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iPhone Tips, Tricks, Secrets You May Not Know About

Updated on November 15, 2016
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Dr. John applies his scientific (PhD) research skills & 30 years experience as an inventor & futurist to review technology, apps, software.

Apple's iPhone is packed with tips, tricks and shortcuts that few people know about. With each major and minor update, a secret treasure chest of new features and changes are rolled out that are often not announced or don't appear in the help guides.

Many of these tips and tricks are discovered by users and passed onto others. You may struggle to discover these innovations that are not publicized. Below are some of the best tips and tricks for the iPhone.

Check back often as new ones will be added to the list as they are discovered. You can also add more tricks via the comments at the end of the article. There may also be better ways of doing similar things.

Tips and Tricks make it easier to use and enjoy your iPhone
Tips and Tricks make it easier to use and enjoy your iPhone | Source
Tips make it easier to get what you can, when you can in that minute of free time
Tips make it easier to get what you can, when you can in that minute of free time | Source
Smartphone usage has grown in popularity. It pays to know all the tips and tricks available on your iPhone.
Smartphone usage has grown in popularity. It pays to know all the tips and tricks available on your iPhone. | Source

Using Universal Search

Universal search (also known as 'Spotlight') is a useful tool you may not know about. To display the universal search, just drag downwards on a home screen, but not right at the top of the screen. Then when you tap and enter a term into the universal search bar and the iPhone will search through your emails, contacts apps, calendar entries and your media library – virtually everything that is in your phone. This is very convenient and easy to use.

Burst Feature for Multiple Photos

If you are tired of not capturing that special moment you can activate 'burst'. Instead of taking your chances with a single shot, you can simple hold down the button to automatically activate burst mode. This means that a series of photos are taken in rapid succession which are saved in a small gallery. You can scan through the images to select the one you want to keep.

Burst Feature for Multiple Photos

If you are tired of not capturing that special moment you can activate 'burst'. Instead of taking your chances with a single shot, you can simple hold down the button to automatically activate burst mode. This means that a series of photos are taken in rapid succession which are saved in a small gallery. You can scan through the images to select the one you want to keep.

Controlling your iPhone with Head Tilts

Hidden inside the accessibility settings of the iPhone is a special control (switch control) option that allows you to use tilts of your head to perform various functions. You can enable it via the Accessibility menu of the iPhone settings. Right of left head movements can be set to open the Notification Center, trigger the App Switcher, adjust the volume, kick-start Siri. It can be a little clumsy to use as you have to cycle through the options each time, but it does work. This feature was added to the phone to help people with disabilities.

Undoing Typing Errors with a Little Shake of the Head

Another simple tip provides an easy way to undo typos and other errors by giving your phone a little shake. This triggers a prompt from the phone with options to undo the typing, or cancel and continue. This 'shake and undo' also works with copy and paste errors as well.

Location Based Reminders Tool

Do you ever leave your house and have to go back because you forgot to so something important, such as check the heater is off, home calls have been diverted? Often you may try to recall a list of things to check from memory, only to forget something. Your iPhone has a Reminders app, which very few people use. You can store a list and activate the location feature on the menu. This option will use the iPhone's GPS feature to notify you of the reminders you have stored whenever you leave or enter a specific location. This is a great to avoid forgetting something.

Using the Block List Feature to Stop Unwanted Callers and Text Messages

You can easily block unwanted callers your iPhone by adding any offending numbers to the 'Blocked List'. This blocks all phone calls and text messages from the entered numbers.

Use the Volume 'Up' Key as a Shutter Button

Most people use the touchscreen to take photos. But there is another way that is similar to the way you take a photo on a conventional camera. When in the Camera app you can use the ‘up’ volume key as a shutter button.

Recording Slow Motion Videos

Most people are unaware that videos can be taken in slow motion mode, records footage at 120fps in 720p resolution. When using the video part of the camera app, flick right to left until you see the slow motion mode. The only limitation is that there is no audio in slow motion mode.

Installing Emoticons for Your Keyboard

You can easily add emoticons to the standard iPhone keyboard using the Settings menu. Go to
Settings ► General ► Keyboard ► Keyboards ► Add New Keyboard ► Emoji. This includes 'smileys' plus a host of there cute options.

Correcting How Siri Pronounces a Name

Siri's voice synthesiser is very simplistic, but you can eliminate annoying mispronunciation by reaching Siri how to say it properly. After Siri makes a blunder you simply say: “That is not how you pronounce the [word]”. Siri will provide a set of different pronunciations and you can choose which one you prefer.

Flashing Light Notifications

The iPhone has has no front LED light for notifications similar to many Android phones. However, you can activate the camera LED to provide notification that you have received a new email or text message. To activate this option, go to Settings ► General ► Accessibility. Next scroll down to the 'Hearing header', and search for the ‘LED flash for alerts’ mode tool.

Activating Multitasking

To make use of the iPhone's tool for quickly switching between apps, double-tap the home button. This brings up the multitasking menu. This shows a scrollable row of all the apps currently ‘parked’ on your phone. Various apps can be closed down, selected or opened using this quick menu.

Delete Your Browser’s Cache

You can improve the perfoamnce of you iPhone by clearing your browser’s history, cookies and other data just like you do for your other computers. You can do this in the Browser's Settings. Look for ‘Clear Cookies and Data and 'Clear History’.

Delete Old Texts to Improve Performance

The iMessage history is stored in the cloud, but if you receive a lot of SMS it can slow down performance. To do this open a chat, tap and hold on a sent message until you see the 'More…' option. Then tap 'Delete all' for old messages. When in the conversations view of the Messages app, swipe chats to the left. This shows a hidden “Delete” button.

Turn off Location Services in apps that you Don't Need it for

Many apps uses location ssrvices you don't need. Switching them off improves speed and extends battery life. To do this go to Settings => Privacy => Location Services. You can choose to turn it off for certain apps you don't need. Leave it on for Maps and other apps where location is important.

© 2014 Dr. John Anderson

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    Tori Canonge 

    4 years ago from North Carolina

    I just got my first iPhone last month so this hub is super helpful for me. I didn't realize there were so many shortcuts. I feel like I need to relearn the whole thing over again now.

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    Faith Reaper 

    4 years ago from southern USA

    Great information here you have shared! So useful.

    Up and more and sharing.

    Blessings,

    Faith Reaper

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    kidscrafts 

    4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Interesting informations! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

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    Kevin W 

    4 years ago from Texas

    This was a very informative hub janderson99. I've had an IPhone for quite sometime and I was still unaware of some of these tricks. Thumbs up on your hub.

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