Cool iPhone Tricks You May Be Unaware Of
Here are a list of cool iPhone tricks and shortcuts unknown to many users. Due to the various iOS upgrades over the past few years, countless features have been added to your iPhone that you may be unaware of.
This article is especially for you if:
- You’re getting bored with your current device and are waiting for an iPhone upgrade.
- You’re working out how to use your new iPhone model.
- You’re new to the iPhone community and would like know all the cool things your phone can do.
- You’re currently in the Android gang and are thinking of switching sides
Delve into the list below to see what you’ve been missing out on!
Shake to undo
Avoid pressing the backspace several times after making a mistake while typing. How? Shake it! Give you iPhone a good shake left to right. And a box will appear asking if you would like to undo typing. This action also works as a redo function, if you decide you want to re-type what you’ve erased.
Okay the emoji keyboard is quite a popular feature, but many people have yet to install their emoji keyboard function simply because they don’t know how easy it is to do. If that’s you, fret no more. Make your messaging come to life by following these quick steps:
Go to Settings → General → Keyboard → Keyboards → select Add New Keyboard → scroll down and select Emoji.
Now Emoji will appear in your list of keyboards. To use the icons when typing, click the little globe symbol on your keyboard. Then you should see a range of 6 categories of various emoji icons to use in your next conversation.
Use the volume buttons to take a photo
If you’re trying to take a landscape snapshot, or a ‘selfie’ with lots of people in it try using the volume up or down button to take the photo. It also helps you hold the iPhone steady. This tip works just as well with an iPad or iPad mini.
Double tap space bar to end a sentence.
When you’re sending a text, writing an email or composing a note, a quick way to end a sentence is to double tap on the space bar. This trick automatically adds a full stop followed by a space; a slightly quicker alternative to tapping the full stop button followed by the space button.
Charge your battery faster in Airplane Mode
Next time you charge your iPhone, switch it to Airplane Mode before plugging it in. This will decrease the battery drain, and the phone should charge faster. It’s probably best to use this tip when you’re not expecting any important calls or text messages.
Simply swipe upwards from the locked or home screen, to access the Control Centre. Now tap the Airplane icon and charge away.
Change the voice of Siri
Siri is a big part of your iOS software, known for her humour, helpfulness and humdrum delivery. You may be used to your personal digital assistant being a woman, but if you fancy a change, she could also be a man. Follow the steps below to test it out.
Go to Settings → General → Siri → Voice Gender → now select Male.
Get Siri to read your emails to you
Ask your digital personal assistant to read your emails aloud to you when you’re too busy to. Simply hold down the home button on your iPhone until you hear the two beat Siri activation tone, then say:
“Read my latest email” or “Read my new email”
Open apps using Siri
If you have a lot of apps on your iPhone, and have to scroll for a while before you find the one you’re looking for, try this tip:
Hold down the home button until you hear the two beat Siri activation tone, and then ask Siri to open the app you’re looking for:
- “Open Calendar”
- “Open Contacts”
- “Launch notepad”
Reveal timestamps on text messages
With the launch of iOS 7, came the ability to view the time stamp for each individual SMS text message and iMessage were sent.
While you’re in the messages app looking at a conversation, swipe your finger across the screen from right to left anywhere, and the hidden timestamps will reveal themselves. When you are finished simply release your finger and the timestamps will disappear again.
Create keyboard shortcuts
Add keyboard shortcuts to your iPhone to make typing easier and quicker. Catalogue your frequently used words and phrases and create shortcuts to typing them by following these easy instructions:
Go to Settings → General → Keyboard → Shortcuts → select Add New Shortcut, enter your most used phrases and type shortcuts for them.
Create reminders to pop up when you’re home, at work or out shopping
Reminders are essential for everyday life, however the digital ones have now reached an impressive new level. Now you can programme reminders to prompt you to do something when you’ve reached a certain location. Remind yourself to get milk once you’ve left work, or reply to an email when you’re home; it’s all possible with this feature: →Go to Reminders → Select the list you want to add a reminder to → Type reminder → Then tap the ‘i’ icon → select Remind Me at a Location → Tap Location (If you have not enabled Location Services you will receive a prompt to do so in your Settings, tap Settings and continue) → Enter an address in the search bar, or use a current location or a saved address. → Select the desired location in the results and drag the black dot to set the geographic distance. You can set your iPhone to remind you as you approach, or leave a certain location → Now tap Details to go back to your reminder and hit Done.
Do you have any iPhone tricks to add? Comment below!