Your iPhone is with you everywhere. It reminds you about your mum’s birthday and your dental appointments. It sleeps by your side and even has arguments with you, but do you really know your phone that well?
Most people are missing out on a lot of features in their iPhone and iPads, so I’m about to walk you through 5 tricks you almost certainly didn’t know about.
iPhone: 5 tips & tricks
Directly Access Apps: Most people have their iPhone set up to display some pop-up notifications – Facebook, text messages and so on – even when the phone is locked or the screen is dormant. You don’t have to swipe the phone open and then retrieve these messages; you can, as long as you don’t have a four-digit security code, swipe the notification to go straight to the app that’s contacting you. If you have a code, you’ll need to enter it after swiping the notification.
Tap to Scroll Up: Instead of scrolling and scrolling to get back to the top of a page, just tap the status bar (where time and battery life are) and you’ll leap to the top of the page. This applies to websites, emails, contact lists and so on.
Take Screenshots: If you want to do a screengrab on your iPhone or iPad, it’s dead simple. Press the Home button and the On/Off button (at the top right edge) at once to get it. You’ll hear the “camera” sound and then find the screenshot on your Camera Roll.
Read Websites More Easily: If you struggle to read overcrowded pages on the iPhone’s titchy screen, then tap the Reader button in the URL bar at the top of a webpage. This will give you a clearer, pretty much text-only version of the page. This also hides ads, which is always a bonus. This widget works on the iPad as well, but not with all websites.
A Smarter Camera: The iPhone’s volume up (+) button doubles as a camera shutter when the Camera app is open. This physical button feels “real” and also makes self-portraits easier. It’s also easier to explain to your granny!