No home button? No problem.
You can’t deny that the iPhone X might just be the coolest phone on the market right now with its sleek, all-screen design. Not to mention, there are plenty of amazing features to get excited about, like the TrueDepth camera that allows you to take selfies in Portrait mode, rear cameras that help you shoot vibrant photos, Face ID that unlocks your phone through facial recognition, and Animoji that enables you to send animated emojis through iMessage.
While the new phone has everyone buzzing, the new design and features do take some time to get used to—especially since unlike older iPhone models, the iPhone X has no Home button. Some new owners have said they’ve had trouble switching between apps or opening the Control Center. Apple has created new gestures to make it easier for users to navigate their phones, so you won’t miss the Home button with these easy tricks—take a look below.
Switch Between Apps
On older iPhones, you could press the Home button to switch apps and multitask. On the iPhone X, all you have to do is swipe up from the bottom edge of the phone and pause to see all the apps you have open, known as the App Switcher. To close an app from the App Switcher, just press and hold on the app until a red minus sign appears, then tap on the red button. Another way to access your open apps is by swiping from left to right on the bottom of the phone.
It’s still easy to get back to the home screen—all you have to do is swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.
Access the Control Center
The Control Center lets you adjust the brightness and volume of your phone, play music, turn on the flashlight, set your alarm, and turn on and off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplane mode, and cellular service—among other things. Instead of swiping up from the bottom of the phone (like on older models), you have to swipe down from the top-right edge of the phone to access the Control Center.
Take a Screenshot
On older iPhones, to take a screenshot, you would press the Home button and side button simultaneously. On the iPhone X, you need to press both the side button and the Volume Up button.
Unlock Your Phone
Face ID was one of the most buzzed-about features of the iPhone X—you can use it to unlock your phone, pay for items, and sign into apps. To set up Face ID, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and tap “Set Up Face ID.” Position your face in the circle frame and move your head according to the directions. Once that’s set up, you can unlock your phone by raising or tapping your iPhone, glancing at the screen, and swiping up from the bottom of the screen to access your Home screen.
See Your Notifications
As with other iPhones, you can look at your notifications on your lock screen by swiping down from the top-center of the screen.
Turn Your Phone On and Off
To turn off your phone, press and hold the side button and either the Volume Up or Down button and then swipe the screen. If you need to force restart your phone, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, do the same with Volume Down button, and then press and hold the side button until an Apple logo appears.