How to Use Home Screen Actions with 3D Touch on iPhone 6s/6s Plus

The latest 3D Touch feature on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus allows users to quickly explore stock apps. Use quick actions of built-in apps and finish your task fast.

Apple’s latest releases are iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus; though the two phones garnered much attention before the release for their names, what users were keen to know was 3D Touch technology on both the phones.

With the introduction of 3D Touch in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple has revolutionized the interactive experience of smartphone users. Now users can explore their iPhones quicker with 3D Touch. The feature has multiple usages in different apps on iPhone. Let’s get into details how this new technology can change your iPhone experience.

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How to Use Home Screen Actions with 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

How to Use Home Screen Actions with 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

3D Touch feature allows you to take Home screen actions on all stock apps located on Home screen from Home itself. A user doesn’t have to enter the app to perform further actions.

For example, if you want to capture a quick selfie;

  • Firm press the Camera app.
  • Four options will pop up below the Camera icon: Take Selfie, Record Video, Record Slo-mo and Take Photo.
  • Tap on Take Selfie and your iPhone camera will turn into Selfie mode; now click your selfie.

3D Touch Camera Options

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If the app has no Home screen actions, it will emit a haptic buzz to let you know. If the app has to offer screen actions, the entire home screen, except that app in question, will get blurred; you can see a list of four options with icons and descriptive text.

Here is a list of stock apps that offer Home screen actions:

  • Messages
  • Calendar
  • Photos
  • Camera
  • Clock
  • Maps
  • Videos
  • Wallet
  • Notes
  • Reminders
  • iTunes Store
  • App Store
  • iBooks Store
  • News
  • Phone
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Music
  • FaceTime
  • Contacts
  • Find my Friends

Please note that apps will quickly offer static actions, but for dynamic actions, you need to open the app at least once. The app will compile a list of options. When the app doesn’t show any Home screen actions despite having them, open it and try again.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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