You should know by now that we love every shiny product that Apple brings into the market especially the iPhone. Although iOS6 had some let downs, the aluminum body of the iPhone 5 is undoubtedly still one of the best looking smartphones you can buy, with plenty of stylish accessories to keep it looking good.
However, we’re not talking about the iPhone’s looks today but rather what you can do faster on it. Here amassed are 20 (more) useful iPhone tips and tricks you might not know or heard about. You can easily learn these tricks and may even find yourself using them a lot to enhance your overall iPhone experience.
But first, here is a recap of our previously published iPhone tips/tricks compilation posts:
- 25 (Most Wanted) Tips For iPhone 3G (many tips from this post are still very useful)
- iOS 5: 10 More Things You May Not Know
- Apple’s iOS6: 9 New Features You Should Know
Recommended Reading: Migrating From Android To iOS: 10 Most-Asked Questions
15 iPhone Tips
1. Save Battery Life (When It Is Running Low)
When your iPhone battery is running low, turning off the following settings can help make your iPhone last longer. With these off, you can still receive calls, SMS and even go online with EDGE connection.
- Settings > Wi-Fi > Off.
- Settings > Bluetooth > Off.
- Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Off.
- Settings > General > Cellular > Enable 3G > Off.
- Settings > General > Cellular > Enable LTE > Off.
- Settings > Sounds > Vibrate on Ring & Silent > Off.
- Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper > Auto-Brightness > Off.
- Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data > Off.
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2. Stop The Music With A Timer
Do you like to listen to music when getting into bed for the night but often doze off without switching the iPhone off? You can use a timer to help you shut down the music. To do this, tap on Clock > Timer > When Timer Ends. Scroll down and tap Stop Playing. Then, set a timer (say 30 mins) and tap Start. Now you may play any music and it will be turned off after 30 mins.
3. Delete Last Digit in Calculator App
Entered a wrong digit in the Calculator app? Instead of tapping the Clear [C] button, you can just swipe your finger to the left or right of the numbers to clear the last digit. Each swipe will remove the last digit until the number becomes zero.
4. Set An Alphanumeric Passcode
Add an extra layer of protection to your iPhone with an alphanumeric passcode. To activate it, go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock. Turn off Simple Passcode and you will be prompted to enter your alphanumeric password.
5. Use Headphone Cord to Take Photo
Shaky hands not getting you good photos? Well you can trigger a snapshot using the volume up or down buttons on your headphone.
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6. Switch Shooting Directions in Panorama
Tap the arrow in Panorama mode to switch the shooting direction so you can take a panorama picture from left to right or right to left.
7. Find Word Or Phrase within a Web page
Searching for a word or phrase in a web page? In Safari, type in the word in the search bar on the top right and tap Search. In the results page, scroll all the way down and you will see how many words were found on the web pages. Tap on the searched word/phrase and you will be directed back to the web page with the searched word/phrase highlighted in yellow.
8. Undo Typing To Delete Typed Message
Hate getting carpal tunnel on your fingers from clearing your written SMS? Try this trick. Shake your iPhone and tap Undo Typing to delete your message. Changed your mind? Shake your iPhone again and tap on Redo Typing to retrieve your original message.
9. Type Emoji with Shortcuts
If you like to use Emoji in messaging but don’t like to switch the virtual keyboards repeatedly, try this trick to type Emoji with alphabets shortcuts.
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emoji.
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut…
- Insert a frequently used Emoji in Phrase.
- Insert a text in Shortcut which will be used to convert to Emoji.
10. Formatting Email Content
You can format your email content while writing it on your iPhone. Just highlight the text you want to format, then tap on the option arrow to look for the “BIU” button. Tap on it and select the format you want from Bold, Italics or Underline.
11. Generate Random Passwords with Siri
Yes, the voice assistant Siri can do more than what it offers in command lists, including generating random passwords for you. Just activate Siri and say “random password” and you’ll be provided an 8-alphanumeric-character password from Siri. You can even add the character length e.g. “random password 16 characters“.
12. Filter Groups That Can Reach You
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature allows us to silence calls, alerts and notifications when the iPhone is locked. However there are important calls that we can’t afford to miss, for example, calls from Mom or your heavily pregnant wife. Here’s a tutorial to help important groups of people reach you even in ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
13. Turn IPhone AssistiveTouch Icon On/Off Quickly
Many iPhone users have activated AssistiveTouch to alleviate the burden from the Home button. But it could be a little annoying since it is always on top of the screen. We’ve written a quicktip to guide you on how to turn the AssistiveTouch menu icon ON and OFF easily.
14. Send Multiple Photos At Once In Messages & Mail
Don’t like to add and send photos one by one in messaging or email? Try this trick. Here’s a guide on how you can send multiple photos at one go from your iPhone with just few simple taps.
15. Hide Unused Apple App Icons
We bet there are many stock apps that you do not need or use at all. The bad news is, you’re not allowed to delete them from your iPhone. The good news is, we have a trick to hide them, without having to jailbreak your iPhone.
Bonus: Another 4 More
Extract iPhone SMS & Read It On Your Computer
This tutorial teaches you how to backup your iPhone SMS data and read it through a browser on your computer. With that, you can also easily copy and paste your SMS data on your computer.
Disable Messages Preview
Here is a simple way to prevent others (see: annoying dad, mom, sister, brother, best friend) from accidentally reading your incoming SMS alerts when your iPhone is left unattended. Go to Settings > Notifications > Messages > Show Preview. Tap the option and turn it off to exclude a preview of the message in alerts and banners.
Turn Off Read Receipts in iMessage
iMessage is a cool way to send free text, photo, and video messages to friends who are using iOS 5 and above. Read receipts allow your friends to see whether you’ve viewed their message or not. But if you don’t want your friends notified of when you have read their messages, go to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts > Off.
Activate Text-To-Speech On iPhone
Activate the ‘Text-to-Speech’ function to let your iOS read out a highlighted article for you. It could be very useful if you want to learn the pronunciation of new words or just want to sit back and let your iPhone read out an article for you while you’re driving. Click here to read the full guide.
Here are more iPhone-related fixes, troubleshooting and customization tips you might want to check out:
- How To Transfer iOS Screenshots To Your Mac Easily
- How to Create Custom Ringtones For iPhone
- How To Fix Home Button Delays On iOS Devices
- How To Fix The Missing Personal Hotspot Feature On iOS
- How To Properly Backup And Restore Your iPhone Data
- How To Reinstall An Older Version App For iPhone
- How To Transfer iOS Safari Bookmarks To Google Chrome
- How To Type Faster By Avoiding Autocorrect Mistakes On iOS