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One of the most important skills you need to really use your iOS device like a pro, is to understand finger gestures. As you know, there are no buttons on the front of the device, other than the Home button. So the majority of the things you'll do, are accomplished by tapping, sliding, rotating, or pinching your fingers on the screen. In this video, I want to go over the basic moves. There are only a few of them, but they're part of the DNA of using iOS devices, and it's essential to really learn them well. The most basic gesture is the tap and it's just what it sounds like. You tap a part of your screen to perform some action. For example, I can tap on any of these applications to run them, like Photos.
So here I'm looking at my photo library. We'll cover how to get pictures to your device in a later chapter. But here I want to select the Album I want to look at, again, by tapping. Now, I'm looking at thumbnails of all the photos in this album. The next gesture is the drag. And again this is just what it sounds like. To browse through these photos, I keep my finger in contact with the screen and drag the thumbnails up and down. If I run out of room as I'm dragging I could just lift my finger. And place it back at the top of the screen to continue dragging. Now, closely associated with the drag gesture is the flick. Let's go out to our web browser, Safari. Now this is a relatively long page.
Dragging over and over again like this can get really tedius, especially if you have a lot of content to scroll through. In this case, just lift your finger off the screen as you reach the end of the drag. Notice that the content on the screen continues to move. The nice thing about flicking is that it's speed sensitive. So I can flick slowly, to browse at a leisurely pace or if I know the content that I want to look at is somewhere near the bottom, I can flick quickly to get there faster. Let's go back to Photos for a moment. And let's select a photo in here by tapping it. The next gesture is the pinch.
This is when you touch two fingers, usually your thumb and index fingers, to the screen. And either separate them, which as you can see zooms in on the picture. Or you can bring them back together, called pinching in, which zooms back out. So this is referred to as pinching in and pinching out. And it doesn't matter which two fingers you use. Now, while zoomed in a photo, notice I can use the drag gesture as well as the flick gesture. If I'm not zoomed in, dragging and flicking takes me from photo to photo. So, now we understand the tap, the drag, the flick, and pinching in an out, which are really the most basic an commonly used gestures on iOS devices.
Now there are additional variations on these moves. For example, a quick double-tap on an item often zooms in on it. Here in photos, it zooms in on the picture. If you're browsing a website in Safari Double tapping a column of text zooms that column to the width of your screen. There's also multi-finger tapping, which appears in apps like Maps. Double tapping zooms in like you'd expect. But to zoom out, you can just single tap with two fingers. Pinching in and out is available here as well. Some apps require you not to tap but to touch and hold an On-screen button to make it work.
For example, if I touch and hold any of the icons on my home screen. That puts them into Organization mode where I can drag the icons from location to location to re-arrange them as I like. For now, I just press the Home button to turn that off. Another trick I'd like to mention here works in many applications where you have to scroll. If you scroll down through a lot of context and you want to get back to the top of the screen, rather than having to flick the screen multiple times. You can simply tap the top of the screen, and you'll instantly be scrolled back up. This doesn't work in every single app but many of them do work this way. And you might come across other options that iPhone app developers have programmed into their apps like two finger dragging, two finger rotating, and so on.
Generally, you'll be taught which gestures to use by the instructions that come with the app. There you have the basic finger gestures you need to know to really use the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch efficiently. We'll talk more about other various gestures as we look at specific applications.
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