40+ Hidden iPhone Tips and Tricks For Max Performance

If you’re an iPhone user, you want to ensure you’re getting the most out of your device. Iphone is one of the best smartphones, but it’s easy to take its capabilities for granted.

An Iphone can do so much more than just call people. We’ve put together a list of some Iphone tips and tricks that will help you get more from your phone.

Iphone was designed with the user experience in mind and is considered one of the most intuitive interfaces.

What are the Hidden iPhone tips and tricks?

Here are my 40+ Iphone Hidden iPhone tips and tricks you should try with your phone.

1. Turn your iPhone into a level.

Use your iPhone as a level. Simply open up the compass app and swipe to the left. There, you should see a slider that says “Level.” Drag it to the right so that it turns white.

When you bring one of your devices against something, there will be a bubble with either blue or yellow inside it. 

If the bubble is on the left, tilt your device to the left until the bubble moves over to the right side. Do this, and you’ll have evened out your surface.

2. Use the d-pad to move through the text quickly.

If you look at the keyboard of an iPhone, you’ll see a grey bar. This is a d-pad for moving your cursor or selecting text. If you hold down on one of the arrows, it will let you jump through every letter in that direction.

3. Take photos while shooting video.

Taking a selfie while taking a video is easy. You just need to get your timing right – but it’s way easier than you think.

All you have to do is tap the little circle on the camera screen when you’re recording a video, and it will bring up an option of either taking photos or shooting more video. Tap on “Photos,” and you’ll be able to take selfies or other photos while shooting video.

4. Automatically save your screenshots.

If you take a screenshot on your iPhone, it will automatically save it to your camera roll.

To find them, just open up the Photos app and swipe down until you see “Recently Added.” There, all your screenshots will be waiting for you.

5. Master Siri Shortcuts.

Master Siri Shortcuts

Siri is capable of doing a lot more than just giving you weather forecasts or turning your phone off. Siri Shortcuts are simple commands that let you give Siri commands to do things for you with just one voice command.

You can even tell Siri to do multiple tasks with just one phrase. Here’s the link to Apple’s list of shortcuts currently compatible with Siri.

6. Use 3D Touch for quick actions.

You’re probably already aware that it will bring up a list of quick actions when you press hard on an app.

But did you know that pressure sensitivity doesn’t have to be applied in an app? If you long-press on your home screen and then apply even the slightest bit of pressure, it will let you move all your apps around.

7. Get more out of your Control Center.

The Control Center is a handy tool, but it can be better if you customize it. Go to the Settings app, scroll down to “Control Center,” and tap “Customize Controls.” You can then add or remove shortcuts for all your favourite apps.

8. Customize your charging cable colors.

You might remember that Apple used to sell different colors of their charging cables.

You can still do this, but instead of buying one made explicitly by Apple, you just have to buy a Lightning cable from another company and then use LightBulb. This will let you change the color of your charger whenever you want!

9. See which apps are draining your battery.

You probably already know that Google and Apple track how much battery you have left. But what you might not know is that there’s a way to see which apps are using up all your juice.

Just go into “Settings,” scroll down to “Battery,” and then tap on “Battery Usage.” This will show you the percentage of battery life each app has taken up.

10. Use Reachability to access the top of the screen with one hand.

Most iPhone users know about Reachability, an option you can turn on to bring down the top of your screen when you double-tap the home button.

But what many people don’t know is that if you use two fingers instead of one, it will move all your apps closer to the bottom so that they’re easier to access when you’re holding your phone with one hand.

11. Turn on Low Power Mode when you need it.

Low Power Mode can help you squeeze more juice out of your already low battery.

If you go into Settings and scroll down to “Battery,” and “Low Power Mode” option will turn on when your phone hits 20%. This is especially useful if you find yourself in spots where you won’t be able to charge your phone for a while.

12. Take advantage of Wi-Fi and Cellular data at the same time.

If you have to use cellular data for things like maps and YouTube but also need Wi-Fi for other stuff, this might be a setting you haven’t looked into yet.

By going into “Cellular” in your settings and then scrolling down to “Wi-Fi Assist,” you can flip it on. This will let your phone struggle with both Wi-Fi and cellular data simultaneously.

13. Record 4K videos at 60 fps.

If you want to take advantage of the latest iOS update, which lets you record videos in 4K at 60 fps, make sure your device is compatible.

Go into “Settings” and scroll down to “Camera.” The top option will say either “4K Video” or just “Video.” If it says “4K Video,” your device is capable. But if it just says “Video,” you’re out of luck.

14. Hide sensitive information in Notes.

Notes is a great app that comes pre-installed on every iPhone. To ensure your secret information stays hidden, go to “Settings” and scroll down to “Notes.”

This will let you toggle password protection, show/hide passwords, and encrypt Notes. The best part? Your notes are synced with iCloud, so you can access them no matter what device you’re on.

15. Make things easier by customizing the side button.

The side button used to take screenshots can do much more if customized.

Go to “Settings” and scroll down to “General.” Then tap “Accessibility” and toggle the button next to “AssistiveTouch.” This is what will make it so you can customize your side button.

16. Give yourself haptic feedback when typing on the keyboard.

If you don’t like the sound of typing on your iPhone’s keyboard, then this might be a setting worth looking into.

Go to “Settings” and tap on “General,” followed by “Keyboard.” This is where you can turn “Taptic Engine” on and off.

17. Set up emergency contacts that will appear on your Medical ID.

Medical IDs are great if you’re ever in an emergency and need medical assistance.

If you go into the Health app and then scroll down to Medical ID, you can set it up so that emergency contacts will appear on the lock screen. 

Also, you’ll be able to let them know your medical conditions and allergies with the “Notes” section.

18. Adjust color options for Night Shift mode.

Night Shift mode is only accessible if your device is running iOS 9 or higher.

turn it on, go to “Settings”, and tap on “Display & Brightness.” Turn the button next to Night Shift so that it’s green. To adjust what colors are adjusted when using this mode, simply tap “Night Shift.” This will bring up options like

Temperature and Speed. You can play around with different settings until you find what you’re most comfortable with.

19. See how your battery is doing at a glance.

If you want to check up on your battery, head over to the “Battery” section in your settings.

It will show how much percentage you have left and what’s using it here. It’ll also show you your low power mode options and how long it’s expected to last.

20. Enhance the sound of your phone calls.

People on both sides of a call can benefit from customizing their “Ringer & Alerts” settings.

To do this, go into the “Sounds” section in your Settings app. You can set different volumes for your ringtone, message sounds, etc.

21. Save storage space by having photos automatically deleted.

If you want to make sure you never run out of storage on your phone, then head over to the “Photos” section in your settings. From here, you can turn on “Optimize iPhone Storage.” This will automatically remove old photos that you don’t look at often

to clear up space. You can also turn on iCloud Backup to sync your pictures with iCloud. But keep in mind that this uses up data, so it might be best not to use this function if you don’t have an unlimited plan.

22. Turn on a guided access mode for when you need to focus.

This feature is excellent for students who have their phones in class. Guided Access lets you lock down your phone so that certain apps can only be used while running this feature.

To turn it on, go to “Settings” and tap on “General.” Next, scroll down to “Accessibility” and tap on “Guided Access.” This is where you can set up passcodes time limits, disable the home button, etc.

23. Create shortcuts for certain activities.

If you find yourself doing something on your phone every day at around the same time (e.g., taking a selfie), then this one’s for you. 

By going to “Settings” and scrolling down to “Widgets,” you can tap on the “+” symbol at the bottom of your screen. This will bring up a list of widgets that you can add to your home screen.

24. Set what happens when you 3D Touch the camera icon on your lock screen.

You can customize what’s shown when you 3D Touch the camera icon on your lock screen.

To do this, go into the “Quick Actions” section in “Settings.” Here, you can choose whether to be a video or slo-mo mode. 

But keep in mind that if you use slo-mo too often, it will drain your battery. So unless you have a charger nearby, it might be best to use this mode sparingly.

25. Use custom vibration patterns for notifications.

If you ever get annoyed by the default vibrations on your phone, try creating your own!

Open the “Sounds” section and tap on “Vibration.” You can select what kind of vibration your phone gives when you get a notification. 

For example, if someone sends you the letter “E,” it will vibrate three times. You can create different patterns and save them for future texts and calls.

26. Remember where you parked using your phone.

This is an excellent feature for when you’re in a big parking lot and can’t find your car. It’s also helpful if you just need to remember where your vehicle was while shopping.

To set it up, go into the “Maps” section of Settings and scroll down until you see “Parked Car.” You can turn it on and select the “When to Return” option. You can either set it for when you arrive or leave.

27. Add words to your predictive text dictionary.

If certain misspellings keep popping up, head over to the Settings “General” section and tap on “Keyboard.” Underneath “Predictive,” you can turn on “Add New Words.” The phone will automatically add those words to its dictionary for future reference as you type.

You’ll also see a list of previously typed words that kept getting autocorrected. Underneath each word is an option to delete it from the dictionary if your fingers accidentally added it.

28. Turn on “Do Not Disturb” when you’re in a meeting or sleeping.

The “Do Not Disturb” function is great for when you want to be undisturbed by sounds and vibrations, like during meetings or while sleeping.

It’s also helpful if you’re in one place all day (e.g., at school or work) and don’t want all of your notifications coming through. To turn this on, go into the “Do Not Disturb” section in Settings and turn it on from there.

29. Control which apps get to send you notifications.

In Settings’ “Notifications” section, you can control which apps send you push notifications.

For example, if certain apps drive you crazy with their alerts (e.g., Facebook), then this is where you can turn them off. You can also control which apps get to show up on your lock screen and the order they display.

30. Customize your “Control Center.”

The “Control Center” is what appears when you swipe up from the bottom of your phone’s screen. It’s where you can access specific shortcuts and utilities, like your flashlight and timer.

To tweak these settings, head over to “Control Center” in Settings. Here, you will select which items appear on the Control Center by tapping the green button next to each shortcut.

You can also change the background color of your Control Center by tapping on the bar at the top of this section and selecting a different shade from there.

31. Select how much information you want Siri to give out.

By default, Siri will give away personal information about you whenever someone asks a question, like your email address. But if you want to give out specific information and not others, there’s a way to do that.

To limit what Siri shares with others, open the “Siri” section in Settings and scroll down to see “My Info.” You can select specific information items (e.g., your email address) and turn them off. This way, whenever someone asks Siri a question about you, it will only give out certain bits of information (e.g., your phone number).

32. Lockdown your photos with a Touch ID or a PIN code.

If you don’t want people snooping around on your phone and viewing all of your private photos, then one way to do this is by requiring them to enter a password or PIN code before they can get to these images.

Head over to Settings’ “Touch ID & Passcode” section and select “Lock Photos.” You can either use Touch ID or create a PIN code here.

33. Delete Apple’s apps that you don’t use.

Many pre-installed Apple apps come on your iPhone, many of which you likely don’t use.

Suppose you want to clean up your device and delete this unnecessary clutter, head over to the “General” section in Settings and scroll down until you see the list of applications. You can delete all of the apps that aren’t useful to you.

34. Create a “Favorites” contact in your Phone app.

Contacts are organized into two sections in the Phone app: Favorites and Recents. If there’s somebody who’s constantly calling or texting you, then add them to your Favorites contacts.

To do this, open the Phone app and find that person in your Recents list. Tap on their name and then select “Create New Contact” from the prompt that appears.

Give them a nice photo and add their number to the contact information before saving it. This way, whenever they call or text you, they’ll be at the top of your list.

35. Search for contact information in the Phone app.

If you want to look up a specific phone number or email address in your Recents list, you can search for it from within the Phone app.

Start by tapping on one of your recent contacts to see how this is done. Now, tap on the “I button” and select “Search Contacts.” Here, you can search for specific information (e.g., a phone number).

36. Find your lost or stolen phone faster with iCloud.

If you ever lose your iPhone or it gets stolen, there’s a way to find it as quickly as possible. 

You need to activate both the “Find My iPhone” and “Send Last Location” features.

These two things track your lost device’s whereabouts and send the phone’s last known location to iCloud before it runs out of battery. 

To enable these settings, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and make sure “Find My iPhone” is turned on. 

You can also select the phone numbers of people who are allowed to activate your device if it’s ever lost or stolen.

37. Send out an SOS with just ONE button press.

If you’re in a dangerous situation where calling for help is necessary, there’s a way you can do so with just one button press.

Open the “General” section in Settings and select “Emergency SOS.” You can enable certain features (e.g., add emergency contacts) before setting up your emergency SOS alert.

If you hold down the sleep/wake button for three seconds, your phone will automatically call emergency services and send your GPS location to your specified contacts.

38. Stop apps from asking you to review them.

Unless there’s a new update for an app that you’re particularly interested in, it’ll be bugging you every time you open it to rate and review it on the App Store.

This can get quite annoying after a while, so you might as well turn it off. To do this, open the Settings app and go to “iTunes & App Store.” Once here, turn off the switch for “Request Review” under the “In-App Ratings & Reviews” section.

39. Easily access split-screen multitasking on your iPad.

If you have an iPad that supports multitasking, there’s a cool way to access split-screen mode.

Quickly swipe up from the bottom of your screen with two fingers, and voila! You’re now in split-screen multitasking mode. This is extremely easy to do, but it might not be compatible with all apps.

40. Go back to the previous app with just one tap.

When you switch between apps, they’re added to a bar that lives at the bottom of your screen.

However, this bar doesn’t have to remain there all the time. If you want to go back to the previous app you were using quickly, all you have to do is swipe up on the bar. Doing so will take you back to the last app you were using, no matter how recently or not so recently you were using it.

41. Automatically fill in forms with saved info.

Chances are, many places require you to fill in the same information repeatedly (e.g., work, home, shopping). To make this easier to deal with, you might want to use the “Autofill” feature.

This is particularly useful if there are certain things on your personal information page that you always fill out (e.g., an address, phone number). Head over to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Autofill to enable this feature.

42. Protect your privacy with Private Browsing.

Private Browsing automatically stops Safari from keeping track of what you do online so that it won’t affect your search history or other information. Open the Settings app and go to “Safari.” From there, just switch the Private Browsing slider to green.

43. Keep Safari alive for more than 30 seconds.

This neat trick lets you keep Safari open for longer than 30 seconds. Instead of tapping the screen, swipe the web page downwards and hold your finger there.

The page will bounce back up or take you back to the previous page. Either way, you’ll now be able to browse longer than before.

44. Make Siri smarter.

Last is a neat trick that makes it easier to use Siri. You can activate “Listen Mode” by double-tapping on your home button (but make sure you do this after saying, “Hey Siri”). This lets Siri know you’re about to say something, so it’ll start listening right away instead of waiting for the beep.

Iphone Tips and tricks FAQ.

1. How do I take a screenshot with my iPhone?

Press the home button and power button simultaneously to take a screenshot. You should hear a “snap” sound, and a preview of your screenshot will be displayed on the bottom left corner of your screen. To find this image, go to Photos > Camera Roll.

2. Is it possible to remotely shut down an iPhone from iCloud?

Yes, but only from another iOS device or any web browser authorized by that iPhone first. 

To remotely shut down an iPhone from iCloud: * Go to icloud.com/find * Log in using an Apple ID * Click All Devices at the top of the page * Click the device you want to shut down * Click Power Off at the bottom of the screen.

3. What do I need to use iOS 7’s new Health app?

You can’t do much with it until you fill out the information about yourself, such as your height, weight, and birthdate. You also must enter in a little more information about your current activity level or fitness goals before you can track anything. 

None of this info is sent anywhere unless you share it with certain apps. Finally, if you own a compatible device like an Apple Watch, it’ll automatically send your workout data overusing its sensors.

4. How many photos does my iPhone hold if I have the iCloud photo library turned on?

iCloud Photo Library stores all photos and videos on your phone and every photo and video you take up to their original resolutions. 

It also allows you to access your photos and videos on any device you’re signed in to your iCloud account, including iMovie for iPhone or iPad.

5. How do I delete my address book?

Launch the Settings app. Tap Mail, Contacts; Calendars; scroll down until you find an entry titled “Contacts” Disable both the “Contacts” switch and the “All contacts” slider. Now, select that duplicate “Contacts” title within the settings menu. Select “Remove All Contacts.”

6. What are some hidden features of Siri?

Siri has several functional hidden abilities that you might not know about. 

For example, if someone sends you a text message with a phone number, you can hold down the Home button and ask Siri to “Call that number.” You can also have it look up movie showtimes or start a FaceTime Audio call with someone in your address book. 

To receive more hidden features from Siri, go into the Assistant settings and give Siri a little extra information about yourself or your interests, such as favourite sports or what type of car you drive.

7. How does passcode lock work on my iPhone?

iOS 8 adds a new security feature called Activation Lock. When you enable this feature, it makes your Apple ID and password necessary for anyone who tries to turn off Find My iPhone, erase data on your device or reactivate it after being erased. 

If you lose your phone, no one can restore your device without Access to your Apple ID.

8. What is ListView in iPhone’s Mail app?

To see messages grouped by conversation (in reverse chronological order), simply tap the back of the phone icon next to “Subject.” This will collapse all messages into a list layout. 

You can also turn this feature on within the Mail app settings under Display > Organize By Threads.

9. How do I create folders on my home screen?

You’ll need to hold down an icon until it jiggles, then move it over the top to another icon and let go. You should then see all of their icons jiggle again; these are now movable if you want them to be put into a folder. 

Once all the icons are where you want them, just press down on one of the folders until it jiggles. Your folder will now have a new name that you can change to whatever you like.

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