Remember when phones had 6 ringtones? A phone would ring in a restaurant and 30 people would check their phones. Fortunately, these days of default devices have passed and we can now personalize iPhones for a better experience.
We are not talking about improving the appearance with cases and covers; we are talking about improving the iPhone experience with 25 of the best tweaks and tips. With these tips, you can be an iPhone maestro in minutes.
Some people have the tendency to buy a product and use it only with the default settings. iPhones can and should be personalised for a better experience.
Here are 25 tips on how to personalise your iPhone settings to improve the overall experience.
1. How to access recently closed tabs in browser
Closed a tab too fast? You can easily access your recently closed tabs by clicking the tabs icon on the bottom right. Then simply click and hold the middle “+” icon to see the recently closed tabs.
2. May the force touch be with you
Force touch on the keyboard and you can move your cursor around like a touch pad. Do it again to highlight a word, twice to highlight, and 3 times to a paragraph.
3. Vibrations for Notifications
You can create your own vibration patterns for notifications, by going to Settings - Sounds - Ringtone - Vibration - Create new vibration and tapping one out."
4. Type numbers and words faster
Hold down the finger over the bottom left 123 option and then move on the number or character you want to add and it will go back to the alpha keyboard.
5. Go directly to drafts
When clicking on the bottom right compose icon hold the finger and this section will load.
6. Listen to YouTube in the background
Open youtube in Safari; Chrome; or Firefox and start playing a video before exiting to your home screen. Usually, the video stops, right? Well simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen and open the control center. Then tap play to restart the YouTube video in the background.
Note: Only works with YouTube in browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox and not the YouTube app.
7. Delete multiple photos at once
iPhone full? Need to free up space quickly? You can delete hundreds of photos in seconds. Just tap “Select” on the top right, tap in the first photo and swipe until the last photo on the screen.
It will highlight them with a checkmark (simply tap any photos you’d like to keep and they will be removed from the firing line). Hit the trashcan and the photos will be deleted.
8. Delete single digits on the calculator
Use your finger to swipe left to right in the black space and you will be able to delete single digits.
Bonus Tip: If you need a scientific calculator turn your iPhone to landscape mode, making sure orientation lock is off. Doing this will activate more calculator functions!
Source: iPhone Life Magazine
9. Close multiple apps
In the app switcher, you can close up to 3 apps at a time. Just use multiple fingers at the same time and swipe up to close.
10. Rest finger to open
Do you find it really annoying to press the home button to unlock your iPhone? Change the behavior of your Home Button to unlock your iPhone after pressing and resting your finger on it - much more casually, intuitively. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Home Button -> Rest finger to Open.
11. Shortcut for typos / corrections
If you type were and want to have we’re as in we are then you can duplicate the last letter and iOS will show you the correction of the word.
12. If you made a mistake while typing just shake it off
If you don’t want to wait for your iPhone to slowly delete the contents of a text message with mistakes, shake your phone to start fresh. Doing so will completely erase the contents of your message.
You can also shake off some deletions; the undo delete function is baked right into some apps. Accidentally deleted an email? Immediately give it a quick shake. Trashed that brilliant, insightful Tweet? Immediately give a hard but firm shake to get the Undo Delete option. It works for Notes, emails, tweets.
However, it needs to be immediately after the deletion, and it only goes back one step. If you delete, shake and then shake again you will recover the deleted content only to re-delete with the second shake. Immediately shake once to recover deleted data.
Source: Most epic stuff
13. Timer to stop playing any audio content.
If you are listening to audiobooks or songs before going to sleep, you may want an option to turn off the sounds in case you fall asleep. This timer can be found inside the Clock app on the lower right. You can set the timer for any duration you want your audio to play. There, set the timer for however long you want your media to play. Select “When Timer Ends”, scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Stop Playing. The iPhone should stop playing any audio on the device when the timer runs out. This function was tested with youtube app and it stopped it on the selected interval.
14. Use the volume buttons to take photos
An older trick that still doesn’t get its due as a brilliant tip. Turn your iPhone to the right into landscape mode; frame the perfect shot and take the photo with the volume up button. You can also use the volume up buttons on the corded headphones.
Source: Life Hacker
15. Toggle Airplane Mode On
Swipe control center and toggle Airplane Mode on. It blocks all cell signals and it can help you charge the phone faster.
Settings - General - Accessibility - Toggle Greyscale. This feature is available on iPhone 5, 6 and 7. For people that are color blind, some colors are harder to pick out than for other people. The Greyscale mode can help some people to improve reading menus besides the battery life improvement.
17. Speed up your display
When you click on an icon on your iPhone or iPad, it will expand to fill the screen. If you want to see your apps open faster, you can disable these transition effects. Go to Settings > General Accessibility > Reduce motion, and turn it on.
18. Low power mode
This mode will disable background app refresh, automatic downloads and visual effects. This prompts when the battery is below 20% but you can use it also for 100% if you want to increase the battery life.
19. Find the Battery Killers
To find the sources that drain the battery the most you need to access Battery usage by tapping: Settings - Battery. On the Battery usage screen you can also see sometimes notes under each source. These notes can provide the reason details on the percentages for battery drain on right. If an app is consuming too many resources maybe you could turn it off or use it less often.
20. Turn off Photo Stream
If you have the Photo Stream function turned on you will see photos you have taken on your iPhone or iPad. The images aren't full res, but there are high chances they take up a lot of space on your iPhone. If you could really do with that extra space then turn off Photo Stream.
Go to Settings > Photos & Camera and deselect My Photo Stream. This will delete your Photo Stream from your iPhone. Warning: Doing this, iPhone photos will no longer be uploaded to your Photo Stream on your other devices. You can always turn it back on again after the storage issue has passed.
21. Clear your cache
First check the storage at: Settings > General > About > Available. Go to the App store and choose a bigger size game like "Need for Speed No limits" (1.67 GB). Make an attempt to download and you will get a message that you don’t have enough storage. This action will clear the cache. If it does download you can delete the game after. Check the storage after doing this to see how much space it was cleared.
22. Turn on Auto-brightness or reduce manually
There is an ambient light sensor that changes the brightness of the screen based on the light around it to both save battery and make it easier to see. If you turn Auto-Brightness on and you’ll save energy because your screen will need to use less power in dark places. Adjust that setting by tapping: Settings - Display & Brightness (it's called Brightness & Wallpaper in iOS 7) - Move the Auto-Brightness slider to On/green.
23. Clean your open apps
Unlocl your iPhone, then double press the Home Button. A list of all open apps will appear, and you can easily browse through these apps, and slide up on each one to close it. This tip saves you a lot of battery.
24. Make to-do lists with Notes
Make a list of chores or tasks and then select them all (the old fashioned way ur using force touch). Click the small “+” sign and then the tick in a circle to transform a boring list of chores into a gratifying list of accomplishments.
25. Use 3D touch to find the mini-menus
Nearly every app has its own 3D touch mini-menu. You can start the stopwatch from the home screen; open the camera into selfie mode; update all of your apps; create new contacts; make a call to popular contacts. You can open most apps into its preferred mode with the mini-menus.