10 hidden iPhone features that will make you more productive

With the iPhone, Apple created an operating system with different layers. On the surface, it is quite simple to use. But take a look around and you’ll discover a whole new world of useful features that will help boost your productivity.

But, rather than spending hours snooping around the nooks and crannies of iOS to figure out the best settings to use, we’re going to show you everything you need to know here.


1. Configure a focus mode

Your iPhone has a Focus feature, similar to Do Not Disturb. You can configure it not to be disturbed by notifications while you work or study.

You can create different focus modes for your whole day. You can even program and automate different focus modes so your iPhone knows when you don’t want to be disturbed.

Here’s how to set up a Focus mode on iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select To concentrate.
  3. Press the plus (+) button in the upper right corner of your screen.
  4. Select the Focus mode you want to create.
  5. If you choose to create a custom focus mode, enter the name you want to use, then choose the color and icon you want.
  6. Choose the people you want to receive notifications from. Then press Allow. If you don’t want any notifications, tap Allow None.
  7. Select apps allowed for notifications and tap Allow. If you don’t want to receive any app notifications, tap Only allow sensitive delays Where Allow None.
  8. Finally, touch Do.

And that’s all. You have successfully created your own Focus mode. If you want, you can also try your iPhone’s default sleep or work focus modes.

To activate your Focus mode, open the Control center on your iPhone, tap To concentrateand select the desired focus mode.

2. Use your iPhone’s Downtime feature

iPhone’s Downtime feature is perfect for blocking out distractions that affect your focus and productivity. Only the apps and communications you choose will be available when you use Downtime. You can even create schedules for your iPhone to automatically activate downtime when you know it’s time to get to work. Here’s how to enable this feature:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Faucet screen time.
  3. Scroll down and tap Break time.
  4. Select Enable downtime until tomorrow.

You can also switch Program enabled to customize when you want downtime to be active. You will also need to create application and communication boundaries. Do not worry; just keep reading to find out how.

3. Set time limits for your most used apps

There’s no doubt that many of us spend more time on apps and games than we should. Watching videos on TikTok can be fun, but it’s also time-consuming. Luckily, your iPhone lets you set time limits for all the apps you use, so you don’t waste time when you need to get work done.

To set time limits for any app, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select screen time.
  3. Faucet Application limits.
  4. Faucet Add limit.
  5. Choose the category you want.
  6. Select the desired app or game. You can also tap the category again to select all games or apps.
  7. Faucet Next.
  8. Choose the time frame you want. You can also type Customize the days to choose if you want a longer delay for a specific day.
  9. When you’re done, press To add.

You can do this with all the other apps and games you want. When you set an app limit, apps will be restricted on all your Apple devices that use the same Apple ID account.

4. Set communication boundaries

Just like you can limit the time you spend using an app, you can also set communication limits so you don’t get distracted when you need to focus. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Faucet screen time.
  3. Select Communication limits.
  4. Picking out During screen time then select between contacts only, Contacts and groups with at least one contactWhere Everybody.
  5. Picking out During downtime then select between Specific contacts Where Everybody. If you touch Specific contactschoose the desired contacts.

The Communication Limits feature will apply to Phone, FaceTime, Messages, and iCloud contacts.

5. Disable App Notifications

If using a Focus mode isn’t enough, you can tackle your apps one by one and disable notifications altogether. This will ensure that you will never be distracted by an unnecessary app or game. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select the desired app.
  3. Faucet Notice.
  4. To toggle Allow notifications stopped.

If you think that’s a little too hard, you can always turn notifications back on by following the same steps. You can also add the notifications to a scheduled summary.

6. Create a notification summary

If you want to receive notifications at specific times of the day, you should try setting up and using the notification digest on your iPhone.

With a scheduled digest, you’ll see a digest of all your notifications in the times you choose. Here’s how to enable this feature:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Notice.
  3. Faucet Summary programmed.
  4. To toggle Summary programmed on.
  5. Below Programfaucet Add summary to create your own schedule.

If you scroll down, you can select the apps you want from your summary. Keep in mind that your iPhone will always notify urgent notifications immediately.

7. Quickly switch between your Apple devices with Handoff

You can quickly switch between your iPhone, iPad and Mac with Handoff. This feature will allow you to use the same app on different Apple devices without losing your progress. So, for example, if you’re browsing the web on your iPhone but want to view that website on your Mac, Handoff will let you open Safari on Mac with the same webpage open.

To use Handoff, you must ensure that this feature is enabled on your Apple devices.

How to Enable Handoff on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Select AirPlay and transfer.
  4. Round Delivery on.

How to Enable Handoff on Mac

  1. Click it apple menu in the upper left corner.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Click on General.
  4. Click on Allow transfer between this Mac and your iCloud devices.

All of your Apple devices will need to use the same Apple ID, and you’ll also need to turn on your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Once you have everything covered, you can use Handoff on your iPhone by going to App Switcher. If you have an iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and if you have an iPhone with Touch ID, double-tap the Home button.

You should see a little message at the bottom of your screen that says the name of the app and where it came from. Tap on it and you will be redirected to the same app.

For iPad and Mac, you should see the Transfer app right in the Dock.

8. Use Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard lets you copy something (text or photo) from your iPhone and paste it directly to your Mac or iPad (and vice-versa). The shared clipboard is two minutes long, so it doesn’t mess with your local clipboard.

To use this feature, you must first turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone and other Apple device. Next, make sure you are using the same Apple ID on both devices and enable Handoff as we showed you earlier.

Then just copy the text from one device and paste it on another.

9. Use Safari Extensions

Since iOS 15, Apple has finally brought Safari extensions to the iPhone. Just like on a Mac, you can take advantage of Safari extensions on your iPhone to maximize productivity.

First you need to search for an app with an extension on the app store. Then you will need to go to Settings > Safari > Extensions then toggle any extensions you want to use.

There are many awesome Safari extensions to download on your iPhone right now, but if you want to access all available extensions, you can tap More extensions.

10. Siri’s Hidden Productivity Prowess

Although you’ve used Siri many times, you may not have used it to maximize your productivity. Siri can help you add things to your Reminders app, send emails, and even read your messages. Sky is the limit.

Siri also works with third-party apps. You can start by trying simple Siri commands on your Mac or iPhone. It might take some getting used to, but Siri can quickly boost your productivity.

Let your iPhone do the rest

Your iPhone has amazing built-in features that will help you control how you spend your time. If you’re having trouble concentrating at work, these productivity tips will help you get the most out of your iPhone, build better habits, and increase your productivity.

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