Following 12 years of this iPhone, it’s no longer a novelty–and neither are many of those”hacks” that you’ll discover online. You probably already know that you should shut out your background apps for faster performance or which you can set the device into Airplane Mode to charge it up faster.
Here is something you may not have considered, though: with every operating system upgrade comes new hidden tricks. Last September, iOS 13, the most recent software, introduced some fancy new features like Dark Mode on all devices, but as with previous software rollouts, there are a few covert Easter eggs to find.
Send Spam Calls to Voicemail
Sick of robocalls? Now you can direct unknown callers straight to your voicemail. Of course, some robocalls may spoof a friend or relative’s phone number so it really looks like they’re calling you–and also iOS can’t really help you there–but differently, if the telephone number is not stored on your contacts, you will not have to deal with it till later. Exceptions include phone numbers to which you have recently made an outgoing call or telephone numbers that Siri finds on your email, for instance.
Settings > Phone > Switch on Silence Unknown Callers.
Turn on Dark Mode Only at Night
The military of Dark Mode disciples finally got what they have been begging for all these years using iOS 13, but in case your primary preference isn’t a dim little display –but you still need to reap a few of Dark Mode’s advantages, such as reducing your eye pressure at night–think about turning it on only during specific hours.
Settings > Screen & Brightness > Turn on Automatic >Tap Options, which should appear as a list right below. There, you can make a custom schedule for dim mode, either based on dusk-to-dawn preferences or your own specific timing.
Type Faster With One Hand
Apple is almost a decade behind in enabling this feature, as Android users have long had the option, but better late than never. QuickPath swipe typing enables you to slide your finger across the letters of whatever you are trying to say, rather than tapping. It’s much faster and, in some cases, prone to fewer errors. Even if your finger isn’t directly touching each one of the right letters, the ideal word will be chosen, very similar to the regular autocorrect and suggestions feature in iMessage.
If you already use a third-party keyboard app like SwiftKey, this is not new for you. But if you don’t, you can skip paying one of these programs.
QuickPath is switched on by default when you download iOS 13. To turn it off, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Switch to Type.
Pair Two Sets of AirPods to A iPhone
There is something intimate about sharing among your AirPods with someone so that you can both hear the same tune, but I’ve been handed my fair share of grimy, waxy AirPods that I would really like to decline. If that sounds familiar, ask your friends to pair their grody AirPods for your apparatus.
This also works with wireless audio headphones. These are all the supported versions Which You Can use with this particular setting:
- AirPods Guru
- AirPods (1st generation) or afterwards
- Solo Pro
- Powerbeats Pro
- Beats Solo3 Wireless
- Beats Studio3 Wireless
Connect your AirPods to your iPhone > Tap the AirPlay icon in the Control Center or from your lock screen or the app you’re listening to > Share Audio > Hold your friend’s AirPods or Beats cans near your apparatus (keep the AirPods inside their case, but with the lid open, place all others into pairing mode) > When your friend’s headphones appear onscreen, tap Share Audio.
Customize Your’Don’t Disturb’ Gates
Having a parent who’s been loyal don’t Disturb user for decades, I have had a variety of minor crises where I could not reach her. No, she hasn’t turned off Do Not Disturb, but she has added me to a list of contacts that can breach its ironclad gates. If you’d consider them a crisis contact, you should consider adding them to that listing.
Find the desired person in Contacts > Harness Edit in the upper right corner > About the edit page, click either Text or Rename Tone > In the very best, you will find Emergency Bypass, which will let sounds and vibrations from that individual even when Do Not Disturb is Enabled. You might want to decide on a silent ringtone if you choose to do this–after all, not every text and call after bedtime is a dire emergency.
Charge Smarter, Not Harder
No reason to rehash #BatteryGate, however, the organization’s new”Optimized Battery Charging” attribute is certainly a response to the controversy.
“A battery’s lifespan is related to its chemical age, which is more than just the length of time because the battery has been assembled,” Apple writes about its site. “As lithium-ion batteries age, the amount of charge they can hold declines, leading to decreased battery life and reduced peak performance.”
Optimized Battery Charging was introduced last fall with the debut of iOS 13. It supposedly reduces wear-and-tear on the battery life by simply slowing charging beyond 80 per cent. On-device machine learning algorithms learn your charging customs so the characteristic only kicks on if your iPhone believes it’ll be plugged in for an extended period of time, like overnight.
The aim is to give you a complete battery when you do finally unplug, so if you wake up at 8 a.m., Optimized Battery Charging will juice up that last 20 percent of the battery before you wake.
This setting is turned on by default when you update to iOS 13. To turn it off, visit Settings > Battery > Battery Health > Optimized Battery Charging.
Play Radio Stations Through Siri
This feature is not exclusive to iOS 13–a limited number of iOS 12 users can enable it–but this is the first time that all iPhone users can ask Siri to perform with a given radio channel, from the regional pop FM channel to NPR.
Say”Hey Siri,” and follow along “drama [name of radio station] radio channel.”