In terms of simplicity and intuitiveness, iOS 7 is pretty darn good, but hidden beneath the gloss are a multitude of shortcuts and gestures that enable users and greatly enrich Apple’s mobile experience. Some amount to neat tricks while others are nearly indispensable once discovered.
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A guide to iOS 7’s shortcuts and gestures

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In terms of simplicity and intuitiveness, iOS 7 is pretty darn good, but hidden beneath the gloss are a multitude of shortcuts and gestures that enable users and greatly enrich Apple’s mobile experience. Some amount to neat tricks while others are nearly indispensable once discovered.

Perhaps a few or many of the below actions will be familiar, but we would be willing to bet you will find at least one or two new shortcuts for iOS 7 in the following list. Have your own that we missed? Let us know in the comments. We will be updated this article continually to provide as exhaustive a list as possible.

Lock Screen

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Unlock an iPhone or iPad by swiping left-to-right anywhere on the lock screen. Alternatively, if Touch ID is enabled for the iPhone 5s, simply place your finger on the home button to unlock the device. Touch ID can be enabled and configured by navigating to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode > Touch ID.


Search

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Access iOS 7’s search bar by swiping down on any home screen. The search bar can be used to universally search applications, contacts, mail and messages, events, reminders, and more.


Notifications

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Access iOS 7’s Notifications Center by swiping down from the top of the screen. To move between the Today, All, and Missed panes, swipe left or right.


Control Center

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Access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. By default, Control Center will be accessible from the lock screen, home screen, and applications. You can change these settings by navigating to Settings > Control Center.

Control Center itself provides shortcuts for toggling Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and orientation lock as well as controls for brightness and music playback. From Control Center you can also enable/disable AirDrop and access common apps and functions like flashlight mode, Timer, Calculator, and Camera.


Siri

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Long-press the home button to access Siri. By default, Siri can be accessed using this shortcut from both the lock screen, home screen, and most apps. You can disable lock screen access by navigating to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode.

Siri can also be accessed by simply raising your phone to your ear and speaking. This function may need to be enabled under Settings > General > Siri > Raise to Speak.


Multitasking

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Double-tap the home button to access iOS 7’s Multitasking screen. The screen will display a preview of all currently open apps, including apps running in the background.

Swipe up on an app’s preview to close it. Thanks to multitouch, you can close up to three apps at a time.

Pro Tip: Closing excess background apps could have a positive impact on device performance and battery life, though mileage may vary.


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Simultaneously press the power on/off/standby button and the home button to take a screenshot at any time. Screenshots will be automatically saved to your Camera Roll.


Mail & Messages

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Swipe left-to-right to go back a screen when using Apple’s Mail and Messages app (this gesture also works in other Apple-made apps and is deployed by some third-party developers).

Swipe right-to-left on individual messages while on the main Messages/Mail screen to reveal possible actions including Delete and Archive.

Swipe right-to-left in Messages while viewing an individual text thread to reveal timestamps.

Shake your iPhone to undo/redo typing in Messages and Mail. In Mail, the same gesture can be used to undo email actions like deleting, moving, or archiving a message.


Safari

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Swipe left or right on a web page to navigate backward and forward, respectively,  through your web history.

Swipe an open tab to the left while in Safari’s tab view to close that tab.

Pinch to zoom in and out of web page content. Alternatively, double-tapping a page will auto-zoom the page to fit its text.


Photos

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Long-press a photo to show an enlarged preview. Dragging your finger to another photo without picking it up will highlight previews for other images.

When viewing individual photos, pinch to zoom in and out.

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