Kudos to Apple! The iPhone has come a long way since it was first released back in 2007. From going through countless changes and upgrades from the first iPhone to the newest, IPhone X, Apple is not kidding around when it comes making a product its consumers can enjoy. Considering this, it’s easy to see how one could get lost and overwhelmed when it comes to the iPhone and all of the capabilities.
There are actually a few things that it can do that most don’t know even know about; probably because Apple hardly ever advertises these. While any iPhone is a great contender for the best phone out right now, you might not be getting all you can when it comes to its use. After all, some devout iPhone users just want to text, make calls, and scroll on social media. But Apple has even improved those simple actions and made them way cooler than we know.
25 Custom Replies For Missed Calls
This is actually pretty fun! While some providers allow you to send an automatic text when you’re driving, to ensure that you’re not texting and driving, the iPhone also allows you to send a customized text when you miss a call. When you go to Settings, then Phone, then Respond with Text, you can put your own message that will be sent out when you miss a call. Just be sure to have lots of fun with this one, because it’s pretty promising.
24 Correct Siri’s Pronunciations
It’s no secret Siri thinks she knows everything. And even though there’s a high chance this is true, it’s also no secret she has an issue with pronouncing and enunciating certain names. Like, when you tell her to call someone and she uses her own mind and calls someone completely different. But there’s actually a quick fix for this. All you have to do is tell Siri, “That’s not how you pronounce…” She’ll double check the pronunciation and make sure she has it right for next time.
23 Hide Pictures
Ah, yes. We know how much this one is needed. And hey, we don’t judge. Whether it’s a handful of terrible selfies you never want to see the light of day, or a snapshot of you showing off a bad hair day, we completely get if you want to take a few extra steps to conceal your personal pictures. And with the iPhone you can. Simply select the number of photos you want to hide and click Share. While this might sound a little backwards, this is where the Hide button comes up. While they can still be seen in the Albums screen, they will be hidden from Moments, Collections, and Years.
22 Improve WiFi Speed
While we all try to be as patient as we can, it can be super frustrating when your phone slows down because the WiFi isn’t as dependable as you need it to be. This is probably why Apple enabled a feature that allows you to speed up any WiFi network that you’re using. It’s called the WiFi Assist feature. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s really easy to turn on. Go into your settings and turn on your Mobile Data, and make sure WiFi Assist is enabled. This allows your phone to switch over to your cell phone network when the WiFi konks out on you or starts to get really slow.
21 Monitor A Flight
From summer vacation to holiday travel, being able to track a flight is a feature that is desperately needed on any phone. And the iPhone has it. Try it out by typing the number in your Safari address bar. The specifics of the flight will appear. Nope, you don’t even have to download an app. Once you click the flight, you’ll be given all of the information you. Need in real-time, including a map of where the plane is in the sky.
20 Block Ads In Games And Videos
As much as we love promos right before we beat a high score in our favorite game, there’s a way to prevent them on your iPhone, just like you can on a computer. The key is turn your iPhone to Airplane mode and you can play and view in peace. The only unfortunate thing is that it might also stop you from getting phone calls and text messages. So you might want to double check your calls and messages when you take your phone out of the special mode.
19 Timestamps For iMessages
Now, you don’t have to try and figure out how long it’s been since the person you’re crushing on responded to your message. There are actual timestamps options for messages with your fellow iPhone users. Here’s how to get it. Click on the Messages app and select the thread you want to view a timestamp. Swipe your finger from right to left, and voila… timestamps for each message will appear. It looks like Apple has yet to make this feature available automatically, but the idea that the timestamp is a real thing could be a hint that the company is on its way to developing it even more.
18 Take A Photo While Taking A Video
The decision between a photo and a video is such a tough one; especially when you’re creating lifechanging memories. Well, the truth is you don’t really have to decide. Simply press the shutter button on your iPhone. You can find it next to the video button. The video’s handy dandy camera will then take photos for you while it captures video. Unfortunately, the quality isn’t as high as the one for a regular picture. But hey, at least you have the option, right?
17 Create A Custom Vibration
So, the idea of this sounds pretty cool and it certainly delivers. Did you know you can establish a special vibration for your phone? If you’re not into the long pulse vibration that comes with most phones, you can change it. Simply go to the Settings app on your phone, click Sounds, and then choose the kind of alert you want in Sounds and Vibrations. After that, select Vibration, and then Create New Vibration. This is where the fun part comes in for you. Click the record button and tap the middle of screen in the order you want to hear the vibrations. Be sure to save!
16 Speed Up The Charging
Even though iPhones already get charged up pretty quickly, it can seem like it’s taking forever when you’re on the go. Of course, there’s a fix for that. And it’s the Airplane mode on your phone! Yes, it’s something that you see all the time. But did you know it can speed up the charging process? When the Airplane mode is on and in full effect, your phone doesn’t have to worry about still using WiFi and other capabilities that drain the battery. It’s science.
15 Use This Button To Take A Selfie
Taking the perfect selfie at the perfect angle is a daunting task in itself. Most of it is because once you do get the perfect angle, you have to then shift and use your finger to click the circular button at the bottom of the camera to even take the picture. Anyone who has taken a selfie knows this can ruin everything. Well, not anymore. Simply use the volume down button on your phone and it snaps your selfie just the same! You can also use the volume down button on your headphones if you don’t want to touch your phone at all.
14 Use Google Maps Offline
Guess you don’t always have to be connected to the internet, or any network for that matter, to use Google Maps on your iPhone. Did you know there’s an offline version available? The cool part is that’s super easy to enable. Simply search “ok maps” in the map search box and you’re good to go. This feature can be pretty helpful when you’re traveling in areas don’t have a consistent signal. Never again will you have to get lost in the desert.
13 Shake It To Erase
Your iPhone might give you countless reasons you want to shake it out frustration. But shaking your device can actually do some good, and help you relive your childhood days when you were in love with the Etch-A-Sketch toy. All you have to do is literally shake your phone in your text message, Notes app, or anywhere else you might be typing. It will give you the option to Undo Typing, so just click OK. No more furiously hitting the back button to erase your words.
12 Close Multiple Apps At Once
Of course the iPhone allows you to exit out of apps you no longer need (at least for the moment). But how about closing multiple apps at a time? This can definitely rid you of the one-by-one up scrolling that happens when you realize you have a ton of apps open at once. Check this out, you can actually close out three apps at a time on the iPhone. Simply use three fingers instead of one, and boom, you’re all clear.
11 Have You Heard About The Hidden Trackpad?
It looks like iPhones are becoming more and more like computers every day; even more so now with the hidden trackpad option. Picture this: you’re writing something in your phone, whether it’s a message or a note, and you have to edit it before making it official and sending. Just press and hold the keyboard and the cursor will transform into a trackpad that’s similar to a computer mouse. Make sure you keep your finger on the screen and move it around to the part you want to change.
10 Clear Your Phone’s RAM
We all like a fresh start. When you want one on your phone, it’s not only possible to clear its Random Access Memory (RAM), but it’s also super easy. Hold down the Power button on the right side of your phone. When you see the standard “Slide to Power Off” option, remove your hand from the Power button and hold down the Home button instead. When your phone starts to flicker, it means it’s doing it correctly, so don’t freak out. After that, your RAM will be clear! One of the key benefits of this is that it also makes your phone faster.
9 Secretly Record A Video When The Screen Is Locked
Just like most other phones, the iPhone has the capability of recording videos. Nothing new there. But did you know you can also record videos even when the screen is locked? This comes in super handy when you want to capture a moment but don’t want have to go through the hassle of unlocking your phone, finding the camera app, clicking on video, all for the moment to be over by the time you get to it.
Instead, all you have to do is lock your iPhone, select the Shutter button, and slide the bottom right camera app halfway up, not all the way. Don’t let go of the slider but use another finger to slide the camera mode to video and double press Home three times. You can keep your finger on the slider until your screen shuts off, but you’ll still be recording. So this is a good way to do it without anyone noticing. To end the recording, just unlock your iPhone.
8 Let Siri Call You An Uber
Siri is good for a lot of things, including catching you an Uber! Whether you’re out having a good time or simply want Siri to do your task for you, the fact that she can even do it is cool. Of course, you’ll need the Uber app on your phone for it to work. But once you have that, just tell Siri, “Siri, get me an Uber,” and she’ll do the job. You can also say, “Siri, take me home in an Uber X.”
7 Customize Your Home Button’s Feel
We all know that an Android device is known for its customizability features. But the iPhone is stepping up its game when it comes to the ability to customize. One of the latest is the home button. Everyone is different, so it’s understandable if you want your Home button to have a different vibe and feel than your friend’s. So just go to your Settings, click General, and then Home button and choose a setting that’s absolutely perfect for you.
6 Set A Timer For Music
If you’re one of those people that can’t fall asleep without music or any noise whatsoever but don’t want it playing all night, you might be happy to know the iPhone has a solution for that. All you have to do is go to the Clock feature on your phone and set the timer with however long you want to hear your favorite tunes. The key Is click on the “When Timer Ends” option. Once there, go to the bottom and select “Stop Playing.” You’ve just set your music timer.
5 Text Message Character Count
There are a few instances when this will come in handy. For starters, raise your hand if you use text messages as a way to proof emails or other messages you might send to others. Now, you can actually know how many characters your text message is. To enable this feature, click the Settings icon and select Messages. Once there, turn on the Character count. Test it out by going to your messages to see how it works. You’re welcome, friends.
4 Dial An Extension
Hey, we know you like to use your iPhone for professional moments too. You might not have known this, but it has the capability of allowing you to dial an extension when you’re trying to reach a specific person at their office or logging on to a conference call. Simply dial the number per usual. But this time, hold down the asterisk (*) button and a comma will pop up. Once it does, press the extension and then call, and you’ll be connected stat.
3 Restore Safari Tabs After You Close Them
It’s not unusual to accidentally close out of a tab on Safari before you had the chance to complete your task on the page. Fortunately for iPhone users, there is a way to restore the tabs shortly after you exit out of them. And no, you don’t have to go all the way to your web history to find it. You just need to open Safari and press the plus sign and a list of your recently closed tabs will appear. Seriously, the list is even called Recently Closed Tabs.
2 It Has A Handy Compass
Feel free to go hiking in peace, without worrying about getting lost. The compass app actually comes with your phone! But of course, there’s a pretty high chance you haven’t used it, or might not have even known it was there. But other than making sure your direction is on point, it also has another feature that isn’t super popular, but definitely needed. When you swipe left in the app, it allows you to make sure any item you’re experiencing with via a DIY process is actually level.
1 Here’s How To Improve Your Phone’s Signal
No matter what cell phone service provider you have, there are dead spots where even the strongest can lose a signal. The iPhone has a universal feature for all carriers that help you improve your phone’s signal even when you’re in the middle of no man’s land. You might want to write this down. Type *3001#12345# in your phone’s dialer. This kicks off the hidden Field Mode feature. It lets you know how well your signal is. If it’s around -50, you’re in good shape. If it’s around -120, you’re not in such good shape. So just follow the numbers until they improve.
References: Bright Side, Digital Spy, USA Today