Apple iPhone X: All the gestures you need to learn to operate the iPhone without a belly button

There is no home button or a fingerprint sensor on the new Apple iPhone X, launched at the September event at the Steve Jobs theaterThis changes the way users interact with the new device, and new gestures need to be learned because there are no more physical buttons on the front face. The gestures on iOS 11 is more fluid because of a more responsive touch system. Here are the new gestures to operate the iPhone X.

Swipe up to close. Image: Apple.

Swipe up to close. Image: Apple.

Closing an application

There is no belly button now, and the user has to swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to close applications. We are not sure how this will work with gesture heavy games such as Fruit Ninja, Project 83113 or Infinity Blade. Developers can implement an edge protect feature in their applications, where the first gesture is used by the application, but if the gesture is repeated, the expected behavior from the operating system kicks in. How exactly this works with gesture heavy games on the iPhone X remains to be seen. The close animation is identical to the animation shown when a user closes an application with the regular home button press.


Instead of double presses on the home button, users can view the currently open applications by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen, and holding the application open in a semi closed state. The other open applications appear to the left, and then the user can swipe to cycle through the currently open applications.

Control Centre

Users have to swipe downwards from the top of the screen to open the Control Centre. The widgets on the Control Centre can be customised as per the requirements of the user, depending on what capabilities they want immediate access to.


To gain access to Siri, users have to press and hold the new side button.

Drag and Drop

On iOS 11, selected content such images and text can be moved around the screen by holding the content and dragging it around the screen. This is particularly useful for the new Files app in iOS 11.

Using FaceID to unlock your phone. Image: Apple.

Using FaceID to unlock your phone. Image: Apple.

Unlocking the iPhone

There is no belly button, or a fingerprint sensor on the device. Instead, the iPhone X uses your face as the password to gain access to the phone and authenticate transactions. The feature is supported through a technology known as Face ID. 30,000 invisible dots are projected onto your face to map the geometry, and the data is processed by the neural engine on the A11 Bionic chip. The technology works in a wide range of lighting conditions. The technology works with changes in facial hair, headgear and with or without glasses.

Standard Gestures

The Standard Gestures still work on the iPhone X. This includes Tap to select, a Flick to scroll quickly, Swipe to return to the previous screen, Double Tap to zoom in and center, Pinch to zoom, Touch and hold to edit and Shake to undo.

Updated Date: Sep 13, 2017 17:50 PM