Your iPhone is nothing less than a magical device that can do hundreds of functions and substitute many everyday tools. But even the most fervent iPhone users don’t know about its many features and so they fail to use it to it’s full potential.
This post aims at highlighting some of the lesser-known but equally interesting features of the iPhone that can be useful in different quotidian situations and may add a lot to your productivity. Well then, let’s start with the list. Create custom alerts for different peopleInstall Beta version of new iOS Use iPhone as a magnifying glassTeach Siri to call you by a certain nameCorrect Siri’s mispronunciation of a nameConnect two pairs of AirPods to the same iPhoneUnsubscribe to services no longer neededMigrating from Android to iOSHow to force reboot your iPhoneUpdate all apps in one clickAsk Siri for password Use your iPhone as a Continuity Camera for MacCreate custom ringtones for iPhoneShortcut all the way to the top of Photo AlbumFind missing AirPods with SiriSend Unknown Callers to VoicemailOptimize charging to increase battery lifeMove multiple apps at onceUsing iPhone as Apple TV RemoteRemove the last digit in Calculator app swiftlyScan QR Code with the Camera appSet a sleep timer for playing media Hide photos in the Photo AlbumUse iPhone as a levelUse iPhone’s keyboard as a trackpadRemove App download size limitSilence all unknown callersClose all Safari tabs at onceUse Spotlight to for a quick mathStop apps from asking for feedbacksStart a class Facetime CallMake iPhone flash when getting notificationsAdd multiple faces to Face IDUsing one-handed keyboard Scan documents using Notes and File appsOffload unused appsCreate a custom vibrationGet texts/ calls on other Apple devices1. Create custom alerts for different people
You can create custom alerts for different people in your contacts, so you’d know who’s calling or texting without even looking at your phone.
Here’s how to do it:Go into your Contacts appTap on the contact you want to give a custom ringtone to. Tap Edit, and then tap either Ringtone or Text Tone. You can choose from the list of iPhone’s built-in ringtones or text tones to play whenever that person calls or texts.
Note: Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t let you use any music service with this feature. Install Beta version of new iOS
If you want to experience the features of an upcoming iOS version before it’s released into public (being an iOS developer or just someone who’s curious about the new version), then there’s a way to install the Beta version of the software in your iPhone.
Take a look at this step-by-step guide to get an iOS in Beta version on your iPhone.
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Thanks to Apple Beta Software Program, you can install its upcoming operating system (iOS, macOS, or tvOS) and… Read moreUse iPhone as a magnifying glass
It’s a wonder how many different tools your iPhone can tun into, including even a magnifying glass. It can be quite a useful feature for long-sighted people who find it difficult to read a fine text (or during a treasure hunt to find the hidden clues).
To tun your iPhone into a magnifying glass:Go to Settings > Accessibility > MagnifierToggle on the Magnifier
From now on, whenever you’ll triple-click the home button, your iPhone’s camera will turn into a magnifying glass, and your screen into a viewfinder. Teach Siri to call you by a certain name
Siri is a marvel of tech and a useful feature for iPhone users. On a lighter note though, Siri gives you a kind feel-good factor when you ask her to do some function and she does it immediately according to her capacity. Cheesy much?
Well, you can have even more fun with Siri by teaching her to call you by a certain name. Just activate Siri by holding the side button on your iPhone, and tell her to “Call me ___ from now on”. Correct Siri’s mispronunciation of a name
Some people have names that are difficult to pronounce and hard to catch – even for Siri. But unlike people who repeatedly mispronounce a name, Siri’s mispronounciation of name can be corrected for good.
If Siri says someone’s name wrong, you respond by saying:
“That’s not how you say ____.”
“OK, how do you pronounce the name ____?”
andpresent a list of pronunciations, which you can play out loud by taping on the play button.
And if you find none of Siri’s pronunciation options to be correct, just give her the name again.
Once you get an option that you’re happy with, just tap Select and Siri will say:
“OK, ____ it is.” Connect two pairs of AirPods to the same iPhone
You can connect two pairs of AirPods (or some Beats headphones like the Powerbeats Pro and Beats Solo Pro) to the same iPhone.
This is a great feature especially during travel when you and your travel buddy would want to watch the same movie or listen to the same music.
To set it up:Open the charging case lid and hold the pairing button on the back of your AirPods until the light starts to flash white. Bring the pair close to the iPhone you want to connect with. Tap the pop-up menu confirming that you want to pair the AirPods to your iPhone. Repeat the same steps to connect a second pair of AirPods with your iPhone. However, at this point, when you’ll start playing music, you’ll hear it through only one pair of AirPods. Now tap the AirPlay button on your iPhone and select the second pair of AirPods that you connected.
And viola! Now you’ll hear the music playing in both sets of AirPods at the same time. Unsubscribe to services no longer needed
Once in a while you subscribe to a service that you stop using or don’t need after a while. But you forget to unsubscribe it and keep getting charged without notice or you realize when the payment is already made.
To find out about the services you’re currently subscribed to, or to make changes changes to them:Go to the App storeClick on the avatar on top right to go to your account. Click subscriptions. This will open up a list of all the services you’ve currently subscribed to and information about when they’ll be renewed. If you want to cancel any of the subscriptions, simply click on any individual app, and then tap “Cancel Subscription”.
Note: Your subscription will not end immediately after clicking “Cancel Subscription” and will normally end on the date it is due to be renewed. Migrating from Android to iOS
So you’ve finally decided to leave your Android phone and shift to an iPhone. Well, congratulations… but wait, you must be having a lot of issues in migrating from one OS to another, especially when both OSs are so different in features and functions.
You need not worry though, as in this post, we have covered the topic of migrating from Android to iOS in detail. So read through and start enjoy using your iPhone.
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Apple has an amazing iOS but there are times when one of your apps get stuck or the phone freezes up right in the middle of something important.
In such situations, the best solution is to force reboot your iPhone. Check out this tutorial to know how to reboot any iPhone model.
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While the iOS strives to keep all your apps updated, it is however, not done instantaneously. Sometimes it takes hours or even days before the iOS updates your apps in bulk.
To counter that, you can take the matters in your own hands and manually update all apps in your iPhone.
Here’s how to do it:Launch the Apps storeClick on your avatar on the top right corner to go to your accountOn your Account, slide down once to refresh itClick “Update all” under “Upcoming Automatic Updates” to update all your apps at once Ask Siri for password
Apart from making phone calls or sharing information, there are many more things that Siri can do, including retrieving your passwords for you.