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How to Navigate the iPhone X

You've got yourself a new iPhone X, and you want to get to the home screen, see all your open apps, or call upon Siri. Your finger reaches for the home button, and then you stop. Oops, you remember, there is no home button. Apple jettisoned it to make room for the edge-to-edge display.

The resulting large screen is beautiful, but how do you perform actions and tasks you used to do with the home button? Don't worry, Apple has you covered, and so do we. Let's look at how to navigate the iPhone X sans a home button.

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  • 1Wake Up Your iPhone

    You woke up the iPhone of yesterday by pressing the home button. To wake up the iPhone X of today, simply tap anywhere on the screen.

  • 2Unlock Your Phone With Face ID

    With no home button, Touch ID doesn't work on the iPhone X. Instead, you use Face ID. With the new facial-recognition feature enabled, just look at the screen to unlock your phone. You can even look at the screen while your phone is asleep to wake it up and unlock it at the same time. Then, swipe from the bottom of the screen to get to your home screen. You can also swipe first and then unlock your phone with Face ID.

  • 3Return to the Home Screen

    To exit an open app and return to the home screen, quickly swipe from the bottom of the screen, and you're back at the last home screen you accessed. Swipe again, and you're transported all the way to your main Home screen.

  • 4View Open Apps

    To see all your open apps and quickly jump between them, swipe up from the bottom of the screen—but hold your finger down until you see the large thumbnails for all your open apps. Swipe through the collection until you find the one you want and tap to open it.

  • 5Delete an Open App

    Sometimes you need to force-close an open app. Maybe it isn't behaving properly, or you just need to restart it. Again, swipe up from the bottom and hold your finger on the screen until you see the thumbnails for all open apps. Swipe through them until you find the app you want to close. Press down on that thumbnail until you see the familiar Delete icon (red circle with the white line). Tap on that circle, and the app shuts down.

    Alternatively, you can swipe the app to the top to remove it just like on other iPhones, but you still must first hold down one of the thumbnails until you see the Delete icon. Swipe from the bottom of the screen to return home.

  • 6Return to a Previous App

    Here's another neat trick. You can return to your previous app without first having to exit your current one. To do this, swipe your finger to the right at the bottom of the screen until you see the previous app. You can keep swiping this way to see each app you've previously opened. Take the reverse trip by swiping to the left.

  • 7Trigger Siri

    On other iPhones, you get Siri's attention by holding down the home button. With the iPhone X, you call upon your friendly, neighborhood voice assistant by holding down the side Power/Sleep button until she pops up. Of course, you can also just say "Hey Siri" if you've enabled that option.

  • 8Use Apple Pay

    On past iPhones, Apple Pay automatically pops up when you place your phone in the right spot next to a supported point-of-sale system. With the iPhone X, you have to trigger it manually. To do so, double-tap the Power/Sleep button just before you're ready to check out. The Apple Pay screen appears. Make sure you're looking at the phone so Face ID unlocks access to Apple Pay. Hold your phone near the reader, and the transaction should go through. Use the same double-tap maneuver to pay for apps and other items at Apple's App Store and iTunes Store.

  • 9Take a Screenshot

    Do you need to take a shot of your screen on the iPhone X? Tap the Power/Sleep button and the Volume Up button at the same time, and you should hear the familiar screenshot sound and see the preview thumbnail at the bottom of the screen. From there you can tap on the thumbnail to edit the screenshot and save or delete it.

  • 10Access Control Center

    On other iPhones, you access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. But on the iPhone X, that gesture takes you home. Instead, swipe down from the upper-right area of the screen. You can then hold down any of the icons in Control Center to perform a specific action. Triggering Control Center is also a handy way to see your battery percentage since that detail is no longer visible on the Home screen due to the notch.

    (For more, check out some other tricks of iOS 11's Control Center.)

  • 11View Notifications

    You can't just swipe down from anywhere to view notifications since swiping from the upper-right corner is reserved for Control Center. To check your recent notifications, swipe down from the upper-left area of the screen. Swipe from the bottom of the screen to dispense with your notifications.

  • 12Search

    Do you want to search for information among your apps or on the web? Swipe down from the middle of the screen, and the familiar search field appears at the top for you to type in your search term.

  • 13Power Down, Disable Face ID, Call 911

    How do you power off your phone if holding down the Power/Sleep button triggers Siri? How can you prevent another person from forcing you to unlock your phone with Face ID? And what if you need to call emergency services? The answer to all three questions lies in the same gesture.

    Hold down the Power/Sleep button and the Volume Up or Volume Down button. You'll feel a little vibration, indicating that Face ID has been turned off. At the same time, you'll see the screen to power off your phone and initiate an emergency SOS. Slide the top button to power off the phone. Slide the Emergency SOS button to contact emergency services. To disable Face ID, tap the Cancel button. Press the Power/Sleep button to lock your phone. Your passcode is now required to unlock your phone. After you unlock your phone, Face ID turns back on.

  • 14How to Navigate the iPhone X

    Check out our hands-on look with iPhone X on our daily Facebook Live gadget show, One Cool Thing.

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