Learn gestures for iPhone models with Face ID

Learn gestures for iPhone models with Face ID

Here’s a handy reference to the gestures you use for interacting with an iPhone that has Face ID.

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An illustration of iPhone with an arrow that indicates swiping up from the bottom.

Go Home. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to return to the Home Screen at any time. See Open apps on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone with an arrow that indicates swiping down from the top-right corner.

Quickly access controls. Swipe down from the top-right corner to open Control Center; touch and hold a control to reveal more options. To add or remove controls, go to Settings  > Control Center. See Use and customize Control Center on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone. A line ending with a dot indicates a drag up from the bottom of the screen, then a pause.

Open the App Switcher. Swipe up from the bottom edge, pause in the center of the screen, then lift your finger. To browse the open apps, swipe right, then tap the app you want to use. See Switch between open apps on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone. A two-headed arrow indicates swiping left or right across the bottom edge of the screen.

Switch between open apps. Swipe right or left along the bottom edge of the screen to quickly switch between open apps. See Switch between open apps on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone with an arrow pointing to the side button on the upper right.

Ask Siri. Just say, “Hey Siri.” Or hold down the side button and make your request. Siri listens until you release the button. See Ask Siri on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone with two arrows indicating double-clicking the side button on the upper right.

Use Apple Pay. Double-click the side button to display your default credit card, then glance at iPhone to authenticate with Face ID. See Make contactless payments using Apple Pay on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone with three arrows indicating triple-clicking the side button on the upper right.

Use Accessibility Shortcut. Triple-click the side button. See Use accessibility shortcuts on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone with arrows pointing to the side button on the upper right and the volume up button on the upper left.

Take a screenshot. Simultaneously press and quickly release the side button and volume up button. See Take a screenshot or screen recording on iPhone.

An illustration of iPhone with arrows pointing to the side button on the upper right and a volume button on the upper left.

Use Emergency SOS (all countries or regions except India). Simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until the sliders appear, then drag Emergency SOS. See Use Emergency SOS (in all countries or regions except India).

An illustration of iPhone with an arrow that indicates triple-clicking the side button on the upper right.

Use Emergency SOS (in India). Triple-click the side button. If you’ve turned on Accessibility Shortcut, simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until the sliders appear, then drag Emergency SOS. See Use Emergency SOS (India).

An illustration of iPhone with arrows pointing to the side button on the upper right and a volume button on the upper left.

Turn off. Simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until the sliders appear, then drag the top slider to power off. Or go to Settings > General > Shut Down. See Turn iPhone off then on.

An illustration of iPhone with arrows pointing to the side button on the upper right and the volume up and volume down buttons on the upper left.

Force restart. Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears. See Force restart iPhone.

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