12 iPhone features you’re not using and should definitely be using




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We were impressed when Apple launched the iPhone 12 family, and we particularly liked the spectacular cameras and modern design.

And there are so many things these smartphones can do that you may have overlooked, whether it’s a preloaded app you’ve tossed aside or an easy way to create a PDF. That’s why we’ve researched and found great tips and tricks that make us more productive with our iPhone. And best of all, there’s no additional cost because your iPhone can do it right out of the box.

Although this is a known feature, it’s fair to say that “Shake to Undo” is sometimes overlooked. Truth be told, it’s an easy way to go back and undo the text. But now you can also tap with three fingers to “undo” or “redo” in a text field. This is handy for messages, entering a URL, and even with emails.

Send an entire webpage to PDF

Yes, you can take a screenshot on an iPhone (just click the power button and volume up at the same time on models with Face ID, and the power button and home for older models). But you can also tap “Full Page” to have iOS capture the entire webpage. It’s a great way to share news articles, your favorite list, or even a recipe. From there, you can save it to your iPhone or share it in an email or message.

Measure almost anything with this built-in app

Apple first introduced the Measure app with iOS 12, and while it’s a perfect demonstration of augmented reality, it can actually be useful. Essentially, through the combination of the cameras on your iPhone and intelligent software, it measures distances. You can mark these with different start and stop points, while also being able to easily change the standard you use to measure.

Easily access nearby Wi-Fi networks

In the control center, you can easily turn Wi-Fi on or off, but you can also switch between different networks. Swipe down from the top left corner, long press on the square with the connections, then long press again on the Wi-Fi symbol. It will then show the network you are currently connected to, then show a list of other networks to your reach. You can switch on the fly to a known network or join a new one. Additionally, it also works for Bluetooth connections.

Hold down the screen to turn your finger into a cursor

There’s nothing worse than writing a long email and having to click so carefully to change a double space or correct a sentence structure. But holding down your keyboard will turn it into a mouse cursor, letting you quickly get to the spot you need to fix. It’s super useful for those quick changes.

Erase numbers in the calculator with a simple swipe

Although the calculator is quite basic, it is a handy application. But did you know that hitting Clear (aka the “C” button) isn’t the only way to start fresh? You can swipe an individual number to delete it. It’s super convenient, especially if you add an extra digit. Simply swipe left or right on a number to delete it.

Messages got a number of new features in iOS 14, but our favorite trick is pinning conversations. You no longer have to scroll through endless rows of convos to find your most used, instead you can pin it to the top. Simply swipe from left to right on a conversation and you’ll see a yellow pin icon appear. This contact will pop up in a circle and you can rearrange it however you want.

Back Tap might be the best kept secret on the iPhone. Originally designed as an accessibility feature to easily trigger a task or action, it’s open to everyone and can be overloaded. Essentially, an iPhone can tap two fingers or tap its back three times thanks to the haptic sensor. In the settings, you can set a double tap to open messages or to return home. While a triple tap can trigger a specific app to open or even lock your phone. It’s super convenient. This is found under Settings > Accessibility > Back Tap.

The Clock app’s Bedtime feature lets you set a bedtime and will send you a friendly reminder. You can set when it should send (usually 30 or 45 minutes before) and it can even engage Do Not Disturb to encourage less phone use before bedtime.

Apple adds a plethora of new emojis to iOS in updates throughout the year and we all have our favorites. For us, it must be the upside-down smiley face and the lightning bolt. But did you know that you can search for an emoji directly on the keyboard? It’s super handy for finding the right emoji when words just aren’t enough.

Looking to take your photos to the next level? Shooting in ProRaw on the iPhone 12 mini, 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max brings together additional information that you can take advantage of in photo editing apps. Think Photoshop or Pixelmator. This ultimately gives you better control over an image – but be aware that these files take up a bit more space.

Now more than ever, we use FaceTime to stay connected. Have you ever noticed the white circular trigger? Well, it’s an easy way to take a photo during the call – and you can even set it as your Live Photo. It’s an easy way to capture a memory during a call.

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