Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Pinch describes a finger gesture used with a touch screen interface that uses two or more fingers to zoom in and out and is also referred to as a semantic zoom. For example, if you were using a smartphone with pinch abilities, you would pinch inwards to zoom in on a picture or other objects and outwards to zoom out of a picture or object.


Phones, tablets, and other devices that don't support pinch can usually zoom in and out of an object or picture by double tapping your finger on where you want to zoom in our out.

Phone terms, Swipe, Touch screen, Zoom