Here are 13 iPhone features you never knew existed

Are you wondering how you can get the most out of your Apple phone? Your iPhone is loaded with hidden features – but not all of them are immediately apparent. The iPhone has probably cost you a lot, so it makes sense to make the most of it. Thanks to an ever-expanding list of tips, hacks and hidden iPhone features, there are many ways to get the most from your Apple device and its iOS.

Listed below are 13 iPhone features you never knew existed

1.Copy and Paste on your iPhone 

 iPhone features you never knew existed

It can sometimes be frustrating to copy and paste on an iPhone. However, there is a very simple gesture that makes it much easier. Using finger-spreading and pinch gestures, it works.

Step one is to highlight what you want to copy. On display, pinch three fingers together. The text will be copied. To paste what you’ve copied, spread your thread fingers outward.

You can copy anything with this trick. It works even on photos. With a quick three-finger pinch, you can paste an image into another app from your Photos app.

A quick way to move an image into WhatsApp or Messages. Adding an additional pinch will transform your Copy into a Cut. Instead of simply copying, the text will be removed.

2.Customize your iOS Control Center

Customizing Control Center is one iPhone hack that makes my life easier constantly. You can access your favourite widgets in Control Center, even when the iPhone is locked, by simply swiping down. That’s extremely handy when you need a feature right away. The Music Recognition feature is my favourite – no more fumbling through folders on my home screen before I can find the Shazam app.

 Go to Settings, then Control Center, to customize Control Center apps. If you need any controls at a moment’s notice, go to the More Controls section and add them.

3. Apple’s secret iPhone codes

With a few secret codes, you can access numerous useful iPhone features.

The following are some of the best:

  • Enter *3001#12345# * – Signal information
  • IMEI number – *#06#
  • 61* – divert incoming calls (type in the number you wish to divert calls to, and then add a hash)
  • Caller ID can be hidden by dialling *67 (or #31# outside the United States)
  • Dial *43# – enables call-waiting
  • Dial *43# to disable call-waiting
  • *646# – minutes remaining on the contract
  • *33*, PIN, then hash – prevent outgoing calls

 iPhone features you never knew existed

4. Move files and photos between apps by dragging and dropping

Drag and drop between iPhone apps is a little-known feature that can save you tons of time. The drag-and-drop feature allows you to import an image or video from your photos, web pages, or even PDF from your files, and drop it into Notes or Messages. The first time you use this hidden feature, it can be a little trick

In a nutshell, here’s what you should know. By tapping and holding the file you want to move, you can move it toward the top or bottom of the display. Then you swipe up from the bottom of the screen with another finger and open the app you wish to drag your file into while still holding the file with one finger.

5. Zoom on the iPhone camera

When zooming, you pinch or spread your fingers. On an iPhone, however, this can sometimes be tricky to accomplish. Often, you will end up with a jittery zoom, which will ruin the look of the video.

It’s better to do things this way.

Open your camera app first. Press and hold the shutter button to begin recording the video. After that, you can zoom in or out by dragging your finger up or down the screen. Thus, you can zoom ultra-smoothly with just one hand. You can do this in the photo or video modes in the camera app.

6. Easily move multiple iPhone apps at once

Moving an iPhone app around can be a pain if you’ve done it before.

By long-pressing the icon, you can move it from page to page. It’s not the only way to do it, though: there’s a clever hack that makes it happen much faster.

To begin, hold down an app until it wiggles. That’s Apple’s signal that an app is ready to be moved. You can then drag the app between rows with one finger after slipping it out of its slot. Using a second finger, tap on another app while still holding the first. By doing this, the second app will be added to the stack so that they can be moved together.

You can continue adding apps to the stack as long as you keep your original finger pressed on the screen, you can continue adding apps to the stack.

If you want all the apps in a specific position (or folder), you can just drag and drop them.

7. Getting flash notifications

When you set the camera flash to blink, your phone goes off every time a notification comes in. Click Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > and select LED Flash for Alerts.

 iPhone features you never knew existed

8. With the iPhone, you can translate foreign-language signs

Any sign in a foreign language can be translated instantly by your iPhone.

  • Start by taking a photo of a foreign-language sign with your iPhone.
  • Open the Photos application and choose the image.
  • You can now drag your finger over the text by holding your finger down.
  • Simply highlight the text with this tool, just as in a document.
  • Select Translate from the pop-up menu.
  • With this tool, the text will automatically be translated into English.

The translation can be copied or changed according to your preferences.

Using the iPhone, you can even hear the English translation spoken.

9.Documents can be scanned

Documents can be scanned and stored on your iPhone. Start a new note in the notes app instead of taking a blurry picture you’ll be unable to read when you need to refer to it later. Select Scan Document by clicking the plus sign at the bottom of the screen. A yellow box will appear over the document you want to scan when you point your phone at it. When you snap the picture, a crop tool will appear over the image so you can adjust its dimensions.

 iPhone features you never knew existed

10. Rain warnings on your iPhone

There is a hidden setting on the iPhone that gives you location-based weather alerts.It will let you know when it is about to start raining, hailing or snowing.You can run for cover or turn around while walking, or pop open the umbrella if it’s raining.In September, Apple rolled out iOS 15 with a redesigned iPhone Weather app.Make sure you’re running iOS 15 by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Alternatively, you won’t be able to use the Weather app without granting it your location.

  • Then go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Weather and select Always.
  • If Precise Location access is granted, you’ll receive even better alerts.
  • Make sure the Weather app can send notifications next.
  • You can select which alerts you wish to receive by going to Settings > Notifications > Weather > Allow Notifications.
  • Last but not least, ensure that weather alerts are enabled.
  • The Weather app will open. Select the list icon at the bottom right.
  • You’ll see an option called Stay Dry at the top.
  • Alternatively, tap the three dots in the top right corner and then tap Notifications.
  • Activate the switch for My Location after tapping Turn On Notifications.
  • It should then work if you tap Done in the top-right corner.
  • You’ll now receive an alert before it starts raining where you are.

11. You can use it as a magnifying glass

If you are having trouble reading tiny print on a menu in a dimly lit restaurant, your iPhone can come to your rescue. Click Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls > and click the plus sign next to Magnifier. Select the magnifying glass button in the control centre by swiping up from the bottom of your screen. If you want to zoom in on whatever it is, you’d like to see, and your screen will be able to do so clearly. Click the lightning bolt to turn on your phone’s flashlight for more light.

12.Quick reply

If you’re watching a YouTube video and someone texts you, you can reply to the text while continuing to watch the video. You can swipe down the notification if it appears on your screen. As soon as it appears, you can start typing your reply.

13. Turn on Face ID while wearing a mask

It has been impossible to use Face ID with a mask until now. iOS 15.4 fixes that. When you turn on the switch to use Face ID with a mask on for the first time, you’ll have to rescan your face after turning it on in the Face ID & Passcode section of Settings. It appears that you can turn this feature on and off without having to rescan your face every time.

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