Many of us use our phones without even realizing all the great features that they come with. Some are easy to find whilst others require you to watch an instruction video or two. In the following list, we’ve compiled 19 great iPhone tips and tricks that you might find useful, we certainly have. Obviously, this list is far from exhaustive and in no particular order.
1. Three finger zoom
First up on our list will definitely come in handy. Buried deep within your iPhone’s Settings is a nifty little feature to help you zoom in on your screen.
This is usually disabled by default and we doubt you’ve been told about it. Once activated you can double tap the screen with three fingers to zoom in.
To activate these features go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom.
2. Unlock the power of long press
Hidden deep beneath the innocuously looking iOS keyboard is a world of many symbols. Some of these can only be accessed using long-press.
For example, you can gain access to many global currency symbols by long pressing the dollar sign. you can also access em and en dashes by long-pressing the dash key or get the degree symbol by long-pressing the 0 key.
3. Lock focus and exposure when taking a photo
This is a great example of iPhone tips and tricks that will save you from a lot of frustration when taking photos. Save yourself the annoyance of losing focus and exposure when the camera moves with this tip.
You can actually lock the focus and exposure by tapping and holding the screen until a yellow “AE/AF Lock” message appears. Even if you change you composition the focus and exposure will not be affected. Fantastic.
4. Faster charging
Although iPhone 8 and X models both allow for faster charging as standard, for those with older models there is still a nifty way of doing this.
A great little iPhone tip is to put your phone into flight mode whilst charging to drastically reduce the charging time of your device.
To do this, if you are not aware, swipe on your home screen to open the control center. Then locate and activate the airplane icon. This will promptly put your phone into flight mode and allow your phone to charge about 5 minutes quicker.
5. Shortcut for web browser suffixes
This is one of the lazier iPhone tips and tricks but a useful one nonetheless. Instead of laboriously typing out web addresses you can save yourself some hassle by getting a shortcut for the website suffixes.
This is a standard feature on your iPhone and you won’t need to activate anything on some hidden options somewhere. On your web browser simply press and hold the ” . “ button and this will pull up the shortcuts list for your convenience. This will now display “.com”, “.net”, “.org” etc.
6. Make custom replies for missed calls
If you are driving, in a meeting or simply far too busy to deal with calls, why not set up some pre-written text responses for missed calls?This is one of the most useful iPhone tips and tricks on the list and one you might not know exists.
Setting it up is actually very easy. Simply go to Settings > Phone > Respond with text and then create your very own response. You can now type your very own responses instead of relying on the standard defaults.
7. Find the best signal
If you ever find yourself in a place with a less than great signal strength you can have your phone help you out with this example of iPhone tips and tricks.
Trigger your phone’s inbuilt “field test mode” to help you find the best place to make a call or send a text. To do this go to the phone dialer and type in *3001#12345#* and press the call button.
This will actually tell you your phone’s true signal strength. You’ll be greeted with a set of tiny numbers in the top left corner of your phone. These are always negative but the closer to zero the stronger the signal.
8. Keep some photos private
Of course, generally speaking, your photos are private so long as you control who has access to your phone. But what about those times you want to show off your holiday snaps but don’t your friends and family to see certain images? This great example of iPhone tips and tricks will save you some embarrassment.
To do this head over to your Photos app. Select the pictures you want to hide, tap Share (the small square with an up arrow) and then select Hide. You’ll then be able to access these photos in you hidden folder within Albums.
9. Call right back trick
Next up on our list, will help you repeat that last call. If you need to redial the last number you rang there is actually a built-in shortcut to do so.
Launch the phone app, this is the green phone picture on your handset. Next, instead of tapping the ‘Recents’ tab (The clock face one), just tap the green call button on the main keypad.
This will instantly let you call the last number you dialed.