Both Android and iPhones have their advantages and disadvantages. However, the consensus is that iOS is easier to use and more customizable than Android. Despite the simplicity of Apple’s operating system, there are many advanced features hidden beneath its surface.
These iPhone tricks are useful and easy to use. You can hide photos, make your phone a level, activate hidden trackpads, teach Siri nicknames, or even hide your private photos. We are here to help you.
You can use the keyboard as a trackpad
Did you know that the iPhone keyboard can also double as a trackpad. This feature allows you to control the cursor with greater precision and jump to text bits without touching the screen. This trick works with any iPad, but you will need an iPhone that supports 3D Touch (iPhone 6S and newer).To activate the trackpad on your iPhone, press and hold the keypad with your fingers. You’re good to go once the keyboard is blank. Drag your finger to move the cursor around the text. To activate trackpad mode on an iPad, drag your fingers in any direction along with the keyboard.
Make sure the surface is level
It is possible that you didn’t know that the built-in iOS measurement app has leveling capabilities. You might not have realized some of its capabilities, even if you did. Open Measure, then tap Level to the right.
The level can be used with your phone flat on its side or propped up on its side, in landscape or portrait mode. Tap the screen to adjust the angle to zero if you need to measure the distance between two surfaces, or if the surface is not perfectly horizontal or vertical. Move your phone and the red area will display how different they are.It can be used to check that your photos are properly hung and to ensure your DIY projects are up to standard. Although the iPhone is not as precise as a specialized bubble level it is still very useful.
Use backspace in Calculator
You’re probably familiar with the frustration of accidentally entering a number and then having to do the whole calculation again. You don’t need to press the C or AC buttons each time you make a mistake. This hidden backspace function is available. Simply swipe up or down at the top of your screen to see the numbers. This acts as a backspace command and will delete the last number entered.The calculator is a great example of this. Have you ever turned the app to landscape mode by twisting your iPhone? The view will reveal a lot of additional functions but only if your phone isn’t set to portrait mode. To verify, go to your phone’s Control Center and swipe down from the upper left corner of an iPhone X or later or from the bottom on an iPhone SE or other devices. Make sure you find the lock marked with an arrow and that it isn’t activated.
Your private photos can be hidden
When we share videos or photos, we all give our phones to friends. What if you have sensitive images that you don’t want anyone to see? The iPhone makes it easy for you to hide your most private photos from the world.
Select one or more photos images. Next, tap the Share button to choose Hide. Your selected photos will be removed from all locations in your library. However, you can still view them in the Hidden folder in your Album.
Get to bed at the appointed time
iOS allows you to set alarms to wake you up at a specific time and will also help you to stick to a bedtime. Open the Health app on iPhone. Click Browse at the bottom. Find Sleep and then go to the Schedule section. The app will prompt you to set a sleep goal if you don’t have one. To change your sleep goal, tap Full Scheduling & Options.
It’s now time to create a sleep schedule. Select Add to your Schedule or Create Your First Full Schedule Under Full Scheduling. Then choose the days that you would like the sleep plan active. Slide the bedtime/wake up sliders around to adjust the times. The slider will turn orange if it’s not set at the right time. Next, choose your alarm settings. Next, set your alarm options. Your iPhone will notify you when it’s time for bed. Do Not Disturb will automatically turn on and you can track how you are doing in reaching your sleep goals.
Get your lost phone back
Even if the Apple Health app is not used, filling out the Medical ID section is worth it. This is because your details, including your allergies and contact information, will be displayed on your lock screen when someone taps on the Emergency link. This means that anyone can view your information if they pick up your phone. If you have lost your phone, someone can help you find a way back.
Enter the Settings App, locate Health and tap Medical Id. Then hit Edit. You can then enter any information you wish. To make sure that everyone can access it, toggle the Show when Locked switch “on”.
The Locate My iPhone feature is another way to find your lost device. It allows you to track your phone using a map. You can activate this feature in the Setting app by selecting your name and choosing to Find my.
Receive notifications via camera flash
This setting is for those who prefer a visual to audible phone alarm to one that sounds. You can set your camera to flash multiple times when you get a notification. To activate the feature, open Settings by tapping Accessibility. Enter Audio/Visual, then switch the Flash for Alerts toggle switch on to “on”. If you prefer not to be disturbed when your phone is in silent mode you can tell it not to turn on. This trick is not related to photos. Just make sure that no one else thinks you are taking a photo of them while you’re out.
Teach Siri how to use nicknames
Siri can quickly figure out who you want texting or calling. You can speed up the process by adding nicknames to your contacts like “mom”, “Lizzie” and “mom”. Siri can even use this field in Apple’s Contacts app to identify people.
To manually enter a nickname, open any contact cards, tap edit, select Add field and then choose Nickname. Siri will also remember all your relationships. Siri will ask you to tell it to call mom or my boss and then it will ask what contact it belongs to. It’ll also ask if it should be remembered for future calls. To manually assign a relationship to your contact card, tap Edit and then Add Related Name. To link a relationship with a particular contact, you can choose from a variety of relationships.
Magnify what your camera sees
Zooming in on real-world images can be useful in many situations. For example, if you are looking at a menu in dimly lit restaurants and need to see the details clearly. To activate it, navigate to Settings and open Accessibility. Next, tap Magnifier.
To activate Magnifier, launch the iOS camera app. Triple-tap the side buttons (or the Home button for older phones) to open the Magnifier option. To zoom in on anything, use the slider at bottom of the screen.
Send an email attachment
Sometimes an email attachment doesn’t contain enough information. You can annotate the email attachment using Apple’s Mail app. You can also add digital signatures, text overlays and zoom-in magnification windows to your email attachments.
Open the PDF attachment or image you have received and tap the markup icons (a circle-shaped pen tip) at the top right. You can hit Done to ask how to reply to the email or if you wish to delete your changes. You can review your email before it is sent if you decide to reply or create another message. To attach a file to a new email click the attachment and choose Markup.