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How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

The new $1,000 iPhone X is real and it's official, and... it comes with no home button.

This is the future: an edge-to-edge, nearly bezel-less design that features a prominent cutout at the top, and an iPhone that is operated by gestures more than ever before.

So... how do you use the button-less new iPhone X?


There are a few main gestures that you need to learn in order to get started using an iPhone X. All of them are very intuitive and easy to learn, so it should only take a few moments to get used to them. 

How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

Here is what you need to know:

Swipe up from the bottom (the "Home Indicator) to unlock the iPhone X


It all started with the slide to unlock on the original iPhone, which was then augmented with the addition of Touch ID and finally we had press to open on the iPhone 7 series, and the iPhone X introduces one new gesture: swipe up from the bottom to unlock your phone.

You will notice a line at the bottom of the phone, which is referred to as the Home Indicator. You start your swipe up gesture from that area and go up to unlock the iPhone X. It all happens with a pleasingly smooth and familiar animation.

When unlocked, a swipe up from the bottom opens the home screen


How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

When the iPhone X is unlocked, a swipe up from the bottom actually brings you back to the homescreen, similarly to what a press of the home button would do before. It's a really convenient and quick gesture that is easy to get used to.

Swipe up from the bottom and pause for a moment to go into multitasking on the iPhone X


How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

You can do the same swipe up gesture, but pause for a moment and the multitasking menu of cards will appear. It takes a split second for the menu to appear and you will get used to the right amount of pause once you actually use the iPhone X.

OR

Swipe left or right on the bottom part of the screen to quickly switch between recent apps


How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

You can alternatively simply swipe left or right on the bottom-most part of the screen to switch betweem most recent apps. This quick gesture will not actually show cards, but switch right between full-screen apps and it is a real time saver.

Hold down the Side Button to open Siri


How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

The side button on the iPhone X is now larger and easier to spot. You press it once to lock the phone, just as before, but it now has a new use: hold it down for a moment to open Apple's Siri voice assistant.

Double click the Side Button to open Apple Pay


How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts
Double clicking the side button will take you straight to Apple Pay and allow you to pay for bills without ever touching your credit or debit card. 

It's a neat shortcut that you might want to learn.

Of course, you will need to properly set up Apple Pay first if you have not. You need to connect it with your existing bank cards, and it's a fairly easy process, but something to keep in mind too.

Swipe down from the left ear of the iPhone X to go into Cover Sheet (formerly known as Notification Center)


How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts

There is a big cutout right there at the top of the iPhone X screen and on its left and right are tiny areas that some informally call "ears". Those ears show information about your signal strength and battery levels, but they also double up as sensitive areas that have a function. Swipe down on the left ear to get into the Cover Sheet. Cover Sheet is the new name for Apple's Notification Center, and it still aggregates all of your most recent notifications and messages.

Swipe down from the right ear of the iPhone X to open the Control Center


How to use Apple's iPhone X: tips, tricks and a quick guide to all new gestures and shortcuts
A swipe down from the right ear opens Control Center. Control Center has been redone in iOS 11 with more interactive widgets and a more streamlined look.

So that's it, a quick first look and some tips and tricks on how to use the new iPhone X. Would it be a chore learning all those new gestures and getting used to a life without the home button?

Let us know your thoughts!

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posted on 12 Sep 2017, 16:51 6

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Still quite a bit of bezel, and none of what I wanted in it. This is a nice device, and a definite pass. What a letdown.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 16:56 1

3. Flash (banned) (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Yes, because the fate of Apple and the smartphone market is in the hands of one individual. Newsflash, Apple will still be around.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:14 4

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What a letdown.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:16

6. Flash (banned) (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


That's what she said...about you.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:19 3

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO! I see where you're trying to take this. My point stands, and you have the floor. Bye bye.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:02

13. Flash (banned) (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Bye Felicia.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:25 1

9. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


She? Your mother was disappointed in darkkjedii? Do I even want to know?

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:31 2

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO damn!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:02

14. Flash (banned) (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


That was funny?

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:54 2

19. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


And he calls me clueless

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:04

15. Flash (banned) (Posts: 1972; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Why don't you try getting a clue first before you try to take digs at me.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:53

18. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


awwww reverting back to the same old lame joke, time for new material... oh wait, you can't ;)

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 20:10

22. Alter (Posts: 141; Member since: 25 Mar 2016)


Still quite a bit of bezel? Looks like the front is almost all screen to me.
https://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/301718-thumb/iphone-x-2.jpg

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 21:43 1

24. cmdacos (Posts: 867; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Guess you don’t see the near half centimetre bezel around the phone?

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 22:04 1

26. Alter (Posts: 141; Member since: 25 Mar 2016)


The screen covers more than 80% of the front of the phone. What more do you want?

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 16:53 1

2. Jesseclark (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jun 2017)


Impractical to use. They could easily provide 3d touch home button like Samsung. The whole display is 3d touch but home button isn't 3d touch.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:01

4. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2443; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Can I customize the buttons and the gestures? Would be cool to do that.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 21:44

25. cmdacos (Posts: 867; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Maybe the Bixby, I mean Siri button

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:22 1

8. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 653; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Double tap the recent apps button to switch between recent apps...Android...
Swipe left or right at the bottom to switch between recent apps... iPhone X

Hold down the side button to launch Siri...
Press the dedicated bixby button on S8 Note 8...

press the side button to unlock... Double click to Apple Pay... Hold to Siri... iPhone X
Do all these three action on Honor 8 Power button on the back which also doubles as a fingerprint sensor, even customize the actions..

The article says the gestures are easy to get used to yet they haven't even used the phone... Making assumptions....

Wireless charging, Quick Charge, All glass design,, Bezel Less display,,, Multitasking... Welcome to the party....

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:28 1

10. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Pretty sure a lot of people won't find those gestures intuitive at all. Pretty sure Apple will have a quick tour of those gestures at the installation of your phone, non-techies will need it.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 17:29

11. IosDroid (Posts: 101; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


I really like what they did with the gestures. Android will follow soon, I guess.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:56 1

20. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


A lot of gestures are already there, especially in popular launchers like Nova and Apex.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:42 1

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


IPhone X, only 612 nits of brightness.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 18:45

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


A grand for 64 gigs non expandable. Damn Apple...

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 19:03

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/iphone-x-no-thanks-samsungs-note-8-is-all-i-ever-wanted-in-a-smartphone-and-more/

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 21:18

23. DavidDau (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


The front design looks amazing but I hate the way they fit the rear cameras in. I hate all phones with camera bump!!! Actually, I don't like Chinese branches because of their OS with backdoors (which is required by Chinese laws) but their designs are really great. I wish LG, Samsung, Sony, Apple would build their phones with Chinese style designs :)

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