Everyone wants an iPhone and in Ghana it’s become a huge flex to be using the latest iPhone.
We are always on our phones… texting or doing whatever and you’d be surprised there are some features you haven’t ‘unlocked‘ yet on your phone.
These are simple but very useful shortcuts that will impress you and make you enjoy your phone better!
Listen To Radio
In iOS 13, you can ask Siri to play your favorite radio stations.
- Activate Siri by holding the power button or with a “Hey Siri” command
- Say “Siri, play radio station (name of radio station).”
Add filters, stickers etc to your selfies without the need for another app!
iOS 12 adds some Snapchat-esque photo editing features you can use right within the messaging app. You can add shapes, stickers, some text, or a filter to your selfies or photos immediately after taking them so you can quickly send them to your friends and get back on with your day.
- Open the Messages App
- Tap the Camera icon on the bottom left
- Take a photo or a selfie
- Tap Effects
- Tap Shapes, Text, or Filters
- Drag the objects on your photo
- Press the send button to send the edited image
Type by Swiping
Swipe-style keyboards have been popular on Android devices for a while now. They have been flexing so hard with it but hahaaaa you can swipe to text (it’s actually quite faster and easy)
If you want to use Apple’s new QuickPath typing just install iOS 13, then compose a message like you normally would. To “type,” drag and hold your finger or thumb on each letter of the word you’re trying to spell. This may take some getting used to.
Make your battery last longer
Apple has added a new option to its Battery Health feature called “Optimized Battery Charging,” which is designed to extend the total battery life of a device running iOS 13. Apple says the feature slows the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged.
The tool uses machine learning to understand your daily charging routine, so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use your phone. That way if you charge your phone at night, it won’t hold a 100% charge for several hours, which degrades your battery.
- Tap Settings
- Scroll down
- Tap Battery
- Tap Battery Health
- Toggle the switch to the On position.
Use The Calculator Without Looking for the app
Sometimes you forget where the calculator app and it takes forever to find it especially when you’re arguing about your change in the troski and you don’t want to reveal you failed maths a few times.
- Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen, or while you’re looking at your notifications
- Type in the operation
- Your iPhone will calculate it for you
Prevent Apps from asking for reviews and feedback
As much as feedback and reviews are important for App developers, it can be extremely annoying when you are interrupted by a popup asking for you to rate the app or leave feedback. Good news is that there is now a setting to put an end to the constant pestering!
- Open your Settings app
- Tap iTunes & App Store
- Toggle In-App Ratings & Reviews to “Off” (
Add multiple faces to your Face ID
Previously on iOS 11, the tech could only recognize a single face, so anyone else who uses your phone would have to input a passcode to unlock your iPhone. Just as you could register multiple fingerprints with Touch ID for past iPhones, Apple now lets you register multiple faces to unlock a single device. Here’s how to do it!
- Tap Settings
- Tap Face ID & Passcode
- Type in your passcode
- Tap Set Up an Alternate Appearance
- Scan your face and follow the prompts
Receive Texts and Calls on your other Apple devices
One of the biggest advantages of iOS over Android is that your iPhone seamlessly pairs with other Apple devices, including the MacBook, iPad, and Apple Watch. If you want to be able to answer a call or reply to a text message from your laptop, here’s what you do:
- Tap Settings
- Tap Phone (or Messages)
- Tap Allow calls on other devices (or Text Message Forwarding)
- Toggle which devices you’d like to receive and send phone calls or messages on
iPhone’s 3D Touch
To shave off a couple of seconds throughout your day, remember that most iPhones have a setting called 3D Touch. By applying more pressure to the touchscreen, apps can respond by displaying a menu, showing additional content, or playing an animation.
The Camera app, for example, provides a shortcut for taking a selfie, recording video, scanning a QR Code, or taking a portrait photo.
Track your menstrual cycle
The Health app in iOS 13 now offers a way for women to track important data about their menstrual cycle. You can log your period, flow level, and any symptoms like cramps or headaches, and whether or not you have experienced spotting. The feature also offers predictions as to when your cycle may begin and end for the next three cycles. Here’s how you can start using the tool:
- Open the Health app on your iPhone
- Tap the Search tab at the bottom right of your screen
- Select Cycle Tracking
- Tap Options to start inputting information
Automatically close tabs
As scary as this tip may sound, it’s actually quite useful and helps keep your web browser running more efficiently. This trick only works for the default Safari internet browser.
- Open your Settings app
- Tap Safari
- Tap Close Tabs
- You can set it to close your tabs each day, each week, every month, or leave it on manual mode.
Use the One Handed Keypad
Smartphone displays keep getting bigger, which makes typing difficult, especially with one hand. Your iPhone actually has a feature that shifts the keyboard over a smidgen so you can use one hand to type and the other to do whatever else it is that you need to do. Here’s how to enable the feature:
- Hold down the emoji or globe icon on the bottom left of the keyboard
- Select the left- or right-handed keyboard icon
- Tap the arrow in the blank space that’s created by the keyboard shift to go back to normal
Enjoy exploring these new tricks on your iPhone!!
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