Scroll Smarter, Not Harder: The iPhone Gesture You Need to Know

You don't have to scroll endlessly to get to the top of your page.

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There's an easy way to get back to the top of any website, app or text document on your iPhone.

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You're scrolling on your iPhone, going down the rabbit hole of a Google search, or thumbing through dozens of comments on a Reddit post. Or maybe you're simply doomscrolling on social media -- we've all been there. Eventually, you stop and want to get back to the top of the page. Now what? Do you have to endlessly scroll all that way back up?

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The answer is no. That's because there's a hidden solution that's both simple and easy to remember. You just tap on your iPhone once, but you need to hit the right spot and the device will zap you to the top of your page instantly. Here's where you need to tap depending on what iPhone model you use.

Tap on the top of the screen to have the iPhone scroll to the top of the current page.

  • If you have an iPhone 15 or iPhone 14 Pro, you can tap on either side of the Dynamic Island and the phone will instantly scroll up.
  • With an iPhone X or any of the models with the notch, you can tap on either side of the notch. 
  • If you have an older iPhone without the Dynamic Island or a notch, you can achieve the same thing by tapping the clock on the status bar.

The iPhone holds a lot of secret functionality that can be unlocked with simple gestures or taps. Make sure to check out how to use gestures to copy and paste text between your iPhone and iPad. Or read up about how to quickly copy text from iPhone photos using its Live Text feature. And if you want to learn about what Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 17, has to offer, check out CNET's cheat sheet.