long press

long press

To press a physical button or tap a virtual button on a touchscreen and hold it down for a second or two. Employed on touchscreens, smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, the long press or long tap increases the flexibility of the user interface. The normal "short press" or "short tap" (releasing right away) performs one operation, while pressing/tapping and holding that same button for a short time activates another. For example, a short press of the iPhone's home button retrieves the home screen, while a long press launches the Siri virtual assistant.

You May Have to Release
Some functions activate while you keep pressing. For example, pressing the home button on an iPhone or iPad and not letting go will cause Siri to ask you what you want. In contrast, tapping an icon in the list on the left side of the Windows 10 Start menu will cause nothing to happen until you let go.

Long Press/Long Tap vs. Force Touch/3D Touch
Apple's Force Touch and 3D Touch sense the actual pressure applied. However, a long press or long tap are time based and can be implemented in most any application. See Force Touch and drag and drop.
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One press gives instant access to Google Assistant and a long press lets you do in-depth requests and multiple tasks.
In iOS 12, a long press swapped between functions of the all-in-one key.
With 3D Touch seemingly becoming more useless, Apple introduced something new on the iPhone XR, something called "Haptic Touch." This feature is simply a "marketing name" for a long press that elicits haptic feedback from a Taptic engine underneath the display.
If you receive a call while wearing the headphones, you can tap the cup twice to answer or do a long press to reject the call.
Rather than give it the benefit of the doubt, you assume it's broken, and us blokes instinctively think that you can fix a bust button with either a long press or a fast pump, hoping that whatever is on the other end will kick into life.
A smart phone always has an in-built map powered by Google where dropping a pin by long press (2-3 seconds) or sharing location on screen will bring co-ordinates.
Long press it to enable its Bluetooth and you can basically pair it to any smartphone you've got.
The physical button on Apple's current iPhone models work by pressing once on the button to access the home screen, twice to view a stacked list of cards for multitasking and a long press to access Apple's Siri.
A tap takes a photo while a long press records a video.
Siri Eyes-Free allows drivers to activate Siri with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel, similar activating Siri on an iPhone.
On the right side of the unibody device are the volume rocker and the power button and the left side sports the SIM/micro SD slots and a special button called Smart key where users can set actions for single press, double press or long press which I found it interesting.
Memon during his unusually long press talk, however, expressed hope that MQM would give its decision second thoughts.