's new home bar-based user interface which does away with traditional home button functions, but the general consensus is that it becomes extremely intuitive to use after just a few hours. In this article, we've gathered some neat tips and gestural tricks for using iOS 11 on iPhone X that you may not have come across.


Some of the tips listed below offer an alternative one-handed approach to gestures that typically require two hands, while others simply demonstrate a quicker way of interfacing with your iPhone X that Apple hasn't made explicit in its support literature. Hopefully at least one of them will be new to you and will help you get more out of your new smartphone.


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Goldfrapp

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Here's a graphic I created showing App Switcher access in a much much faster and more intuitive and 100% consistent way. Shhh, even Craig doesn't know about it ;)

And remember:

1. No pausing
2. No L-shaped gesture
3. No r-shaped gesture
4. No whatever-shaped gesture
5. No gesture at weird angles

Simply up! Boom and you're done!




My App Switcher graphic demonstrated in video

Both hands:





One hand:






More lesser-known gestures in this thread
 
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berrymetal

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The last tip: instant Siri search, it's just a workaround, luckily the animations are fast, but i truly wish we could access spotlight search from anywhere just like iOS 9/10
 
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DancinDatzuk1

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My first time using multitasking, I swiped up and to the right on accident and I found it to be the quickest way to access it. Strange that Apple wouldn’t instruct that gesture. Swiping up and holding is not ideal for those of us with less patience.
 

mcdj

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Sadly, reachability does not get you a reachable control center swipe if you’re on the home screen. It only works from within apps.
 

Marauder23

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Don’t have to swipe up 45 degrees to quick switch apps. Just swipe right and l day on the home bar.
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Sadly, reachability does not get you a reachable control center swipe if you’re on the home screen. It only works from within apps.
Wrong. Works fine from home screen for me
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My first time using multitasking, I swiped up and to the right on accident and I found it to be the quickest way to access it. Strange that Apple wouldn’t instruct that gesture. Swiping up and holding is not ideal for those of us with less patience.
You don’t have to hold like brute all saying. Just don’t go more than half way up. Swipe up an inch or two and let go. Switched is there
 

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And 3D Touch gestures are disabled for App switching , and flipping to the previous app.

Not sure why it isn’t on this device, it doesn’t conflict with anything, and was faster than the inverted L swipe we have to do now on the X.
 

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Return to last app needs to be right at the bottom edge of the phone, quite hard to do with one hand as your thumb needs to ready down and back on itself and you have to swipe it all the way over to the right to get it to invoke or it goes back. I think I prefer going to the app switcher.

To be honest most of the time i've just swiped up and searched for the app, or used the app switcher.

I don't see the point of the red dots in the app switcher - you already have to hold to invoke the app switcher, from there it should work as normal and just let you swipe up to force lose apps. It's pretty hard to accidently invoke it so it's not like you're going to force close an app when you meant to just go home.

Also I hope Apple lets the keyboard go lower to the bottom of the screen once nearly all apps are updated to iPhone X, theres an awful lot of wasted space there catering for it to be the same level as apps that aren't updated.
 

mcdj

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Wrong. Works fine from home screen for me
Wrong? Um ok. So a reachability swipe on your home screen brings the battery and clock down so you can swipe from the top to invoke Control Center, not notifications?

My clock and battery stay at the top of the screen when I’m on the home screen.

Can you post a screen shot?

*EDIT* never mind I was assuming I had to swipe from above the battery. I see now that swiping from somewhere above the top row of icons works. Not very consistent or intuitive.
 
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Kabeyun

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Not sure I see the benefit of these videos. There’s no gesture demonstration and there’s no voiceover. Maybe it’s a bit of an aid to match up text instructions to what you’re supposed to see happen, but an actual gesture demo would be much more useful. Imo.
 

Return Zero

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With the first tip, I'm 99% sure the angle of swiping doesn't matter (as long as it's upward). The key is that you have to stop swiping upwards before releasing your finger from the screen, and as long as you do, you will enter the app switcher. It was demonstrated by Apple as requiring a 'hold', but it really only requires the 'stop'. It's a subtle difference but one that makes sense pretty quickly once you get the hang of it.
 
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Jett0516

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The control center methods are terrible. I use the CC a lot and it seems :apple: half assed the effort.

Why not use 3D Touch in some way to invoke the CC? Or combine the CC with instant Siri search? Or at least put quick CC info such as battery %, Bluetooth, etc in the app switcher mode. :rolleyes:
 
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Rocketman

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What's interesting to me about the iPhone ecosystem is it has large sociological impact. A computer in your hand and all that. But lesser considered is the changes in daily behaviour in how you interact with the device. When you have millions of people simultaneously changing habitual behaviour and in concert with each other, it gives them a sense of community of a style that has never existed before. Not religion. Not geography. Not politics. Behaviour. Discuss.
 

3goldens

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Whoever did those example videos should have used their dam finger to illustrate like the first posters video which is way better than the mac rumours one’s and are just totally lame and confusing!
 

Bane-Thunder

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Sadly, reachability does not get you a reachable control center swipe if you’re on the home screen. It only works from within apps.
Yes it does. You’re doing it wrong. Bring down screen an wipe down on the blank area on the right hand side.

It works for me perfectly.

Mastered all these gestures on Friday when I got my phone.