How to get the most from your smartphone

Apple iPhone tips and tricks: How to get the most from your smartphone

Make the most of your iPhone with these standout tips and tricks.

iPhoneApple iPhone 7 (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar/The Indian Express)

The iPhone is known for its easy-to-use interface, with no learning curve involved. However, the iPhone offers many features that are hidden underneath and often don’t come under the radar of users. If you are an iPhone user, here are 10 such features that are worth exploring.

  1. 01

    Control flash intensity

    You can control the intensity of the flash on an iPhone, useful for an emergency torch. Long press on the flash icon in the control centre and swipe up or down to adjust the light intensity.

    iPhone flash itensity iPhone allows users to control flash intensity (Express Photo)

  2. 02

    Share Contact Poster

    Contact Poster on iPhones adds a new dimension to contacts, including full-screen-sized pictures and names in custom font and size. You can automatically share your Contact Poster with friends and family. Go to Contacts > click on your profile picture > select Contact Poster and Photo > and enable the share automatically option.

    Contact Poster Contact posters can be shared automatically with friends and family (Express Photo)

  3. 03

    Limit battery charge

    If you have an iPhone running on iOS 17 or a newer version, you can limit the battery charge to 80%, which helps prolong battery health. Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health & charging > Charging optimization > and enable 80% limit.

    Battery optimisation This feature can extend battery health (Express Photo)

  4. 04

    Back tap for screenshots

    Quickly capture a screenshot by tapping the back of your iPhone. To enable this, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap > Double Tap > Screenshot. You can also configure Back Tap for other options such as enabling flash, mute, opening the camera, and more.

    Back Tap Just tap on the back to take screenshots (Express Photo)

  5. 05

    Hide photos or videos

    The Photos app has a secret folder for hiding photos and videos, accessible only using FaceID or a passcode. Long-press on a photo or video you want to hide and select the hide option. To access hidden media, go to Albums > Hidden > and unlock it using FaceID/TouchID or a passcode.

    Hide photos and videos A quick way to hide photos and videos on iPhone (Express Photo)

  6. 06

    One-handed mode

    If you find your iPhone too big to access without stretching your finger, quickly enable one-handed mode by swiping down from the bottom of the screen. To extend the app to full-screen mode, swipe from the bottom to the top.

    One handed mode One-handed mode is easy for navigation (Express Photo)

  7. 07

    Use FaceID to secure third-party apps

    Secure third-party apps with FaceID to ensure that even if your iPhone is unlocked, one won’t be able to access your chats or messages. Go to Settings > FaceID and Passcode > Other Apps, and enable FaceID security for third-party apps. Currently, this feature is limited to select apps.

    Face ID Face ID can be used to secure third-party apps (Express Photo)

  8. 08

    Call Quietly

    Enable this feature to call your emergency contact without making any sound with three button presses. Go to Settings > Emergency SOS > and enable the call Quietly option.

    Call Quietly This feature will help you call quietly (Express Photo)

  9. 09

    Identify Song/Music

    The built-in Shazam app can help you quickly identify a song or music playing. Go to the Control Centre and select the Shazam icon to identify the song. Note that it requires an active internet connection.

    Shazam Shazam can help you identify song (Express Photo)

  10. 10

    Enable Picture-in-Picture mode

    Although Apple does not offer a multitasking feature, it allows a picture-in-picture mode, offering a floating window on top of another app. Go to Settings > General > Picture in Picture > and easily Start PiP automatically.

    Picture-in-picture This makes watching videos on iPhone a lot easier (Express Photo)

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First uploaded on: 19-02-2024 at 11:56 IST


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