The iPhone is a powerful tool with many good features, however there are lot of hidden options and tricks that you simply might not have discovered yet. I’ve picked some iPhone tips and tricks which will help you to accomplish things faster and easier.
How to Bookmark your favorite places in Maps app
Found a location you want to save for later? Tap Share Share icon, then tap Add to Favorites. To access your Favorites, tap the search field.
Keep notifications off the Lock screen
If you want an app’s notifications to appear only when iPhone is unlocked, go to Settings > Notifications. Tap the app, then turn off Show on Lock Screen.
Pano in the other direction
Before you start shooting in Pano mode, tap the arrow to reverse the direction. To stop shooting, start moving the camera the other way.
Quickly save email drafts
While composing a message, drag the title at the top of the screen to the bottom. Drafts stay there until you tap to retrieve them.
Find text on a webpage
You can search for text on a webpage you’re viewing. Tap the Action button, then tap Find on Page and enter some text. Use the arrows to find the next match.
Check battery use and storage
To see battery usage, go to Settings > Battery. Tap the Show Detailed Usage Data button to see more detail. To view storage used, go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage
Remove webpage clutter
Reader in Safari makes articles easier to read. When you see the Reader button in the search field, tap it to see just the text and photos — without ads.
Forward a message
Touch and hold a message bubble, then tap more. Select the bubbles you want to forward then tap
Reduce eye strain at night
iPhone can automatically alter display colors for better viewing at night. Schedule Night Shift to turn on from sunset to sunrise in Settings > Display & Brightness.
Have Siri do the math
Just ask “How much is 32% of 75?” Siri can add, subtract, and divide, too.
Have iPhone speak to you
iPhone can speak selected text, or the entire screen. Explore the options in Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech. See the iPhone User Guide for info.
Send a message hands free
Have Siri do the work. Just say, “Hey Siri, tell Chris I’m still tied up and will be late.”
Adjust Camera’s exposure
Tap where you want to set automatic exposure and focus. Then slide your finger up or down to manually adjust the exposure.
Find your favorite scene
Drag the video play head left or right. For finer control, move your finger toward the bottom of the screen as you drag.
Correct Siri’s pronunciation
If Siri mispronounces a name, say “That’s not how you say,” then say the name. Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation.
Find the way via public Transit
Use Maps to get step-by-step transit directions in many cities. Tap the settings button, then tap Transit and enter your destination.
Just in case To make info about yourself available to others in case of an emergency, open the Health app and tap Medical ID to fill in the details. To view, tap Emergency on the lock screen.
Take a screenshot
Press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time. The picture is saved to the Screenshots album in Photos.
Peek at the photo you just snapped
After taking a photo or video, press the thumbnail to see if you like it. Swipe to see another, or press a little deeper to pop it open.
Remind me about this later
Want to get back to what you’re doing? Ask Siri to remind you about it later. Works with Mail, Notes, locations in Maps, Messages, and more.
Add a webpage to iBooks
Find something worth keeping? In Safari, tap the share button, then tap iBooks to convert the current page to PDF and add it to your bookshelf.
Get to a setting quickly
Can’t find a setting? Open Settings and let the Search Settings field find it for you.
Ask Siri to find those vacation photos
You can ask Siri to find photos taken at a certain time or location.
Add attachments to mail
Send more than photos. Double-tap while you’re composing a message, then tap Add Attachment.
Set up a passcode
1. Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode:
2. Tap Turn Passcode On.
3. Enter a six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
4. Enter your passcode again to confirm it and activate it.
Change your passcode or passcode settings
Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode.
You’ll find several settings and options:
- Turn Passcode Off: Tap this option to turn off your passcode.
- Change your passcode: Enter a new six-digit passcode. Or tap Pass-code Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
- Require Passcode: By default with this setting, as soon as you lock your screen, you need to enter your passcode to unlock. If you don’t want an immediate passcode requirement, change this setting. (For your security, if you use Touch ID or Apple Pay, you can’t change the immediate passcode requirement).
- Allow Access When Locked: Use this option to allow access to some features when your device is locked, including Today View, Notifications View, Siri, Reply with Message, Home Control, and Wallet.
- Erase Data: Choose whether to erase your device automatically after ten failed passcode attempts.
Useful Tip: Create a passcode with letters (not just numbers) – Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode and after entering your current passcode press Passcode Options > Custom Alphanumeric Code and You are free to come up with any kind of passcode combination you can think of.