We don’t often give much credit to some of the conveniences we enjoy using an iPhone. But this device has the potential to dramatically improve your productivity and quality of life, much more than an Android smartphone.
From protecting your privacy to keeping notifications remote, here are some of the handiest features you may or may not know about your iPhone.
7. Hide my email
Speaking of improving your quality of life, we bet keeping your personal email private and getting rid of spam would be a top priority. This can be tricky when your email has become your online ID, as it’s required to sign up for most online services, apps, and websites.
There are two main issues with this, the first being that you will most likely start getting a ton of spam, and the second being that there is always the possibility of your email being sold to third party advertisers. That’s where the Hide My Email feature comes in, as it allows you to keep your email address private and your inbox organized by randomly generating an address that you’ll use instead.
You can use Hide My Email with Sign in with Apple or iCloud+. The main difference between Hide My Email and Sign in with Apple is that the latter is free and only generates random email addresses on supported websites. You can view the generated email address, manage message forwarding, or stop using email by going to Settings > [Your Name] > Password & Security > Apps Using Apple ID.
On the other hand, the Hide My Email feature with iCloud+ allows you to generate as many email addresses as you need and can be used anywhere. It’s available in all iCloud+ plans and starts at $0.99 per month, with 50GB of cloud storage.
6. Face ID
Face ID is Apple’s facial recognition system that lets you unlock your device, make App Store purchases, enter passwords and more using just your face. It’s arguably the most convenient and consistent feature on your iPhone, and yes, it’s also the technology responsible for that massive notch on your screen. However, chances are you have already forgotten about the notch, as Face ID has become an indispensable part of your life.
Face ID works so well that you might actually forget it’s there until you mistakenly pick up your friend’s iPhone and realize it doesn’t work with your face. That’s how seamless and convenient this feature is, and you can enhance its performance and convenience by scanning alternate appearances with up to four pairs of glasses. You can also use Face ID with a mask by going to Settings > Face ID and password.
5. Guided Access
Let’s say you’re eating with a friend at a restaurant and he asks for your phone to make a call, but you don’t want him to access any other apps. Or you’re working on something and you don’t want to be distracted. Or maybe you want to avoid accidental gestures that can close the app you’re using.
Luckily, your iPhone has a built-in feature that caters to such scenarios. how convenient is it? This feature is called Guided Access and allows you to limit your device to a single app while allowing you to manage which features you want to access. Once you turn on Guided Access while using a specific app, you or someone else won’t be able to leave that app or access any features you turned off.
To use Guided Access, go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access, enable it and set a password. You can now start it by triple-clicking the Side button while using an application.
4. Press Back
With the Back Tap feature, your iPhone gives you access to a range of quick shortcuts at your fingertips. This function is located in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap and allows you to choose between Tap twice and Triple tap to assign different actions, such as taking a screenshot, opening the app switcher, or launching the control center.
This is handy if you want to quickly access specific features without going through multiple steps. Think of it as an extra custom button to help you get things done faster.
3. The ringer/silent switch
The Ring/Silent Switch is a handy hardware switch located on the left side of your iPhone, above the volume buttons. If you’re a first-time iPhone user, you could easily overlook this handy switch, as you might be used to using volume buttons or software controls to silence your phone.
This switch has two positions, Ring and Silent. Your iPhone will allow ringtones and alerts in the Ring position (when no orange line is visible). This is your iPhone’s default location and is useful when you want to be alerted to calls, messages, and notifications.
On the other hand, the Silence position (when an orange line is visible) will mute all ringtones and alerts, but allow media sounds when listening to music or videos. It’s a quick way to silence your iPhone without interacting with your screen when you’re in a meeting or at the movies.
2. Scheduled summary
Your phone’s notifications are a double-edged sword. They keep you up to date with what’s going on and make sure you don’t miss anything important. But they can also be a huge distraction if you’re trying to focus on something or want to enjoy some peace. The latter is especially true when you’ve logged into multiple apps that constantly send out notifications.
So how do you strike a balance? How do you make sure you get all your notifications without being distracted or overwhelmed?
Scheduled Digest gathers your non-urgent notifications and sends them to you at a specific time. This way you can choose when you want to be notified instead of getting notifications from different apps throughout the day. You can configure and use the schedule summary by accessing Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Digest.
1. iCloud Keychain
Since you probably use your iPhone to sign up for different accounts, apps, and services, it’s only natural to use it to store your passwords. After all, having all your passwords in one secure place is much more convenient than trying to memorize them all.
iCloud Keychain is a built-in feature on your iPhone that is linked to your iCloud account and helps you generate and keep track of your passwords. It can also store your credit card information and other sensitive data. You can enable it by going to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Keychain and pressing the toggle to activate it. To view saved passwords or add new entries, go to Settings > Passwords.
Convenient iPhone features give you a richer experience
So here is; seven iPhone features you may not be using, but definitely should be using. While some of these features are hidden in the Settings app, others are more visible but easily overlooked.
I hope this article helped you discover some useful new features that you can start using for a better experience with your favorite portable device.