Cyber Week 2017 is still upon us. If you're looking for an iPhone X deal, you might still have time to score one. But maybe you already have — a reported six million people purchased the newest iPhone over the Black Friday weekend. If you're one of those lucky millions, there's a slight learning curve to using the X over other iPhone models.
After all, you may have noticed a few (ahem) staple iPhone features are missing this time around. It's all screen, there's a fancy new front camera, and most importantly, there's no Home button. To help you get acquainted with your new iPhone X, we're rounded up some of the most important tips and tricks you'll need to become an iPhone X pro in no time.
1. New Swipe Gestures
Apple removed the Home button on the iPhone X, which means a lot of new actions to learn. Apple has handed over most responsibilities of the Home button to new swipe gestures. While there are more than a few new things to learn for the iPhone X, you'll get the hang of them in no time. Check out the guide below to learn all the swipe gestures.
- More info: All the swipes you need to know to get around.
- More info: How to access the home screen.
- More info: How to access the app switcher.
- More info: How to open the Control Center.
- More info: How to force-close running apps.
- More info: How to view the battery percentage indicator.
2. New Button Controls
Did you know that the power button, or Sleep/Wake button, on your new iPhone isn't really a power button? Apple calls this new iteration the Side button because it deals with a lot more than power-related tasks now. Sure, you can still use it to lock or wake your iPhone, but you can also use it to quickly disable Face ID or to pull up your Wallet or Apple Pay. It's also picked up a little slack from the missing Home button that swipe gestures couldn't take on. Learn everything in the guide below.
- More info: All the side button combinations you need to know.
- More info: How to activate Siri.
- More info: How to take screenshots (there are multiple ways).
- More info: How to shut down and restart.
- More info: How to force-restart when it's acting up.
- More info: How to boot into DFU mode in iTunes.
3. Virtual Home Button
While the iPhone X doesn't have a Home button, you can add a virtual one using AssistiveTouch. So if all the swipes and Side button presses above are hard to grasp, this could help you out in the meantime.
4. Charging Easier & Faster
With the new iPhone X's wireless charging capabilities, there are a few things you need to know to make sure you're getting the best Qi experience. Also, for those not into the wireless charging thing, you can still increase the speed of battery charging with a new cable and power adapter.
- More info: How to fast charge with the right equipment.
- More info: Why you need a new cable to fast charge.
- More info: How to activate wireless fast-charging.
- More info: All the best wireless chargers you can get right now.
5. Face ID Tips
Since the Touch ID we've come to know and love is gone, you'll have to get used to its fancier and possibly more secure sibling, Face ID.
- More info: How to set up Face ID the first time.
- More info: How to make sure it work every time.
- More info: How to make purchases with Apple Pay.
- More info: How apps are installed with Face ID.
- More info: How to quickly turn off Face ID when needed.
6. Important Settings
Some changes to your typical iPhone experience have been relocated to the Settings app. You might want to refer to the tips below if you want to disable Auto-Brightness or enable Reachability.
7. The New Camera
While there's not a whole lot new in the Camera app, it does include Portrait Lighting mode, which the iPhone 8 models also have, only it one-ups those other devices with Portrait Lighting mode for selfies. Also, you can use the new TrueDepth camera system in the Messages app, too.
- More info: How to use Portrait Lighting mode for better selfies and pics.
- More info: How to make your own Animoji karaoke videos.
Hopefully, this gets you on your way to becoming a pro user on the iPhone X. There's a lot to digest, but once you've got it all down, you'll wonder how things could have been any different. Seriously. The next time you pick up another iPhone model, or even your iPad, if you have one, you'll find yourself performing gestures and button clicks that don't work except on the X.
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