26 Insanely Useful iPhone Tips That You May Not Know About

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There are so many features on the iPhone that I enjoy using such as 3D Touch, AirDrop, Night Shift, Widgets, and voicemail transcriptions. If you have been using an iPhone for a while, then you probably already know how to use most of the features. However, there are a number of features that are under-the-radar which could be useful. Here are 26 of the best iPhone tips that you may not know about:

1.) Block Data Usage On Specific AppsAbility To Block Cellular DataAmit Chowdhry

Whenever I use the YouTube app while on-the-go, I tend to run out of my data allotment pretty quickly. Fortunately, there is a way to block certain apps from using your data by going to Settings app > Cellular and disabling cellular data usage for specific apps under the Use Cellular Data For section. This can be especially useful if you are starting to run low on data for the month.

dua.) Change Panorama Mode DirectionsPanoramic from left to rightAmit Chowdhry

Did you know that you can switch directions while in Panoramic mode of the Camera app? Instead of taking photos from left-to-right, you can switch it to right-to-left by tapping on the photo box while in Panoramic mode.

tiga.) Change The “Respond With Text” DefaultsRespond With TextAmit Chowdhry

When you are receiving a phone call, there are three options that appear — which are Slide to Answer, Remind Me and Message. Usually, I pick the Message option if I cannot pick up the call.

The three options for the default text messages are: “Sorry I can’t talk right now,” “I’m on my way” and “Can I call you later?” But you can change these three default options by going to the Settings app > Phone > Respond With Text. Unfortunately, the maximum number of defaults are three.

4.) Clear App MemoryPhone Power Off ScreenAmit Chowdhry

Sometimes it may feel like your iPhone has been slowing down. This could be potentially fixed by clearing the app memory. You can do this by holding down the Sleep button until the Slide to Power Off slider appears. When the slider appears, you will need to hold down the Home button until your iPhone goes back to the home screen again.

After your phone is returned to the Home screen, the apps have been cleared out of memory. This should make your device feel faster. 

lima.) Close All Tabs Open In SafariClose All Tabs screenshotAmit Chowdhry

While browsing the Internet in Safari, sometimes you might not realize that you have opened up way too many tabs. Fortunately, there is a way to close all of the tabs in one go.

If you want to close multiple tabs in one go, then you simply need to push down on the tabs button at the bottom-right of the screen. Then you will see two options: “New Tab” and “Close X Tabs.”

6.) Create Shortcuts For EmojiText ReplacementAmit Chowdhry

To make emojis easier to find, you can create text shortcuts for them. Shortcuts to emoji or other phrases can be set up by going to the Settings app > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and tapping on the + icon at the top-right. For example, I put the smiling face with sunglasses as the Phrase and put “Cool Smile” as the Shortcut. So every time I type “Cool Smile,” the smiling face with sunglasses appears.

7.) Delete The Last Number In Calculator AppRemove a digit in the Calculator appAmit Chowdhry

Sometimes you may have made a mistake while typing a number in the Calculator app. Users usually press the “C” button to clear the whole number and then retype it. But if you want to simply delete the last digit of the number, then you just need to swipe right or swipe left on the black area at the top of the app where the number appears.

8.) Enable The “Speak Selection” FeatureSpeak Selection FeatureAmit Chowdhry

One of my favorite hidden iPhone features is the ability to have Siri read highlighted text out loud. This feature is known as “Speak Selection.” You can enable this feature by going to the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Speech > toggle on Speak Selection.

After you enable “Speak Selection,” a new option will appear when you highlight text to have the content read out loud. This feature can be especially useful if you want to have an iBook read to you. This also works for text that you highlight on a website.

9.) Enhancing PhotosPhoto editing on the iPhoneAmit Chowdhry

Did you know that you can make many adjustments to your photos from the Photos app? You can do this by opening the Photos app (or tapping on the photo thumbnail at the bottom-left of the Camera app), opening a photo and then tapping on the slider icon.

From there, the first option lets you crop, rotate and change the angle. The second option lets you add a creative filter to your photo. The third option lets you adjust the lighting, color and black & white settings. And the fourth option lets you open your photo in a third-party app or activate the “Markup” feature — which allows you to make adjustments to photos with text, sketches and magnification.

10.) Find Keywords On A Website Using SafariFind On This PageAmit Chowdhry

Sometimes when you are viewing a website, you might be looking for a specific keyword similar to pressing Ctrl + F on a Windows machine or ⌘ + F on a Mac.

Fortunately, there is a way to find a keyword on Safari on iOS by typing in the word on the address bar and then scrolling down to where it says “On This Page (x number of matches).” And then when you tap on that result, you will notice the Find Keyword bar at the bottom of the website.

11.) Guided AccessScreenshot of Guided AccessAmit Chowdhry

Under the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Guided Access, there is a feature called Guided Access. This feature restricts users to a specific app. Guided Access also has Time Limits where people can no longer use your phone. This can come in handy if a kid wants to use your phone to play a game or watch videos and you do not want him or her to access anything else on your phone. Once the feature is activated, you can restrict actions like the ability to use the Sleep/Wake Button, Volume Buttons, the Motion button, Keyboards and Touch. And you can restrict certain areas on the display by drawing a pattern around the portion that you want to block.

You can also set up a shortcut to this feature by activating it under the Guided Access hidangan. The Accessibility shortcut default is triple-clicking the Home button while Guided Access is enabled.

12.) How To Charge Your Phone Very QuicklyAirplane ModeAmit Chowdhry

In case you need to quickly power up your device, then you may want to consider putting it in Airplane Mode temporarily. While in Airplane Mode, your device could still be connected to Wi-Fi. But incoming cellular phone calls would not work and you will not be able to connect through cellular data.

13.) Lock The Camera Focus And ExposureAE-AF Lock FeatureAmit Chowdhry

You may have noticed that when you open the Camera app, there is a yellow box that is used for focusing on a subject. That yellow box moves around as you move your camera, but did you know that it could be locked in place? Push down on the yellow box until you see text at the top of the camera that says “AE/AF LOCK.”

14.) Make The LED Flash Blink For AlertsLED Flash for AlertsAmit Chowdhry

In case you want more of an alert upon receiving phone calls or text messages other than sounds and vibrations, there is a way to get the LED flash to blink as well. You can set this up by going to Settings > General > Accessibility. Under the “Hearing” section, there is an option that says LED Flash for Alerts. When you open this sajian, there are two toggles: one to turn on the feature and one to use LED Flash for Alerts when the ringer switch is set to silent.

15.) Open The Bubble Level ToolBubble Level ToolAmit Chowdhry

Many of you already know that there is a level tool built into the Compass app. You can find the level tool by swiping to the right when you open the Compass app.

Once the Compass app is in level mode you can tilt it up and down while holding your device in landscape mode. This can come in handy if you are hanging up a frame on the wall.

But did you know that there is also a bubble level tool? If you are holding your device in portrait mode and move it up and down while the Compass app is in level mode, you will see a bubble level to determine if your object is perfectly horizontal.

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