You maybe the owner of the world’s most popular smartphone – an iPhone, but there are certain tips and tricks that you won’t find in any instruction book. Here are 8 tips and tricks that can help you maximize the use of your iPhone.
Take faster photos:
Did you know that you can use your headphone cord to take photos instantly? Just hold your hands steady while framing the photo and when ready, just press the button on the cord without shaking your iPhone. Alternatively, you can double-tap on the home button and see a camera app, which can be opened immediately, and use the volume up-down button to snap a photo; pinch the screen in order to zoom it, instead of using the slider bar.
Dry your wet iPhone:
It is not an uncommon phenomenon to accidentally drop your iPhone device in water (washbasin, pool etc.). However, if it does happen, do not turn the device on immediately, as it can lead to short-circuit and cause more damage. You may be tempted to blow dry it using a hairdryer, but it won’t be wise as doing this can spread the moisture to the dry areas. Instead, grab a towel and tap the phone dry with it. After this, leave your iPhone in an airtight Ziploc bag or container with desiccant packet (which are easily available with new shoes/leather purse).
Dismiss suggested words:
It can be quite irritating when you are typing down an email or urgent note and the virtual keyboard makes constant suggestions for the correct spelling of the word. In order to avoid accepting it each time, you need not tap the tiny “x” at the end of each word. All you need to do is, simply tap anywhere on your screen, which will close the suggestion box.
Revive your frozen iPhone:
We all dread the moment when our iPhone may freeze out. If it so happens, and pressing the Sleep/Wake button is of no avail, then try to press and hold the Home button as well as the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously. This action will prompt you to swipe “Slide to Power Off” and will reset your iPhone device after a full shut down and restart.
Have fun with Safari:
You can save your favorite photos which you come across on Safari by simply pressing and holding on to a photo. A menu will prompt you to ‘Save Image’. After saving the image on your iPhone, you can use it later for different purposes. Also, when you type a website address in Safari, you don’t have to type the domain name (such as .com, .org, .edu ). For instance, type ‘Google’ in the URL box and tap enter to directly go to Google.com. Apart from that, you can press the ‘.com’ button for some time to get list of other domain names to select and enter.
View 6-days Weather Forecast:
For all those interested in knowing the weather conditions beforehand, this tip will be of immense help. You simply have to go to the Notifications center, where you can see the Weather option. It is something we all know right? But swipe left or right and you will be able to toggle between current weather conditions and 6-day forecast. Additionally, you can jump to the Weather app by tapping anywhere on the Weather bar inside the Notifications screen.
Locate your lost iPhone:
The Find My iPhone app is a free application available for iPhone having iOS 3 .1.3 or later, which can be used to track down your lost iPhone device. Enable the app on your device and when your device is lost, you can display a message on the screen, play a loud ring on your phone (even if it is on a silent mode), lock the device or erase your personal data remotely.
Enhance your battery life:
You can prolong the battery life of your iPhone, between two consecutive charges in many ways. For example, you can turn down brightness of the screen, switch off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or GPS when not in use, turn off PUSH-notifications and lock your device after you use it. All these will keep the battery life of your device from draining out. Also, do protect your device from extreme temperatures to enhance the battery life.
I hope that most of you will try out these tips and tricks on your own iPhone devices, just like I did, and maximize its potential.
Alicia Carter works with Perceptive Mobile Apps. She has expertise in iPhone application design and development. She is an avid reader and whenever she has time to spare, she catches up with the latest news in the world of mobile technology. She likes to talk about her interests through her write-ups on various online platforms.