Gestures & Motion

Control your device by making specific movements with your hand.


In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

• Open an app
• View or close a running app
• Zoom in or out
• Lock the screen orientation
• View notifications or widgets
• Move an app
• Add or remove a folder
• Reset home screen layout

Open an app

1. Select an app to open it. Press the Home button to return to the home screen.

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2. Swipe left or right to see other home screens. The dots above the Dock show how many home screens you have, and which one you're viewing.

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View or close a running app

1. Press the Home button twice.

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2. Swipe left or right to view open apps. To open an app, select the desired app.

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3. To close an app, select and drag the desired app to the top of the screen.

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Zoom in or out

With two fingers on the screen, move fingers apart to zoom in and pinch fingers together to move out.

Note: You can also double-select a photo to zoom in, and double-select again to zoom out.

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Lock the screen orientation

To lock the screen in portrait orientation, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center then select the Screen Orientation Lock icon.

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View notifications or widgets

To view recent Push Notifications, swipe down from the top of the screen. From the Notifications panel, swipe right to view your widgets.

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Move an app

Select and hold an app , then select Edit Home Screen. Select and drag the desired app to the desired location. When finished, select the Home button to save your arrangement.

Note: Alternately, you can select and hold an app until it shakes then select and drag the desired app to the desired location

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Add or remove a folder

1. While rearranging apps, drag one app onto another to create a folder. To rename the folder, select the X icon next to the folder name. Enter the desired folder name, then select done when finished. 

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2. Press the Home button when finished.

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3. To delete a folder, select and drag all apps out of the folder. The folder will be deleted automatically.

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Reset home screen layout

From the home screen select the settings app Settings app > scroll to and select General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > select Reset Home Screen Layout > Reset Home Screen.

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