Even though you use your iPhone daily, you might not realize how strong and feature-packed it truly is. In actuality, your iPhone has a couple of tricks up its sleeve which you probably don’t know about. With the new iPhone releases and the most current iOS 13 software, we wanted to share some tips so that you can take full advantage of your smartphone. They are extremely convenient and enjoyable, and they will hopefully help save you a while, also
- RECEIVE TEXTS AND CALLS ON YOUR OTHER APPLE DEVICES
One of the biggest benefits of iOS over Android is your iPhone seamlessly matches with other Apple devices, including the MacBook, iPad, and Apple Watch. If You Would like to be able to answer a call or answer to a text message in your notebook, here’s what you do:
Harness Phone (or Hotmail )
Tap Allow calls on other apparatus (or Text Message Forwarding)
Toggle which apparatus you’d like to receive and send phone calls or messages on
- PREVENT AUDIO MESSAGES FROM EXPIRING
For whatever reason, audio messages sent through iMessage go away after two minutes. Here’s how you can prevent your phone from automatically deleting them:
Under”Audio Messages” tap Expire
- MAKE YOUR PHONE ‘SELF-DESTRUCT’
Hidden inside your phone settings is the choice to erase all data on your phone after 10 failed passcode attempts. Although this potential for data loss may seem frightening, it’s highly unlikely a significant other or child would accidentally erase all of your data. The reason being because after the fifth failed password attempt, iOS requires a 1-minute timeout before you can try typing a password in again. Following the sixth try, you receive a 5-minute timeout. After the seventh, 15 minutes, and so on and so forth.
This means it would take over 3 hours to enter 10 wrong passcodes. The single person spending that much time probably has bad intentions, meaning you will want your private data to be erased. Here’s the way to turn the setting on.
Scroll down to Touch ID & Passcode
Enter your passcode
Toggle Erase data setting to the on position.
- TAKE A SLOFIE
Want to take your selfies to new heights? The most current iPhone’s (iPhone 11, 11 Guru, 11 Pro Max) front-facing cameras can shoot in slow motion.
Open Camera program
Tap the camera switching icon to utilize the front camera
Harness the listing
- RECORD VIDEOS IN A PINCH
Sometimes you need to catch a moment quickly and by the time you open the camera app and switch it over to video mode, the moment has already passed. The most recent iPhones have a new setting which allows you record much faster than before.
Open the Camera app
Hold down the shutter button at the bottom to start filming
Publish your finger or thumb if you want to stop recording
- INCREASE OR DECREASE VOLUME FASTER
If you don’t want to keep pushing the volume rocker on the side of your iPhone, you can now adjust the volume using the touchscreen.
Push your volume buttons on both sides of your phone like you normally would
as opposed to continuing to push the physical button, simply drag your finger on the volume index on your touchscreen, instead!
Bonus Hint: The scroll bar in iOS 13 inside the Safari app now lets you scroll quicker, too. This especially comes in handy when you’re sifting through a lengthy PDF document.
Scroll on a page as you normally would
Long-press on the scroll bar and drag it up or down
The faster you drag, the faster the page will scroll
- REMOVE APP SIZE LIMITATIONS
Apple has a safeguard in place to keep you from going over your carrier data limitations when downloading a Program. Previously you could just download large files . Here’s the way to eliminate the download limit.
Tap iTunes & App Store
Tap App Downloads
Disable the Limit
- MUTE THOSE DREADED REPLY-ALL EMAIL THREADS
If you become trapped in an awful Reply All email thread that is blowing up your phone, do not worry — you can escape! Here’s what you do:
Open your Mail program in your iPhone
In your inbox, swipe right to left across the message
If you want to rejoin the conversation, repeat the first 3 steps, but tap Unmute
- Utilize SIRI TO PLAY LIVE RADIO
In iOS 13, it is possible to ask Siri to play your favorite radio stations. Here’s what you ask your helper:
Activate Siri by holding the power button or with a”Hey Siri” control
Say”Siri, play radio station (name of radio station).”
- TYPE FASTER BY SWIPING
Swipe-style keyboards have been popular on Android devices for a while now. It wasn’t until a couple of months ago that Apple allowed users to install third-party keyboards like Gboard to add the operation. Now you don’t have to have to go to the App Store to install one.
If you want to use Apple’s new QuickPath typing just install iOS 13, then compose a message just like you normally would. To”type,” drag and hold your finger or thumb on each letter of the word you’re trying to spell. This may require some getting used to.
- ENABLE DARK MODE
One of the most anticipated features of iOS 13 was Dark Mode. If you’re unfamiliar, the setting basically inverts the colours on your screen, so all the white background interfaces turn black. This lets your eyes rest easier at night. It also just looks really cool. Here’s how you turn it on!
Simply say,”Hey, Siri, turn on Dark Mode”
If you prefer not to use Siri, you can tap the Settings icon
Tap Display & Brightness
Then choose between light and dark mode!
That is it!
- CHANGE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE
If you would like a profile picture for if your friends add your info for their contacts, here’s how you set a default profile picture.
Open your Messages program
Harness the ••• button on the right of your screen
Select Edit Name and Photo
Harness the profile icon to change your image.
You’ll be able to snap a photograph using the Camera, upload a photo from your photo library, or you can even use an Animoji or Memoji instead.
- TRACK YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
The Health program in iOS 13 now provides a way for women to monitor important data about their menstrual cycle. You can log your period, flow level, and some other symptoms such as cramps or headaches, and whether you have experienced spotting. The feature also offers predictions as to if your cycle may begin and end for the next three cycles. Here is how you can start using the tool:
Open the Health app in your iPhone
Harness the Search tab in the bottom right of your screen
Select Cycle Tracking
Harness Options to Begin entering info
- CHANGE WI-FI NETWORKS FASTER
If you’re tired of opening up the Settings program to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, you should know there is a faster way!
Open Control Center by swiping diagonally on the top-right corner of your iPhone’s display
Tap and hold your finger on the middle of the Wi-Fi widget
Press and hold your finger on Wi-Fi bars icon to view a list of available networks
This trick also works for pairing Bluetooth devices!
- SILENCE UNKNOWN CALLERS
Kiss robocalls goodbye with this must-install trick.
Open the Settings program
Toggle Silence Unknown Callers
- AUTOMATICALLY CLOSE BROWSER TABS
As scary as this suggestion may sound, it’s really quite useful and helps keep your internet browser running more efficiently. This trick only works for the default Safari internet browser.
Open your Settings program
Tap Close Tabs
You can set it to close your tabs every day, each week, every month, or leave it on manual mode.
- PROLONG YOUR IPHONE BATTERY
Apple has added a new option to its Battery Health feature known as”Optimized Battery Charging,” which is intended to extend the total battery life of a device running iOS 13. Apple says the feature slows the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. The tool uses machine learning how to understand your daily charging routine, so it can wait to finish charging past 80 percent until you will need to use your mobile phone. That way should you charge your phone at night, it won’t hold a 100% charge for many hours, which degrades your battery.
Tap Battery Health
Toggle the switch to the On position.
- START A GROUP FACETIME CALL
You have probably FaceTimed a thousand times with your loved ones and friends, but have you ever FaceTimed a number of them simultaneously? Here’s how:
Open the FaceTime program on your iPhone
Tap the + button on the top right of your screen
Enter the title or number of the person you want to phone first
Input to 30 additional contacts
Harness Video or Audio to place your FaceTime call
- ACCESS THE CALCULATOR FASTER
If you need to do math on the fly but do not want to open the calculator program, there is a quicker way you did not know about!
Swipe right over the house screen, lock screen, or while you are looking at your notifications
Type from the operation
Your iPhone will compute it for you
This bit of advice will definitely come in handy if you need to figure out the tip at the restaurant.
- EXTEND BATTERY LIFE EASILY
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There is a setting in your iPhone called”Low Power Mode” you might not know about. It reduces power consumption by turning off a range of battery draining features like dimming the screen faster, retrieving email less frequently, and turning off background app refresh. Here is how you can turn it on so you can get more battery life:
Open the Settings program
Empower Low Power Mode
- MAKE YOUR IPHONE FLASH WHEN YOU GET A NOTIFICATION
If you’d rather have a visual cue over an auditory one, you should know that your iPhone’s LED lighting can actually flash anytime you get pinged. Just make sure you don’t have the atmosphere on in a theatre! Here’s how you can turn the setting on:
Open your settings program
Scroll down a little bit
Tap”Enable LED Flash for Alerts”
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- TAKE MORE LEVEL, BETTER-FRAMED PHOTOS
There’s a hidden camera level deep from the iPhone’s settings that’ll come in handy for when you’re taking overhead shots of your own stuff. To turn the feature on go to:
Scroll down some
Enable the Grid
When you hold your phone over something to take a photo, two crosshairs will appear — a white one and a yellow one. When they line up, your photo is level!
- STOP APPS FROM ASKING FOR FEEDBACK
As much as opinions and reviews are important for Program programmers, it can be extremely annoying when you’re interrupted by a popup asking for you to rate the program or leave feedback. The excellent news is that there’s a setting to put a stop to the constant pestering!
Open your Settings program
Tap iTunes & App Store
Toggle In-App Ratings & Reviews to”Away”
- CUSTOMIZE TEXT MESSAGES WHEN YOU IGNORE A CALL
We get it — you are busy and sometimes you have to ignore a call. But rather than leaving your friends and loved ones hanging, the least you can do is send a text. Sometimes you do not have time for it. To help, your iPhone has three pre-written options (“Sorry, I can’t talk right now,””I am on my way,” and”Can I call you later?”) , and of course the button that lets you form your own text. You may not have known you can customize and overwrite the other 3 options. Here’s how:
Open your Settings program
Harness”Respond with Text”
Tap which area you wish to edit
Enter new text
- SET A TIMER FASTER
If you rely heavily on your iPhone timer like we do, you should be aware that there’s a faster way to access it!
Swipe back on your screen to access the Control Center
rather than tapping on the timer, press and hold it
Swipe up your finger to increase the time
- CREATE A CUSTOM EMOJI
You are probably already familiar with Animoji, but you can now create your own custom animated avatars called Memoji — that looks just like you. Memoji are a silly but personable and fun new way to communicate with your friends and family. Here’s how you can create and customize one of your own:
Open your messages program
Harness the animoji icon with the monkey on it
Swipe right to the plus sign and tap New Memoji
Pick your skin colour
Pick your freckle level
Choose your hairstyle
Choose your head shape, age, and chin
Pick your eye shape, eye color, and lashes
Choose your eyebrows, eyebrow color, and eyebrow shape
Choose your nose, lip color, and lip shape
Pick your ears, earrings
Choose your facial hair and its colour
Choose your eyewear and its color
Choose your hat and its color
- ADD MULTIPLE FACES TO FACE ID
The most recent iPhones (except for iPhone SE) utilize Face ID to unlock your device. Previously on iOS 11, the tech could only recognize a single face, so anybody else who uses your phone would have to input a passcode to unlock your iPhone. Just as you could register a number of fingerprints with Touch ID for previous iPhones, Apple now lets you register multiple faces to unlock one device. Here is how to do it!
Tap Face ID & Passcode
Type in your passcode
Tap Set Up an Alternate Appearance
Scan your face and follow the prompts
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- MEASURE OBJECTS WITH YOUR IPHONE
It seems like any time you will need to measure something, you can never find the tape measure to do it. Now iOS 12 includes a built-in measuring tool that you can use to measure objects and rooms. It’s not 100% true, but it’s a helpful tool to use when you need to measure an object or the space between two things in a pinch. See how the app measures up by following these steps:
Open the Measure App
Transfer your iPhone around so the device can analyze the place
Hold your iPhone so the camera is pointing at the thing you want to quantify
Transfer your iPhone around until you see a white circle with a dot in the centre
Line the white scatter with the border of the thing you want to quantify
Press the white button with the + sign
Drag to reverse edge of item
Press the white button with the + sign
The app will display the projected measurement
- LIMIT IPHONE USAGE WITH SCREEN TIME
We are totally guilty of using our phones too much. If you would like to cut back on time spent on social networking, internet shopping, or scanning headlines, iOS 12 includes a new setting called Screen Time that may help. The feature definitely will be convenient for smartphone-addicted kids, too. Here is how to empower Screen Time:
Tap the Settings App
Harness Screen Time
Tap App Limits
Harness Add Limit
Harness a Category
Select the Time
Tap the Best Left Arrow to Save
- ADD EFFECTS TO YOUR PHOTOS
IOS 12 adds some Snapchat-esque picture editing features you can use directly within the messaging program. You can add shapes, stickers, some text, or a filter for your selfies or photographs immediately after taking them so that you can quickly send them to your friends and get back on with your day.
Open the Messages Program
Tap the Camera icon on the bottom left
Have a photograph or a selfie
Tap Shapes, Text, or Filters
Drag the objects on your photo
Press the send button to send the edited image
- MAKE THE MOST OF 3D TOUCH
To shave off a couple of seconds throughout your day, remember that many iPhones have a setting called 3D Touch. By applying more pressure to the touchscreen, apps can respond by displaying a menu, revealing additional content, or playing an animation.
The Camera app, as an example, provides a shortcut for shooting a selfie, recording video, scanning a QR Code, or shooting a portrait photo.
- CREATE SHORTCUTS
Besides battery and performance improvements, Shortcuts are most likely the most exciting new feature to come from iOS 12. They help simplify everyday tasks and allow you to get things done with your apps or through Siri. By way of example, you could create a shortcut called”omw” (in my way) which would open your favourite navigation app, pull up directions to your house, and text your significant other with your estimated travel time. Sounds cool, right? Here’s how to make or download shortcuts of your own:
Open the App Store
Download the App
Open the Program
Harness Get Started
Tap Gallery at the bottom right
Tap what shortcut you want to use
Tap Get Shortcut
Follow the steps to configure your new shortcut
We also recommend checking out shortcuts which were shared by Apple, Lifehacker, and MacStories.
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- ONE-HANDED KEYBOARD
Smartphone displays keep getting larger, which makes typing difficult, especially with one hand. Your iPhone actually has a feature that alters the keyboard over a smidgen so you can use one hand to type and another to do anything else it is that you will need to do. Here is how to enable the feature:
Hold down the emoji or globe icon on the bottom left of the keyboard
Select the left- or right-handed keyboard icon
Tap the arrow in the blank space that is created by the keyboard change to Return to normal
- MUTE TEXT-MESSAGE THREADS
If your friend is the kind to send you several short texts instead of one long one, you’ll love this tip. It hides text-message alarms so you won’t get bombarded with notifications every time you get texts from a particular person or group. It’s especially helpful for silencing pesky brands that send you coupons and promotions.
Open the Messages program
Swipe left on the text dialogue you want to silence
Tap the Hide Alerts button
- TYPE TO SIRI
Talking to Siri in public just seems weird. Fortunately, you can ask Siri questions along with your thumbs instead of your voice. Here’s how:
Toggle Type to Siri
Also ensure that your phone is on silent, or Siri will blurt out your answer out loud.
- USE THE DOCUMENT SCANNER IN THE NOTES APP
Apple has implemented a handy file scanner directly in the Notes app. Here’s how you get it:
Open the Notes app
Create a new note or open an existing one
Tap the + icon that is located above your iPhone’s keyboard at the center
Harness Scan Records
Use the shutter button or one of your iPhone’s volume buttons to capture a photo of your record
Adjust the corners of the document by tapping and dragging themif necessary
You can also scan files in the File app
Select the Browse tab
Harness the three-dot icon at the top-right corner
Tap Scan Documents
Take a photograph
- EDIT SCREENSHOTS
Did you know your iPhone lets you edit your screenshots before saving or sharing them? Here is how to do it:
Take a screenshot by pressing the power button along with the home button at precisely the same time
Quickly tap on the thumbnail of the screenshot that looks at the bottom left of your screen
From there you can crop the screenshot, doodle on it, highlight components, etc..
When you’re finished editing, tap Done in the top left, or tap the share icon in the top right to send it to someone
- CHECK FLIGHT STATUS
If you have to choose up someone from the airport, you will dig this. Safari makes it much easier to track flights, so you know what time your friend will land and if their flight encounters any flaws. If you’re the one flying, it comes in handy for figuring out what gate you will need to visit and informing you of the total duration of your flight (that way you know how many episodes of Twin Peaks you need to download, of course). Here’s how to do it:
In the address bar, type the airline’s name and the flight number
Under the Flight tab, Choose the flight by tapping it
From there you can see a map of where the flight is and check out the latest information about the flight
- OFFLOAD UNUSED APPS
You’ve probably gotten a”Storage Almost Full” message a handful of times, and you may have even deleted some programs and photos to create space to install iOS 12, especially if you have a 16 GB iPhone. This new feature will save you a lot of stress and space over time. It automatically deletes apps that you don’t use without deleting their documents and data. Here is how to offload apps and save valuable storage space:
Harness iTunes & App Store
Toggle Offload Unused Programs at the bottom
The deleted programs will be grayed-out on your home screen, and they can be reinstalled using a simple tap
- CUSTOMIZE CONTROL CENTER
You might not have known your Control Center settings are completely customizable. If you would like, you can place the settings and features you use most appropriate where you want them. Here’s how:
Harness Control Center
Tap Customize Controls
Tap the green”+” icon next to any item you want to add and the red”-” icon to delete items
Harness, hold, and slide the icon with three pubs to reorganize the controllers
when You’re done, tap at the top left of your screen
Swipe up in the bottom of your screen to get Control Center and get a feel for its fresh, customized design
- DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING
Apple hopes to prevent accidents and cut down on distractions while driving this new attribute. It blocks incoming calls, texts, and alarms when your iPhone detects acceleration or links to a vehicle’s Bluetooth. Whenever someone tries to get a hold of you, your iPhone will send an auto-reply message to let the person know you’re driving. The feature can be disabled for passengers, and when there is an emergency and someone needs to reach you, they can still contact you if they respond to the text message with the word”urgent.” To turn on the settings, just do the following:
Tap Do Not Affect
Tap Automatically if you would like the setting to be enabled when detecting movement
Harness While Connected to Car Bluetooth if your car has Bluetooth
Harness in the event that you don’t want the setting to enable automatically, then add Do Not Affect While Driving to Control Center (see previous tip over )
Tap Auto-Reply to personalize and change the message, if you wish
Tap Auto-Reply To if you want to change who has sent the auto-reply message. You can pick All Contacts, Favorites, Recent Contacts, or No-One
- TEXT REPLACEMENT
Sometimes typing things like email addresses, URLs, and, of course, shruggy ¯(ツ)/¯ is a nuisance. Your iPhone includes a text-replacement feature which lets you type only a couple characters rather than spending forever typing the actual thing. Here is how you do it:
Open the Settings program
Tap on Keyboard
Tap on Text Replacement
Harness the + on the top right corner
In the Phrase field, type the word or phrase you want to create a shortcut for
In the Shortcut field, type the text you want to be substituted by the phrase
Tap Save in the top right corner
Now, any time you type the shortcut on your keyboard, your iPhone will replace it with the phrase after you press the space bar.
Bonus tip: when you have a colorful vocabulary and are ducking sick of seeing the words”duck””ducked” and”ducking,” when typing a message, then just create a new contact and enter the swear word in the first name field.
- HEY SIRI
We have a love-hate relationship with Siri. Siri might not be as smart as Alexa on our Amazon Echo, but Siri is far more portable. To make Siri more accessible, you should enable Hey Siri, which enables you to use Siri without pressing the home button in your iPhone. Here’s how you turn it on:
Open the Settings app
Scroll down and select Siri
Toggle to Permit”Hey Siri!”
Bonus tip: in case you ever lose your iPhone at home, just shout”Hey Siri” and you should hear a tone. Keep doing it until you locate your phone. Sure, you can always log in to iCloud and use Locate My iPhone, but this procedure is just as successful, and it takes less time.
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- TEACH SIRI HOW TO CORRECTLY PRONOUNCE NAMES
Siri might not be saying your friend’s name properly, but you can fix that!
Hold the house button or say,”Hey, Siri” to trigger Siri
Say,”That’s not the way you pronounce [name.]”
Say your friend’s name
Siri will offer four pronunciation options
Select the correct pronunciation
- CUSTOM VIBRATIONS
You may already have custom ringtones for when certain friends and family members call, but that does not come in handy once you have your phone on silent though. Your iPhone enables you to create and assign custom vibrations to specific contacts. Here’s what you have to do:
Open the Settings app
Select Sounds & Haptics
Harness Create New Vibration
Create a new vibration by tapping and holding however you need
Tap Stop in the bottom right
Harness Save at the top right
Name the vibration
After you create the custom vibration, here’s what you need to do to assign it to a contact:
Open the Contacts app
pick the contact you want to assign the custom vibration to do.
Tap Edit on the top right corner
Choose the new vibration that you created earlier
- USE YOUR KEYBOARD AS A TRACKPAD
You may not have known that your iPhone’s keyboard can double as a trackpad. This way you can move your cursor much more correctly instead of tapping and holding on the display to bring up the magnifying glass. To use this feature, you need an iPhone 6S or later.
While you are typing a message, firmly press and hold on the keyboard’s spacebar to activate the trackpad
Drag your finger around to move your cursor through the text
When the cursor is where you want it to be, just let go
You can also tap and hold on the cursor itself and drag it to the desired position.
For those who have an older iPhone that doesn’t have 3D touch, we suggest that you install the third-party keyboard, Gboard, which enables you to use the spacebar as a miniature trackpad to swipe through text.
As opposed to tapping the 123 button at the bottom left of the keyboard, tapping on the character you want, and then tapping on the 123 button again, just hold the 123 button, slide your thumb to the character you want to use, then lift your thumb up off your display. The character will be entered, and your keyboard will return to normal without taking the extra step of tapping on the 123 button again.
- USE YOUR IPHONE AS A LEVEL
Most people rarely use the Compass app that’s preinstalled in their iPhone. Within the program is another tool you might not have known about: a spirit level. Here is how you easily access it:
Open the Measure app
Harness Level in the bottom right
Lay your phone flat against the surface you Want to check levelness for
If you tap the screen, you can gauge the difference between the two surfaces. The red margin shows how much the two angles vary.
- BACKSPACE ON THE CALCULATOR
The Calculator app on the iPhone just does not function as well as the original thing. Since there’s no tactile feel for this, you may accidentally press a key you did not mean to. Therefore, you click the C or AC button to start over, right? WRONG. The iPhone calculator program has had a backspace button all along! It is as easy as a single step:
Just swipe into the left or the right in the top of the display where the amounts are displayed. Your swipe will delete the number you tapped last.
- TURN ON MEDICAL ID SECTION
Within Apple’s Health program , you should fill out the Medical ID section. This is not only going to come in handy in the case of a genuine emergency, but it can also help a good Samaritan yield your iPhone if you lose it.
Open the Health app
Harness Medical ID in the bottom right
Tap Edit in the top right
Make sure Show When Locked is toggled
Fill out the corresponding text boxes, and put your email or social media handles in the medical notes section so someone can return your lost phone
- HIDE PHOTOS
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Sometimes you have photos on your camera roll your mom wouldn’t be proud of. When you hand your iPhone over to somebody else, they may swipe and see something you wouldn’t want them to. Fortunately, you can prevent that from happening by concealing certain photos.
Open the pictures program
Open the record where the photograph (s) you want to hide live
Harness Select at the top right
Select the photo(s) you want to hide
Tap the share icon at the bottom left
Harness the hide icon at the bottom right
Harness Hide Photo
- SET A SLEEP TIMER
If you like to listen to podcasts or music before you fall asleep, you’re going to love this trick. The iPhone includes a timer at the clock app that can stop audio playback from any program.
Open the Clock app
Select Timer at the bottom right
Set how long you want the timer to be
Tap When Timer Ends
Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap Stop Playing
Harness Set at the top right of your screen
Press the Start button
Drift off to sleep without worrying about your iPhone battery being dead in the morning from leaving your music on