iPhone Tips

If you have been using an iPhone for a while, you probably know most of the basic tips that help you get the most out of it, but there are several features that are underused and underrated that you may not know about.

Here are some iPhone tips that you will be glad to try:

1. Disallow certain apps from using your cellular data

If you have a daily data limit, you may notice that you run out of it pretty quickly. This is because video streaming apps like YouTube need more data compared to a messaging app like Whatsapp.

You can disable data usage on the apps that take up the most data. You can also find out which ones consume more data in your settings.

2. Transfer files from your MacBook

Transferring files from your MacBook to an iPhone should not be an issue. For example, if you have photos you want to relocate, you can connect the smartphone to the laptop via a USB cable and transfer images using the photos app. For MP3, Mac Music is usually the go-to option.

According to setapp.com, cloud storage is also a good choice, especially when you have an iCloud account that allows you to create a mini-ecosystem and connect different Apple devices.

3. Switch directions for a Panorama

The default direction to take a panoramic picture on the iPhone is left to right, but you can switch this up in the camera settings.

4. Change the default automated texts

When you get a call, and you can’t take it at the time, you can use the Message option to shoot a text. This usually consists of 3 defaults: “Sorry I can’t talk right now” or “I’m on my way,” and “Can I call you later?”

You can change these default texts to anything you prefer in the Settings. Go to Phone and find Respond with Text to add your preferred message templates.

5. Fix a slow phone by clearing app memory

If you feel like your phone has slowed down, you can change this by clearing your app memory. Hold the ‘Sleep button’ and wait for “Slide to power off” to appear. Now, just hold the Home button and wait for your iPhone to launch the home screen. This clears the smartphone’s memory.

Another thing to note about this point is that you should also update applications so that they are more optimized and compatible with the device.

6. Close all tabs at once

If you browse on your phone a lot, you may notice that you have several tabs open that you no longer need. You can close all of them at once instead of closing them one by one. At the bottom right of the screen, you will find a tabs symbol.

A long press will reveal three options – close all X tabs (X being the number of tabs you have open), close this tab, and open a new tab. Your phone will ask you to confirm this action, and once you do, all your tabs will be closed instantly.

7. Have Siri read highlighted text out loud

You can use Siri to read text that has been highlighted on the screen. To do so, go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Speech and turn on Speak Selection. Once you do this, you will be able to have content read out to you.

8. Use iPhone’s native editing for photos

You don’t necessarily need a different app to edit your photos on an iPhone. You can do it through the photos app. There are plenty of settings to crop, resize, flip, and reposition the image, as well as filters and changing the saturation, brightness, tint, and other features you can try. You can also use the Markup feature that allows you to add text to your photos eliminating the need to use an app to add quotes.

If you do not like the end result, you can always revert the image to the original picture and try again.

9. Find a specific term on a website

On a laptop, you can easily use Command + F to find a word or a phrase, but it isn’t straightforward on an iPhone. But there is a way around this. Once you load a page, go to the address bar where the URL is and type the word you want to find. You will see an option that says ‘On this page’ – X matches (X being the number of times that word(s) shows up).

This is a nifty feature if you are trying to find some specific information on a very long page.

10. Make your phone light up when you get alerts

This is a feature built for the hearing impaired but can be used by anyone that needs it. For instance, if you want to keep your phone on silent while working and still be notified when an important call comes through. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility. There is a ‘Hearing’ section here. You will find the option to enable ‘LED Flash for Alerts’ when the phone is on silent.

To Sum Up

There are plenty of hidden features that you may stumble on that will make you appreciate how user-friendly the iPhone is and how you can leverage it to have a better experience. Finally, keep an eye on the most recent iPhone news and find out what new features you can expect in the future.


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