IOS 15 Hidden Features That Will Change The Way You Use Your iPhone

Your iPhone is full of hidden features, and iOS 15 has them.

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Apple generally does a great job of showcasing its most popular features every time it drops a new iOS update. With iOS 15, the tech giant has talked about its Do not disturb replacement, as well as improvements and additions to FaceTime and Maps – but there are some hidden features he hasn’t talked about much, or even really mentioned.

And sometimes it’s these hidden features that really improve your experience more than some of the bigger and popular updates.

In this guide, we’ll go over several lesser-known features on iOS 15: including how to use your camera to scan live text, move the address bar in Safari to where it was, and drag- drop photos and other files between applications.

Read more: Everything we know about iOS 15.1 and the iOS 15.2 developer beta

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Use your iPhone’s camera to scan any text

Have you ever wished you could point your iPhone’s camera at a panel or piece of paper and automatically identify it, then copy the text to an email or document? With iOS 15, it’s possible and incredibly cool.

To use iPhone’s new “text scan” tool, long press inside a text field as if you were going to use the copy and paste prompt. Only you will now see a Scan text button. You may also see a button that uses only the scan icon, which looks like a piece of paper surrounded by brackets.


Apple has added a text scanner to the iPhone no matter what app you are using.

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Press the button that will replace your keyboard with your iPhone’s camera viewfinder. Point your camera at what you want to scan, then follow the onscreen instructions. For example, if you move the camera too quickly, you will see a “Slow Down” message flashing on the screen.

When you properly align the camera and text, you will see a live preview of the text identified by your iPhone and ready to be placed in your document. Press the Insert button when you’re ready.

It’s a neat and easy way to quickly scan an email address from a business card, a phone number on a sign, or as you can see in the screenshots above, to scan the spine of a book and insert it like a giant block of text. .


You don’t have to live with the address bar at the bottom of the screen in Safari.

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Move the Safari address bar to the top of your screen

Apple has made many changes to Safari for iPhone and iPad. One of the main changes that you will notice after installing the update on your iPhone is that the address bar with all of its features included has been moved to the bottom of the screen.

The idea is that by moving the address bar down it is easier to move around Safari and browse the web because all the buttons are closer to your thumb, but the change won’t be ideal. for everyone. And Apple gives you the choice in the matter by allowing you to replace the address bar at the top of the screen.


Weather alerts at the exact minute it starts raining or snowing? Come on, I’m listening to you.

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When using Safari on your iPhone, tap the Aa on the address bar (do not long press, a simple tap is enough). At the top of the menu that appears, you will see a new option titled Show top address bar. Tap on it to move the address bar up.

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Receive real-time rainfall alerts from the iPhone weather app

When Apple bought the popular Dark Sky weather appI immediately hoped that the official iPhone weather app would benefit from the real-time rain and snow alerts that I relied on to keep me dry. These Alerts debut in iOS 15, often arriving a few minutes before Dark Sky Alerts – which is fine with me.

Once you’re running iOS 15, you can turn on new rainfall alerts by opening the Weather app and then tapping the three-line icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Next, tap on the circle icon with the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen followed by Notifications.

Slide the switch next to My Position to the At position, then press Ended. If you’ve added other cities to the Weather app, you can turn on alerts for each of them.

The next time rain or snow comes near you, your iPhone will alert you a few minutes before it starts. You will also receive another alert when the rain is almost over.

Drag and drop between apps is coming to the iPhone

IPad has long allowed you to drag and drop documents, text, or images between apps. And now it’s the iPhone’s turn. If you switch back and forth between Messages and Photos to share photos from a recent party with friends, for example, you can now drag them from the Photos app to the Messages app.

To test the new feature, open the Photos app and view your recent photos. Don’t tap an image to open it full screen; instead, place a finger on the photo and start sliding your finger across the screen. Without lifting your finger when the thumbnail starts to float over the rest of the photos, return to the Messages app.

You will see a green circle with a plus sign appear on the thumbnail indicating that you can lift your finger and the photo will be placed in the text field, ready to send.

Pretty easy, right? You can use this same technique to attach a Files application document to an email.


You can view all kinds of information about your photos in iOS 15.

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More information is available on your photos

I always had to use a third-party app if I wanted to see the finer details stored in the EXIF ​​data on a photo I was sent or taken myself. Now, whenever you view a photo in the Photos app, you can drag it up to open an info view that will detail where you saved the photo from, as well as all the EXIF ​​information. Such as shutter speed, location, and camera used.

The added information is a welcome addition, even if you don’t care about all the finer details. At the very least, it’s enough to be able to see where you saved the photo from (including who sent it to you).


You can now adjust the text size per application.

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Change the size of text used in specific applications

Currently, you can change the font size system-wide to suit your preferences. But with iOS 15, there is a new tool that lets you change the font size on an app-by-app basis. This means for example that you can have the Mail and Twitter app in different font sizes.

To use the new feature, open the Settings application, then go to Control center and scroll until you find the option titled Text size by pressing the green plus sign.

The next time you’re in an app and want to adjust the text size, open Control Center (swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen on an iPhone with Face ID, or down from the bottom of the screen on an iPhone with Touch ID) and press the Text size button. Drag the button at the bottom of the screen on the left side of the toggle to indicate that you only want your changes applied to the app you’re currently using, then adjust the font size up or down. low.

If you haven’t got your hands on iOS 15 yet, here’s a simple guide you can follow to download the latest mobile operating system to your iPhone. You can also consult our iOS 15 reviews, which covers most of the major new features. And if you want to upgrade to iOS 15 but have a much older phone, read our review on the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Max.

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