Like most screen-based devices, Android phones go dark for a short interval. When you push a button on the side of the phone, the last screen you were working on appears. Here is my home screen as an example:
From here, you usually swipe SW to NE in a right-slash pattern to make calls, get to your apps, etc.
However, note that two messages from apps appear at the top of the screen. You can go directly into the originating app to act on these messages – here’s where the tapping comes in!
First, tap on the message you want to act on. The bottom of the screen becomes hazy, as shown below:
For this example, I chose the message from the Weather Channel app.
Now swipe, SW to NE within the hazy area only – you are taken directly to the app to act on the message!
Hope you like this shortcut!