If you are using an iPhone, then you probably already know about the most commonly used features such as AirDrop, 3D Touch etc. However, there are certain features that you may not be aware of. In this article, we’ve picked 10 such features for you:
- One Hand Keyboard: This is a great feature for iOS users when you don’t want to (or can’t) use both hands to send a text. Once set up, you’ll notice that your keyboard has shifted over to one side of the screen, making it easier to type on with one hand. If you are using the latest iOS version 15, then you can easily turn on this feature by going to the setting of the app. And you can use the keyboard with one hand. Go to settings > General > Keyboards > One Hand Keyboard > On/Off
- Use Volume Keys To Capture Photos: When using the Camera app, having to tap the shutter icon on the screen can often cause camera shake or a lack of focus. Instead, you can simply press either of the volume buttons to capture an image. This allows you to hold the phone horizontally, giving much more stability while taking a picture. You can also use the volume keys on your headphone to capture images.
- Automatically Close Browser Tabs: Tired of closing safari browser tabs manually and want to close it automatically, which may also result in a web browser running more efficiently? Start the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap Safari > Tap Close Tabs > You can set it to close your tabs after one day, one week, one month, or select manual mode.
- Remove Incorrect Digits Entered With a Swipe: Sometimes we make mistake while typing a number in the Calculator app, then press “C” button to clear the whole number and then retype it. But we can simply delete the incorrect digits just by swiping right or left on the black area at the top of the app where the number appears.
- Take Photos While You Are Recording A Video: Did you know that you can take photos while recording a video without switching camera modes? Try this out by going to the video mode of the camera app and start recording. As you are recording the video, you will notice a white button on the corner. Every time you press that button, a photo will be taken as you record the video.
- Shake To Undo: This is also a very useful feature. If you accidentally type any wrong word or erase a written word, then you can easily shake your phone and undo it. To enable this feature Go to Setting > Accessibility > Touch > Shake to Undo and turn on the feature.
- Customize Your Safari Settings on iPhone: Some web pages look great with default settings, others don’t. You can change your Safari layout, customize your start page, change the text size on websites, and privacy settings. Simply click on the AA font icon in the address bar when visiting a site. You can set the font size, but also click on Website Settings to specify if you want to always see the desktop version
- Screen Recording: Just as you can take a screengrab, you can also take a recording of actions on the screen, to share with others or use in documents. To enable this feature, tap on Settings > Control Center and make sure Screen Recording is listed under Included Controls (if not, tap the green plus button down below). A screen-record button will then appear in your Control Center. While recording, you may notice that it’s also recording audio around you. That’s so you can make a voice over. If you’ll be adding voice later, or don’t need the voice over, long-press on the button in Control Center. Down below, you’ll see either Microphone Off or Microphone On—set your preference.
- Limit iPhone Usage With Screen Time: Excess use of mobile phone may cause headaches, decreased attention, shortness of temper, sleep disorders, depression, and even blurred vision. If you want to reduce time spent on social media, scanning headlines, or online shopping, iOS has a new setting called Screen Time that can help. With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports showing how much time you spend on your iPhone. You can also set limits for what you want to manage. The feature lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites, and more. You can make more informed decisions about how you use your devices, and set limits if you’d like to. Here’s how to enable Screen Time: Tap the Settings App > Tap Screen Time > Tap App Limits > Tap Add Limit > Tap a Category > Tap Add > Select the Time > Tap Add.
- Secure your phone with alphanumeric passcode: Our phones contain a lot of sensitive data, thus it is important to secure the phone with a passcode. The combination of letters, numbers, and length will take your iPhone security to the next level. In addition to setting up Face ID or Touch ID, Passcode helps keep your iPhone safe from prying eyes. If you’re looking for the best security code possible, an alphanumeric code is your best bet. Tap on Settings App > tap on Face ID/ Touch ID & Passcode > Enter passcode > Tap on Change Passcode > once again enter your current passcode > Select Passcode Options > Tap on Custom Alphanumeric Code & set your password.
Apple prides itself on setting a high standard for user privacy and data security. It’s true that iPhones are more difficult to hack than other handheld computers, but updating your iOS to the latest software is the best way to make sure your devices are protected from hackers.
Hope these tips help you make the most of your iPhone!