10 incredibly helpful things you didn’t know your iPhone could do

Don’t forget that the iPhone was first released 11 years ago. We are looking at the smooth, glass surface. We were looking at the screen when we turned the phone in our hands. In the blink of an eye, the Blackberry looked quaint and old-fashioned. The smartphone era had arrived, and there was no turning back.

The magic continues each and every year. Then, click here to get the inside scoop on what the next iPhone is due in about a month or so, it will be in the features.

There are a few ways to tinker with your device the look and feel and functionality, most of them unknown to the average iPhone owner. For example, touch-or-click here to view the steps on how to have your medical and emergency contact information on the lock screen. It’s a smart thing to do right now.

Check out these 10 amazing ways you can customize your iPhone to your liking. Not only are they are helping your iPhone look better, but work better, too.

1. Using the hidden touch pad

There is a secret pad and went into hiding in the dirt. Depending on your phone, or a tablet, there are a number of ways in order to gain access to it. Many of the newer iPhones, you have to press a random button, and you will see that the keyboard is blank. Now, you can swipe your finger around and the cursor will move with you.

On some of the iphone and ipad, you have to press and hold the spacebar in order to gain access to this feature. It’s a great way to move around in a document, or simply place your cursor somewhere specific in an e-mail, text message, or a comment.

2. Spice up your Home and lock screens

If you don’t want to put your health and the emergency information displayed on your phone, try to use a background image. To change the appearance of your screen by going to the Settings menu, touch Wallpaper. Then tap Choose a New Wallpaper , and decide whether or not you would like to make use of a Dynamic, Still or Live image. You can then select the location where you would like to see the new wallpaper. You can use any of the Apple’s gallery, your camera roll, or you can download one from the website.

In conclusion, if you are not using the default settings for your chosen image, you can do that, too. For example, if a photo from your camera roll, you can slide it around, and pinch to zoom in and out to frame it the way you want it.

Now, you can tap Set lock screen, if you want to change the background wallpaper on the Lock screen. Select the Set up screen to change the Home screen. Or, select the Setting to change both the Lock screen and the wallpaper of the home screen.

3. The creation of an alternative, look for Face ID

If you have an iPhone, which supports the Face’s ID number, then you will probably enjoy the ease and convenience of unlocking your device just by looking at it. But it is annoying as a Face ID and don’t recognize you. This can happen for many reasons: you wear readers or a winter hat, is to hug your face. With the built-in 12, you can use your iPhone to identify an alternate character.

Head over to Settings >> Face-ID & Password, >> set up an Alternate Layout , and then follow the instructions below in order to learn to of your iPhone to recognize your new look. Make sure that you are wearing his clothing during the installation process, so that the phone will recognize that it has a funny hat on as well.

Video4. To customize your notifications

For each text, call, or e-mail is received we will post a message on our home page. Unless we switch it off, and have a lot of apps will send us updates as well. There are other ways to do this is to receive notifications.

Choose your notification style by going to Settings, then Notifications, and then select the application that you want to change notifications for. Choose from a variety of Alerts, Banner, Style, Sound, and much more.

Now, if you would like to receive an e-mail to the sound of a horn honking, or the receipt of a text message, the sound of a barking dog, you can do it. You can also make use of these alerts in order to distinguish between the different alerts, so that you can decide which ones deserve immediate attention.

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5. Pick up a cool new ringtone

We have a tendency to leave the default ringtone on iPhone where they are able to change just about everything they could ever want. A lot of people love the ringtone out of habit, or because they change their minds, it is more complicated than it actually is.

Really, all you need to do is to change your ringing tone in the head, in the Settings, then Sounds. From there, choose the Ringtone. Please select the option that best fits your personality.

If you feel that the options just aren’t cutting it, you can always head over to the iTunes Store and buy it, if you need more tones later, or you can catch a Ariana Grande song, a Super Mario Bros.-jingle.

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6. To make your screen time easier on your eyes

Optometrists can’t stand touch screens, and the effects of “blue light” led to a lot of debate in the eye care community. If you find yourself staring at that bright square in the dark, you might want to start thinking about your telephone use, and, at the very least, the screen, to make it more eye-friendly.

You can also make use of a feature similar to Dark Mode in the insert-you will need to phone to be a little bit easier on the eyes. Go to Settings, then General, then Accessibility. Once there, select your View, the Accommodations, and then Invert the Colors.

From here, you have two choices, a Smart Flip design to Reverse. Smart Invert Colors reverses the colors of the display, with the exception of the graphics, the media, and some of the apps that will make use of a dark color styles. The classical Invert Colors reverses colors on the screen.

Now, do you have a special way to give your eyes a rest. (Note:it is rumored that the Dark Mode is now available for the iphone and iOS to 13, is released later this year.)

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7. Give the Iphone a fresh accent

Here’s a fun way to change your interactions with your Apple gadget. We are all familiar with the Siri assistant, the most important voice is that of an American woman. You probably already know that you should be able to change the gender, but you can also choose from a selection of different features. The options are Us, Australian, Uk, Irish and South African.

Go to Settings >> Siri & Search for >> “Siri” Voice – off to check out the different types of sounds, and then choose a new tone.

8. A light in the dark

It is not interested in a plain old notifications, when it comes to texting? You may opt-out of sounds, and badges to complete, and choose a flashing light, you have to go out of, instead of (or even combine them all if you prefer).

Open Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Hearing. From there, select the LED Flash for Alerts slider to on/green. The next time you get a warning, you’ll get a flashing light to greet you.

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9. Couple of photos for incoming calls

It’s true, you can see the names of callers when they call your phone, but you can also see the image of the caller. You can get a full-screen image of the person with whom you have a phone call. If she calls, you can see a picture of her. If you’re feeling frisky, you can add a silly picture, a call to your friend, it could be the image of Chewbacca.

Just tap on the Phone icon, then tap Contactsand choose the person you want to assign to the photo. Tap Edit, then Add Photo. Now, the next time they call you, you will be greeted with a photo.

10. Custom ringtones, set

Just as you can take some pictures for different callers, you can also choose to have custom ringtones. You are able to set up something funky with your best friend, or girlfriend, or a romantic love song for your significant other.

Tap on the Phone icon in the >> Contacts. Just tap on the person whose ringtone you are looking to make a change. Tap on Edit and then click on Ringtone and select the ringtone you want to listen to the other person.

You can do this to everyone in your contacts list, so that you know exactly who is calling just by the ringtone. Have fun with your phone burst out in a custom-made song!

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