iOS 7. The basics.


Swipe to unlock

Unlock your phone by swiping anywhere on your lock screen. And on the iPhone 5s, if you’ve setup Touch ID, simply place your finger on the Home button to unlock your phone.


Access Control Center from any screen

Swipe up from any screen — even the Lock screen — to access Control Center.


Notification Center on Lock Screen

View Notification Center by swiping down on any screen, even the Lock screen. You can tap between views (Today, All and Missed). To get traffic updates in the Today view, enable Location Services.

Switch apps in Multitasking

To quickly switch to an app you have open, double press the Home button, then select the app you want by tapping its icon or screen.

New and remastered sounds

Go to Settings and Sounds to explore dozens of new system sounds and ringtones, including remastered versions of classic sounds.


Spotlight search

You can find anything on your device with Spotlight search. Simply swipe down from the middle of your Home screen and the search field appears.

iCloud Photo Sharing

Create a shared stream

To share photos and videos, create a shared stream. From the shared streams view, tap +. Give your stream a name, invite people, and add your photos and videos.

Add a photo to a shared stream

Select the photo or photos you want to add, tap Share, select iCloud, choose the shared stream you want to add to, and tap Post.

Add friends to a shared stream

To invite more of your friends and family to a shared stream, select the stream, tap the People tab, and select Invite People. Your friends and family with iOS 7 devices can add photos, videos and comments to your stream.


Drop everything with AirDrop

AirDrop is the quickest and easiest way to share with someone nearby. First, make sure you’ve enabled AirDrop from Control Center. Then select the photo, video or document — whatever it is you want to share — tap the Share icon, and select who you want to share with. AirDrop does the rest.

Go further with iOS 7.

Swipe to go back or forward

In Mail and Safari, swipe from the edge of your screen left to right, to go back. Or right to left to go forward.

FaceTime Audio

Now you can make audio-only FaceTime calls. From a Contact card, tap the phone icon in the FaceTime section.

Messages Timestamps

View timestamps of your messages by touching and pulling your message bubbles to the left.

Smart Mailboxes

Just tap edit to organize you Mail with new Smart Mailboxes: Unread, To/CC, Attachments, All Drafts, All Sent and All Trash.

Manage your Mail

Quickly get options like Trash, Move and more by swiping from right to left on your messages.

Safari tabs

Rearrange your tabs by dragging and dropping.

Close a tab in Safari

Close tabs quickly by swiping them off screen.

Calendar List View

Get a complete list view of every event in your Calendar by tapping the search icon.

Full screen Maps

Search for an address and get the whole picture by tapping once to take Maps full screen.

Weather gestures

See a collapsed view all of your locations by pinching. Drag and drop to rearrange the order of your locations. Swipe from right to left on a location to delete it.

Other features in Compass

Get a Level or Inclinometer by swiping left while in Compass.