You use it every single day, but we bet you never knew your iPhone could do these really handy tricks
You love your iPhone. We know you do. And we know you’re excited about the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 that are undoubtedly on the way.
But before you trade in for the newer model, take a moment to check out these useful tips and tricks that can put even more life into your current phone.
Most people only ever use the most basic features and apps on their phones but they’re actually more like mini computers than telephones.
So take advantage of these tips and tricks to get the absolute best out of them.
If you see someone sitting around shaking their phone it’s not because they’re unhappy with it – they’re probably just using this little-known feature.
Shaking your iPhone brings up the option to undo your last action. It works with iMessage, Mail and Apple’s other default apps but can also be added to third-party applications.
Most people use their smartphone as their main camera and there’s an easy way to make sure you take even better pictures.
Apple, like other smartphone manufacturers, includes a high dynamic range (HDR) mode inside the camera app. It works by taking three pictures at once and combining them to make the best image.
There are several keyboard tricks on the iPhone that will dramatically increase your typing speed.
For example, rather than tapping the 123 button once to add symbols and emojis to your message you can just tap and hold it down. The keyboard will shift and you can slide to select the emoji you want. After you’ve picked it the keyboard reverts to letters automatically.
Similarly, instead of tapping the full stop button, you can just double tap the space key to add a full stop to the end of your sentence.
The volume-up button on Apple’s official headphones can also be used to snap pictures. It’s pretty handy if you want to keep the handset steady and don’t fancy jabbing at the screen.
If the vibration alone doesn’t attract your attention, you can set your iPhone’s LED light to blink at you when you receive an SMS message or other notification.
To activate it, head to Settings>General>Accessibility and scroll down to the Hearing section. Turn on ‘LED flash for Alerts’ and you’re good to go.
Many people know that double tapping the Apple home button lets you see your open apps, but you can also add in a third tap for extra functionality.
To do this, go to Settings>General>Accessibility and scroll down to Accessibility Shortcut. You can set the triple tap to do various things, such as zooming in or inverting the screen colours for low-light visibility.
Do you use your iPhone to play music to fall asleep to? If so, you can set the music to stop after a certain amount of time to help conserve battery life.
First, go to the clock app and tap the “Timer” option at the bottom of the screen. Pick the length of time you want the music to play for and then select “When Timer Ends”. If you scroll down to the bottom you’ll see the option for “Stop Playing”.
Start the timer and then open the Music app. It’ll fade to a stop when the timer hits zero.