The iPhone X is here and it is really, really good. Many users are currently in a period of acclimatisation though, as Apple’s flagship handset markedly changes the way you interact with it, mandating the use of a series of new gestures as the iPhone X has no home button. Luckily, thanks to the fact that the iPhone X has an almost bezel-free display, Apple has been able to cram in a wide-variety of replacement Screen Edge Gestures, which not only replace the home button’s functionality but expand on it also.
There’s no doubting though that these new gestures require a little time to get used to, which is why we’ve put together this handy gesture guide to navigating throughout the iOS UI on an iPhone X with no home button. Before we get to the gestures proper though, let’s quickly run over the new iPhone X definitions so we’re all on the same page when we get to the explaining (see boxout).
IPHONE X: NO HOME BUTTON? NO PROBLEM!
How to navigate Home – Ok, this is one of the easiest gestures to get comfortable with. To navigate to Home simply swipe up from the Home Indicator/bottom of the screen.
How to wake iPhone X – Let’s start with what is one of the most used functions, waking the iPhone. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, including pressing the Side button, tapping anywhere on the iPhone’s display, using the ‘Raise to Wake’ option, or opening the iPhone X Leather Folio.
How to sleep iPhone X – There’s not as many ways to sleep the iPhone X as wake it, however, you can do so by both pressing the Side button or closing the iPhone X Leather Folio.
How to close apps – And talking of the App Switcher, if you want to close any app then simply open it and then long press on any app card to show a close button. Once the close button is active you can either tap it or swipe the card up to close.
How to delete app icons – This one hasn’t changed. Simply long press on a Home screen app icon for a couple of seconds and then press on the X delete micro button.
How to jump straight to notifications – A super handy shortcut, simply swipe down from the upper left-hand corner of the iPhone X’s display.
How to get to widgets – This can be achieved in two super easy ways, the first by swiping right from the Home scree, and the second by swiping right from the Notification Center.