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Learn these iPhone gestures to tap and swipe like a pro


Take a screenshot: Press the side button and increase the volume.

App icon options: The latest iPhones don't have 3D Touch, but they do most of what 3D Touch used to do with a simple long press. Press and hold a web link to see a preview window with options (Open in Safari, Add to Reading List, Copy Link, etc.). You can do the same with the date and time to quickly create calendar events or reminders, get addresses or driving directions visible in Maps, and more. Or open

Reach: If you have trouble reaching things at the top of your iPhone screen, this feature can help. Drag the bottom of the screen to move everything down. Log out again (or wait a few seconds) to return to normal mode. If accessibility isn't working, you can turn it on in Settings > Accessibility > Touch.

Notes. As with other iPhones, swipe down from the top of the screen. But today's iPhones, which lack the camera door and the home button, have two "slide up" gestures; Swipe up from the left edge of the sensor gauge to access notifications.

Control center: When using the bottom of the screen with other home modes, the control center slider moves to the top of the screen. Simply clean the groove on the right side of the sensor. A real "king" if you will. Most of the Control Panel icons can be accessed by long-pressing the Settings or Advanced Features button.

Call Siri: Just press and hold the side button for a few seconds. When the Siri interface opens, you can issue a command or ask a question without saying "Hey Siri" first. Of course, you can also do this by saying "Hey Siri!" Call Siri hands-free.

Apple Pay: Double-click the side button. You must confirm your purchase with Face ID or password. Tip: Instead of holding your phone up to the payment terminal, confirm it's genuine and then hold it up to the payment terminal. Double-tap the side button and look at your iPhone to confirm Face ID is authentic with a quick gesture, then tap the payment terminal.

Shutdown and S.O.S.: Slider to turn off and S.O.S. Press and hold the side and/or volume down button for a few seconds. You feel a quick touch.

Temporarily disable Face ID: The above command (press and hold the side button or volume up button) also temporarily disables Face ID. You must use your password to unlock the phone (after that, Face ID will be reset). Designed to be done without looking in your pocket, this quick and easy gesture vibrates when touched to let you know it's working. If your phone is taken away from you or confiscated by law enforcement, they won't be able to unlock it by holding it in front of your face.

Restart: Quickly press the Volume Up button, then the Volume Down button, and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears (usually 10-20 seconds). If your iPhone is not responding at all, this is the first thing you should try.

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