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Use the Touchscreen

Your phone’s touchscreen lets you control actions through a variety of touch gestures.

Important: When the TalkBack option in the Accessibility settings is turned on and the Explore by touch setting is selected, the regular touch gestures are replaced by the TalkBack gestures. For details, see Accessibility Settings.

Tap or Touch

When you want to type using the onscreen keyboard, select items onscreen such as application and settings icons, or press onscreen buttons, simply tap or touch them with your finger.

Touch and Hold

To open the available options for an item (for example, a contact or link in a Web page), touch and hold the item.

Swipe or Slide

Quickly swipe your finger vertically or horizontally across the screen to go to other widget panels, scroll through documents, and more.


To drag, touch and hold your finger with some pressure before you start to drag. While dragging, do not release your finger until you have reached the target position.


Flicking the screen is similar to swiping, except that you need to swipe your finger in light, quick strokes. This finger gesture is always in a vertical direction, such as when flicking the contacts or message list.

Touch and Flick

On the Home screen, you can easily move a widget or icon from one screen to another. Touch and hold the widget or icon with one finger, and flick the screen to the new location with another finger.

Pinch and Spread

"Pinch" the screen using your thumb and forefinger to zoom out or "spread" the screen to zoom in when viewing a picture or a Web page. (Move fingers inward to zoom out and outward to zoom in.)

Slide two fingers together to zoom out of the picture or text.

Two-finger Swipe

Swipe down from the status bar with two fingers to open Quick Settings.

Three-finger Gesture

  • Swipe up the screen with three fingers and HTC Connect™ streams music or video from HTC U11 to your speakers or TV respectively. You can also share streaming media from apps such as YouTube®.
  • Swipe down to disconnect from your speakers or TV.


  • Media gesture is turned on in Settings by default, which makes the three-finger gesture work for sharing media.
  • The 3-finger gesture may not be available when TalkBack gestures are enabled. For details, see Navigate Your Phone with TalkBack.