Use gestures to navigate your iPhone X and later

Use gestures on your iPhone X and later to quickly navigate, multitask, adjust settings, and access all the things you do most.

Learn the basics

Use the side button to turn on your iPhone X, put it to sleep, use Siri, Apple Pay, and more.


diagram showing volume and side buttons on iPhone X

Power on or off

To turn on, press and hold the side button until the Apple Logo appears.

To turn 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 X.

To put your iPhone X to sleep, press the side button.

Use Siri

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

Install apps

After selecting an app in the App Store, 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 X.

Use intuitive gestures to get around

To create a continuous surface — with nothing to get in the way of your experience — the Home button has been replaced with new yet familiar ways to navigate. To begin, raise your iPhone and look toward it to unlock with Face ID. Or if it’s on a table or other flat surface, you can raise or tap to wake it.

Unlock and get to the Home screen

To unlock, glance at your iPhone X, then swipe up from the bottom of the Lock screen. To go to the Home screen at any time, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.

animation showing iPhone X being unlocked


screen showing multitasking on iPhone X

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 X

To see information from apps you've added to widgets, swipe right from the Home or Lock screen.


screen showing search on iPhone X

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

Open Control Center

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

animation showing Control Center being opened on iPhone X


See notifications

screen showing notifications on iPhone X

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

Reach the top

screen showing reachability being used on iPhone X

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.*


* Reachability is turned off by default. To turn it on, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down and tap Reachability, then turn it on.

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