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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'd use. Here's a glossary of the terms we use.

Gesture How to do it What it does


Tap gesture illustration

Tap once on the item.

Opens or launches whatever you tap.

double tap

Double-tap gesture illustration

Tap twice on the item, quickly.

Zooms in or out in stages.

tap and hold

Tap-and-hold gesture illustration

Tap and leave your finger there 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).


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.


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.

pinch and stretch

Pinch and stretch gesture illustrations

Make a pinching motion with your thumb and forefinger on the screen or move them apart.

Zooms gradually in or out of a website, map, or picture.

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