iPhone XR, XS and iPhone XS Max Swipe Gestures and Fast Hacks

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Want better productivity with the iPhone XR, XS and iPhone XS Max swipe gestures? Sit back and read. The new set of iPhones is Apple full embrace of button-free iPhones and if any of iPhone XR, XS or XS Max is your first Home button-free iPhone, you might find yourself in no man’s land with many questions such as ‘How do I access the app switcher?’ and ‘How do I use reachability?’ While iPhone X owners have had over a year of practice, newcomers to Apple’s buttonless revolution might feel a bit confused when it comes to actions they used to perform on their iPhones with relative ease.

Luckily for you, because we have a team that loves technology and wants you to enjoy yourself while you use them, we have compiled every new iPhone XRXS  and iPhone XS Max swipe gestures into a handy list. Do you want to know how to get to the control centre? What about force closing unresponsive apps? If there is an action on your iPhone you haven’t quite figured out on your Face ID iPhone, you will be able to find it here.

So without further ado, here they are.

How to use iPhone XR, XS and iPhone XS Max Swipe Gestures

Access the home screen

Swipe up from the grey bar at the bottom of the screen.

Exit the lock screen

Swipe up from the grey bar at the bottom of the screen. You will need to authenticate yourself via Face ID or passcode, if enabled, however.

Open the Control Center

Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.

View notification on the lock screen

Swipe up on the screen [optimal spot is around the middle]

View notification everywhere else

Swipe down from the top-left corner or middle of the screen.

Open the app switcher

Slowly swipe up from the grey bar at the bottom of the screen, then hold until all other open apps appear. If none are open, you will receive a haptic feedback.

Switch between recent apps

Swipe left to right along the bottom of the screen for the previous app, or right to left for the next app

Force-close running apps

Open up the app switcher, then swipe up on each app you want to close.

Trigger Reachability

Swipe down on the grey bar at the bottom of the display [see link for instructions on activating the feature]

Wake without pressing a button

Tap the screen or raise your iPhone

Search with Spotlight

Swipe down from the middle of the screen on your home screen.

View widgets

Swipe left to right on the main page of the home screen, the lock screen, or in the notification centre.



Do remember that not all actions are limited to gestures on your iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max, however. Take a look at your Side button – it is not just for putting your iPhone to sleep anymore. Apple has now mapped useful functions to the new button – and you can accomplish a lot on your new iPhone with just the side button and gestures. You don’t have to miss the home button, eh?

Good luck and enjoy your new phone.

Posted by Adeola Daramola

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