With the introduction of the iPhone X, Apple changed the way users interact with their devices by getting rid of the home button entirely. While it’s fairly easy to use the new gestures, some users may not be using them quite right, which can cause some frustration.
Mainly, it comes down to knowing how to swipe to either go back to the home screen, bring up the app switcher, and instantly switch between apps, all of which are three different gestures. We’ll show you how to conquer these gestures, as well as a couple of other swipe gestures to help you out.
Going Back to the Home Screen
Without a home button, the iPhone X, XS, and XR use a simple swipe-up gesture from the bottom of the screen to exit an app and go back to the home screen.
It’s more of a flick than a swipe, but you get the point. You also don’t have to swipe up from the very bottom of the screen. It’s a bit forgiving in that you can swipe up from a bit higher up, and you don’t necessarily even have to touch that narrow bar at the bottom of the screen, but it depends what app you’re in and whether or not there’s a button there to get in the way. And the best part about letting you swipe from a bit higher up is that it’s kind of where people are used to hitting the home button if they come from older phones.
Bringing Up the App Switcher
If you don’t want to go back to the home screen, but rather would like to bring up the app switcher, you perform the same swipe-up gesture like you normally would if going back to the home screen, but instead of flicking, you swipe up and hold for a split second.