20 Hidden iPhone Tips & Tricks That You Probably Never Knew Existed

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Yes, you use your iPhone on a daily basis but what you may not realise is it’s true potential. Your iPhone might be smarter than you think.

With iOS released last year and the rumoured iOS 13 in the pipeline, here are some iPhone tips and tricks for you to make the best out of your iPhone.

1. Type Siri A Message 

If you are bashful about talking to Siri in public, consider thumbing your questions. Here’s how to get started:

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Tap on “General”
    • Tap on “Accessibility”
    • Then tap on “Siri”
    • Select “Type To Siri” by toggling

Remember to have your phone on silent to avoid Siri blurting out the answer.

2. Check The Status Of A Flight 

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If you have someone coming in at the airport, this will come in real handy. You will be able to track the flight and know if there are any delays. If you are a passenger, it will provide you information such as which gate you will be boarding at and also let you know how long the flight will take. Here’s how to get access:

    • Open “Safari”
    • Type in the flight number and airline name
    • Select the flight in the flight tab by simply tapping on it
    • You will be able to see a map, the position of the flight, and latest information regarding the flight

3. Document Scanner 

The notes app has a very convenient document scanner that you can use:

    • Go to the Notes app
    • Open a note that currently exists or create a new one
    • Tap on the “+” icon above the keyboard right at the center
    • You will see “Scan Documents”. Tap on it
    • Capture the picture with your shutter button or volume buttons
    • Tap and drag on the document’s corners to adjust the picture if necessary

4. Block Disturbance When Driving 

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This helps cut down on your distractions when driving. Your notifications, texts, and calls are blocked when the phone connects to the Bluetooth in your car or when it detects acceleration. The person who contacts you will get an auto-reply. If they respond to the auto text reply by typing “urgent”, they will be able to contact you.

    • Go to “Settings”
    • Look for “Do Not Disturb” and tap on it
    • If you want the phone to automatically enable as soon as it senses movement, click on “Automatically.”
    • If your car has Bluetooth, you can simply tap on “While connected to car Bluetooth.”
    • You can also tap on “Manually” if you don’t want automatic enabling. You should then add “Do Not Disturb While Driving” to the control center
    • In order to change or customize the response, simply tap on “Auto-Reply”
    • You even get to select the person who gets the auto-reply by selecting no-one, recent contacts, favorites, all contacts

5. Text Replacement 

When it comes to typing out emojis, URLs, and email addresses, here’s how to do it with few characters instead of having to type it all out:

    • Go to Settings
    • Tap on “General”
    • Select “Keyboard”
    • Tap “Text Replacement”
    • Choose the “+” sign on the top right corner
    • Type in the phrase or word that you are creating a shortcut for
    • Now type the text that you will be replacing with the new phrase
    • Hit “Save”

From now on, all you need to do is type the shortcut and the phrase will be filled in once you tap on the space bar.

6. Get Rid Of Unused Apps 

This will clean up and delete apps that are not in use but will save the data and documents in them. To do so and save your storage space, do the following:

    • Go to “Settings”
    • iTunes and App Store
    • At the bottom you will see “Offload Unused Apps.” Toggle that
    • Once an app is deleted it will appear on the home-screen as grayed-out. To reinstall it simply tap on it

7. Customizable Control Center 

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Most people are not aware of this, but you can actually completely customize your control center! Your most used features and settings can also be placed where they are easy to access.

    • Start by going to “Settings”
    • Select “Control Center”
    • Tap on “Customize Controls”
    • To add items, tap on the green plus (+) sign next to it, and to remove items press on the red minus (-) sign
    • To reorganize your controls, you need to locate the icon with 3 bars and then tap and hold it then slide the icon to where you need it to go.
    • When you finish, go to the top left side of the screen and tap “Back”
    • Now go to the bottom of the screen and swipe up to see the new control center

8. Customized Vibrations

Most people have ringtones customized for various family members and friends, but you can also have customizable vibrations for when your phone is on silent. Here’s how to do that:

    • Go to Settings
    • Tap on “Sounds and Haptics”
    • Select “Ringtone”
    • Pick “Vibration”
    • Tap on “Create New Vibration”
    • To create it, simply tap and hold the way that you want
    • At the bottom right, select “Stop”
    • Now save by tapping “Save” on the top right of the screen
    • Give the vibration a name

To assign the custom vibration follow these steps:

  • Go to the Contacts app
  • Select the contact that you need to assign the vibration to
  • On the top of the screen in the right-hand corner, tap on “Edit”
  • Select “Vibration”
  • Pick the new vibration

9. Trackpad 

If you have an iPhone 6S or a newer model, your keyboard can be used as a trackpad.

If you are using earlier models you will need to download Gboard, a 3rd party keyboard that will allow you to make use of the spacebar as a trackpad in order to swipe through any text.

On the newer models, here is how you get this feature:

    • When typing a message, just press and hold on the keyboard and this will activate it.
    • To move the cursor over text, simply drag your finger.
    • Once you get the cursor where you want it, all you have to do is let go

10. Check Levelness 

The spirit level is found within the compass app. Here is how it works:

    • Go to the Measure app
    • Look at the bottom of your phone on the right and tap on “Level”
    • Now just lay your phone flat on the surface that you want to check whether it is level.
    • By tapping on the screen, you will also be able to measure what the difference is between both surfaces

11. Calculator Backspace Button 

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If you hit any button by mistake on the calculator, you should use the backspace button to erase the mistake, and not the AC or C button to start all over again.

    • Go to the top of your screen where you have the number display and swipe either right or left. This swipe will quickly delete your last number.

12. Medical ID 

Apple’s health app allows you to fill your information in the section labeled medical ID. This information can help you recover a lost phone, and also come in handy should you have a medical emergency.

    • Go to the Health app
    • At the bottom of the screen to the right, tap on “Medical ID”
    • Go to the top right of your screen and tap on “Edit”
    • Select “Show When Locked”
    • Now fill out the relevant text boxes. Include social media handles as well as email in the notes section. That way, should you lose your phone, the person who finds it can have a way to contact you and return it.

13. Hide photos 

You can hide photos that are private. Here’s how:

    • Go to the Photos app
    • Find the photos you want to hide
    • On your screen, top right corner, tap “Select”
    • Select the photos to be hidden
    • Pick the “Share” icon on the bottom left
    • Tap the “Hide” icon on the bottom right
    • Now select “Hide Photo”

14. Sleep Timer

This is excellent for those who enjoy listening to podcasts and music before they fall asleep. It stops the audio playback and works on any app.

    • Go to the Clock app
    • On the bottom right hand corner, select “Timer”
    • Set the timer
    • Select “End Of Timer”
    • Tap on “Stop Playing” after scrolling to the bottom
    • On the top right hand of the screen, tap “Set”
    • Hit “Start”

15. Move Several Apps In One Move

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Here’s how:

    • On the home screen, tap and hold any icon to get into jiggle mode
    • Move your icon slightly until the X that is on the left top corner disappears
    • Tap other icons you want to move
    • Move them to the new position

16. Dim The Screen 

It is actually possible to dim your screen’s brightness beyond the lowest brightness.

    • Go to Settings
    • Select “General”
    • Then “Accessibility”
    • Tap “Zoom”
    • Select “Zoom Filter”
    • Pick “Low Light”

17. Magnify Text

This will enable you to read tiny text by magnifying to different optimizations so that you can look closely at things. This is not the same as zoom. To take advantage of this:

    • Go to Settings
    • Tap on “General”
    • Select “Accessibility”
    • Choose “Magnifier”

18. Share Your Location Using The QuickType Keyboard 

You can quickly share your location through Siri. As you begin to type where you are at, Siri will provide a button with current location just above your keyboard.

All you have to do is tap it in order to send your current location. If there is an inquiry for an email address or phone number that you have saved in your phone, Siri will avail the information for you to send with one tap.

19. Silent Notification 

If there are messages that you prefer quiet notifications from without vibration or sound, do the following:

    • When you get a notification, swipe over it and tap “Manage”
    • Tap “Deliver quietly”

20. Lyric Search 

You can actually search for songs if you don’t remember the title of the song but know some lyrics. Once you type in the few lyrics that you know, iTunes or the Music App will pull it up for you.