This Galaxy S20 guide explains the commonly used Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures and shows you how to use them. The 8 Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures covered are tapping, double-tapping, triple-tapping, long-tapping (tapping and holding), swiping, dragging, pinching and spreading.
Why do you need to know the Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures?
We seldom attach a physical keyboard or mouse to Galaxy S20 (except using Samsung DeX). So, the touchscreen is the interface between the user and the Galaxy S20.
The phone takes commands from us through Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures. We interact with the apps through those gestures, most of the time.
Since Android 10, Google removed the navigation buttons by default and recommended gestures for all navigations. Of course, Galaxy S20 still allows you to choose between using buttons or navigation gestures.
More and more Android apps also prefer gestures over buttons.
Anyway, it is hard to use the phone effectively without mastering Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures.
What are the 8 Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures?
You will need to use the following touchscreen gestures on Galaxy S20:
- Tapping (single tap).
- Triple tapping.
- Long tapping (tap and hold).
All of the 8 Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures are universal on all Android phones. They work on almost all Android phones and therefore are not unique to Galaxy S20.
But the functions of each gesture may depend on individual apps.
Usage of Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures
Now, let’s go through these 8 Galaxy S20 navigation gestures one by one.
Please note, we use “tap” in this guide. Other developers or writers may prefer “press”. They are identical for touchscreen gestures.
#1. Single tapping gesture (tapping)
The tapping gesture (aka single tapping), as shown in the animation below, requires you touch somewhere on the Galaxy S20 screen once, then move your finger away from the screen.
This gesture will be then registered as tapping, which is one of the most fundamental Galaxy S20 touchscreen gestures. It corresponds to “click” when using a mouse.
The outcome of the tapping gesture depends on what you tapped.
Here are some example of using tapping gesture on Galaxy S20:
- Open an app by tapping the app icon.
- Navigate to another page by tapping a menu item.
- Toggle some Galaxy S20 features by tapping the quick setting buttons.