How to use an iPhone XR

iPhone X operation - control iPhone X, XS, XR & 11

With the iPhone X, Apple has abolished the home button and is causing question marks for many iPhone users. Already easy iPhone X gestures suddenly cause confusion. We show you which control commands the iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone XS operation works optimally.

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Unlock iPhone X, XS, XR and 11

When you pick up your iPhone X, XR, 11 or XS (Max) for the first time, you'll wonder how to unlock the device without a home button. No more buttons to press and no Touch ID that gives you access to the iPhone. Instead, a simple swipe will get you there.

At the bottom of the screen you will see a bar - the so-called "Home Indicator". Tap this area with one finger, swipe up over the display and you will land on the home screen of your iPhone. During the process, your identity is checked in the background at lightning speed via Face ID - Apple's 3D face recognition.

The "Home Indicator" on the iPhone X, XS, XR and 11 (Image source:

If you just want to take a look at the lock screen of your iPhone, all you need to do is tap the display. Alternatively, you can also press the “Side Button” (right outside) or simply bring the iPhone out of standby mode via “Activate when lifted”.

Open homescreen

You can return to the home screen with the same gesture that you use to unlock your iPhone. Place your finger on the bar as described above and swipe up over the display.

Swiping back to the home screen (Image source:

Jump to the first homescreen

If you have distributed your apps on several pages of the home screen, you can jump back to the first page with a simple swipe over the display from any home screen page. It is important that you swipe up briefly from the lower edge of the screen and not from the middle of the screen.

Multitasking - Open the Switcher app

If you want to call up your open apps in the multitasking view (also called app switcher), simply swipe from the bottom of the display to the middle of the screen and hold your finger down for a moment. The familiar multitasking view then opens with all active apps. As usual, you scroll through the selection with a swipe to the left or right.

Open the app switcher on the iPhone X, XS, XR and 11 (Image source:

Tip: In addition to the option to open the multitasking view described above, there is also a second, faster variant. Simply swipe from the lower home bar in a slight arc to the right or left across the display. The multitasking view will open immediately and without delay.

Switch between apps

If you don't want to open the multitasking view first to switch to a specific app, you can switch between the most recently opened apps with a swipe to the left or right over the lower area of ​​the screen. The respective app is then displayed in full screen view.

Jump back and forth between apps on the iPhone X, XS, XR and 11

Open control center

The control center has always shown you a selection of the most important iOS functions for quick and convenient operation. To access the Control Center on your iPhone, simply swipe down from the top right corner on the display.

Open Control Center on iPhone X, XS, XR and 11 (Image source:

Tip: You can now personalize the control center and determine which functions are displayed.

Go to the message center

The notification center on your iPhone shows you the last notifications you received. Simply swipe down from the top left corner of your iPhone to bring up the Notification Center.

Activate Siri

If you feel the urge to chat with Apple's digital voice assistant Siri, simply press the button on the right side of your iPhone. Hold the button down for a moment to start the virtual assistant and then question it.

Activate Siri on the iPhone X, XS, XR and 11 (Image source:

Close apps

If you want to close an app in the app switcher, you can close the respective app by swiping your finger up over the display.

Tip: You don't know all of them yet Gestures and control commands your iPhone? In another article we show you the best tips and tricks for the iPhone X, XS, XR and 11.

Shut down / turn on iPhone X, XS, XR and 11

If you want to switch off your iPhone X, it is not enough (as before) to hold down the sleep / wake button and press the "switch off" slider.

Instead, you have to do the "Side Button" (right outside) and the "Volume up" or "Volume down" button Press and hold (left outside). Wipes the "Switch off" slider then right to shut down the iPhone. The iPhone XS, iPhone 11 and iPhone XR can also be switched off in the same way.

Tip: Did you know that you can turn off the iPhone in the settings without buttons?

To switch on the iPhone X, XS, XR or 11, simply hold down the side button for a moment until the Apple logo appears or connect the iPhone to a power source via a Lightning cable.

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