8 iPhone Tricks and Features You Never Knew Before

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There are dozens of cool iPhone tricks and features hidden beneath the surface that you probably weren’t even aware of – and not just the knowledge that cat litter can bring your phone back from a watery death. These are some of the best iPhone hacks you didn’t know about, and exactly how you can find them.

Iphone Tricks and Features

Iphone Tricks and Features

Take photos while doing videos

You’ve undoubtedly encountered incidents when shooting a video where you really want to take a snap as well. Thankfully, the iPhone allows you to do both at the same time. All you need to do is press the shutter button which appears next to the video button. The photo is taken by the video camera’s sensors, so it won’t turn out quite as awe-inspiring as your usual images, but it’s handy nonetheless.

Hard reset when it crashes

You may not have realized that Home button of the iPhone 7 isn’t really a button. That’s right, it’s a fraud. Haptic feedback gives the impression of a depression, but none actually occurs, making it totally useless for a hard-reset when your phone crashes. Instead, hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time. Your phone should reset and spring back to life.

Set music on timer

Enjoy listening to a little soothing background music as you run for exercise? Then you’re probably all too familiar with waking up at 3 am 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.

Swipe right to repeat

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?

Undo typed text

You might have already stumbled across this one in a fit of rage, but like your childhood etch-a-sketch, your recent iPhone activities can be erased simply by giving the thing a good ol’ shake. Perfect for the plump of a finger and poor of spelling, who want to skip the endless backspace bashing with a firm handset rattle. And if you’re shivering rather than shaking? Don’t worry: a pop-up will ensure you want to delete before erasing your typing.

Improve iPhone signals

No need to hang out of a first-floor window trying to discover where your iPhone’s connection is best. Type *3001#12345#* into your iPhone’s dialer and hit call to launch the hidden Field Mode tool. This sub-surface menu turns your bar chart-based signal indicator into a far more straightforward numerical-based signal signifier. Got a score of -50? Then you’ll be enjoying HD video streams on the move. Down around -120, though, and you’ll struggle to send a text. Just follow the numbers to better signals.

Boost battery time

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.

Reachability gesture

You’d have noticed that there are two kinds of people; those who love the large screens and those who hate it because of the fact that you can’t reach easily for far areas of a screen. Keeping this in mind, Apple has introduced the ‘Reachability Gesture’ that allows the users to reduce the application size in order to navigate it easily. In order to activate it during an app, simply double tap the home button.

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Over to You

I hope this article on hidden Iphone Tips and Features helped you learn a lot of new things today. Let me know which trick you liked the most I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments section below.

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