Opinion regarding the flick up gesture on home screen to rearrange apps?

iOS & iPadOS


This is something that has bugged me for a while since getting the IOS 10 beta... The flick up gesture to activate screen rearrangement. Several times I have accidentally engaged it requiring me to work out what I've done and then hit the home button. It's almost too accessible. I also find it makes VO over verbose, I don't need to know that there are actions available on every app on the home screen... Unless someone is aware of turning this feature off?

I'm at a loss as to why apple removed the double tap and hold system, that was fine. It all seems rather redundant and clunky to me...

But that is my opinion. What do you think?




Submitted by Melissa on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Personally, I like this new feature. I never had too much luck with double tapping and holding to drag the apps where I wanted them to go. I find this much easier.

Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Club AppleVis Member

I think that flick up to erange apps is fine, but i do agree that actions available is annoying. but there is no way to turn this off.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Maybe it would work if it were an option in rotor settings?... Then again that wouldn't work very well if it were switched off and you were in apple music and wanted to like a song... Hmm.

It's just a pet peave, I don't like change... I'm old...

Submitted by JeffB on Sunday, October 2, 2016

I have no issue with flicking up or down to arrange apps although the actions available thing is anoying.

Submitted by david s on Sunday, October 2, 2016


The new way of moving apps is a step forward in my opinion. A few more steps but the apps end up where you want it. The old way, dragging the apps doesn’t always land where I want it to so I’d have to do it again.

Yeah I hate changes too but if changes didn’t occur, we’d still be living in caves and writing on the walls instead of talking about moving apps. LOL

Submitted by Siobhan on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hi. i admit the old system was awful at the best of times, and especially moving across pages, the worst of times. Actions available, get rid of it. I turn all that junk off. As it is, I keep screwing up typing this, because my wrists hit the trackpad and move focus away from this field. ah well.

Submitted by Piotr Machacz on Sunday, October 2, 2016

First, one small correction. The old double-tap and hold system was not removed, if you prefer to use it, you certainly can. The 2 features now work at the same time.

As for the actions available message, it's a global iOS thing that happens for every item that has actions,, not just home screen icons. I can see why apple would do this as actions are an accessibility feature so there's no visual or otherwise way of figuring this out, short of maybe making educated guesses what kind of controls would include actions though you might still mis out on them (the call button while viewing a contact comes to mind). Personally, I don't understand why people are making such a big deal of this happening on the home screen as the message is spoken about a second after announcing an icon and can be interrupted, but then I keep my hints on even though I don't like it saying "double tap to open" on most things but many apps put useful information in a hint, so to each their own. THe presentation could certainly be improved, perhaps by having a different sound effect when an item with actions gains focus, very much how VoiceOver on el capitan indicates that something can be interacted with with a sound.