There is plenty of tasks that your iPhone can perform but you will be amazed to know about these useful features that you didn’t know before. There are dozens of cool iPhone features hidden beneath the surface that you probably weren’t even aware of that can make your phone experience more fun and interactive.
CHARGE YOUR PHONE FASTER WITH A SINGLE TAP
Are you tired of waiting for your mobile to recharge? For that there is a surprisingly simple way to accomplish this faster. Yes, all you need is – just engage Flight Safe mode. This will turn off your phone’s Wi-Fi searching, data-draining, communication skills it takes the strain off your battery while it’s being powered up. Not hugely, true – but if you’re pressed for time and looking to eke out every bit of juice, that extra 4% you’ll add in 30 minutes connected to the mains could make all the difference.
FAST AND EASY SEARCHES
When it comes to finding location, searching for something very important all you want is speed and precision. Sometimes while typing heavy website address you miss letters. So save time by holding down the full stop icon whilst typing out an address to bring up a short-cut series of URL suffixes. From the classics (.com, .co.uk) to the less used (.edu, .ie), there are quick hit shortcuts for all.
DISCOVER EXACTLY WHAT YOUR PHONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU
Your phone is always gathering data in the background like the apps you are using the most, how much data you are consuming or your location. To see what we mean, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. Here you can see not just where you’ve been, but how long you’ve spent in each place. Now you can manage your time more efficiently.
LOCK YOUR CAMERA’S FOCAL POINT
We all are familiar that tapping the screen while capturing a phone will set camera’s focus point. Which is sometimes goes off resulting a blur picture as your camera focal point change when you shift your position. Well, no more. Instead of just tapping the screen, press for a second or two until an ‘AF Locked’ box pops up. Now you can twist, turn and swing the thing around without losing focus.
CREATE CUSTOM VIBRATIONS
Ever wished you could tell who’s calling just by how your phone feels buzzing against your leg? Now you can: In Contacts, select your person of choice and hit Edit. Here you’ll see a Vibration option. Selecting this will give you plenty of options, including the Create New Vibration tool. Making your bespoke buzz is as simple as tapping the screen to the beat of your choice.
CORRECT SIRI’S PRONUNCIATION
You will be amazed to know that you can correct Siri’s pronunciation. Lots of time you have experienced mispronounced peoples’ names. So if Siri says something wrong, just tell it. Following up a mistake by saying “That’s not how you pronounce…” will see Siri ask for the correct pronunciation then let you check it’s got things right
CLOSE THREE APPS SIMULTANEOUSLY
Now you can class multiple application in your phone by dragging three fingers up on the multitasking menu to cull the clutter quicker. Which means your phone should be snappier in double-quick time.
SET YOUR MUSIC ON A TIMER
You really like music and can sleep while your headphones are on. Then you’re probably all too familiar with waking up at 3am to some unwanted tunes. Unless, of course, you set your music to turn off on a timer. In the Clock app, slide along to the Timer options. Here under the ‘When Time Ends’ tag, you can switch out the alarm option for a ‘Stop Playing’ tag. This will turn off the tunes, be it through Apple Music or Spotify, when the timer hits zero.
TAKE A PHOTO WITHOUT TOUCHING YOUR PHONE
An old but great iPhone hack is using your volume control buttons to capture a snap. So now your palm will not block the screen as you attempt to hit the touchscreen controls. But if you prefer to be even further removed from your photo-capturing shutter controls? Hitting the volume button on a pair of compatible, connected headphones will have the same effect.
IMPROVE YOUR BATTERY LIFE
Spotlight, Apple’s connected quick-access for key data and services, is great for offering instant access to the latest breaking news, sports scores and social update. But that much stuff going on in the background can eat your battery life whole. Unless you turn off Spotlight features for certain apps to eke out more life per charge, that is. ‘How?’ we hear you cry? Just go Settings > General > Spotlight Search and limit what’s pulling in data behind your back.
SHARE YOUR FAMILY TREE WITH SIRI
Does referring to your parents by their given name make you feel awkward? Then teach Siri to know who you’re chatting about. Ask Siri to call your dad and the digital PA should ask who your father is. Once a contact has been assigned to the parental moniker, every time you ask for pops moving forward, you’ll be backed up by simple, fuss-free calling.
SWIPE RIGHT TO RETREAT
For iPhone-owning Android converts, living without a dedicated back button can be a difficult adjustment to make. While the iPhone might not have an ever-present command to put things in reverse, there is a simple way to head in the wrong direction. Within a number of apps – from Safari to Mail, via Messages – swiping from left to right on the screen will send you back to the previous page or menu. Who needs a dedicated button when you’ve got a more elegant solution?