Simulating gestures

Here is your guide to navigating the simulator using your mouse to simulate touch screen gestures.

Be sure that you have set the right zoom level to see the top and bottom frames of the simulator without having to scroll. For most computer screens, 70% zoom should fit.

Minimize an app

Diagram showing how to minimize an app.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to minimize any open apps and show the home screen.

Settings and options

Diagram showing how to activate app settings menu.

On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to access general settings.

In an application, swipe down from the top of the screen to see the application's options.

Move through screens

Diagram showing how to move between screens.

Swipe left and right to move between screens (for example, the home screen and application screens).

Jump to a screen

Screen showing home screen page controls.

Tap the icons on the bottom of the screen to switch screens. This The minimized app icon. icon appears if you have minimized applications running. Tap on the three-bar icon (The BlackBerry Hub icon.) to go to the BlackBerry Hub.

Display the keyboard

Diagram showing how to show or hide the on-screen keyboard.

Tap the lower left frame to show or hide the keyboard. The keyboard is not available for 10.1 Beta.

Swipe words from the keyboard

Diagram showing how to choose a suggested word using the on-screen keyboard.

To select a suggested word from the keyboard, swipe the key upwards. Note that you can also enter information using your computer's keyboard.

Peek at the BlackBerry Hub

Diagram showing how to peek at Hub notifications.

From any app, swipe up from the bezel and to the right to open the Hub and see your latest emails, messages, phone calls, and so on.

Rotate to landscape orientation

Diagram showing how to switch between portrait and landscape orientations.

Tap the bottom right corner of the screen to change between landscape and portrait orientation.

If your app does not support rotation, the screen will not rotate until you leave the app.


Diagram showing how to pinch to zoom.

On the BlackBerry 10 Device Simulator version 10.1 and later, you can simulate more than one gesture at a time.

For example, you can simulate using two fingers to pinch or zoom in on an area of the screen. To set each gesture path, click the right mouse button and drag from the start point to the finish point. To run all of the paths, tap the screen with the left mouse button.


  • Each path plays back at its recorded speed.

  • The simulator supports up to 10 paths.

  • Swiping from the bezel is supported, for example, to display settings or the BlackBerry Hub.

Type numbers and symbols

To see numbers and special characters, tap the ?123 key or swipe down on the keyboard. Tap the ABC key or swipe up on the keyboard to return to letters.

Move apps

  1. Tap and hold an app's icon until all of the icons blink.

  2. Drag the icon to the new location.

  3. When you are finished, tap anywhere in the screen.

Group apps into a folder

  1. Tap and hold an app's icon until all of the icons blink.

  2. Drag one icon on top of another to combine them into a new folder.

  3. When prompted, enter a folder name.

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