iPhone X: how to use home button, gestures and how to close apps


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.


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. 


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



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



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



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



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


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 bottom of the phone for Reachability


If swiping from the top parts of the phone (the so called ears) is too uncomfortable as the phone is too tall, you can simply swipe down on the bottom part of the phone to bring reachability and make it much easier to swipe the top with just one hand.

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



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


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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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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46 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

3. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

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

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What a letdown.

38. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Yay! One more iPhone X available to those who better appreciate it.

45. skippermint2

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2017

I just wanna say right now for my first comment that darkkjedi is a f**king legend.

22. Alter

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 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

24. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

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

26. Alter

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

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

31. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Over 94%

46. skippermint2

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2017

I wanted over 9000%.

2. Jesseclark

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

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

25. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Maybe the Bixby, I mean Siri button

8. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 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....

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

11. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

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

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

32. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

“You are in a miserable situation and your stupid comments are a simple proof. Hard time for you these days....Android is f**king all the technology world” -cnour (but a little modified version)

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

IPhone X, only 612 nits of brightness.

29. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You are in a miserable situation and your stupid comments are a simple proof. Hard time for you these days....Apple is f**king all the technology world with this iPhone X.

36. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The reality distortion field is strong in this one...

47. skippermint2

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2017

That's actually pretty bright for a smartphone. Even though iPhones aren't the brightest bulbs in the box.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. DavidDau

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 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 :)

28. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

This is not a phone for my mother,lest I find her circle swiping the hell out of it.

34. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Whoever invented this getures is a genuis. Im sure Android will implement a similar idea next version.

35. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Feel like I've seen all these features before, few years ago..

37. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Feel like I've seen all these features before but with plenty of lags and autorestart.

39. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Lol.. is this the best you can come up with? Lag or not.. they worked..

40. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Put Touch Id in the power button and get rid of the top notch... sorted. I'm sure you can fit a small camera and earpiece in the remaining bezel at the top, other phones have done it.

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