As of 2020, there were over a billion active Apple iPhones worldwide. In the last quarter of 2020 alone, Apple’s iPhones sales reached a whopping $65 billion.
All that proves how popular iPhones have become, not just in North America but around the world, too. After all, they’re nifty and have loads of tricks up their sleeves.
So, if you plan a buying an iPhone or you’re a new Apple smartphone user, it’s time you learn how to make the most out of it. This guide rounds up the best iPhone tips and tricks you ought to give a try, so be sure to keep reading!
- Send iMessages with Effects
Want to greet someone Happy Birthday through iMessage? Why not send them a flurry of digital balloons through SMS, too? Your iPhone’s Messages app can do both for you, thanks to its special effects tool.
So long as your message’s recipient is using an iPhone, too, then they should see those special effects.
You can also send messages with love (as in a huge heart filling up the entire screen). You can even animate your iMessages with confetti or even laser beams.
To do that, type your message into the text box, and once you’re ready to send, press and hold down the send button. This should pull up the Send with effect screen, where you can choose from various animations. Select one from the Bubble list or tap the Screen tab, swipe until you find one you like, and then hit the send button.
- Use Keywords to Sift Through Photos
A report estimated that folks all over the world took at least 1.13 trillion photos in 2020. Moreover, the researchers project this to grow to 1.35 trillion in 2021.
So, accounting for the world’s population of 7.9 billion, that puts the average at 170 photos per person. That count includes infants, though, so the average is much likely higher.
Either way, all that proves how easy it is to fill smartphones, including your iPhone, with photos. For the same reason, searching for a photo could be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Fortunately, you can search your Gallery using keywords to narrow down the list.
For example, let’s say you’re looking for a photo of your beloved canine pal. In this case, you only need to tap the Search icon in Gallery and type the keyword “dog.” You should then get a list of all photos with dogs in it.
Your iPhone could even further classify the photos based on the breed of the dog.
- Protect Your Hearing
In the US alone, about 15% of the population report having some trouble with their hearing. Exposure to loud sounds, including music, for prolonged periods, is a common culprit.
Your iPhone can help cut those risks by notifying you about your media audio exposure. It can do so by giving you a warning after seven days of using headphones with the volume set too high.
To turn on your iPhone’s Headphone Safety tool, head over to Settings and then Sounds & Haptics. Next, tap the Headphone Safety option and toggle the switch to On.
- Avoid Battering Your iPhone’s Battery Life
Battery consumption depends on factors such as apps, services, and even ambient temperature. However, it’s not just active apps that use juice; even background apps, such as those you don’t quit, do. Moreover, enabling the Location Services feature also eats up iPhone battery life.
The good news is that you can monitor your phone’s Battery activities with its Battery tool. You can access this by going to Settings then scrolling down a bit to find and tap the Battery field. This should show you a complete list of apps, starting with the ones that use the most battery.
You might also want to activate the Low Power Mode to help reduce background activity. Another trick is to turn off Location Services in the Privacy section of Settings. Lastly, you can check out this guide to find out how to maximize your phone’s battery while outdoors.
- Back Tap It
If you go to Settings, then Accessibility, and finally, Touch, you should see an option that says Back Tap. If you select that, you’ll see two options: Double Tap and Triple Tap.
Those refer to actions you can do if you double or triple tap the back of your iPhone. For example, you can set the Double Tap to take a screenshot and then Lock Screen for Triple Tap.
When you make the tap motions, your phone will perform the activity you selected. This trick works even if your phone has a case.
- Find Other Apple Devices
Including iPhones, about 1.65 billion Apple devices were active as of 2020. That includes Mac computers, iPads, iPods, Apple Watches, and AirPods. Many Apple customers, in turn, own multiple Apple devices.
If you own any of those other Apple products, you can use your iPhone to locate them if you ever misplace them. You can do so with the Find My app, one of the best iPhone apps built right into Apple devices.
To use your iPhone to find items, though, you need to add them to your Find My app list before you misplace them. However, this is easy, as signing in to your Apple ID on your Mac or other iOS devices automates the process. The same goes if you pair your other Apple devices to your iPhone.
- Locate Family or Friends
You can also use the Find My app to locate other family members or friends with an iOS device. You guys only have to share each other’s location. So long all of you have the Share My Location service turned on, you can see where each other is on the Find My app map.
- LED Flash Alert in Silent Mode
Do you usually keep your phone in silent mode but would still like to know whenever you get a message? If so, then you can activate your iPhone’s LED Flash.
To do that, launch Settings, then Accessibility, and then the Audio/Visual option. Finally, toggle the switch beside the LED Flash for Alerts field to the On position.
Doing that will make your iPhone’s LED light flash when certain messages come in while it’s on silent mode.
Try Out These iPhone Tips and Tricks Today
There you have it, some of the best and niftiest iPhone tips and tricks you should give a try. As you can see, some of them are for fun, while others are for your convenience, safety, and security. So, as early as today, start tweaking your Apple smartphone to get the most out of it.
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