You have a new iPhone X and you want to go to the home screen, see all open apps, or call Siri. Your finger reaches for the home button and then you pause. Oops you remember there is no home button. Apple dumped it to make room for the edge-to-edge display.
The resulting big screen is gorgeous, but how do you perform actions and tasks that you used to do with the Home button? Don’t worry, Apple has you covered, and so have we. Let’s see how to navigate without a home button on the iPhone X ($ 999.00 on Verizon Wireless).
1. Wake up your iPhone
You woke up yesterday’s iPhone by pressing the home button. To activate today’s iPhone X, just tap anywhere on the screen.
2. Unlock your phone with Face ID
Touch ID will not work on iPhone X without the Home button. Instead, use Face ID. With the new face recognition feature activated, just look at the screen to unlock your phone. You can even look at the screen while your phone is sleeping to wake it up and unlock it at the same time. Then swipe from the bottom of the screen to go to the home screen. You can also swipe first, then use Face ID to unlock your phone.
3. Return to the home screen
Quickly swipe from the bottom of the screen to quit an open app and return to the home screen, and you’ll be back to the last home screen you accessed. Swipe again and you will be transported to your main home screen.
4. Display Open Apps
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see all your open apps and quickly switch between them. However, keep holding your finger until you see the large thumbnails of all the open apps. Swipe through the collection until you find the one you want, then tap to open it.
5. Delete an open app
Sometimes you need to force close an open app. Maybe it is not behaving correctly, or you just need to restart it. Swipe up from the bottom again and hold your finger on the screen until you see the thumbnails for all of the open apps. Swipe through them until you find the app you want to close. Press on that thumbnail until you see the familiar delete icon (red circle with white line). Tap that circle and the app will shut down.
Alternatively, like other iPhones, you can swipe up on the app to remove it. However, you must first press and hold one of the thumbnails until the delete icon appears. Swipe from the bottom of the screen to return home.
6. Return to a previous app
Here’s another nice trick. You can go back to your previous app without exiting your current app first. To do this, swipe your finger to the right at the bottom of the screen until you see the previous app. You can keep swiping this way to see any previously opened app. Reverse gear by swiping left.
7. Trigger Siri
On other iPhones, you can get Siri’s attention by holding down the Home button. With the iPhone X, call your friendly neighborhood voice assistant by holding down the side power button until it shows up. Of course, you can also just say “Hey Siri” if you’ve enabled this option.
8. Use Apple Pay
On previous iPhones, Apple Pay will appear automatically when you place your phone in the right place next to a supported POS system. With the iPhone X, you have to trigger it manually. To do this, just before you check out, tap the power button twice. The Apple Pay screen appears. Make sure you’re looking at the phone for Face ID to unlock access to Apple Pay. Hold your phone near the reader and the transaction should be complete. Use the same double-tap maneuver to pay for apps and other items on Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store.
9. Take a screenshot
Do you need to take a picture of your screen on iPhone X? Tap the power / sleep button and the volume up button at the same time. You should hear the familiar screenshot sound and see the preview thumbnail at the bottom of the screen. From there, you can tap the thumbnail to edit and save or delete the screenshot.
10. Access Control Center
On other iPhones, you can access the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. But on the iPhone X, that gesture takes you home. Instead, swipe down from the top-right area of the screen. You can then press and hold one of the icons in the Control Center to perform a specific action. Triggering the control center is also a handy way to see the battery percentage as this detail is no longer visible due to the notch on the home screen.
(For more information, check out some other iOS 11 Control Center tricks.)
11. View notifications
You can’t just swipe down from anywhere to see notifications as the swipe from the top right corner is reserved for the Control Center. To check your recent notifications, swipe down from the top left of the screen. Swipe from the bottom of the screen to stop receiving your notifications.
Do you want to search for information in your apps or on the web? Swipe down from the center of the screen and the familiar search box will pop up at the top for you to type in your search term.
13. Power off, disable Face ID, call 911
How do you turn off your phone when you trigger Siri when you hold down the power button? How can you prevent someone from forcing you to use Face ID to unlock your phone? What if you need to call the emergency services? The answer to all three questions lies in the same gesture.
Press and hold the power button and the volume up or down button. You will feel a slight vibration indicating that face recognition has been disabled. At the same time, the screen is displayed on which you can switch off your phone and initiate an emergency SOS. Slide the top button to turn off the phone. Slide the emergency SOS button to contact emergency services. To turn off face recognition, tap the Cancel button. Press the power button to lock your phone. Your passcode is now required to unlock your phone. After unlocking your phone, face recognition will be reactivated.