11 Useful iPhone Hacks Every User Should Know

  • iPhone hacks offer features that, while not exactly secret, can get lost among phone functionality.
  • Some features like the ability to change the default browser and hide unwanted apps are relatively new.
  • Here are 11 of the most useful iPhone features you should know about.

Now running the 15th major version of iOS, the iPhone is packed with so many features that mastering them all is no less complicated than learning every nuance of Windows or macOS. If you want to get the most out of your iPhone and learn the best tips and tricks for using your phone, here are 11 of the best, lesser-known features of Apple’s mobile handheld.

Hide apps you don’t use without deleting them

It doesn’t take long to accumulate so many apps that they become difficult to manage and organize. If you have apps that you rarely use but don’t want to remove entirely, you can hide them from the home screen. They’ll still show up in Siri search, and you can find them in the App Library (that last page on your iPhone when you keep swiping left). It’s also handy for hiding built-in apps that Apple won’t allow you to remove.

Simply press and hold the app icon until the context menu appears, then press Delete app. Instead of typing Delete appfaucet Remove from home screen.

Hide and delete apps on iPhone.

Choose Remove from Home Screen to hide an app without deleting it.

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Automatically close old Safari tabs

If you’re like most people, you can have countless Safari tabs open. But it’s surprisingly easy to get to grips with Safari. Start the Settings app, then press Safari. In the Tabs section, touch Close tabs. Here you can specify when your iPhone should automatically clean up home by closing old tabs – you can choose after one day, After a week, After a monthWhere Manuallywhich leaves them open until you close them yourself.

Configure Safari on iPhone to automatically close tabs.

Set your iPhone to automatically close old tabs so you don’t end up with dozens of them.

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Change iPhone Default Browser

Not a Safari fan? Maybe you are a devoted fan of Chrome or Firefox on your

desktop computer

, and also prefer to use one of these browsers on your iPhone. Starting with iOS 14, it’s easy to change your iPhone’s default browser. Start the Settings app, then press Safari. Faucet Default browser app and choose the installed browser application you prefer.

Lock your camera focus and exposure

DSLR and mirrorless photographers know how easy it is to lock focus and exposure settings – usually with just the push of a button near the shutter button – so they can crop and recompose the shot. You can do the same on your iPhone. Start the Camera then long-press the screen where you want to lock focus and exposure. After a while you will see the AE/AF lock message at the top of the screen; when you recompose the picture, the focus point and exposure setting remain fixed until you take the picture. You can slide your finger up or down to manually adjust the exposure. To cancel the lock, tap anywhere on the screen.

Set sleep timer for any media

Want to listen to music or a show at bedtime so the phone turns off after a set time? You can easily activate a sleep timer. Start the The clock app and press Timer basically. Set the music play time, then tap When the timer ends. From the context menu, choose Stop playingthen Adjust. You can now start your timer and the Music app will stop automatically.

Setting a Sleep Timer on iPhone

You can set a timer to stop playing music after a set period of time.

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Reply to a specific message in Messages

Did someone send you a long series of messages and you want to reply to something from a particular message throughout the conversation? In the Message app, press and hold the message you want to reply to, then press Answer. You can now write a message and it will appear in the Message app attached to the original message so that you know clearly what you are referring to.

Tag contacts in group messages

If you’ve been in a group chat, you probably know that sometimes it’s hard to get a specific person’s attention, especially if not everyone is following the conversation closely. If you are group chatting in the Messages app, you can mark a specific contact to receive a notification when you send the message. In the posts app, open a group message and type the @ symbol followed by someone in the chat name, like @dave. When you press Space or add punctuation, the @ symbol will disappear and you will see a subtle animation effect on the name. When you send the message, that person will receive a notification.

Customize notifications for your favorite contacts

Want to know who’s calling or texting you without looking at your phone? You can configure unique sounds for your favorite contacts. Start the contacts app and tap the entry of the person you want to receive a personalized notification for. Faucet Edit at the top right of the contact details page. Faucet Alarm and choose the sound you want to hear when they call you. Faucet Do. Press now text tone and repeat the process for the sound you want to hear when they message you.

Customizing notification sound for contacts on iPhone.

You will always know when your significant other has texted you if you set a custom notification sound.

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Use spacebar as mouse

It can be extremely difficult to position the cursor at a specific location on the screen when correcting a typo or moving the cursor elsewhere in a document. Luckily, Apple gave you some kind of secret way to easily move the cursor as if your phone had a built-in mouse or trackpad. Simply tap and hold keyboard keys space bar. After a while, the keyboard will go blank. Now the whole keyboard area is one big touchpad – just move your finger to reposition the cursor.

Compress the keyboard for one-handed typing

The keyboard has more secrets hidden in plain sight. If you frequently type with one hand, you can compress the keyboard and slide it left or right, depending on which hand you prefer to type with. To do this, long press the World Where emoji icon in the lower left until the context menu appears. In the menu, tap the right- or left-justified keyboard icon. To cancel the compressed keyboard and return to the regular keyboard, press the arrow to the left or right of the keyboard.

Enabling a compressed keyboard on iPhone.

There are alternative keyboards for one-handed typing hidden in the Globe icon.

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Charge faster in airplane mode

In a hurry to charge your iPhone? One of the easiest ways to “hack” your phone’s charging speed, among several best practices, is to set it to

Airplane mode

. Swipe down at the top right to see the Control center then press the Airplane mode icon. By disabling your various wireless radios, your phone will charge much faster. Of course, also stop using the phone and turn off the screen.

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