Apple has always been known to make slick models of the iPhone or iPad with elegant features for each update. Rather than using buttons to navigate through your iPhone, to go back and forward, you’re able to swipe left or right on your screen. This allows you to navigate through apps like Safari very quickly because you’re able to go back with one swipe rather than clicking a back button as most Androids do.

Although this feature works seamlessly most of the time, sometimes, when you try to swipe, it doesn’t let you. This can be frustrating because there’s no other way to go back or forward on your iPhone or iPad. Luckily, you can still go back and forwards by using various buttons such as the home button, and the small button on the top left that allows you to go back to the preview app.

Why You Can’t Swipe Left or Right

The main reason why your iPhone won’t swipe left or right is because there’s a bug or glitch in your software. A bug is a failure in the system that causes unexpected results such as the one you’re experiencing now. To fix this, you can troubleshoot the problem using the steps below.

Restart your iPhone

The first thing you can do is to restart your iPhone. Restarting your iPhone will refresh the software it’s running on. If there’s a bug or glitch that’s causing this issue, then restarting your iPhone may get rid of it which could fix the problem you’re experiencing. After the phone has been restarted, you can go into your home swipe and start swiping left and right to see if the screen is responsive. Or, you can go into an app like Safari and see if you’re able to go back or forward by swiping left or right.

Force Restart

If you’re still not able to swipe on your iPhone, then you have the option to force restart your iPhone. When you force restart your iPhone, rather than the software being shutdown (like it does when you restart your iPhone,) the hardware gets shutdown. All it does it cure the power from your device and restart it again. Doing this could get rid of bugs and glitch that could be causing issues with the responsiveness of your screen.

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with the volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Restore your iPhone

If all else fails, then you still have the option to restore your iPhone. Before you do this, make sure to backup your device because it’s about to be wiped and restored back to the way it was.