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Version: 10.3.1

Using gestures

Take a moment to find out how to navigate your BlackBerry device using touch screen gestures. You can also learn gestures to help you do things more quickly.

Move around the home screen

To become familiar with the home screen, try using the following gestures.
  1. To get back to the home screen at any time, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

    BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow starting from below the bottom of the screen and moving upward. Shows the gesture to get back to the home screen.

  2. To see your messages in the BlackBerry Hub, slide your finger from left to right.

    BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow moving to the right. Shows the gesture to move between your apps and the BlackBerry Hub.

  3. To see the apps that are open (if any), slide your finger from right to left. To see all your apps, continue sliding your finger from right to left.

    BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow moving to the left. Shows the gesture to move between the BlackBerry Hub and your apps.

Peek at the BlackBerry Hub

To see your messages, you can peek at the BlackBerry Hub, or open it, from anywhere on your BlackBerry device.

From the bottom of the screen, slide your finger up and to the right.

BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow starting from below the screen and moving in an arc toward the right side of the screen. Shows the gesture to view the BlackBerry Hub.


Tip: Keep your finger on the screen while you peek at the BlackBerry Hub. To go back to what you were doing, slide your finger back down.

Show the menus

You can find features, options, and help by exploring the menus.
Do any of the following:
  • To see more actions that you can perform in an app, tap The more actions icon or The more tabs icon.
    BlackBerry device showing a tap on the More icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. Shows the gesture to see more actions.

  • To see more actions for a specific item, such as a song or picture, touch and hold the item.

    Tip: To see the names of the icons that appear on the right side of the screen, touch and hold the icon. Slide your finger off the icon to avoid selecting it.

  • To find the settings and help for an app, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • To find the settings for the device, on the home screen, swipe down from the top of screen.

    Note: In an app, to find the device settings, use two fingers and swipe down from the top of the screen.


    BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow starting from above the top of the screen and moving downward. Shows the gesture to see the settings and help.


    BlackBerry device showing two directional arrows starting from above the top of the screen and moving downward. Shows the gesture to see the settings for the device from an app.

Scroll and move between items

Slide your finger to scroll through a list, pan a webpage, or move between pictures.
Do any of the following:
  • To scroll, slide your finger up and down.
    BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow moving upward. Shows the gesture to scroll.

  • To move between the BlackBerry Hub and your apps, slide your finger left and right.
    BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow moving to the left. Shows the gesture to move between the BlackBerry Hub and your apps.

Use a slider

If a slider appears on your screen, you can use the slider to progress through a file, such as a song or video, or scroll through multiple pages, such as the pages of an eBook.
On the slider, drag the slider handle.

BlackBerry device showing a directional arrow moving to the right. Shows the gesture to progress through a file.

Select items

Do any of the following:
  • To select an item, simply tap it. If the item can be opened, it opens.
  • To highlight an item without opening it, touch and hold the item.
  • To highlight multiple items, such as pictures or songs that you want to share, touch and hold one item. Tap The select more icon and tap more items. To clear an item, tap it again.

BlackBerry device showing a tap on an item. Shows the gesture to select an item.

Zoom in to or zoom out from the screen

If you want to see an image in more detail, or if you're having trouble reading words that are too small, you can magnify the screen by zooming in. To see more of the screen, zoom out.
Do any of the following:
  • To zoom in, slide your fingers apart.
    BlackBerry device showing two directional arrows moving apart from each other. Shows the gesture to zoom in.

  • To zoom out, slide your fingers together.
    BlackBerry device showing two directional arrows moving toward each other. Shows the gesture to zoom out.

Advanced interactions

If you’re looking for ways to do things more quickly or efficiently, consider using the following gestures:
  • Lift to wake
  • Flip to mute
  • Flip to save power
  • Hold to stay awake

Lift to wake

If this feature is turned on, when you pick up your BlackBerry device from a flat surface, your device wakes up automatically. You don’t have to press the Power/Lock key or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to start using your device.


BlackBerry device showing the device being picked up from a flat surface. Shows the gesture to wake up your device.

To turn on or turn off this feature, tap image Settings > Advanced Interaction. Tap the Lift to Wake switch.

Flip to mute

If this feature is turned on, when you receive a call and it isn’t a convenient time to respond, you can turn your device facedown to silence the ring tone or vibration. You still receive a notification of the missed call.


BlackBerry device showing the device being turned facedown. Shows the gesture to silence a ring tone or vibration.

To turn on or turn off this feature, tap image Settings > Advanced Interaction. Tap the Flip to Mute switch.

Flip to save power

If this feature is turned on, when you place your device facedown on a flat surface, your device goes into standby mode to extend battery life. You still receive notifications for incoming calls, messages, and alarms.


BlackBerry device showing the device being turned facedown on a flat surface. Shows the gesture to extend battery life.

To turn on or turn off this feature, tap image Settings > Advanced Interaction. Tap the Flip to Save Power switch.

Hold to stay awake

If this feature is turned on, the screen stays on longer while you hold your device in your hand. This setting overrides the value set in image Settings > Display > Screen Timeout.

To turn on or turn off this feature, tap image Settings > Advanced Interaction. Tap the Hold to Stay Awake switch.