How To Use iPhone 4S | Gestures and Techniques

Now that you have your iPhone 4S set up, it’s time to turn it on and explore. Your device is running Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, which uses a variety of finger-based Multi-Touch gestures to help you navigate. In addition, it comes with some great apps—programs that you can run on your mobile device—to make your life easier and more productive. But before you start playing around, you’ll want to know the basics of working with iOS and your apps, and what they can (and can’t) do. We’ll show you how to use iPhone 4S and some basic gestures; help you get the hang of navigating the home screen, multitasking, and working with notifications; offer some tips and tricks; and introduce you to your new voice assistant, SIRI.

If you’ve never before owned a Multi-Touch device from Apple, you may be unfamiliar with phrases like pinch to zoom and the difference between flick and swipe. Have no fear: Although some of these gestures may have odd names, they’re easy enough to pick up.


As clicking is to a desktop computer, so is tapping to an iOS device. Tapping is the most common and basic gesture: You tap to open apps, bring up controls, make choices from menus, and more.


Tap an object twice in succession to effect a double-tap. Double-taps are primarily used for zooming in or out on text, but third-party apps also use the double-tap for various purposes.

Tap, Hold, and Drag

How To Use iPhone 4SFor some functions‚ such as highlighting text, copying and pasting, and deleting and moving apps‚ you need to tap and hold down on the screen. When you do this on a piece of text, it highlights in blue, and editing handles—vertical lines with blue dots—appear on either side of the highlighted area. You can tap, hold, and, while holding down, drag your finger to increase or decrease the selection. Dragging  also comes into play for moving objects in apps, drawing, and swiping and flicking.

Flick and Swipe

How To Use iPhone 4SDrag your finger across the screen—up, down, left, or right—to swipe. Swiping is one of your primary navigational tools: You use a left or right swipe to move through home screens or images in the Photos app; you use an up or down swipe to read text in Safari, iBooks, Newsstand, or elsewhere. It’s one of the easiest gestures to learn. A flick is just like a swipe, only faster: Your device supports inertial scrolling, which means that the faster or slower you move your finger, the faster or slower content will move. If you want to get to the bottom of a page quickly, just flick your finger upward in a fast motion.

One note of caution: All flicking and swiping on your device is inverse, meaning that when you move your finger down (in other words, swipe down), you’re actually moving the content on the screen upward. While this makes perfect sense in the real world, it can still be a bit disorienting at first. Why make the clarification? In this book, we refer several times to “swiping right” to bring up a navigational bar from the left—which can be confusing to parse if you don’t know about inverse gestures.


How To Use iPhone 4STo zoom in or out, use the pinch gesture (also referred to as a pinch-to-zoom gesture). To zoom in or to open something, place your thumb and index finger, pinched together, on screen and spread them apart. To zoom out, do the reverse: Start with your thumb and index finger further apart, and then pinch them together.


You can even rotate some elements with two or more fingers. Just place two fingers on screen and make a circular gesture‚ clockwise or counterclockwise.

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