How To: You're Scrolling Wrong on Your iPhone — This Way's Much Faster

You're Scrolling Wrong on Your iPhone — This Way's Much Faster

You're scrolling wrong. Kind of a weird accusation, isn't it? But you are. If you're still scrolling through long pages on your iPhone swipe after swipe, you're simply wasting time. There's a much faster way to get to where you want to be, whether that's on a lengthy webpage, long conversation in Messages, or multipage document.

In iOS 13, the scroll bar that appears on the right side of the display is now interactive. That means you can actually grab the bar when it shows up, and drag it up and down with lightning speed. When you've successfully selected the scroll bar, it will both get larger and produce haptic feedback. From there, simply scroll as fast as you'd like in either direction.

Once you try out the new scrolling method, it's tough to go back to the old ways. Swiping like a madman gets stale pretty quick, especially when a simple tap-and-hold then drag takes a fraction of the time to complete. Try the new scroll bar out in Safari, in Settings (like on the first page), Pages, the App Store, Shortcuts, Notes, and other apps where the scroll bar appears.

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Cover image, screenshot, and GIF by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks


Is there any way to disable this feature? I prefer scrolling traditionally to read slowly, but often my thumb accidentally grabs this scroll bar and completely shifts the page's location, making me lose where I was reading. It's quite inconvenient.

Hi Trenton,

Unfortunately, there's no way to disable this feature. The only band-aid I can think of is to try setting Touch Duration to "Slow" in Settings –> Accessibility –> Touch –> 3D & Haptic Touch. That might help you avoid accidentally grabbing the scroll bar as much.

I agree with Trenton. This is one of the most annoying features ever unleashed on iOS, and yet another one that can't be disabled.

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