iPhone Swipe Up Not Working
iPhone Swipe Up Not Working

Experiencing an unresponsive swipe-up gesture on your iPhone can be frustrating. This gesture is crucial for accessing the Control Center, App Switcher, and closing apps. Here’s a detailed guide to fix this issue:

Software Troubleshooting

  1. Clean the Device and Remove Screen Protectors: Sometimes, protective casings or dirt on the screen can affect touch sensitivity. Cleaning your iPhone and removing any unsuited tempered glass can resolve this issue​​.
  2. Force Restart: Software bugs can impede swipe-up functionality. Force restarting your iPhone clears the memory cache and refreshes the operating system, potentially fixing the issue. Press and release the volume buttons, then hold the side button until the Apple logo appears​​.
  3. Toggle Control Center and Access Within Apps: Ensure that the Control Center is enabled in your settings, especially on the lock screen and within apps. This can be toggled in the ‘Face ID and Passcode’ section of your iPhone’s settings​​.
  4. Disable VoiceOver: VoiceOver, while useful for screen reading, can interfere with gesture functions. Disabling it in the Accessibility settings might resolve the swipe-up issue​​.
  5. Enable Assistive Touch: As a temporary solution, enable Assistive Touch. This feature provides a virtual home button and can replicate the swipe-up function​​.
  6. Reset All Settings: If the problem persists, try resetting all settings on your iPhone. This won’t erase your data but can fix issues caused by incorrect settings. Go to ‘General’ and then ‘Transfer or Reset iPhone’ to reset all settings​​.

Hardware Repairs

If software troubleshooting doesn’t resolve the issue, consider these steps:

  1. Inspect for Physical Damage: Check if there’s any visible damage to the touchscreen.
  2. Professional Repair: For persistent problems, especially those potentially caused by hardware issues like a damaged touchscreen, seek professional repair services.


In most cases, the inability to swipe up on an iPhone can be resolved through the above steps. However, if these solutions don’t work, it could indicate a hardware problem requiring professional repair.

Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at GadgetMates.com.  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

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