Gesture, swipe and press to navigate your iPhone 13 and other Face ID models

Use gestures on your iPhone with Face ID to quickly navigate, multitask, adjust settings and access all of the things you do most.

Learn the basics

The Side button is located on the opposite side of the Volume buttons. Use the Side button to turn on your iPhone, put it to sleep, use Siri, Apple Pay and more.

diagram showing Volume and Side buttons on iPhone 12 Pro 

Power on or off

To turn on your iPhone, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.

To turn it off, simultaneously press and hold the Side button and either Volume button until the slider appears, then slide to power off.

Wake and sleep

Raise to wake or tap to wake your iPhone.

To put your iPhone to sleep, press the Side button.

Use Siri

Say "Hey Siri." Or press and hold the Side button.

Install apps

After you've tapped to download an app in the App Store, quickly double-click the Side button to install it.

Use Apple Pay

To authenticate purchases with Apple Pay using Face ID, double-click the Side button, then glance at your iPhone.

Use gestures to get around

To create a continuous surface, the Home button has been replaced with new ways to navigate.

Unlock and get to the Home Screen

To unlock your iPhone with Face ID, glance at your iPhone, then swipe up from the bottom of the Lock Screen. If your iPhone is on a table or other flat surface, you can raise or tap it to wake it.

To go to the Home Screen at any time, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.

Swiping up from the bottom of the screen on iPhone with Face ID


screen showing multitasking on iPhone 12 Pro

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause. If you're in an app, swipe right along the bottom edge of the screen to switch to another app.

Find widgets

screen showing widgets on iPhone 12 Pro

To see information from apps you've added to widgets, swipe right from the Home or Lock Screen to go to Today View. You can also find widgets on your Home Screen if you've added them there.


screen showing search on iPhone 12 Pro

To quickly find anything on your device and on the web, swipe down from the middle of the screen.

Open Control Centre

To quickly adjust settings and apps in Control Centre, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen.

Swiping down from the top right-hand corner of the screen on iPhone


See notifications

screen showing notifications on iPhone 12 Pro

To see your notifications, such as phone calls, reminders and messages, swipe down from the top of your screen.

Reach the top

screen showing reachability being used on iPhone 12 Pro

To reach items at the top, swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen. Or swipe up and down quickly from the bottom edge of the screen.*


* This feature is turned off by default. To turn it on, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, then turn on Reachability.

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