Here are all the new gestures that you should master in iOS 9

iOS 9 - A better experience with every touch

With every major new release of iOS, Apple adds some new gestures to it that speeds up certain tasks throughout the UI. iOS 9 is no different in this regard and comes with some new gestures.

Here are all the new gestures that Apple has introduced in iOS 9.


  • To go back to the Albums/Collectors/Moments in the Photos app while viewing a photo, all you need to do is swipe down on it.
  • Similarly, you can swipe down on an image in the Messages app to go back to the conversation screen.

For iPad:

Twitter's Slide Over UI on iPad
  • Apple has introduced a new Slide Over multitasking feature for the iPad in iOS 9 that allows you to bring up an app in a small window on the right. With an app already open, you can bring up a secondary app in a small window pane on the right side of the display by simply swiping from the right edge of the screen. iOS selects an app automatically for you, but you can switch to another app in this view by simply swiping from the top of the screen.
Split view - iPad
  • Split View is another new multitasking feature in iOS 9 that is an extension of Slide Over. It allows you to run two apps side-by-side on your iPad. To do so, you need to swipe from the right of the screen and select an app of your choice. If an app opens in Slide Over mode, you can continue dragging your finger to the center of the screen to make it run side-by-side to the existing app that is already running.

The above two gestures will only work on the iPad Air 2 though.

  • While in editing mode in an app, you can tap and move two fingers on the screen to move the cursor around, thereby allowing you to easily select and edit text.
  • You can quickly select a piece of text by double-tapping with two fingers on the screen.

You can also find a list of all the new gestures that Apple introduced in iOS 8 here.

If you come across any other new gesture in iOS 9, drop in a comment below and let us know.

Check out the iOS 9 page for our comprehensive coverage of all the new and hidden iOS 9 features.