New VoiceOver Gestures with the iPhone X

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iPhone X: iPhone with a screen that covers the full front; no Home button.

The iPhone X is now available - without the Home button.  So how do you perform the actions that used to be done with the Home button?

Side button replacing Home button commands

  • Unlock Phone: Facial Recognition (was Touch ID)
  • Accessibility Shortcut: Triple click of the Side button (was triple click of the Home button)
  • Activate Siri: Press and hold the Side button (was press and hold the Home button)
  • Screenshot: Simultaneously press and quickly release the Side button and Volume Up button (was simultaneously press and hold the Home and Power button)
  • Activate Siri: Press and hold the Side button (was press and hold the Home button)
  • Turn off the iPhone: Press and hold the Side button, then double tap the "Slide to Power Off" button (was press and hold the Power button, then double tap the "Slide to Power Off")
  • Activate Apple Pay: Double click the Side button (was double click the Home button)

New Gestures replacing function of the Home button

Starting at the bottom of the screen and slide one finger up. You will feel three haptic vibrations referred to as "clicks" (similar to the old "click" when pressing the Home button). Each of these three clicks will activate a function. Note: The first click alerts you that you are in the feature.

  • Return to the Home screen: From the bottom of the screen slide one finger up until the second click. Lift your finger from the screen.
  • Activate the App Switcher: From the bottom of the screen, slide one finger up until you feel the third click. Lift your finger from the screen.
  • Activate Teachability mode (if enabled in Settings): From the bottom of the screen, slide one finger up until you feel the first click. Quickly flick down.

Starting at the top of the screen, slide one finger down to feel the clicks.

  • Access the Control Center: From the top of the screen, slide one finger down until you feel the second click. Lift your finger from the screen.
  • Access the Cover Sheet (also called Notification Center): From the top of the screen, slide one finger down until you feel the second click. Lift your finger from the screen.

How accessible is it for people who use Voiceover? David Goodwin with AppleVis writes a detailed review of the iPhone X.

Listen to the AppleVis podcast on the iPhone X here.

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