10 iPhone Hacks You Didn’t Know

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When the iPhone first came out in 2007, it changed the smartphone industry forever. Almost ten years later, the iPhone remains as one of the most advanced handsets in the business. If you’ve been a loyal iPhone user then you might think that you know more about this phone than average folks. But surprise, surprise! iPhone has a lot of hidden features and shortcuts just waiting to be discovered! Get the most out of your iPhone with these cool tricks:

Enhance Photos HDR

HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range, is a technology that allows you to take stunning photos. It works by taking two images and matching their best qualities together to create a single photo. The iPhone can take these dynamic photos but you’d have to set the camera to HDR manually. To do that, go to Options > HDR. Simple, right?  But the HDR will be turned off automatically every time you adjust the flash settings.

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Did you know that your iPhone works like a handy dictionary too? The Word Definitions work to define certain terms. To use it, just highlight a single word using the blue circles, then press and hold. Click “Define” and the definition along with pronunciation and part of speech will appear.

Using the Assistive Touch

The Assistive Touch feature is designed with disabled users in mind. This feature is made for seeing and hearing impaired individuals, allowing them to navigate the iPhone ease. You will find the Assistive Touch button on General > Accessibility. From here, you can access Siri, the home screen, and favorites.

LED Alerts

Did you know that the iPhone has its own LED alert just like a Blackberry? The iPhone’s flash will go off when the LED light notification is activated. To do that, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Activate “LED Flash for Alerts”.

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Faster Scrolling

When reading a web page via the iPhone, scrolling back up can be cumbersome especially if you are reading a long text. You can scroll back up much faster with just a tap. Just find the top tab bar, which is the section where you’ll see the signal strength and battery life icons. Click that area and your webpage will scroll back up much faster.

Quick Access When Locked

You can get your iPhone to do simple tasks even if it is locked. You can either access Siri or take photos without unlocking your phone. To access Siri, just press the home button twice. To take a photo, tap the camera icon at the bottom right then press.

Reveal Native Apps

Sometimes native apps are tucked away in an unused folder because they are not used as frequently as apps you downloaded yourself from the App Store. This works great if you want to organize your phone. But there are times when you need to reveal these hidden apps, such as letting the kids have their own iPhone.

Activating the Parental Control help reveal these apps. To do that, go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > Enter Your Password > Switch then toggle off to enable restrictions.

Using the iCloud Reading List

The iCloud Reading List allows users to save certain web pages or news articles for later viewing in a single iCloud account. For instance, if you are not done reading a certain web page on your MAC, you can continue reading on your iPhone as long as the computer and iPhone are connected to a single iCloud account. You can do this by going to Safari > Bookmarks icon > iCloud Tabs. From there, you will see a list of active tabs on the MAC that you can view using your iPhone.

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Keyboard Switching

When typing a number, you’d have to quickly switch the keyboard to numerical and then switch back to the normal keyboard in one go. This can be cumbersome for some users. If you don’t want to bother typing the numbers manually, just press and hold the number key. Then, slide to the number and lift your finger off. The number will be typed automatically before switching back to a normal keyboard.

Read Receipts

The iPhone’s Read Receipts allows you to check if a certain message has been read as well as the time and date the message was received. This works great if you have not heard back from someone you just messaged. This feature also lets the recipient of the message know that you’ve read their message. To activate the Read Receipt feature, go to Settings > Messages > and toggle “Send Read Receipts.”

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Tina Lee-Almazar | Tinaciouslee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer and editor based in the Philippines. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Centro Escolar University in Manila. She started out as a production associate at ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network in 2004 before transitioning to creative writing in 2006. Her years of experience as a writer resulted in having considerable knowledge in a variety of writing fields. When she’s not surrounding herself with pretty things or discussing herself in the third person, Tina watches funny cat videos all day.

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