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Use the Touchscreen

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


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.

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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.

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Swipe or Slide

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

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To drag, press 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.

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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.

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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.

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Note: The Auto-rotate feature needs to be enabled for the screen orientation to automatically change. From home, tap Apps all apps icon > Settings settings app icon > Display > When device is rotated and select Rotate the contents of the screen.

Tip: You can also access the Auto-rotate feature from the notification panel. Pull down the status bar with two fingers and tap Portrait or Auto-rotate to enable or disable the feature.

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.)

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