Ahh, the trusty iPhone. Can't leave home without it. We rely on our iPhone to connect us with friends and family, keep us up-to-date with current events, keep us on track with our schedule, handle our finances and travels, for entertainment and for every other trivial or important detail in our lives.
Can our iPhones be any more reliable and of use? Why, yes! Truth be told, we've only scratched the surface of the iPhone's awesomeness. So, this week we're letting the cat out of the bag as we share some of iPhone's best kept secret features. Okay, technically they're no secrets, but you can't deny that you're just as clueless about these iPhone tricks as the android-user beside you.
Without further ado, here are the top 8 iPhone tricks you should try today!
Make a VIP list of people who can reach you
There are days where you just want to shut the world out or are simply too busy to be disturbed. On those days, your iPhone's ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature can be a life saver.
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature stops calls, alerts and other notifications from making noise or getting your attention when your iPhone is locked. So, any ringing, vibrating or lighting will be replaced by a moon icon in the status bar. Note, however, that this feature does not affect your alarm. Any alarm set will still go off when this feature is enabled.
To activate the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature, you can either go to the Control Centre and tap on the moon icon at the top row or you can go to Settings, scroll down to Do Not Disturb, and from there you can see a range of options, including choosing who gets ring you. Because let's face it, you don't want to be interrupted –unless it's your boss (you don’t want to be fired) or your wife (you don’t want to sleep on the couch).
As you can see above, you can choose to allow calls from everyone, no one at all, favourite contacts or you can make a group of your own –a VIP list (a.k.a. the answer-or-else group).
You also have an option of getting an alert the second time a person calls within three minutes. Simply switch on the 'Repeated Calls' option for your peace of mind, because people who really have something important to say will more likely be persistent.
Know who's calling from the way your iPhone vibrates
If you don’t necessarily want to block any notifications and would want to decide on the spot if you'd like to take a call based on who's calling without having to check your phone, you simply set a ringtone for each contact, right? Well, what if you want all that --silently? Sounds complicated and impossible?
Thankfully, with the iPhone, it's not. You can set custom vibrations for your contacts by creating a pattern for each one. Simply open 'Contacts', select a person, choose the 'Edit' button on the top right corner, scroll down and tap on 'Ringtone', then again tap on 'Vibration'. There you can select a built-in vibration pattern for your chosen contact or you can create your own vibration pattern by scrolling further down and selecting 'Create New Vibration'.
You can do the same for the message alert tone by choosing 'Text Tone' instead of 'Ringtone'.
Utilize time-saving and personalised typing
Your iPhone's auto-correct feature either drives you crazy or has saved you from your terrible typing skills countless times. Either way, if you just let it be, it will never guess your preferences and your own personal typing style.
To get the most out of the auto-correct, make use of your phone's Text Replacement feature! This allows you to save personal shortcuts, abbreviations and your favourite expressions. You can assign shortcuts that your phone will turn into full phrases. For example, you can just type "omw" and this will automatically expand to "on my way".
To access the Text Replacement feature, go to 'Settings', then choose 'General', scroll down and select 'Keyboard' then tap on 'Text Replacement'. Add a new phrase and shortcut by tapping on the plus sign on the upper right corner and typing in a shortcut that you would like to expand into a word or phrase as you type. This iPhone trick will surely save you a lot of time typing on your mobile device.
Shake it to delete it
This iPhone trick may sound (and look) crazy –until you try it. I mean, to be able to undo a mistake without all that tapping on the screen is a whole new level of cool. How does it work? So, say you want to undo typing, deleting, pasting or cutting. Just hold your iPhone in one hand, shake it (yes, the phone) and a command prompt will appear on your screen. Just choose undo and voila! No trace of your mistake. The iPhone does clean up well.
Also, if you change your mind and decide to keep whatever it is you put in there, just shake again and choose 'Redo Typing'.
The no stick selfie stick
This is an old iPhone trick. Unfortunately, only a few people know about it. Did you know that your trusty headphones can deliver more than good music? They can also give you shake-free snapshots from a distance. Okay, I'm not talking about distance photography here. You can take shots as long as your headphone cord, which I'm pretty sure is longer than your arm. And shake-free snapshots basically refer to shots not taken with our shaky hands.
How? Just use the volume control buttons on a connected pair of compatible headphones to trigger a snap. That simple.
Take photos while shooting videos
Here's another oldie but goodie. Ever find yourself wanting to capture a magical moment and choosing between snapping a photo or taking a video? Well choose no more! You never had to anyway. Go ahead, take a video and throw in a few shots while you're at it. You see that white circular button on the lower left corner of your screen while on video mode? That's the button you want to press to take a photo while recording.
Let Siri do the photo digging
You don't have to spend the whole day hunting down a photo from your Hawaii trip 2 years ago. Throwback Thursday would be over by the time you do. Just leave it to Siri. Provided you've updated your iPhone to iOS 10, you can ask Siri to rummage through your library and search for a particular photo based on the date, time frame or place.
Just say, ''Siri, show me photos from January'', or ''Siri, show me pictures taken in Paris''. This also works for videos, so you can also say 'Siri, look up my videos from last week.'' What's more is that you can ask Siri to pull up photos from your library which contain specific items, such as food, the beach or your pet.
Save your life with important medical information
We all think our iPhone is a lifesaver. You know what? It actually is. iPhone's Medical ID saves important health details that help responders access critical medical information in an emergency. The information can be accessed even when your phone is locked, so be sure to only put information you're comfortable sharing.
How to set-up your Medical ID
- Open the Health app and choose Medical ID.
- Type in your health information and select your emergency contacts. You have the option of showing your Medical ID when your phone is locked, which we highly suggest you allow especially if you have a password.
- Tap Done.
The iPhone is an awesome tool and you probably already know that. But with these simple iPhone tricks, we bet you have a whole new respect for your everyday companion. We sure do. Go ahead, try them out today.
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