iPhone tips and tricks you need to learn today
Despite the fact that Apple’s iPhone costs more than most other smartphones, it remains the #1 in the United States, with more than 50% of the user base installed in the country, according to data. recently published from Counterpoint Research, via the Financial Times.
Additionally, Counterpoint analysts said it was Apple’s highest smartphone active user share since the original iPhone in 2007.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Apple also has the highest brand loyalty of any major smartphone maker, with 9 in 10 US iPhone users saying they plan to buy an iPhone as their next. device, as 9to5Mac reported last year.
Even if you are one of the many happy iPhone owners, chances are you are not using your beloved device to the fullest.
To help you save time – and in some cases, money – here are ten little-known “must-have” tips and tricks, shortcuts and hacks.
Modify, Cancel sending messages
One of the best additions to iOS 16 lets you edit a message you just sent or remove it altogether. We’ve all had that “uh oh” moment.
To try this, open Messages and type your message as you normally do. Press to send it. Now tap and hold on that sent message and you will see options like Edit and Unsend in the menu that appears. Tap the one you want to use at that time.
There’s a catch: the person you send it to must also be running iOS 16, or they’ll still see the message.
Enable haptic keyboard
Apple has added “haptic feedback” to its keyboard as part of its iOS 16 operating system update.
It’s that slight vibration you feel under your fingertips when you type a message, write an email, or launch something in the Notes app. It feels good and confirms that every virtual key is pressed.
To turn it on, go to Settings > Sound & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback. Now enable the Haptic option.
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iPhone’s secret button
Naturally, you’re familiar with the iPhone buttons on the sides of the device — or the circular home button on older models — but there’s one more.
It’s on the back where the logo is, but you won’t see it with the naked eye.
Aptly named “Back Tap”, this feature allows you to instantly trigger almost anything you could want on your phone, like turning on the flashlight (when, say, you’re walking to your car in a dark parking lot), launching the camera, take a screenshot, mute iPhone, or launch any app (like a shortcut to open TikTok).
To enable Back Tap and to select the action to perform, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. Here you can choose what a double-click and a triple-click do!
Shake to delete
Are you typing on your iPhone and want to undo what you just wrote? Just shake the damn thing.
Yes, enabled by default, you can quickly fix errors by shaking your iPhone from side to side – and you’ll see a prompt to confirm that you want to undo your action. It’s faster and easier than pressing and holding the backspace key until all your text is deleted.
If you don’t like this Shake to Undo feature, you can turn it off by going to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Shake to Undo.
Screenshot of an entire web page
You probably know that you can take a screenshot of something on your iPhone by pressing the power button on the side along with the volume up button.
You’ll hear that familiar “camera shutter” sound effect, see a white flash on the screen, and a thumbnail of the image will float to the bottom left.
But what if you want to capture a long article or a detailed recipe, and it just can’t fit on your iPhone screen?
To record a full page in Safari, just open the web link, take a screenshot (per the instructions above) and at the top of the screen you’ll see an option to Record Screen or Record Full Page . Select the Full Page option, followed by Done and Save PDF to Files.
Later, open Files to read it.
Correct Siri pronunciation
Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant can be great at giving you information – such as the weather, directions and sports scores – but sometimes Siri doesn’t say things right. This is especially true for certain names and places, perhaps with origins in other languages, which can be difficult for Siri to pronounce.
If Siri says something wrong, like pronouncing your friend Mica’s name as “me-kah” instead of “mike-ah”, just say “That’s not how you pronounce it [Mica]” then say the mispronounced word.
Turn any book into an audiobook
Now this one is handy. A feature called Speak Screen can read aloud any text on the screen at your command.
Although designed primarily for the visually impaired, anyone can take advantage of this feature if they want to turn an ebook into an audiobook. Now you can listen in the car, closing your eyes to an airplane or walking down the street.
To turn it on, go to Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak Screen.
Then, in any app you have open, swipe down with two fingers from the top of the iPhone screen to hear screen content read to you, such as an ebook, -mail, an article or notes.
You can change the voice including gender and language, speaking speed, etc.
Create custom vibes, ringtones
Wouldn’t it be great to know who’s calling just by the way the iPhone buzzes in your pocket? You can.
In the Contacts app, select the person you want and tap Edit. Select Ringtone and you will see a vibration option.
Tap it and you’ll see several options – like Heartbeat, Rapid and Staccato – including a Create New Vibe tool to customize your own buzz.
This way you can have a different ringtone for your partner, kids or friends, and know who’s calling without having to look at your phone.
Likewise, you can create custom ringtones for different people.
Use hidden trackpad
Say you’re composing a message, email, or note and need to edit something you’ve typed before sending or saving it. With your iPhone, just press and hold the keyboard and the cursor will automatically become a mouse-like trackpad.
Now keep your finger or thumb on the screen and drag the cursor to reach the part of text you want to edit, then release.
Or to highlight text, just press a little harder while continuing to slide your finger. Then release for the keyboard to return.
If you use the calculator but make a mistake by typing the wrong number, you don’t have to clear the screen and start all over again.
Instead, just swipe left or right across the digits to clear the last digit. You can continue like this to delete the last digit.
On a related note, simply turn the iPhone sideways, when in the Calculator app, to access the built-in scientific calculator.