Use A Gesture To Go “Back” In iOS 7 Beta [iOS Tips]

Swipe to go Back

One slick feature of Android handsets is the back button. No matter what app you’re in or what screen you’re on, you should be–in theory–able to back out the way you came. It’s tremendously helpful.

With iOS 7 beta, Apple has quietly introduced a gesture that does the same thing, and it seems to work in most apps like Safari, Mail, and Settings. Here’s how to make it work.

Make sure you’re running iOS 7 beta, and then launch Settings. Tap one of the sections there, like Notification Center. Now, instead of hitting the Settings button in the top left, tap and swipe from the left to the right of the iPhone screen, from the left bezel (the part of the iPhone that’s not active touchscreen).

Voilà! You’ve now gone back to the main Settings page. Cool!

Now, give it a shot in Safari. Launch the web browser and navigate to a favorite page. Click a link in that page, and then use the back gesture to go back one page. Neat!

Find any other apps this works in? Let us know in the comments below; we’d like to keep a list of what’s working and what’s not.

Disclaimer: Now that iOS 7 beta 2 is out, there’s bound to be many more fun things to show off here. Keep in mind, though, that beta software is not perfect software, and the features we chat about here won’t necessarily be the same way in the official release of iOS 7 this fall.

  • nefan65

    Instead of hitting the what? It’s blank…

    What the hell has happened to editing, and editors? Do people not review this stuff before posting?

  • NothinbutTru7h

    Am I the only one who sees that this gesture could indicate bigger screens?

  • joewaylo

    “Make sure you’re running iOS 7 beta, and then launch Settings. Tap one of the sections there, like Notification Center. Now, instead of hitting the____________________________”
    Fill in the blank, Rob.

  • roblef

    Hahah. Nice catch, y’all. Only pros here!

    For the record, it was a stray < tag, which confused the browser.

  • JonasHamill

    It doesn’t work particularly well with my case that covers up most of the bezel on the sides.. :/

  • Jonathan Ober

    works in mail to jump from nested emails back out to the email list or over one more to the full list of inboxes, vips, etc.

  • Jonathan Ober

    works in messages app to go from the message to one person out to your list.

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