Updated: 12/10/2023 by Computer Hope

Swipe may refer to any of the following:

Touch screen

1. For any touch screen interface, swipe or slide describes laying your finger on a screen and moving in any direction. For example, with a smartphone, you may need to slide or swipe your finger to bring up the prompt to unlock the lock screen on a phone. This term is often called "swipe to unlock" or "slide to unlock."


A slide may also describe a slide in a slideshow. For this reason, when you describe a finger motion, use "swipe" instead of "slide" to help prevent confusion.

2. With a credit card, a swipe refers to sliding the card through a magnetic card reader.

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