Tech expert Elly Awesome has shared hidden iPhone features that Apple users don’t know about. And one of them could save your life.
There are countless useful features in Apple software that users are simply not aware of. And part of what I love to do is shine a light on useful, hidden iPhone features that you might be missing.
This time around, I’ve got some simple tips, right down to potentially life-saving features that I think everyone should be aware of!
Save battery life
Although it might seem like a no-brainer, I found out that some people had no idea that iPhones had a specific battery saving feature. This is called low power mode. If enabled, it will reduce screen brightness, turn off 5G, and temporarily reduce background activity on your phone, such as app refresh, until you have it fully charged. You can find this feature in the Settings app under “Battery” and there you can enable it. However, there is also a faster way to use it and that is by adding it to your control center. This is Apple’s handy Quick Menu that you can access by swiping down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen or, on older iPhones, by swiping up from the bottom edge of your iPhone. your screen. Note: To exit this menu, swipe up or press the home button.
To add a low power mode shortcut, go to Settings, Control Center and tap Customize Commands. Here you’ll see a list of shortcuts that are already accessible under ‘INCLUDE’ and below under ‘MORE CONTROLS’ you’ll find ‘Low Power Mode’. Scroll down and click the green plus icon to add it to your control center. Now, when you go to Control Center on your phone, you’ll find a battery icon that lets you turn Low Power Mode on or off to save some extra juice!
If you are often distracted by your phone, especially when you need to do something important, you should take note of this awesome hidden iPhone feature. Not so long ago, Apple added a feature called “Focus” to its iPhones, which aims to help you stay focused on your task or make sure you are not disturbed while you are working or sleeping. It’s a game changer.
Note: This feature is for iOS 15 on iPhone and iPad OS 15 and above.
To set this up, go to the Settings app, then search for “Focus”. In this menu, you will see options such as Do not disturb, Sleep, Personal, and Work. There’s also a plus button in the top right corner where you can create your own custom focus modes. If you toggle on “Share Across Devices”, the focus modes you customize will be available on all your devices signed in with your Apple ID.
OK, I’ll use Focus “Work” mode as an example. First, tap Work to set it up. Then you can choose which contacts are allowed to disturb you and which apps can send you notifications when this focus is on. Once created, you can also customize the look of your home screen and lock screen in this focus mode.
To customize your home screen in Focus, go to Settings, then Focus, tap the focus you want to customize and select Home screen from the options menu. Next, switch to custom pages and tap on the home screen pages you want to see in this focus. It will hide the ones you haven’t selected, which will help keep you from being distracted.
In your Focus settings, you can also add a schedule or automation. Tapping this setting will prompt you to add time-based automation, where focus mode automatically activates from 9am to 5pm. Or you can use location-based automation, and you can switch your iPhone to focus on work mode when you arrive at work (if you have location settings and your workplace location set up on your iPhone ).
Add vital information to your iPhone
So, you might have accidentally stumbled into the emergency phone call mode on an iPhone which is available to anyone even when the phone is locked. Well, I recently discovered that in this emergency call menu, you can also add your own personal information such as medical conditions and allergies, and your emergency contacts. How do we not all know? Imagine if someone were to find you in an emergency situation where you are alone, maybe even unconscious and in need of medical attention after an accident. This is a very useful feature for people from all walks of life.
First of all, to set up this feature called “Medical ID”, you need to find the “Health” app on your phone. Once inside the app, tap your profile picture in the top right of the screen. You should now see the words “Medical ID” and tap on it to access it. In this menu, you can click “Edit” in the upper right corner to add information such as your name, age, medical conditions, allergies, language you speak, and people’s names and phone numbers. you want in an emergency. contacts. There is also an option to disable this feature when your iPhone is locked, in case you need to consider your privacy with people who may have access to your phone on a day-to-day basis.
Once this is set up and allowed to be accessible when your iPhone is locked, all someone has to do to access it is wake up your phone.
If they fail to enter the phone, they will see the word Emergency at the bottom left of the screen.
Here a person can make an emergency phone call if needed (optional), but more importantly, in the bottom left corner there is text that reads Medical ID. Tap it and it takes anyone to the information you entered through the Health app.
This definitely has to be something all of us, including first responders, know about, so be sure to pass it on!