13 Cool Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With iPhone Gestures
Tap, swipe and pinch to zoom – these are the iPhone gestures you’re probably very familiar with. But do you know all the uses? Because there are probably more ways to use iPhone gestures than you might think.
Let’s take a look at the coolest ways these common iPhone gestures can make your iPhone experience smoother, faster, and more fun.
1. Access the camera from the lock screen
Have you seen your cat bathing in the sun, ready for the most picture-worthy yawn? Or is it the moment of flight of a butterfly that you want to capture quickly? For the perfect shot, every second counts.
The fastest way to launch your iPhone’s camera is to simply swipe right on lock screen. You don’t even need to unlock your device to use your camera with this gesture.
2. Select multiple photos
When you want to select multiple images from your iPhone’s photo library, you don’t need to tap each one. Just press Select and tap the first photo, then swipe across the screen to select all other desired images.
Using this quick gesture speeds up the process when cleaning up your iPhone photos. You can also use it to select multiple files or folders in the Files app.
3. Change the way your photo library displays images
If you have thousands of photos on your iPhone, the experience of furiously scrolling in search of the image you want is probably familiar to you. When you do, the images on your screen become a confusing, blurry haze…
But you can actually pinch to zoom in and zoom out from your photo library. This way, you can resize the library to see your photos grouped by day, month, or year. This gives a better overview of all the photos you have, making it easy to focus on what you’re looking for.
4. Zoom in on video details
Besides photos, did you know that you can zoom in on videos? When you’re recording video, you may have a friend or pet unintentionally photobombing in the background. During video playback, you can pinch to zoomwhich will crop the video and delete it or just focus on the photobomber if you prefer.
5. Undo and redo text
If you typed the wrong word or applied the wrong font style in your iPhone’s Notes app, you usually need to go to the markup tool for the Undo and Redo buttons. However, there are two quick gestures you can use instead. Both of these gestures are applicable in other apps that involve text, such as Messages and Safari.
Using three fingers, swipe left to undo, or right to redo. Another method is to use three fingers to tap the screen once to bring up a format pop-up window that includes undo and redo buttons.
6. Shake to cancel
To use this gesture, you must first enable Shake to Undo on your iPhone. It’s an alternative to the tapping gestures we’ve featured above. With this gesture, just shake your iPhone several times and you will see a prompt to cancel the entry.
7. Hide your iPhone keyboard
Is your iPhone keyboard preventing you from reading on-screen conversations and text? Once you are done typing, you can easily minimize and hide the keyboard by tapping once anywhere above the keyboard. If pressing once doesn’t work, you can swipe down from above your keyboard instead.
8. Remove Single Digits in Calculator
Unlike physical calculators, your iPhone’s digital calculator doesn’t have a backspace button. However, even if you typed the wrong number, you don’t have to erase all the numbers and start over. To go back in the Calculator app on your iPhone, just use one finger to swipe left or right on the number.
However, note that while you can backspace, there is currently no option to remove a specific digit that is sandwiched in the middle of a number.
9. Switch Between Tabs in Safari
When comparing websites such as product information and reviews, there are probably multiple tabs open in the Safari app. To switch to any of your open tabs, simply swipe left or right of your current tab to switch in that direction. You can also use this method to open a new tab by swiping left after the last tab.
10. Preview a Safari Webpage
If you are unsure if a website is what you are looking for, you can long press on a link in Safari to preview it first. A small window will then appear, showing you parts of the site and its contents.
11. Show Open Tabs in Safari
To view all open tabs on your iPhone’s Safari app, you can use the pinch to zoom out gesture. Your thumb and index finger should each be at opposite diagonal ends of the webpage. Then pinch your fingers together to zoom out and view your open Safari tabs.
12. Lower the top half of your iPhone screen
Even if you’re using your iPhone with one hand, you can still easily reach the top half of your screen by lowering it. Do this, swipe down from the bottom edge of your screen. For iPhones with a Home button, double-tap that button (don’t click). If that doesn’t work for you, check out this step-by-step guide on using the accessibility feature.
13. Create a Customizable Back Tap
All of the gestures we discussed above involve tapping on your iPhone screen. But did you know that you can also press the back of your device launch a custom action? You can customize two Back Taps: double tap and triple tap. By enabling this feature, you can then launch the Camera app, mute your iPhone, take a screenshot, or more.
Unfortunately, not all iPhones have this feature. You can check out our full guide on iPhone Back Tap and how to enable it to learn more.
Cool tricks to do with iPhone gestures
We hope our tips have helped you learn how to do more on your iPhone. To ensure that your iPhone always responds to gestures, remember to keep the screen clean and protected, as well as update your device to the latest iOS. Once you master these gestures, you can use your iPhone even more efficiently.
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