7 Hidden iPhone Features You Wish You Know Before Now


No matter how long you’ve owned your smartphone, there is always more to learn about it. There are features you will never use and some you won’t know you need until you find them.

Have you ever heard a song you need to share with someone? Or maybe you are traveling and want to watch a movie together from one phone. Apple’s audio sharing feature allows you to share the listening experience between two sets of AirPods. Tap or click here to learn how.

Apple’s iPhone has undergone a lot of changes since its introduction in 2007. It’s not easy to keep track of everything you can do with this phone, but here are some tips to get you started.

1. Markup

Markup allows you to edit screenshots and photos, add signatures to PDFs or other documents, add text, and draw over images.

To draw on photos:

  • Open the photo and tap Edit, then the Markup button. (To note: You will find the Tagging button at the top right of your screen. It looks like a pencil inside a circle.)
  • Press the More button to add description, text, signature or magnifying glass to zoom.
  • Once you have made your selection, press Do, then touch Do again.

To sign a PDF and other documents:

  • Open the document and press Edit, then the Markup button.
  • Press the To add button to add Text or one Signature.
  • Faucet Do twice.

2. Check if a surface is level

Your iPhone can replace some items that you would typically find in a tool belt. The level function allows you to check whether an object is level, straight or flat:

  • Open the pre-installed Measure application.
  • Faucet Level, then hold your iPhone against an object, such as a photo frame.

3. Make eye contact in FaceTime

With all the conferencing and social video calls people have these days, it’s hard to still maintain eye contact. There is a trick to giving your eyes a break without appearing rude.

Eye Contact was introduced with iOS 14 to make it seem like you keep eye contact with people you’re talking to, even if you’re looking at another part of your screen. It works even when chatting with multiple people:

  • Go to Settings> FaceTime.
  • Slide the toggle next to Contact lenses to the right to activate it.

4. Flash notifications

Notifications can be used for everything from an upcoming appointment to an incoming text message. You will usually receive these alerts via vibrations and sounds when your phone is locked, but there is another way as well. You can set your iPhone’s LED flash to blink when receiving a notification while your phone is locked and muted.

  • Go to Settings> Accessibility > Audio / Visual.
  • Activate LED flash for alerts.
  • You can then activate Flash in silent mode if you want the LED to flash only when your iPhone is turned off.

5. Disable notifications for a conversation

Group messages can be fun, but constant text and comments can get to you. If you ended the conversation in a group message, you can exit without leaving the group:

  • Touch and hold a conversation in your list of messages.
  • Faucet Hide alerts.

6. Correct the pronunciation of Siri

Siri is a smart virtual assistant, but she can struggle to pronounce some names. From iOS 15, you can give it help:

  • Open Contacts and select the contact to which you want to add a phonetic pronunciation.
  • Faucet Edit, then add field.
  • Faucet Phonetics first, middle Where Last name.
  • Type a phonetic spelling for your contact’s name in the field Phonetic domain.
  • Faucet Do.

7. Cancel the entry with a shake

We all make mistakes when sending messages or entering text in notes or emails. You can highlight the incorrect text or hold down the Delete button, but there is an easier way. Just shake your phone!

Shaking your phone will display a Cancel entry window with the possibility of to cancel. Tap on it and your words will disappear. If you want to get them back, shake the phone again and select Redo the entry.

You may be familiar with live photos, but did you know that there are several options for this feature? Tap or click here for tips on getting the most out of your Live Photos.

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