You are here: Getting Started > Set Up Your Phone > Use the Touchscreen

Use the Touchscreen

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

Tap

When you want to type using the onscreen keyboard, select items onscreen such as application and settings icons, or press onscreen buttons by simply tapping or touching 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

To swipe or slide means to quickly drag your finger vertically or horizontally across the screen.

Drag

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

Flick

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.

Rotate

For most screens, you can automatically change the screen orientation from portrait to landscape by turning the phone sideways. When entering text, you can turn the phone sideways to bring up a bigger keyboard. See Touchscreen Keyboards for more details.

Note: The Auto-rotate switch needs to be selected for the screen orientation to automatically change. Tap home key > Settings settings app icon > Display tab > Auto-rotate screen.

Tip: You can also access the screen rotation setting from the notification panel. Drag the status bar down and tap rotation off notification icon / rotation on notification icon (Rotation) to select or deselect the option.

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.)