Tap and double-tap

To open an application or other element on the touch screen, you normally tap it with your finger or the stylus. However, to open the following items, you must tap them twice.

  • List items in an application, such as the Drafts folder in the folder list in Messaging

    Tip: When you open a list view, the first item is already highlighted. To open the highlighted item, tap it once.

  • Applications and folders in the menu when using the list view type

  • Files in a file list, for example, an image in the images and videos view in Gallery.

    If you tap a file or similar item once, it is not opened, it becomes highlighted. To see the options available for the item, select Options or, if available, select an icon from a toolbar.


In this user documentation, opening applications or items by tapping them once or twice is called "selecting". If you need to select several items in a sequence, the display texts to select are separated by arrows.

Example: To select Options > Help, tap Options, and then tap Help.


To drag, place your finger or the stylus on the screen, and slide it across the screen.

Example: To scroll up or down on a web page, drag the page with your finger or stylus.


To swipe, slide your finger quickly left or right on the screen.

Example: When viewing an image, to view the next or previous image, swipe the image left or right, respectively.

Screen unlocking with swipe

Swipe to unlock the touch screen

To unlock the touch screen without answering a call, swipe from right to left. The ringing tone is muted automatically. To answer the call, press the call key, or to reject the call, press the end key.

Swipe to answer a call

To answer an incoming call, swipe from left to right.

Swipe to stop an alarm

To stop a sounding alarm, swipe from left to right. To snooze the alarm, swipe from right to left.


To scroll up or down in lists that have a scroll bar, drag the slider of the scroll bar.

In some list views, you can scroll by placing your finger or stylus on a list item and dragging up or down.

Example: To scroll through contacts, place your finger or stylus on a contact, and drag up or down.

Tip: To view a brief description of icons and buttons, place your finger or stylus on the icon or button. Descriptions are not available for all icons and buttons.

Touch screen light

The touch screen light is turned off after a period of inactivity.

To turn the screen light on, tap it.

If the touch screen and keys are locked, tapping the screen does not turn the screen light on. To unlock the screen and keys, slide the lock switch.