13 cool tricks you didn’t know you could do with iPhone gestures – MUO – MakeUseOf | Hot Mobile Press

Tap, swipe and pinch to zoom – these are the iPhone gestures you are probably very familiar with. But do you know all the uses for them? Because there are probably more ways to use iPhone gestures than you thought.

Let’s 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 spotted your cat bathing in the sunlight, ready for the most photo-worthy yawn? Or is it that moment of a flying butterfly that you want to capture quickly? Every second counts for the perfect shot.

The quickest way to launch your iPhone’s camera is simple On the lock screen, swipe right. You don’t even have to unlock your device to use your camera with this gesture.

2. Select Multiple Photos

If you want to select multiple images in your iPhone’s photo library, you don’t have to tap each one. Just press Select and Tap the first photo, then slide your finger across the screen to select any other desired images.


Using this quick gesture speeds up the process when cleaning up your iPhone’s photos. You can also use it to select multiple files or folders in Files app.

3. Change how your photo library displays pictures

If you have thousands of photos on your iPhone, you’re probably familiar with the frantic process of scrolling to find the picture you want. When you do this, the images on your screen become a confusing, blurry haze…

But you actually can press to zoom in and out your photo library. This allows you to resize the library to view your photos grouped by day, month, or year. This gives you a better overview of all the images you have and makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for.

4. Zoom in video details

Did you know that you can enlarge videos as well as photos? When you’re recording a video, there may be times when a friend or pet photobombs in the background unintentionally. While playing the video You can pinch to enlargethat crops the video and removes them – or just focuses on the photo bomber, if you prefer.

5. Undo and redo text

If you’ve typed the wrong word or applied the wrong font style in your iPhone’s Notes app, you usually have to access the markup tool for the Undo and Redo buttons. However, there are two quick gestures you can use instead. These two gestures are applicable in other apps that contain text, like Messages and Safari.

Swipe left with three fingers to undo the operation, or right to repeat. Another method is to tap the screen once with three fingers to display a formatting pop-up that includes Undo and Redo buttons.

6. Shake to undo

To use this gesture, you must first enable Shake to Undo on your iPhone. It is an alternative to the tap gestures introduced above. With this gesture, only Shake your iPhone a few times and you will be prompted to undo the entry.


7. Hide your iPhone keyboard

Is your iPhone keyboard blocking you from reading conversations and text on the screen? Once you’re done typing, you can easily minimize and hide the keyboard tap once anywhere above the keyboard. If a single tap doesn’t work, you can swipe down from the top of your keyboard instead.

8. Delete individual digits in the calculator

Unlike physical calculators, your iPhone’s digital one doesn’t have a backspace key. Even if you entered the wrong digit, you don’t have to erase all the numbers and start over. To go back in your iPhone’s Calculator app, just use your finger Swipe left or right on the number.

Note, however, that while you can reset the backspace key, there is currently no option to delete a specific digit that is in the middle of a number.

9. Switch between tabs in Safari

If you’re comparing sites like product information and reviews, chances are you’ve got multiple tabs open in the Safari app. Just switch to one of your open tabs swipe left or right your current tab to switch in that direction. You can also use this method to open a new tab by swiping left past the last tab.

10. Preview a Safari webpage

If you’re not sure if a website is what you’re looking for, you can Long-tap a link in Safari to preview it first. A small window will open showing you parts of the website and their content.

11. View open tabs in Safari

To view all open tabs in your iPhone’s Safari app, you can use the press to zoom out Gesture. Your thumb and forefinger must be on opposite, diagonal ends of the web page, respectively. Then pinch your fingers together to zoom out and see your open Safari tabs.

12. Lower the top half of your iPhone screen

Even if you use your iPhone with one hand, you can still easily reach the top half of your screen by lowering it. In addition Swipe down from the bottom of the screen. On iPhones with a Home button, double-tap (don’t click) that button. If it doesn’t work for you, check out this in-depth guide on how to use the reachability feature.

13. Create a customizable back tap

All of the gestures discussed above involve tapping your iPhone screen. But did you know that you can too tap the back of your device to initiate a custom action? There are two back taps that you can customize: Double Tap and Triple Tap. By enabling this feature, you can launch the camera app, mute your iPhone, take a screenshot, and more.

Unfortunately, not all iPhones have this feature. You can read our full iPhone Back Tap and Activation guide to learn more.

Cool tricks with iPhone gestures

We hope our tips have helped you do more on your iPhone. To ensure your iPhone always responds to gestures, remember to keep the screen clean and protected and update your device to the latest iOS. Once you master these gestures, you can use your iPhone even more efficiently.

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