Every year, Apple introduces dozens of new iPhone features that more often than not go unnoticed. While Apple naturally highlights a few of these features during its WWDC and iPhone unveiling events, I’ve always wondered why Apple didn’t have a web page listing some amazing iPhone features that, for some reason, are largely ignored. For example, the ability to record videos on your iPhone with music from Spotify or Apple Music continuing to play in the background surprised most iPhone users until a video about it became viral on TikTok a few months ago.
That said, Apple is hopefully making a comeback. At this point, Apple posted a video on YouTube last week that highlights 10 useful tips for the iPhone. Hopefully we will see similar content from Apple in the future. In the meantime, there’s an ongoing thread on Reddit where users detail their favorite iPhone features that aren’t widely known. It’s a nice and informative reservoir of information and we’ve highlighted a few of the best below.
A list of awesome iPhone tips and lesser-known features
It can be controversial to start with AirDrop given that it has been around for a long time, but I am constantly shocked by the number of people who are totally unaware that this feature exists. Especially now that most people rely on wireless data transfer, knowing Airdrop is essential. In a nutshell, AirDrop makes it easy to send documents, photos, and videos wirelessly to nearby iPhone users with blazingly fast transfer speeds. Apple has a handy support document on how to use AirDrop on the iPhone here.
Instantly scroll to the top of any website or app
If you’ve been browsing a website and want to instantly return to the top of the page, there is a solution. Just tap the top of the screen where the bottom of the notch begins. Note that this iPhone feature also works in apps. Suppose, for example, that you have a photo library of 13,000 photos. You can quickly jump back to the start of your photo library with the same trick.
And speaking of my point above about Apple not providing this kind of information itself, one user writes:
This is my biggest complaint about iPhones, a lot of useful or basic things you would want to do are hidden / counterintuitive and you can spend years struggling with something because you didn’t know there was anything. a hidden way to do it.
This feature has been delayed but was recently released in an iOS 15 update. SharePlay makes it easy for users to watch and enjoy media content together. A great aspect of SharePlay is that it also allows users to share their screens with other iOS users. This will certainly facilitate the management of technical assistance calls from family members.
Remove a digit from the calculator
This is a handy iPhone feature for all calculator nerds. If you accidentally enter a wrong number in the Calculator app, just drag the number field left or right and the number will disappear.
High resale value
While not an iPhone feature in the typical sense, one user mentioned the high resale value that often comes with iPhones. Put simply, used iPhones retain much more of their retail value than competing devices from Google and Samsung. This makes it easier to upgrade, as you can still trade in your existing device for a large sum of money.
Sure, there are competing mobile payment systems out there, but none are as easy to use as Apple Pay. While high-end Android devices arguably perform as well as iPhones these days, Apple Pay remains the most efficient cardless payment solution on the market. Even when Apple made the switch from Touch ID to Face ID, Apple ensured that the payment process remained incredibly easy and efficient. And of course, using Apple Pay on the Apple Watch is product and software integration at its best.
Share your WiFi password with friends
This is a great feature of the iPhone that you should know about. If you want to share your Wi-Fi network password with your friends or family, select your Wi-Fi network and tap the “Share password” option. Note that for this feature to work, both WiFi and Bluetooth must be enabled for both devices. Additionally, you need to be signed in to iCloud and, as Apple notes, “make sure the email address you use for your Apple ID is saved in the other person’s Contacts.”
Pin a text conversation for quick and easy access
To pin a text conversation to the top of the Messages app, just find the conversation you want to keep handy. Then long press on the person’s name and you will see an option to pin them at the top.
Redditors have raised this question many times, so it’s clear that Android is behind some bloatware-related PTSD.
One user writes about this iPhone feature:
Lack of annoying bloatware. No I don’t need 2 text messaging apps, no I don’t want to review my damn calculator app / Notes app on the store to try and boost its success for the business. If Samsung treated its Android versions more like iOS, it would lose significantly fewer buyers to iOS IMO.
On a related note, I remember once looking at my friend’s Android and asking him why he had a Nascar app and his operator’s portal app on the home screen. He said he came with the phone and didn’t know how to remove it.
Find lost devices even when they are turned off
With iOS 15, it is now possible to locate a lost or stolen iPhone even when it is turned off. To make sure this is on, go to Settings, then tap your name at the top of the screen. Then go to Find My> Find My iPhone. From there, make sure the Find My Network toggle is turned on.