11 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

May 10, 2018 | Cairy Holtby


You won't believe some of these cool tips and tricks for your iPhone or Android has to offer...


1. Emoji and email shortcuts

Did you know your iPhone lets you type out your emojis with shortcuts? Say you’ve created a shortcut named “hearts” for the heart emoji; this means every time you type in “hearts” in a message, the aforementioned emoji will immediately appear. How do you do it? Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.

This also works for other common texts, such as your phone number or email address. For instance, you can create a shortcut that will generate your full email address whenever you type in “@!” or “@mail.”

2. Snap pics and play songs using your headphones

One super-easy trick that many people still don’t know: once you’ve launched the iPhone camera app you can tap the Volume Up (+) button on your headphones to take a picture. It’s perfect for snapping selfies or pics from afar.

What’s more: when you’re listening to music, pressing the center button of your buds allows you to pause or play a song. Pressing this button twice lets you skip a song, and pressing it three times reverts to the previous tune in your playlist.

Bonus: press and hold the centre button to activate Siri.

3. Shake it out

Don’t like what you just typed? Just shake your iPhone to get rid of it. Once you do, you’ll have the option to Undo Typing. You can shake it once more to Redo Typing, in case you change your mind. This even works if you’ve accidentally archived or deleted an email. Simply shake your phone to Undo Archive or Undo Trash.

4. Nightlight

Research suggests that blue light emitted from a phone’s screen can potentially aggravate our vision at night and vex our sleep patterns. Luckily, iPhone provides a Night Shift option that masks the blue light with a gentler yellow light. You can activate this function by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift.

5. Quick charge your iPhone

Even if you’re not in the air, you should turn your device on Airplane Mode while it’s charging. Why? Because with all the data cut off, your iPhone will charge a lot faster. It comes in handy when you’re running low on juice and need a quick charge.

6. Up in the air

You don’t even need an app to check on a flight’s status. Simply go into Safari's address bar and type in the flight number. That’s it. Details of the flight should immediately pop up. And, if you tap on the results, you’ll be presented with a map of the plane’s route in real time.

7. To the right, to the right

Forget back buttons. From the edge of the screen, swipe to the right to go back to your previous page. It works in Mail, Messages, Safari and even on certain apps like Instagram.

8. Protect your private photos

We all have sensitive images that aren’t meant to be shared. No judgement! But in case your phone lands in the hands of kids, friends or strangers, it’s best to keep those private photos hidden and protected. To do so, go to the Notes app, create a new folder and then start a new note. Add your private pics to the note. Once you have all your photos in the note, hit the Share button and select LockNote. Proceed to set up a password to lock the note with your private images. Afterwards, be sure to delete the photos from your Camera roll and your Recently Deleted folder, so they’re no longer accessible on your phone – outside of your password-protected notes, of course. Click here to see a full tutorial on how it’s done.

9. Custom vibrations

Custom ringtones are fun, but if your iPhone is usually set to vibrate, you may get more out of setting up custom vibrations. To do this, select someone from your Contacts List and tap Edit, then tap Ringtones. Scroll down to Vibration. You can choose from stock vibrations like Heartbeat, Rapid and S.O.S or choose Create New Vibration to make your own pattern. 

10. Turn off Read Receipts

If you don’t want others to know when you’ve read their messages, simply disable Read Receipts. Go to your Settings, tap Messages and then turn off the Send Read Receipts function. It’s as easy as that.

11. Edit your screenshots right away

The new iOS 11 allows users to edit a screenshot right after it's taken. Once you’ve taken a screenshot (press and hold the Home and side buttons), it should appear as a thumbnail in the corner of your iPhone. Tap the thumbnail to open it immediately and proceed to edit and/or share.

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Also See: 10 Things You Didn't Know Your Android Could Do