iPhone - Using apps

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Using apps

The high-resolution Multi-Touch screen and simple finger gestures make it easy to use iPhone apps.

Opening and switching apps

Press the Home button to go to the Home screen and see your apps.
Open an app: Tap it.

To return to the Home screen, press the Home button again. Flick left or right to see another
Home screen.

Flick left or right to switch

to another Home screen.

Double-click the Home button to reveal the multitasking bar, which shows your most recently
used apps. Tap an app to reopen it, or flick to see more apps.

Recently used apps

Remove an app from the
multitasking bar

Touch and hold the app icon until it begins to jiggle, then tap


Removing an app from the multitasking also forces it to quit.


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Drag up or down to scroll. On some screens such as webpages, you can also scroll side to side.

Dragging your finger to scroll won’t choose or activate anything on the screen.

Flick to scroll quickly.

You can wait for the scrolling to come to a stop, or touch the screen to stop it immediately.
Touching the screen to stop scrolling won’t choose or activate anything.

To quickly scroll to the top of a page, tap the status bar at the top of the screen.

Drag your finger along

the index to scroll quickly.

Tap a letter to jump to

a section.

Tap an item in a list to choose it. Depending on the list, tapping an item can do different things—
for example, it may open a new list, play a song, open an email, or show someone’s contact
information so you can call that person.


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Zooming in or out

When viewing photos, webpages, email, or maps, you can zoom in and out. Pinch your fingers
together or apart. For photos and webpages, you can double-tap (tap twice quickly) to zoom
in, then double-tap again to zoom out. For maps, double-tap to zoom in and tap once with two
fingers to zoom out.

Zoom is also an accessibility feature that lets you magnify the screen with any app you’re using, to
help you see what’s on the display. See “Zoom” on page 153.

Viewing in portrait or landscape orientation

Many iPhone apps let you view the screen in either portrait or landscape orientation. Rotate
iPhone and the display rotates too, adjusting automatically to fit the new screen orientation.

You may prefer landscape orientation for viewing webpages in Safari, or when entering text,
for example. Webpages scale to the wider screen in landscape orientation, making the text and
images larger. The onscreen keyboard is also larger.

Movies viewed in Videos and YouTube appear only in landscape orientation. Street views in Maps
also appear only in landscape orientation.
Lock the screen in portrait orientation: Double-click the Home button , flick the bottom of the
screen from left to right, then tap .

The portrait orientation lock icon appears in the status bar when the screen orientation is locked.


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