23 Awesome, Little-Known iPhone Features That Apple Doesn’t Talk About

AP2TG Staff

Are you an Apple iPhone user? Do you know the full power of your iPhone? Most Apple device users don’t realize how crazy powerful their iPhones are. With a device as powerful as the iPhone, and an operating system as complex as iOS, there are plenty of brilliant features that most people never know about.

There are lots of things that you can do with your iPhone. But, here, we have picked some of the most awesome iPhone features that can make your iPhone experience better than you ever dreamed. These cool features can turn you into a power user and help you get exactly what you want from your iPhone. Take a look!

1. Delete numbers in the Calculator app:

When you’re typing in iOS’ calculator and make a mistake, you probably get frustrated at the lack of a backspace button. However, you don’t have to erase the whole string of numbers if you make a mistake and have to start over again. You can delete individual digits as you type—the function is just hidden behind a gesture.

Just swipe to the left or right across the screen, where the numbers appear. This will delete your most recently typed digit. Every single swipe will delete the last digit. So if you make a mistake, you can correct it without starting over.

2. Stop music with a timer:

This is a cool feature for those of you who enjoy falling asleep to music. Using the hidden ‘Stop Playing’ timer, you can choose how long you want the music to play for as you drift off to sleep.

Simply open the Clock app, slide along to the Timer options. Here under the ‘When Time Ends’ tag, scroll to the bottom to choose the ‘Stop Playing’ option. Here, you can set the timer for how long you want the music to play. This will turn off the tunes, be it through Apple Music or Spotify when the timer hits zero.

Now you can fall asleep listening to your favorite songs or a podcast without worrying that the music will play all night, also draining your battery in the process.

3. iMessage timestamps to See when a message was sent:

iMessage timestamps to See when a message was sent

Normally you’ll be able to see what date and at what time the first message was sent. However, to reveal each individual message after that, you’ll need to quickly glance at the timestamps.

Within the Messages app, tap on the message thread that you’d like to view a particular timestamp for. Now swipe your finger from right to left to reveal the timestamps of each individual message.

4. Creating a custom vibration

Ever wished you could tell who’s calling you just by how your phone vibrates, without taking your phone out of your pocket? Now you can.

By default, your iPhone uses standard vibration pulses for a text message or calls. However, if you want to create your own vibration patterns, follow the below procedure.

In Contacts, select your person of choice and then tap the Edit button in the top-right corner. Here you’ll see a Vibration option. Selecting this will give you plenty of built-in vibration patterns you can choose from, including the’ Create New Vibration’ tool.

To add a custom pattern, tap ‘Create New Vibration.’ Start recording, and tap the center of the screen in the sequence you want the vibration to be and create your own rhythm. Once you’re done, stop recording and save your pattern. It will be stored in the Vibration section (Ringtone menu) among the list of custom patterns.

5. Recording a video while the screen is locked:

If you don’t want other people to notice you recording video or taking pictures, do as follows:

  • First of all, make sure your iPhone is locked.
  • Press the Shutter button, slide the bottom right camera icon halfway up and don’t let go.
  • Keeping your finger on the camera slider mode still halfway up, slide the camera mode to video.
  • Now double click the ‘Home button’ 3 times.
  • Keep your finger still halfway on the slider until the iPhone turns off its screen. Remember, your iPhone is already recording a video.
  • If you want to end the recording, simply unlock the iPhone as usual.

6. Clear RAM to make your phone run faster:

To do this, you should follow these simple steps:

  • Press and hold the Power button until you see the “Slide to power off” message.
  • After that, release the Power button, then press and hold down the Home button until the screen goes blank.
  • In a couple of seconds, your iPhone screen will flicker a bit and will return back to the home screen.
  • Now, your iPhone or iPad’s RAM will be cleaned out, leaving your device noticeably quicker.

7. Switch the direction of Panorama mode:

You can change the direction of your Panorama photograph in the Camera app by simply tapping the arrow that appears in the middle of the screen in the Panorama mode.

8. Making an emergency call:

Filling out the Medical ID on your iPhone can save your life. The Medical ID section lets you store all your important medical information so that it’s available in a one-tap access in emergencies. At the very least, you should fill out the information regarding your blood type as well as indicate the medicines you are allergic to.

9. Using Google Maps offline:

Not connected to data? Don’t worry! You can still use the maps feature by downloading them for offline use. Just type ‘ok maps’ into the map search box, and the work is done!

10. Restoring recently closed Safari tabs:

Want to reread any article that you accidentally closed but you forgot what site you were reading it on in the first place? Simply tap and hold on the + symbol at the bottom of the screen. It gives you the list of all your recently closed tabs.

11. Improve Wi-Fi speed:

Using the Wi-Fi Assist function you can easily set up your phone to automatically switch over to the cellular connection when the Wi-Fi network signal is poor.

12. Reduce your iPhone’s brightness below minimum:

If even the minimum value of the screen brightness makes your eyes feel uncomfortable in the dark, use these settings:

  • Open Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom.
  • Scroll down, and turn on the Show Controller setting.
  • Exit the Settings app and go back to the previous menu.
  • Scroll down to Accessibility Shortcut. Turn on the Zoom function (check the box).
  • Three-finger triple tap anywhere on any screen to open the Zoom overlay.
  • Set this slider to the minimum value, and tap on Choose Filter.
  • Select Low Light in order to enable low light mode.
  • Set the filter back to None to disable low light mode.

13. Use the Compass app as a Spirit level:

In addition to the calculator, flashlight, and compass, your iPhone also has a hidden spirit level built into it. If you swipe from right to left within the Compass app, you’ll be presented with a very useful spirit level – a digital bubble gauge than can check if that shelf really is level.

The iPhone uses its Gyroscope to determine the level of the surface the iPhone is placed on. You’ll have the opportunity to calibrate it on a flat surface before assessing the situation.

14. Hard-Reset your iPhone when it crashes:

Everyone has probably experienced the situation when your phone hangs, gets frozen, and refuses to work. Give your iPhone a little rest.

To do this, hold down the power button and the volume down button at the same time until the screen turns off (it can take up to 10 seconds). Once you’re done, your iPhone will reboot and spring back into life.

Note: Rebooting your iPhone with this force reboot method is an extreme measure. You shouldn’t use it too often.

15. Clear cache to make your iPhone run faster:

Make your iPhone run faster by clearing out the cache in several of Apple’s apps using this secret trick. In the App Store, Podcasts, Music, Game Center and Phone apps, tap on any single tab icon at the bottom of the screen 10 times in a row.

16. Save a draft with one swipe:

In the Mail app, tap on the subject line and swipe down to the bottom of the screen to save a draft.

17. Take photos while shooting videos:

You are using your iPhone to film a magical moment, and you wish you could snap a photo at the same time. Don’t stop recording! Just tap the camera button, which appears on-screen in addition to the shutter button as you film.

18. Save battery with Low Power Mode:

If you know you’re going to be using an iPhone for a long time, then switch to ‘Low Power Mode’ by tapping Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.

Low Power Mode reduces consumption by turning off a number of iPhone features and the screen goes dark after a shorter period of inactivity. On the whole, though, the iPhone works as normal and the battery will last for much longer.

19. Save PDF to iBooks

You can turn web pages into PDFs and add them directly to your iBooks app. This feature comes handy if you’re reading a long web document but you are in a hurry and wanted to save it to read later, or especially if you’ve found an HTML book online and want to keep a copy of it.

When you tap Share, scroll across the apps to find Save PDF to iBooks. Tap it and the web page will be converted and added to your book collection.

20. Shake to undo:

This might seem funny but at times but it can be a bit of a life saver. If you’ve just typed a long sentence and accidentally deleted it, or made some other error, you can give your iPhone a shake to bring up the undo/redo dialogue box. But this only appears when the iPhone is in landscape mode.

21. Close multiple apps at once:

Double-tap the home button to open the app switcher and you can use two, even three fingers to slide multiple apps closed with one swipe.

22. Hidden Field Test app:

All iPhones have secret service codes, which you can use to get various information about the gadget, mobile operator, and cellular network. For example, if you enter *3001#12345#* code, you will see a hidden menu with information on SIM card, network operator, signal strength, etc.

23. Use your headphones to take a selfie:

If the quality of your selfies is a concern, try this handy trick. Use the volume button on an attached pair of headphones.

When the camera app is open on your iPhone, you can use the volume button on an attached pair of headphones to take a photo. This tends to produce less camera shake, and also allows you to take a more natural-looking photo from farther away or take a photo hands-free.