10 Great iPhone Features You Should Be Using

There’s a lot to love about the iPhone, and it can be overwhelming at times. Apple’s smartphone includes thousands of convenient features hidden in places you may never discover unless someone tells you about them. With that in mind, we’ve picked out ten great features that every iPhone owner should use, whether they’re newbies or veterans.

Silence unknown callers

Flip the switch next "Silence unknown callers" at "On."

If you’re tired of being interrupted by phone calls from unknown numbers or spammers, you can silence them completely. Open Settings, tap “Phone”, then scroll down and toggle the “Silence unknown callers” switch to the on position. When enabled, all calls from numbers not in your contact list will go straight to voicemail without ringing. You will still see silent notifications for calls if your iPhone is unlocked.

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Customize your control center

Control Center on an iPhone.
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Control Center gives you quick access to media playback controls, system volume, Wi-Fi settings, your screen brightness, and more. (To see it, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen on phones with Face ID, and swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen on iPhones with home buttons.)

Control Center also includes a customizable list of shortcut buttons that you can modify to suit your needs. To customize Control Center, open Settings and tap “Control Center”. There, you can add or remove Control Center shortcuts to features like flashlight, timer, calculator, low power mode, Apple TV remote, and more. It’s very useful !

Find peace with “Do Not Disturb”

In Settings, tap "To concentrate."

Do not disturb mode (part of a feature called “Focus”) is a great way to silence all your notifications when you don’t want to be disturbed. You can schedule it to turn on and off automatically, or just turn it on manually in Settings > Focus or when using Control Center (tap the crescent moon icon). When enabled, your iPhone won’t ring or vibrate with calls, and you won’t hear notification alerts. You can quickly disable it at any time using the Control Center.

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Share photos and videos with AirDrop

The Air Drop "Decline" Where "Accept" menu that appears.

AirDrop lets you easily share photos, videos, and other files from your iPhone with other nearby Apple device owners. It works locally via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and you can find the AirDrop option in the share menu.

To use it, open the Share Sheet in almost any app (tap the square with the arrow sticking out of it), then select the AirDrop icon, which looks like a bunch of concentric circles with a corner cut out. Then choose who you want to share with and your files will be transmitted wirelessly to the other device. AirDrop needs to be enabled and set up correctly on both devices, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why copying files between devices hasn’t always been so easy.

Activate low power mode

If you find yourself running out of battery before the end of the day, you can extend your battery life by enabling low power mode. When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone disables background tasks, reduces screen brightness, and your iPhone screen dims faster when idle. To turn it on, open Settings, tap “Battery,” then toggle the “Low Power Mode” switch to the on position. You can also add a Control Center shortcut that will allow you to quickly switch to low power mode with a simple swipe and tap.

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Get to know Siri

Siri is your personal assistant on Apple devices, and if you’ve never experienced it before, you might be surprised at how handy it can be. To use Siri, press and hold the Side button (on iPhones with Face ID) or the Home button (on iPhones with Touch ID) and say what you need out loud. Or you can set Siri to activate by simply saying “Hey Siri” at any time.

Siri can do things like send messages, play music, make calls, set alarms or reminders, trigger shortcuts, and more. You can also ask Siri questions and get answers on many topics. And you can customize the pitch and accent of Siri’s voice in the settings.

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Take a screenshot

If you want to capture an image of exactly what you see on your iPhone screen, you can easily take a screenshot. Once taken, you can view and share the screenshot like any other image stored on your device.

How you take a screenshot depends on the type of iPhone you have. On iPhones with home buttons, press the home and sleep buttons simultaneously. If your iPhone has Face ID, press the side button and the volume up buttons simultaneously. Your iPhone will capture an image and save it to your Photos library for later viewing.

Use Family Sharing to share purchases

If your family uses Apple devices, you can take advantage of Family Sharing to share app, music, and movie purchases with your family. This means that your family members will no longer need to purchase these items. Each member must have an Apple device and Apple ID, and you must all belong to the same family group. To set it up, open Settings and go to Apple ID > Family Sharing, then follow the instructions. Once set up, everyone in your family will have access to shared content in the App Store and through other apps that support Family Sharing.

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Pay without a card with Apple Pay

Apple Pay.

If you left home and forgot your credit or debit cards at home, you can easily buy things using Apple Pay on your iPhone. You can also use Apple Pay on support websites. To set up Apple Pay, open the Wallet app and tap the plus (“+”) sign in the corner to add a credit or debit card, which you’ll need to have on hand. Once you’ve added a card, you can use Apple Pay in person by tapping your iPhone against an NFC payment terminal in a store, then confirming with Touch ID or Face ID.

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Turn off notifications easily

Swipe left on the notification itself in iOS

One of the most annoying things about owning an iPhone is the amount of notifications you can get from all sorts of apps if you allow them. They seem innocuous at first, but with hundreds of apps, you can end up being bothered at any time of the day.

You can manage which apps send notifications in Settings > Notifications, but there’s also an easy way to turn them off on Notification Center or the lock screen the moment they appear. To do this, swipe left on a notification and select “Options”, then select “Disable” from the menu that appears. Peace at last! Have fun with your iPhone.

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