10 of our most useful iPhone tricks

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10 of our most useful iPhone tricks

Vivek Varyani
September 8th, 2017

Since the release of the first iPhone, Apple has consistently been working on improving its accessibility features. In fact, there are actually quite a few accessibility features that many of us don’t know exist!


Here, we go through a list of 10 tips and tricks that you may well have missed out on for your iPhone.


Faster Charging

No matter how good iPhones are to use, they have a limited battery life. We often find ourselves in situations where we need to charge our phone quickly, but we just can’t do it. With a click of a button, you can charge your battery 2x faster. Just slide up the control centre on your iPhone, and hit aeroplane mode. You’ll notice that your iPhone charging speed shoots up! Pretty cool, right?




However, since you’re on aeroplane mode, you won’t be able to receive any calls, texts or even wifi (like d-uh). If this is something that is bothering you and you still want a quicker charging method, just go to your settings and switch off your location services.

Settings > Privacy > Location Services

It might not charge as fast as being on aeroplane mode, but every little helps!


Quicker online navigation

Many a time, typing in a full website address can cause time wastage. Apple has the feature of providing you with options such as .org, .edu, etc, to help speed up this process. All you have to do is hold the full stop button.


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A small pop up will give you all the options you need… We can finally save precious few seconds and move on with our busy lives!


Location Tracking

You might not be aware of it, but your iPhone keeps a track of your whereabouts constantly. Creepy? We think so! However, it does so to help give you suggestions and about what to do and where to go in your locality. It also tells you how much time you’ve spent at each of these places. Don’t believe us? Head to your iPhone settings.

Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations.

Stalk much Apple?


Minimise your toolset

You’ve probably seen the compass app that comes with the iPhone. The one that takes up your storage space, and the one you thought of deleting on multiple occasions. Well, it turns out that it has an additional use. When constructing or building something, the app lets you check the slope of the surface. In short, it’s a digital spirit level. Pretty handy huh?


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Another tool that it can replace is the hammer. Just bang your iPhone on nails and voila, you’ve got a hammer replacement as well! But we highly suggest you don’t do that. For obvious reasons.


Camera Focus

A lot of us already know how to focus the iPhone camera on a particular object. However, on many occasions, the focus seems to automatically shift or disappear. Let’s face it, it has happened to us and we all have encountered blurred images. While tapping on the object gives us a focus for a short period of time, a shake or a tremble might cause the camera to lose it. To hold the focus, all you have to do is hold the object you want to focus on for a couple of seconds. This will result in an ‘AF locked’ pop up box. This means that the focused object is locked on and you can twist turn or even spin around the object without losing focus. Say cheese!


Correct Siri’s horrible pronunciation

A lot of us might have at least tried the Siri feature. Although really helpful, Siri tends to mispronounce a lot of words. Especially names of friends, family and places. You can easily tell her how to pronounce the words. All you have to say is “That’s not how you pronounce ……” This will result in her asking for the correct pronunciation, and let you check if it’s right.


Stop Music Playback

If you’re one of the people who like to dose off to some of your favourite tunes, you might want to take ‘note’. Playing music while sleeping, although soothing, sometimes tends to surprise us with weird tunes when we’re awake. Apple has a solution.


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Simply set a timer for how long you want your music to run in the background.

Clock > Timer > When timer ends > Stop playing

As soon as the timer ends, all your music stops playing. Whether it’s on Soundcloud, Spotify or even your iTunes, set the timer and doze off to La La Land.


Edit, Undo

On our computer, the shortcut to undo a typo is simple. Just hold control and ‘Z’ together, your last action would be undone. Sometimes we wish our lives had an undo button, but nevertheless, your iPhone has an easier shortcut.




Make a typing mistake, and just shake your iPhone. Your last mistake will automatically undo itself. You don’t really need to worry about erasing some wanted data, as your iPhone will ask you first if you want to undo or cancel your last activity. Try it!


Speed up your iPhone

iPhones are generally pretty quick and responsive, but if you want to go the extra mile and make it quicker, you can. Your iPhone goes through many animations, especially while opening apps. Rather than taking a couple of seconds to load, you can simply eliminate the animation, causing apps to open immediately on a click. All you have to do is go to your iPhone settings.

Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce motion

This will cause minimum motion through your phone, saving a considerable amount of time overall, not to mention speeding up your phone.


Backspace on the calculator

Ever wondered where the backspace key was on your iPhone calculator is? Don’t bother looking for it. You won’t find one. The calculator on your iPhone only has the Clear button that causes all your typed in data to clear out. What if you’ve mistyped one digit? Should you have to go all the way back to retype the entire calculation? Bleh.




Screw that! Just swipe left on your calculator, and you could undo your last digits. Go ahead give it a spin.


Bonus tip: Also, if you didn’t know already, you can simply tilt your phone to reveal a scientific calculator. Science B***h!


Whether you can afford to buy the new iPhone or not, these tips and tricks will definitely keep you busy and help you access your phone much more easily. Follow this page to keep updated on similar tips and tricks for all your devices.


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