Apple promotes gesture navigation on its iPhones with Face ID. If you own one of these iPhone models, you should be familiar with a few of these gestures. And maybe you use them every day. However, iOS has a few additional gestures that not many people know about.
Read on to learn about some of these lesser-known iOS gestures that you should start using to efficiently perform some of the most common everyday operations on your iPhone.
1. Open a new Safari tab
To open a new tab in Safari, you need to tap the tabs icon and press the button more (+) button. However, it can be done quickly on compatible iPhones and iPads with iOS 15 and up.
Start by enabling the feature Tab bar View in Safari. Open Parametersto go Safariand select the option Tab bar Under the Tabs section.
Now go back to Safari and go to the last opened tab. From there, swipe left on the tab bar at the bottom and you’ll be taken to a new Safari tab.
2. View message timestamps
Apple’s Messages app comes with several useful features. One of them is the ability to check message timestamps to know when you sent or received a message.
Open the Messages app and navigate to the conversation that contains the message for which you want to see the timestamp. Now just swipe left and hold your finger to show the timestamp for all the messages in the chat.
3. One-handed use and accessibility
Reach is an accessibility feature in iOS that lets you lower the top half of your iPhone screen to make it easily accessible with your thumb. This is a valuable feature for those with a Plus or Pro Max-sized iPhone, as accessing the top of the screen on those devices often requires awkward finger gymnastics and increases the risk of them falling.
First, enable Accessibility on your iPhone. Get started Parametersto go Tap Accessibility >and pass Accessibility. Now, when you want to access the top half of the screen, drag down the bottom edge of the screen and the screen will drop in half. You can then interact with the screen as you normally would.
4. Adjust the volume using the slider
To adjust the volume on an iPhone, you need to press the volume rockers on its side. While this method works well, it requires you to press buttons repeatedly until you get the exact volume you want.
A better, more efficient way to do this is to use the volume slider on the screen. Go to the app that plays the media and press the volume button on your iPhone once. When the volume slider appears on the left edge of the screen, slide your finger up or down to adjust the volume on your iPhone.
5. Select multiple items
In iOS 13, Apple introduced the two-finger pan gesture to make it easier to select multiple items on the iPhone. Using this gesture, you can view notes, tasks, photos, files, etc. on the screen, provided that the application supports this gesture. you can easily select multiple items such as
To do this, slide two fingers over the items you want to select. If the app doesn’t allow you to do this, select Select from the menu, then swipe over to select items with a two-finger gesture.
6. Turn off the flashlight
iOS puts a toggle for flashlight on the lock screen to make it more accessible when you’re in a hurry. A long press on this button turns on the flashlight, another long press turns it off.
While there isn’t a quick way to turn on the flashlight, iOS has a hidden gesture that can help you turn it off instantly. To do this, while the flashlight is on, swipe slightly from the right edge of the screen and it will turn off the flashlight. Be careful not to slide the screen all the way, as this will open the camera.
To move an app or widget from one page to another, you usually drag it from one page to another. While this method works well, it can sometimes mess up your layout if you accidentally drag one app or widget over another.
But thanks to multi-touch support, you can do it easily. Simply swipe an app with one finger, swipe left or right to go to the previous or next home screen, and release the app to drop it there.
You can also select multiple apps using this method – tap on other apps after selecting one to effectively move them between screens. Also, you can use this gesture even with widgets.
8. Perform the actions with the back button
You can use the iOS Back Tap feature to place a virtual button on the back of your iPhone and support two gestures: double-tap and triple-tap. Depending on your preferences, you can assign actions to these gestures for easy execution from anywhere.
Opening the app switcher, taking a screenshot, and locking the screen are some of the actions you can perform with the Back tap. Also, if you want to explore advanced options, you can create shortcuts in the Shortcuts app and execute them with Back tap gestures.
to go Tap Settings > Accessibility >. choose Click backto go Tap it twice Where Tap it three timesand select an action to assign to it. When you’re done, double- or triple-tap the back of your iPhone and it will perform the designated action.
Get more out of your iPhone with iOS gestures
Gestures simplify many iOS operations on iPhone as you can see above. Once you master these gestures and start incorporating them into your daily use, you’ll be able to perform a variety of tasks with ease and get more out of your iPhone.
In addition, iOS also has some lesser-known features. Knowing them can help you use your iPhone more efficiently in the long run.