These hidden iPhone features are the result of clever design choices by Apple that we take for granted. From subtle tweaks to make our phones more convenient to advanced functions only accessible with the help of third-party apps, there are plenty of hidden iPhone features you likely don’t know about.
You can change the appearance of your iPhone’s home screen
Apple has made it easy for users to customize their iPhone’s home screen. Not only can you change the wallpaper with a few taps on your screen, but you can also rearrange your icons and add up to five different shortcuts. For example, you could have an app shortcut on your home screen that opens the app straight to a specific page like your inbox or watch list. You could have a shortcut on your home screen that takes you to your favorite playlist.
Install app extensions
With the App Extension feature, you can install third-party apps on your device. For example, if you were a frequent traveler and wanted to access your boarding passes from across the room, then you could install an app extension that would allow you to take a picture of your boarding pass with just one click. There are plenty of features that come with this feature for users to try out.
Open multiple pages in books on the iPhone
Unlike the iPad, the iPhone doesn’t have a built-in page turning function. This means that you can’t flip through pages in books on your phone. Instead, when you open up a book in the iBooks app, you’ll need to tap at the top of each page to advance them. But if you’ve got an iPhone XS Max or later, it’s possible to have multiple pages open simultaneously. Just hold down on a second page and drag it to one of the four corners of your screen for instant multitasking!
Customize your iPhone’s touchscreen
Have you ever noticed that your iPhone’s touchscreens were a little too sensitive? Maybe it was just me, but I often had to press harder on my screens when I wanted to navigate around the phone. My friends and family would comment on how hard I had to push on my screen, and they would never know how easy it could be if I just enabled one of the many features that lets you customize your touchscreens.
If you want a less-sensitive touchscreen, try the following:
- Hold down the power button for three seconds;
- Press “Power” until you see the “Slide to Power Off” option;
- Select “Slide to Power Off”;
- Press and hold “Volume Up” until you see an icon with red text pop up;
- Scroll through the options until you find “Set sensitivity”;
- Select “Set sensitivity”.
Mirror your iPhone’s display
This feature is pretty simple, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. You can always just use the display of your iPhone to show others what you’re doing. But what if you want to show someone a specific page on your laptop or Mac? You can mirror your iPhone’s display by pressing the home button and swiping up from the bottom of the screen, which will make it look like you’re displaying that same page on your computer.
Record video clips on the iPhone
If you’ve ever had the frustration of trying to take a video and realizing that you didn’t have an extra battery, you now know that there is a solution. In fact, there are two ways to do it.
- The first way is by using the hardware button on your phone, which brings up a simple camera interface with no options. When recording, just press the red button in the center of the screen. When you need to stop recording, simply touch the red button again to stop and then adjust your camera settings back to normal.
- The second way is by using voice commands with Siri. If you haven’t upgraded your iPhone to iOS 11 yet, this doesn’t apply (yet). For those of us who have updated our phones though, just say “Hey Siri start recording video” followed by “Hey Siri stop recording video.” You’ll not only get audio but also a video clip recorded by your device.
Set up a remote access account on your iCloud account
This is a feature that has been around since the release of the iPhone 5s. You can set up remote access account to your iCloud account, which enables you to remotely control your phone from anywhere in the world. This is a useful tool for both parents and employees who need to provide someone with quick access to their personal device without having it in their hands. It also comes in handy when you are unable to locate your phone and want an alternative method of locating it.
Use your iPhone as a remote for the internet
A lot of people don’t know that you can use your iPhone as a remote for your computer. It’s a hidden feature, but it can be handy when you need to quickly change something on your desktop from the comfort of your couch. It makes it easy to control iTunes, watch videos, and even play games without leaving the comforts of your home.
The iPhone is a device unlike any other on the market. With so many hidden features, it’s easy to overlook some of the most important. Find out about the hidden iPhone features you’ve never heard of before and learn how to use them.
Helen Korn is a content writer and application developer. Enjoys sharing experiences with a like-minded audience and writes about health, lifestyle, home improvement, technology, education, business.