20 Tips and Tricks to Master Your New iPhone

You just got a new smartphone and it just so happens that in its back a small apple is engraved. Well here are some tips to use your new iPhone at its best.

Each generation of iPhone is very popular. If you just got a new one, you’re probably wondering what tips you need to know to use it at its best!

In this article, we will see 20 tips that will help you master your apple smartphone like nobody else.

Activate the dark mode

If your iPhone has iOS 13, you can enable the popular dark mode. The iOS interface is then entitled to predominantly gray and black tones, which even saves battery power if your iPhone has an OLED display.

  • Open the Control Center
  • Press the brightness bar
  • Activate the Dark Mode option

Move multiple applications to the home screen at once

Many people think that it is impossible to move multiple applications simultaneously on the home screen (also called Springboard). Except that since iOS 11, it is possible to do that!

  • Press the icon of an application until everything starts to “wiggle”.
  • Move the application a little bit so that the cross at the top left of its icon disappears.
  • Hold your finger on the icon and with another finger tap the other applications you want to move.

Create your Memoji

The Memoji is an Animoji in your image. You can personalize it by choosing all its particularities, from its skin color to its eyes, freckles or hair to make it look as much like you as possible.

  • Go to Messages
  • Open a Conversation
  • Click on the Animojis menu (with a monkey)
  • Drag to the right and click on the +.
  • Click on New Memoji
  • Customize it to your liking

Add different faces on Face ID

From the iPhone 5S to the iPhone 8, Touch ID was the secure unlocking mode for Apple smartphones. Many users took the opportunity to save different fingerprints, sometimes from other people. It is also possible to do it from Face ID!

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Face ID and Code
  • Type your password
  • Click on Configure a second appearance
  • Scan the face and it’s done

Display the rule of thirds on the camera

To make a quality photo, you must not neglect the rule of thirds which allows you to compose your picture as well as possible. The frame is divided into 9 rectangles with 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines. If the subjects are placed at the intersections of these lines, the composition of the image will often be successful.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Camera
  • Activate the Grid option

Activating the battery saver

If you’re a power-hungry iPhone user, your battery may melt like snow in the sun. Fortunately, Apple has built in a power-saving mode to preserve the life of your battery.

  • Open the Control Center
  • Click on the battery icon
  • If the battery indicator is yellow, the power saving mode is activated.

Prevent an application from asking us to rate it

When an application is downloaded, it may ask you to rate it through a more or less intrusive pop-up window. iOS has an option to completely disable these requests from applications installed from the App Store.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to iTunes and App Store
  • Uncheck Integrated Rating and Reviews

Optimize battery charging

Recharging your smartphone for a long period of time can damage the battery, especially if you leave it plugged in when its autonomy is already at 100%. Apple has created an optimization of your battery charge so that from 80% it doesn’t rush to reach 100%, allowing the battery not to spend hours plugged in when it’s full.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Battery
  • Click on Battery Status
  • Enable the Optimized Battery Recharge option.

Change your iMessages profile picture

It is possible on the iPhone to manage your own contact profile picture for your friends who also use an Apple device. This way, they will only have to add your number in their contacts and your profile picture will be added automatically.

  • Go to Messages
  • Click on the — button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Click on Edit Name and Photo
  • Click on Edit below your profile picture to change it.

Filter unknown calls

Tired of receiving calls from unknown numbers? It is possible to filter them so that your iPhone hangs up automatically when someone tries to call you from an unknown number.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Phone
  • Enable the Silent Unknown Calls option.

Automatically close the Safari tabs

When you are surfing the Internet, you can sometimes open one tab, then another, then another, etc. until you forget to close them. Safari offers to automatically close tabs that remain open for a given period of time (a day, a week or a month), so the browser will consume much less while you use it, because it will have fewer pages to keep cached.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Safari
  • Click Close Tabs
  • Choose the period of time when Safari will close the tabs.

Enable flash for when you receive a notification

An option available on the iPhone allows you to flash the camera flash when receiving a notification. Discretion is to be forgotten, but it allows you to be sure not to miss an important message or call.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Accessibility
  • Go to Audio/Visual
  • Enable the LED Flash option for alerts

Writing on the keyboard by sliding your finger

To type quickly on your keyboard, you have been able for some time on Android keyboards to slide your finger from letter to letter where the iOS keyboard only allowed you to type. With iOS 13, iPhone users can finally take advantage of this handy feature.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to General
  • Go to Keyboard
  • Activate the option Gestural Input

Reduce keyboard size

If you use your smartphone with one hand, it can be difficult to reach the ends of the keyboard to type text. Fortunately, there is an option for this. The keyboard can be reduced on one side or the other to make it easier to write with one hand.

  • On the keyboard, press the Globe or Emoji
  • Select the left or right keyboard

Search from different applications quickly with Spotlight

Spotlight is the “search engine” of the iPhone. In this mode, you will be able to search for different things in different applications. Type the name of a person and its contact will appear, type the name of a conversation and it will display it to you, type a complex calculation like 2 + 3 and it will display 5, and so on.

  • Slide your finger from top to bottom
  • Type your query

Save your iPhone screen

In addition to capturing the screen of your smartphone as an image, it is possible to do it natively on iPhone. You can thus easily record what is happening on your screen, but also the sound that comes out of the smartphone.

  • Go to the Control Center
  • Click on the registration icon
  • Wait for the 3 second countdown to end.
  • Register your screen
  • To finish the registration, reopen the Control Center.
  • Re-click on the registration icon

Customize the Control Center

The Control Center is one of the most convenient menus on the iPhone with many shortcuts to different options and features. It is possible to customize what will be displayed there from the settings.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Control Center
  • Click on Customize Orders
  • Add, delete or move the desired commands

Automatically replace text

When you type on your smartphone keyboard, you don’t necessarily have time to write everything perfectly and you allow yourself a few abbreviations (such as tps for time or slt for greeting). iOS offers a “text shortcut” system to automatically replace any abbreviation with a “whole word”. You can also set this for a smiley face, etc.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Keyboard
  • Click on Rework
  • Press +.
  • Enter your expression and your shortcut so that the keyboard takes it into account.

Scanning with your iPhone

Need to scan an important document but don’t have the right equipment with you? No problem, your iPhone is there for that. A system allows you to scan documents directly from your apple smartphone.

  • Go to the Notes application
  • Create a new note
  • Click on +.
  • Click on the camera
  • Choose Document Scanner
  • Place your document in the camera’s field of view and wait until it is highlighted in yellow.
  • Take the picture
  • Click on the document in the note
  • Tap the share icon to send the PDF file to a contact or save it to the iPhone memory.

Measuring with your iPhone

Having a rule is overrated. You don’t need it anymore to measure something, since iOS 12, Apple allows you to do that from your iPhone. To measure objects or distance, Apple uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality.

  • Open the Measurements application
  • Depending on the subject to be measured :
  • Either it recognizes the shape of the object and automatically measures its length and width
  • Either it is necessary to put a point by going to the end of the subject and press + and go to the other end and press + again.