30 Valuable Hidden iPhone Features [Part 1]

Using these ten hidden iPhone features will make your iPhone experience more productive and valuable. With these tips, you can:

  1. Improve your iPhone photos
  2. Block Ads on iPhone
  3. Close all tabs in Safari
  4. Restore recently closed Safari tabs
  5. Use Google Maps offline
  6. Magnify images with iPhone magnifier
  7. Prepare your iPhone for an emergency
  8. Make an iPhone emergency call
  9. Change iPhone notifications to a flashlight blink
  10. Launch the camera from the lock screen

Twenty more hidden iPhone features are coming soon.

Improve your iPhone photos

Are your photos, especially indoor ones, too dark, with too many shadows?

On your iPhone 12 or 13 Pro, you might have noticed the black dot near the camera array. It’s a LiDAR scanner. LiDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging. It emits infrared light to create a 3D image of its surroundings.

The immediate benefit of LiDAR is to improve the quality of your photo by improving focus accuracy for distances of up to 5 meters. The improvement is most noticeable in low light conditions when it is more difficult to focus for cameras without LIDAR.

Canvas: 3D LiDAR Measurements is another type of application that exploits the functionality of LiDAR scanner. This app can save you hours with a tape measure when renovating your home.

Expect the use of LiDAR to grow as application developers integrate more augmented reality (AR) features as described on this webpage.

Block Ads on iPhone

Are too many ads when playing games or using certain apps on your iPhone getting boring?

If so, here is an easy way to block mobile ads on your iPhone for free. Put your iPhone in airplane mode to temporarily turn off iPhone radios. Here are the steps:

  1. Swipe up on the Home screen to open Control Center.
  2. Tap Airplane mode.
  3. Launch your favorite game.

You can now play most of the games without the annoying ads.

Close all tabs in Safari

Tired of spending an entire evening closing old Safari tabs one by one?

Now that iOS lets you rack up an unlimited number of Safari tabs, it’s easy for your iPhone to get clogged with hundreds of web pages.

To remove all Safari tabs at once, just hold the Done button in the lower right corner and select Close All Tabs.

Restore recently closed Safari tabs

Did you accidentally close a browser tab or wanted to reopen a recently accessed one?
You can quickly restore tabs by:

  1. Press and hold the plus button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the closed tab you want to restore.

Use Google Maps offline

Have you been shocked at the amount of cellular data that Google Maps and its peers consume?

Most of us travel to the same region or know in advance when we plan to leave our home region. In these situations, creating and storing Google Maps offline can drastically reduce our cellular data usage when we travel.

Here’s how to create Google Maps offline:

  1. Make sure you’re connected to the internet and not in incognito mode.
  2. Since the goal of offline Google Maps is to minimize cellular data consumption, make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi.
  3. Launch Google Maps.
  4. Find a place, usually your hometown or the one you plan to visit.
  5. In the search result set, tap the name of the place.
  6. Tap More (the three dots at the top right).
  7. Tap Download offline map.
  8. Tap Download on the next screen.

Google Maps will use the offline map by default when you travel. Google Maps will start using cellular data if you leave the offline map area.

By simply typing “ok maps” in the map search box, Google Maps will suggest downloading an offline map within 2 kilometers of your current location.

To learn more about Google Maps offline, click here.

Magnify images with iPhone magnifier

Do you have trouble seeing text and images clearly?

First, activate the magnifying glass:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Turn on the magnifying glass.

Now press your home button three times in a row to turn your iPhone into a handy magnifying glass. Controls include a slider for zoom and a flashlight to illuminate the scene.

If other accessibility features are enabled, you will first see the Accessibility menu, select Magnifier.

Prepare your iPhone for an emergency

In an emergency, especially if you are incapacitated, someone near you can use your iPhone to find out more about you and call for help. This feature only works if you have already set up your medical credentials.

Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Health app and tap on the Summary tab.
  2. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner.
  3. Under your profile picture, tap Medical ID.
  4. Tap Edit in the top right corner.
  5. To make your medical ID available from your iPhone’s lock screen, turn on Show when locked.
  6. Enter information about your health such as date of birth, allergies and blood type.
  7. Tap Done.

In an emergency, this information will be available to those who want to help you. To share your medical ID with rescuers, turn on Share during an emergency call.

When you call or text emergency services on your iPhone, your medical credentials will automatically be shared with emergency services.

For more details on your iPhone’s medical identification capabilities, click here.

Make an iPhone emergency call

Do you need to call emergency services?

Here are the steps to follow to quickly communicate with the emergency services in your area:

  1. Quickly press the right or top side button on iPhone five times. The Emergency SOS cursor will appear.
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.

When the call ends, your iPhone will send your emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you cancel. If Location Services is turned off, it will turn it on temporarily to provide your location for the text.

For more details on your iPhone’s emergency capabilities, click here.

Change iPhone notifications to a flashlight blink

Are your iPhone notification sounds disrupting your FaceTime meetings and calls?

Configure your iPhone to flash with its flashlight when you receive a notification. Here are the steps:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Scroll down to tap Audio / Visual.
  4. Press LED Flash for alerts.

Launch the camera from the lock screen

Missing the handy little camera shortcut that was at the bottom of the lock screen?

Just swipe left to launch the Camera app and capture this amazing photo before it’s gone.

On iPhone models with FaceID, you can touch and hold the camera icon.


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