With each iOS update or release of new models, the functions of the iPhone keep growing. There are so many of them that it is almost impossible to know them all.
For example, did you know that you can take a screenshot just by pressing the back of your phone? Or that you can set up almost any action by tapping the back three times? You can even identify a song you’re listening to with just a tap of your finger. Tap or click here to find out how.
Want to become an iPhone expert? We can help. We’ve delved into every nook and cranny of iPhone to uncover 12 hidden features you’ll use over and over again.
1. iPhone measurement application
This is a real drag if you need to get the dimensions of something and have left your tape measure at home. But don’t worry, the iPhone comes with a built-in measurement app. Using augmented reality, it lets you measure anything your phone’s camera points to.
The Measure app uses augmented reality (AR) to turn your gadget into a tape measure. You can find the size of the objects, automatically detect the dimensions of rectangular objects and even save a photo of the measurement for later use.
How to take a measurement:
- Open the Measure app, then follow the onscreen instructions that ask you to move your device. This gives your device a frame of reference for the object you are measuring and the surface it is on. Keep moving your device until a circle with a dot in the center appears.
- Move your device so that the point is above the starting point of your measurement, then touch the Add button.
- Slowly move your device until the point is above the end point of your measurement, then touch the Add button again.
After taking a measurement, you can adjust the start and end points. Just touch and hold one of the dots and drag it to where you want it. The measurement changes as you move the point.
2. Fake eye contact for FaceTime calls
FaceTime Attention Correction sounds like a medical term, but it’s actually a handy setting. During long video calls with friends and family, your attention to the screen may decrease a bit. With this setting enabled, the iPhone will essentially mimic that you are looking directly at the camera.
So when your eyes start to drift to social media or mobile games, the iOS software will take over. The feature was first introduced with iOS 12 but has apparently disappeared with the next update. However, Apple included it as eye contact again in iOS 14. To note: Eye Contact is only available on iPhone XS and later models.
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To activate eye contact:
- Faucet Settings
- Scroll to FaceTime and press it
- Yes Contact lenses is available on your device, turn on the switch next to
3. A faster way to charge your iPhone
Battery drain can seriously slow down your day. Having a charger that takes forever to move the needle can be just as bad. Invest in a super-fast charging adapter like the Anker Nano and you’ll be back to full power in no time.
The Nano has an output power of 20W, making it one of the fastest chargers on the market. The main feature is the USB-C fast charger, which allows it to charge an iPhone to 50% of its battery in just 25 minutes.
4. Make it easier for your devices to see your eyes
Dark Mode is one of the best inventions that developers could offer users. From websites to operating systems, dark mode turns all white space into black. This reduces eye strain in low light conditions and can make things easier to read.
The iPhone is not only capable of dark mode, but it comes in two varieties. One option lets you enable dark mode across the entire operating system, while the other allows dark mode in specific apps.
To activate dark mode:
- Press on Settings.
- Scroll down and press Display and brightness.
- Under Appearance, you will see the options for Light Where Dark Fashion
- Selection Dark mode will change the entire operating system to dark.
To turn on dark mode automatically at sunset or at a specific time, go to Settings > Display and brightness and select Automatique. Then press Options to set a schedule for dark mode.
For specific applications, there is unfortunately no simple solution. You need to enable dark mode from each app. For Twitter, for example, tap the hamburger menu at the top left of the screen. Once it opens, press Settings and privacy > Display and sound. Here you can activate dark mode.
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5. Prevent new apps from appearing on the Home screen
By default, when a new app is downloaded, the shortcut will appear on your home screen if there is room for it. You might not want this to happen, and luckily there is a way to stop it.
- Open Settings
- Faucet Homepage
- Select the option you want – either Add to Home Screen Where Application library only
If you select App Library Only, the downloaded app shortcut will only be displayed there. You can also select whether notifications for app library downloads are displayed.
6. Smart Stack Widgets
The iOS 14 update brought the ability to create and edit a Smart Stack widget. It is a group of iOS functions or widgets stacked in a single widget window. By adding more widgets, you can scroll the stack, like a news feed. You can add items such as photos, world clocks, weather, reminders or notes.
To create a smart stack:
- Touch and long press the Homepage
- In the upper left corner, tap the + icon
- Faucet Smart battery
- Scroll design options
- Faucet Add Widget
- To note: To add more widgets to the stack, they must be the same size as your initial choice
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7. Quickly record a short video
Sometimes taking a photo is not enough, but before you find the video recording button on your device, the time is over. The Camera app has a handy shortcut that lets you take a short video clip without leaving the photo option.
- Open the camera app
- When to Photo mode, press and hold the shutter button
- It will take a video recording until you lift your finger
- The clip will automatically be saved to your Camera Roll
8. Mark contacts in group messages
Make sure to grab the attention of a specific person in group chats by tagging them. Also known as mentions, this feature was added in iOS 14 and is performed by:
- Open the messages application
- Select a group message
- When entering a message, include @ then the name of the person without a space in between
- This will tag that person in the message
There are still certain conditions. This will only work if everyone in the group chat is using an Apple device and the tagged person must already be in the group.
9. Add captions to photos and videos
Now that you know how to record video fast, it’s time to add captions to it. This is useful because it will give recipients more context for the video or photos.
To add captions to photos and videos:
- Open your film
- Tap the photo or video you want to add a caption to
- Swipe up from the middle of the screen
- A ‘Add caption‘should appear under the photo or video
- Add your caption and press Ended
10. Improved recording for voice memos
Unreadable handwriting has been eliminated with the Notes app, but voice recordings can still suffer from poor quality or background interference. Fortunately, you can improve the recording quality so that voice memos are clear when playing.
- Open the Voice memos application
- Tap the recording you want to improve
- In the lower left corner, tap the three points
- Faucet Edit recording
- Under the date and time, tap the magic wand icon
- If you are happy with the improvements, tap Ended
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11. Hide hidden folder
Simply hiding a photo or video from prying eyes may not be enough. Sometimes you need to take extra care by hiding the hidden folder where all the hidden items are kept.
To do this:
- Open Settings
- Scroll down and press Pictures
- Look for the Hidden album option and slide the toggle to the left
When disabled, it will prevent the hidden album from being visible in the Utilities options of your Camera Roll.
This cool feature can help those who have difficulty pressing side buttons or screen gestures. It provides a separate button on the home screen and can replace things like swipes down to open Control Center or Spotlight.
To activate AssistiveTouch:
- Open the Settings application
- Faucet Accessibility > To touch
- Faucet Support contact
- Slide the toggle next to AssistiveTouch to the right to activate it
If you’re having trouble getting to the top of the screen, you can also enable Accessibility. It is directly under the Support contact option. When enabled, swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen to bring the top within reach.