A list of all iOS 7 Gestures [Video]


iOS 7 comes with an all-new flattened interface, but another part of the changed interface that hasn’t been talked about much is the importance given to gestures.

iOS 7 includes a number of new gestures that let you do things a lot faster.

Here’s an extensive list of all the new gestures found in iOS 7:

  • Swipe from the left edge towards the right in Mail, Notes, Settings, Messages etc. to go back one screen. This is an alternative to tapping the back button at the top-right, but isn’t enabled in all apps due to possible conflicts.


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  • A swipe down from the top half of the home screen brings up the new Spotlight search interface.

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  • Swipe from the left edge in Safari to go back one page.


  • Swipe from the right edge in Safari to go forward.


  • Drag a tab towards the left in the new Safari tab view to close a tab.


  • Swipe up in the new multitasking switcher to close an app or up to three apps at a time.


  • Switch between adjacent Notification Center tabs by swiping horizontally


  • A horizontal swipe from right to left brings up the “Trash” and “More” options while in the mail list view. Tapping on more lets you reply, forward, flag, mark as read, mark as junk or move the message.


  • Swipe right from anywhere on the screen to unlock your device.


  • In the Photos app, you can long tap on a thumbnail to view a larger preview. As you slide your finger over the list, you’ll see the preview update for the thumbnail under your finger.

Here’s the video walkthrough of the new iOS 7 gestures:

Gestures are a great feature to have for power-users and it is great to see Apple add more of them in iOS. They, however, do face a problem of discoverability, so we wonder how Apple’s going to tackle that problem with first-time users, especially for features that use gestures as the sole method of activation.

Let us know if you have discovered any new gestures in iOS 7 that we’ve missed in this list.

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  • Fingers21

    In multitasking, you can close more than 1 thing at a time

    • Gautam

      Thanks. Updated the post, we’ve shown it in the video.

  • neph

    somehow on my iPad 3 with now iOS 7 , features such as 3D tabs as well as private browsing are nowhere to be found.. any ideas ?

    • D

      I’m having the same problem! Thought I was the only one! My wallpapers also look very blurry and I have no idea why.

      • brbz

        tap the address bar and on the top left of the keyboard

        • Neph

          Thank you , Now i know how to brows privat , how about 3D Tabs ?

          • http://friedmandesigns.com/ D. Benjamin

            3D tabs not available on the iPad…just Touch and Phone.

        • Tabatha Lovell

          Thanks for this comment! I didn’t realize I could do that and close all tabs at once! (-;

  • Shinshin1117

    How do you close the tabs/window?

  • Rowan

    Is there any way to close my apps when I am done with them?

    • SteveJ

      double click ‘Home’ button, find the app by scrolling left or right and then swipe it upward out of the multitasking list/

  • Dee

    Tried to do the photo gesture but it won’t work :(

    • unwiseguyeh

      Have to be in collections or years for it to work (Should have “photos” selected on bottom of the screen, not albums)

      • Dee

        Thanks :)

  • boji

    how to search key words in safari/documents like pdf/mail

  • Sdc

    Why isn’t anyone talking about how to activate the Safari control bar (at the bottom of page). I cannot seem to figure out how to consistently activate it.

    • osw

      Just scroll up and the control bar will apear.

      • caradoc72

        Even easier just tap the bottom of the screen in Safari and the control bar appears. No need to scroll all the way to the bottom of a long page.

  • question

    How can I close out apps that are running in the background in ios7?

  • http://soundcloud.com/eren-gazioglu Eren Gazioglu

    In the photos app, while a photo is open, you can do the zoom-out gesture in order to go back to the thumbnail view.

  • k.

    Will apple ever come up with anything new instead of just copying all these other phones? High end andriod and other kinds of phones already had all of these features for the longest time. As a matter of fact apple just gathers a bunch of features that other phones have had for years and add it in iphone. I guess that’s a good strategy though. Wait for the competition to innovate and then follow. It’s funny because everybody was saying that nobody was going to use air gestures and all the features when samsung did it at the beginning of this year, but when apple finally gets around to it as usual everybody goes cheeseballs.

    • greekdish

      What a retarded comment….how about the fact Androids copied Apple to begin with, and without Apple, wouldnt have had gestures at all? Moron.

  • http://giavang24gio.com/ giavang

    can I replace searching interface by swiping down from top half of screen with the notification center?

  • dw

    I hate hate hate all these gestures. Is there any way to disable them? Perhaps via jailbreak?

    • dw

      Answering my own question: yes, at least for Safari. Jailbreak, install Flex 2 from Cydia, then add the appropriate Safari extension.