Touch gestures

Touch gestures

Use touch gestures to get around the Home screen, open apps, scroll through lists, and more.


When you want to type on the keyboard, select onscreen items such as application and settings icons, or press onscreen buttons, just tap them with your finger.

Press and hold

To open the available options for an item (for example, a contact or link in a webpage), just press and hold the item.

Swipe or slide

Quickly swipe your finger vertically or horizontally across the screen to go to other Home pages, scroll through documents, and more.


Press and hold your finger with some pressure before you start to drag. While dragging, don't release your finger until you have reached the target position.


Flicking the screen is similar to swiping, except that you need to swipe your finger in light, quicker strokes, such as when moving right and left on the Home screen, or flicking through a contacts or message list.

Pinch and spread

In some apps, like Gallery or the web browser, spread your fingers on the screen to zoom in when viewing a picture or a webpage.

Pinch the screen to zoom out when viewing a picture or a webpage.

Two-finger scrolling

In some apps that have sorting, like Mail or People, you can use two fingers to scroll the screen. The screen displays the sorting order, and you can easily scroll to the information you want.

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