Touchscreen tips

Here are some tips on how to navigate on your phone.

Touch or tap – A single finger tap selects items, links, shortcuts, and letters on the on-screen keyboard.

  • To select an item, tap the center of the icon.

  • Don't press too hard on the touchscreen. It's sensitive enough to pick up a light, yet firm tap.

  • Use the tip of your finger to tap the option you want. Be careful not to tap any other keys.

Touch and hold – Touch and hold an item on the screen by touching it and not lifting your finger until an action occurs. For example, to open a contact's available options, touch and hold the contact in the Contacts list until the Context menu opens.

Drag – Touch and hold an item for a moment and then, without lifting your finger, move your finger on the screen until you reach the target position. For example, you can drag items on the Home screen to reposition them.

Swipe, slide, or flick – Move your finger quickly across the surface of the screen, without pausing when you first touch it (so you don't drag an item instead). For example, you can browse through the different Home screens by swiping to the left or right, slide the screen up or down to scroll through a list, or remove an application from the Recent Apps screen by flicking its graphic off the screen.

Double-tap – Tap the screen twice quickly to zoom, highlight text, or turn the screen off. For example, quickly double-tap a section of a webpage to adjust that section to fit the width of the screen and zoom in and out when viewing a picture and when using Maps. Double-tap a word to highlight it.

Pinch-to-zoom – Use your index finger and thumb in a pinching motion (to zoom out) or spreading motion (to zoom in) when using Chrome, a map, photos, the Contacts list, the Favorites list, the Groups list, a music list, and Polaris Viewer 5 documents. Spread apart to make screen information larger (easier to see and read), or pinch together to view more area and information. The pinch gesture also changes the Home screen. Pinch in on the Home screen to change to mini canvas view, then spread apart to return to the normal Home screen view. Spread apart on the normal Home screen to hide all of your Home screen items, then pinch in to redisplay them.

Rotate the screen – From many apps and menus, the orientation of the screen adjusts to the device's physical orientation. You can deactivate this function in the Display settings menu.