I've seen both versions used in Android. What do you think is the best term to use? I've also heard people to use "Long click", "Long touch" & "Long tap" but I personally don't like any of those. It would be nice to finally get some standard for this terminology.

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    I don't have any evidence or data to back me up so I'm going to add it as a comment, I'd say "Touch and hold" or "Press and hold" describes the action which is required to complete the task more precisely, so I'd go with that. – MJB Aug 24 '16 at 11:17

Well, if this is for Android, chances are you're using Material, and according to Material Design guidelines, the proper term is long press

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  • +1 for linking to a reference, although I still prefer "press and hold" – Heitor Aug 24 '16 at 16:40
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    I also prefer to use the term "Press and hold". Se my answer below. – Ilias Bennani Aug 25 '16 at 7:42

I would suggest "Touch and hold". Many users tend not to understatement the term "long" in longpress. Therefore "Press and [then] hold" is a better description of the action.


OK, due to the comments below, here is a more descriptive answer :-)

"Longpress" means "press for a long time".The word "long" comes first but that is the second action the user has to commit. We also have to tell the user how much time (s)he shall spend during that "long" time.

The word "longpress" is not (yet) a term that common people understand.

So, every term beginning with the word "long..." aught to be avoided.

"Press and hold" on the other hand tells the user to 1: press on the item and then 2: keep on doing so until something else happens, something that will inform the user (s)he can release his/her finger from the device.

  • Illias, welcome to UX.SE. Just one thing: when you want to make a clarification on a previous answer, edit that answer, 2 answers by the same for the same question are not allowed, so one of those will be deleted (and maybe not the one you want). Please edit accordingly so we can safely delete the additional answer – Devin Aug 24 '16 at 15:57
  • I am really sorry for this. Please delete my first short answer and keep my second answer. Once agan, I am really sorry for my mistake. – Ilias Bennani Aug 25 '16 at 7:41

For my opinion "Touch & hold", because it explains user action in details.

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    Can you please expand your answer and provide some more details? "Touch & hold" describes a user action just as much as "Long touch". The question was asking for some standard terminology, so just providing your opinion belongs in a comment, not an answer (unless the question was asking for opinions). – Andrew Aug 24 '16 at 13:06
  • Long touch is just word and Touch & hold means action, so user must Touch & hold f.e: screen to get result. – Vaso Beruashvili Aug 24 '16 at 13:14
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    "long touch", meaning to touch for a long period. "touch & hold" means the exact same thing :) I'm not trying to argue your answer, I'm trying to get you to provide more details to your answer. If you feel that "touch & hold" is more appropriate, then answer the question about why it should be/is the standard terminology. Providing one sentence answers with your opinion is not a helpful answer, sorry. – Andrew Aug 24 '16 at 13:17
  • If my answer was not helpful you can skip it and read another, it's simple :) – Vaso Beruashvili Aug 24 '16 at 13:23
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    You miss the point of community answers and building each answer up then. The goal of Stack Overflow/Exchange is to vote helpful answers up, and make the most helpful answers. Therefore when an answer is a single sentence of opinion, that is rarely a helpful answer, and thus clogs up the list of answers, potentially hiding truly helpful ones. So instead of just leaving your answer bare and unhelpful, I'm trying to help you expand your answer so that perhaps you truly do help the original poster's question. – Andrew Aug 24 '16 at 13:26

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