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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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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  2. Goldfrapp, Nov 5, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2017

    Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    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
  3. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  4. jacobh101 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2014
    Boston, MA
  5. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    cherry point
    Ok I can’t get the quick search to work. If I swipe up and let go a split second it goes to the home screen. What am I doing wrong?
  6. - rob - macrumors 6502

    - rob -

    Apr 18, 2012
    Oakland, CA
    Seems heavily inspired by goldfrapp’s post. Why not give them credit?
  7. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Yea, you definitely don't have to swipe halfway up the screen and then pause to invoke the App Switcher...
  8. berrymetal macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2017
    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
  9. DancinDatzuk1 macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2015
    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.
  10. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Sadly, reachability does not get you a reachable control center swipe if you’re on the home screen. It only works from within apps.
  11. Marauder23 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2015
  12. Cpsadowski macrumors newbie


    Sep 6, 2017
    These videos would of been a lot more useful, had they included fingers showing the swipes instead of plain videos.
  13. Marauder23 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2015
    Don’t have to swipe up 45 degrees to quick switch apps. Just swipe right and l day on the home bar.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 5, 2017 ---
    Wrong. Works fine from home screen for me
    --- Post Merged, Nov 5, 2017 ---
    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
  14. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    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.
  15. Telos101 macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2016
    Tbf, the text descriptions made sense enough to me.
  16. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    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.
  17. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    cherry point
    so can anyone explain the search gesture please? I can't get it to work based off the video and text instructions.
  18. GlennFisher macrumors newbie


    Sep 22, 2014
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  19. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    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.
  20. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    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.
  21. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Oct 2, 2013
    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.
  22. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2010
    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:
  23. Rocketman macrumors 603


    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.
  24. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    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!
  25. Bane-Thunder macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2014
    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.

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