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Gestures: flick, pan, and stretch

When we explain how to do certain things on the phone, we sometimes mention the gestures you'll need to use. Here's a glossary of the terms we use.

Gesture How to do it What it does


Tap gesture illustration

Tap once on an item.

Opens or launches whatever you tap.


Double-tap gesture illustration

Tap twice on an item, quickly.

Zooms in or out in stages.

tap and hold

Tap and hold gesture illustration

Tap and leave your finger on the screen for a moment.

Opens a context-specific menu (like right-clicking with a mouse).


Press gesture illustration

Press once on a hardware button.

Performs the button's primary function.

press and hold

Press and hold gesture illustration

Press and leave your finger on a hardware button for a moment.

For some hardware buttons, performs a secondary function (such as launching Speech).


Flick gesture illustration

Swipe your finger quickly in the direction you want the screen to move.

Scrolls rapidly through menus or pages, or moves sideways in Hubs.


Pan gesture illustration

Put your finger on the screen and keep contact as you move it around.

Moves through screens or menus at a controlled rate.

pinch and stretch

Pinch and stretch gesture illustrations

Put two fingers on the screen, then pull them together or spread them apart in a pinching or stretching motion.

Gradually zooms out or in gradually on a map, webpage, or picture.

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