Have you ever been frustrated with your iPhone and needed some useful iPhone hacks to make things easier? Well, get ready, because we’ve got your back. It might sound complicated, but many of these hacks are really simple and will totally revolutionize how you use the iPhone. To be clear, these are iPhone hacks without jailbreak. From customizing its features to iPhone secret codes, we’ll have you become an iPhone expert in no time. So, pull out your smartphone and get ready, it’s time to improve your iPhone experience! Here are 25 Useful iPhone Hacks You Should Know Today.
There’s a feature on your iPhone that will read long articles or emails for you. To activate it, go to Settings, General, Accessibility, Speech, and then turn on Speak Screen. From there, all you have to do is swipe two fingers down from the top of your screen.
Snapshot Feature During Video
When you’re taking video with your iPhone camera, you may not have noticed the tiny white circle off to the corner. That’s there to allow you to take snapshots while you’re still taking video. It’s a pretty handy feature when you need to record your daughter’s recital and get pictures at the same time.
Stop Music with Clock
If you want to go to sleep to music but don’t want to wake up to it, you can set a timer. Go to your clock, tap on the Timer option, set the duration, and then click “When Timer Ends” and select the “Stop Playing” option.
It’s unlikely many use the iPhone Compass app. It’s one of those apps most people want to delete but can’t. You might want to rethink that though. In the Compass app, if you swipe to the left, you’ll find another hidden gem inside of it. A level. That’ll come in handy when you forgot your other level in your toolbox at home.
If you swipe across the number bar, it’ll erase one of the numbers. Hold down on the numbers, and it’ll copy them. Plus, if you tilt the phone, it’ll switch to a Scientific Calculator.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can blow your mind. In this case, if you want to know the time stamp for a text message, just swipe the texts to the left, and it’ll tell you what time each message was sent.
Need to charge your iPhone faster? Just turn on Flight Mode. It’ll disconnect your WiFi and cell connectivity, which can be a major hog on battery life.
Scroll to the Top
So, you scrolled through a ton of stuff and want to get back up to the top without having to use all that thumb dexterity. Fortunately, it’s possible and easy. Just click the bar at the top of the screen, and it should automatically scroll all the way to the top.
Let’s face it, sometimes the iPhone screen can be a bit too bright and glaring. In the latest version of iOS, if you swipe up the bottom menu and hold down on the Brightness feature, there will be a button called “Night Shift.” This turns your screen yellow and dims it a bit so it’s not so glaring. Apple claims this may help you sleep better.
We all know you can customize ringtones to individual contacts. But, you can also customize the vibration. If you go to Contacts, find your person of choice, tap “Edit” and then “Ringtone,” you should then see “Vibrations.” From there, pick whatever vibration you want for that person.
Permanent Caps Lock
Whether you’re yelling at your friend or just need to have everything in caps lock, you can do it pretty easily on the iPhone. Just quickly double tap the caps lock button and it’ll stay in place, letting you yell as much as you want.
WiFi Password Sharing
This trick requires two iPhones with iOS 11, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve upgraded before doing this. Also, make sure your Bluetooth is turned on for both phones. First, choose a WiFi network and wait at the Password screen. Second, unlock the iPhone that’s already connected and bring it in close proximity to the non-connected phone. If all goes well, a prompt should appear asking if you want to share the password. Of course, click the Share Password button, and you should be good to go.
If you want to undo all your typing and don’t want to hold down the backspace button, just shake the iPhone. It’ll clear it all.
Customize Control Center
Your Control Center is the menu that appears when you swipe up on the iPhone. But did you know you can customize it? Go to Settings, tap Control Center, Customize Controls. From there, you can add all kinds of great and easily accessible apps, like Wallet and Low Power Mode.
If you ask Siri, “Planes Overhead” she’ll give you information about planes flying above you. You can also be more specific and ask about what planes are flying above cities.
If you go back to your Control Center customization, you can add a “Screen Recording” option. Just tap on it and it’ll record. If you use 3D touch on it, it’ll give you the option to use the microphone as well. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to edit it right from your phone as well.
Let’s say you’re at a basketball game or race and want to be sure you’ll get the best action shots possible. Rather than waiting for the right moment, just hold down the white photo button and it’ll take dozens of photos in quick succession.
With smaller iPhones, it’s not too tough to click on apps with one hand, but those of us who have the iPhone 8 Plus struggle to get to all the apps with our thumb while holding it with one hand. Fortunately, you can soft double tap the home button and the apps will slide down so you can reach them easily.
Delete your QR Reader app because you don’t need it anymore. Apple put a built-in QR Reader in the Camera app. Just pull it up and place it near the QR code and a pop up will appear.
Sometimes when you need the right selfie, using the white camera button on the screen isn’t very convenient or helpful. Fortunately, if you click the volume buttons, it’ll take the picture for you as well. Problem solved.
Shut Down Three Apps At Once
When you hard double click the home button and all your recent apps come up, you can remove three of those apps at once rather than individually. Just take three of your fingers and swipe up.
Want to take better photos compositions for your Instagram? You need the Camera Grid. Just go to Settings and tap on Camera. One of the options is “Grid.” You’ll want to switch that on. Now, whenever you take pictures, you can easily have level shots and get a better sense of the Rule of Thirds.
Improve Your Signal
Rather than holding your phone out a window and looking kind of ridiculous, go to your iPhone dialer and type in *3001#12345#* and hit Call. A Field Mode tool will appear, giving you more detailed information on your signal.
Custom Replies for Missed Calls
If you get a missed call or someone’s calling you but you can’t talk, the iPhone has built-in text responses. But, maybe you don’t want those and need to change them. If you go to Settings and tap Phone, you’ll find an option called “Respond with Text.” Inside, it’ll give you the default options that you can change.
Focal Point Lock
Have you ever tried to tap the screen while taking a picture to get a certain focal point only for it to change on you the second you move your phone? Pretty frustrating, right? Well, all you have to do is hold down for a few seconds on the focal point you want and it’ll lock into place.