10 iPhone tricks you’ll wish you knew earlier


Don’t forget: an iPhone is basically just a computer that fits in your pocket – and in many ways, it is even better than a computer. The iPhone is more portable than a laptop. The camera is better than many point-and-shoot cameras. Your iPhone can even be able to store more data than on a cheap desktop, and the apps are similar to that of any device on the market.

Even an old iPhone can be useful in many ways. Tap or click here for the five uses for your old iPhone.

So it is no wonder that some of the iPhone functions remain buried, and we can never discover them without an insider tip. You can customize almost everything you see and hear, and just when you think you have a handle on, let’s say, the images you collect, a new trick comes along, that changes your entire operating pattern.

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Whether you’re in a conversation with Siri, or figuring out a new way to navigate your notifications, here are 10 things you didn’t know your iPhone can do.

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1. Your keyboard can be used as a “trackpad”

How many times have you awkwardly tried to navigate a text message or e-mail by tapping on the screen where you want to place the cursor? It’s crazy, especially if there are small errors you should fix. Fortunately, the iPhone can help you plant your cursor.

All you have to do is press down on your keyboard text, and the keys will disappear. Without the keyboard, you can slide your thumb around in this space to move your cursor. Press harder, and you can select text.

If you have quite a bit of pressure, you can text in and select it again by pressing the key. It can take some getting used to, but it is worth a little practice, you’ll be able to navigate much more precise.

2. Set a certain setting to save battery in a pinch

If you already spend the whole day outside and forgot a charger, you might be running on fumes when it comes to battery. Fortunately, Low-Power mode allows you to save a little juice for an emergency.

Go to your phone to Control Center and press the “low battery” icon to turn it on or off. This gives a small boost in power, at least until you can get to a charger again and it is all clear.

3. Secretly save photos you don’t want others to see

The problem with having your photo albums on iCloud is that others look over your shoulder and spot an image that requires explanation. If you have a series of photos in your Photos app that you want to hide from prying eyes, you can actually hide them in the view.

Go to the Photos app, choose the photos that you do not want to let others see, and tap the “Share” icon. This looks like a square with an arrow in. Then choose “Hide.”

You should go to your Albums in the Photos app in the future to find them, but they will not be for just anyone to look at now.

4. Know who’s calling before you pick up your phone

If you want to know who is calling without having to look at your phone, this handy trick should help to make things easier.

Go to your Contacts menu, select the person that you want to change a ringtone or notification option and choose ‘Change’. From there you go to “Ringtone” and press “Default.”

You will be met with a series of options that you can choose for the person of your choice, or you want to assign unique vibration or a ringtone, so you know who is calling without on your screen.

5. Scan important documents with the notes app

Never reach for a scanner to share important documents and files with others. If you need to scan, you only need to go as far as you Comments.

To open, click on the plus sign found at the bottom of the screen in the middle, and choose the “Scan Documents” option. You can use the iPhone camera to take a picture of your document and add it to your notebook. Options such as black-and-white, grayscale or color will help to ensure that the scan is submittable quality.

6. Not be hindered while driving

If you have a lot messages or calls while on the go, consider using the “do Not Disturb During Driving”. Just enable it manually via the Control Center, and your phone will automatically switch to this mode when it senses that you’re in a vehicle going over a certain speed.

All the calls, sms messages, notifications, and other pings will be muted, with an option to send a message to callers that you are driving.

7. The use of a one-hand keyboard for more efficient typing

If you hate using both hands to type messages, you can choose to use the iPhone with one hand the keyboard instead.

Open a message or use your keyboard, and locate the button with a globe. Hold and select left-handed or right-handed keyboard options. The keyboard will shift to the side that you want, and you’ll be able to with one hand this way.

8. Automatically answer calls

Sometimes we can be too busy to answer the phone manually, but we don’t want to miss calls. This is especially true for people who opt for ear buds or AirPods for making and receiving calls.

You can use your iPhone to answer calls for you. Go to Accessibility and then Call Audio Routing to find the “Auto Answer Calls” option, which will let you to answer calls automatically after a certain period of time. You can choose how long your phone will wait before it picks up also.

9. Share something that is on your screen

Ever wanted something fun with a friend on your phone, such as the gameplay of an app or something like that? You can set the default on the iPhone without having to use an extra program now, thanks to the latest version of iOS.

Go to Settings, then Control Center, then Customize Controls. Go to the Control Center and tap the screen icon. It is red, and you can exit the menu to do what you want. You can also record audio if you want. To stop the video, you can tap on the blue banner at the top of the screen or the icon in the Control Center.

Your video will be saved in the Photos and Videos app.

10. Better answers from Siri

You don’t have to speak to Siri to work with her. Instead, you can type to her, if you so choose.

For many text-leaning people, this form of communication may prove more accurate. Go to Settings, General, Accessibility and choose the Siri option. Then select “Ready”.

Siri will be the answer to your question, and probably in a much more precise way than when you have done with your voice.

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