10 Most Useful iPhone Tips and Tricks for iPhone/iPAD users

iPhone Tips and Tricks every iPhone/iPAD User should know.

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Most Useful iPhone Tips and Tricks

A few simple iPhone tips and tricks mentioned in this post will show that as a typical user you probably not know many useful things that your iPhone or iPad can do. After months of watching my friends and relatives using their iPhones and iPads it is my realization that most of them are not aware of many useful features of their Apple devices. I will walk you through a list of 10 most useful iPhone tips and tricks that every iPhone or iPad user should know which would help them to get the most out of their devices.

1. Open/read message notification on locked screen

Most of you set your iPhone to show pop-up notifications on the home screen whenever a Face-book or a text message is received by you even when the phone is locked. Do you know you can read/reply to these messages without unlocking your device? If your phone is not password protected, just swipe on the message/notification from left to right which would take you to the message app. If you, however, had a password code set, you’ll be prompted to enter the code after swiping the notification.

To reveal what time a message was sent/received, swipe right to left on the message thread.

2. Tap to Scroll Up

If you’re at the bottom of a long web page, email or document and need to get back to the top, don’t bother scrolling. Just tap once at the top edge of the iPhone or iPad screen where the time and battery life are displayed and you will promptly jump back to the beginning.

3. Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

The iPhone keyboard has several shortcuts that are not immediately obvious. A few of them are most helpful and could ease the experience.

i. Instead of switching to the number keyboard and again switching back to the letter keyboard, just press and hold the “123” key and then without releasing your finger slide your finger to the desired character to select it. When you release your finger the keyboard will switch back to the letter keys.

ii. Touch and hold the “Compose new message” button in Mail to automatically switch to your list of saved message drafts. When entering an email address, hold down the period key to see other addresses.

iii. You might be familiar with emoticons, those funny smileys to express your mood when texting. Entering Emoji smileys is done through the available standard Emoji keyboard, which you just need to enable. To do this go to Settings>General>Keyboard>International Keyboards>Add New Keyboard>Emoji. Your keyboard should now show a globe icon. When you type, just tap the globe button and choose the Emoji from the list that fits the desired mood.

iv. When typing a Web address in the browser press and hold down the .com button and you’ll see a list of alternatives to choose from, such as .net, .org and .edu.

v. Do you know that you can split the iPad keyboard in two? This feature provides easier typing with your thumbs, with one half of the keyboard going to one side of the screen and the other half going to the other side. You can grasp the iPad with two hands and type with your thumbs. You will find this feature ‘on’ by default on your iPad. You can check this by going to Settings>General> Keyboard>Split Keyboard. To split the keyboard anytime while using the regular keyboard, put your thumbs in the middle of your iPad’s on screen keyboard and pull thumbs apart. It will split the keyboard in half and you will feel like as if you’re texting from phone. You can also do this by just pressing and holding the keyboard icon at the lower right corner and select ‘Split’ or ‘Un-dock’ options. The ‘Undock’ option lets you move the keyboard up or down. To return the keyboard to its original full configuration when needed, simply press and hold the Keyboard icon and select and release the “Dock and Merge” option. The “Dock” option moves the keyboard back to the bottom while keeping it split. To turn the ‘split keyboard’ feature off, go to Settings>General>Keyboard>Split Keyboard>Off.

4. App switching

Apple iOS 4 introduced multitasking, which allows switching between running apps on iPhone or iPad without going to the home screen. To do this, for iOS4, iOS5, and iOS6, double-tap the Home button when a bar appears along the bottom of the screen showing several apps where you can choose the one you wish to access by swiping left or right. For iPad, place your four fingers on the screen and swipe all of them up at once to see all running apps and tap the one you wish to switch to. This and other multitask gestures remain on by default on the iPad 2 and newest iPad. But with the first-generation iPads you have to turn them on by going to Settings>General> Multitask Gestures.

5. Take Screenshots

Do you know you can take a screenshot of whatever you see on your iPhone or iPad and save the images in your device easily? Just press the Home button and the On/Off button (top right edge) simultaneously and you will hear a clicking sound similar to when you take a picture with the Camera app. Your screenshots are saved in Camera Roll, along with your other photos.

6. Make FaceTime Audio calls for cheap

You can make audio-only FaceTime calls on your iPhone or iPad. If you’re paying for Wi-Fi or cellular by the megabyte, this will save you money. Just make sure you have enabled FaceTime in the Settings app, then find an entry in the Contacts or Phone app and tap the phone icon instead of the video icon in the FaceTime app. You’ll immediately launch into an audio-only FaceTime call, though you can switch over to a video call at any point by tapping the FaceTime button. You can even add a FaceTime Audio call to your Phone app’s Favorites by tapping Add to Favorite on any contact card, and then selecting FaceTime Audio.

7. Use Volume Buttons to Take Photos

Do you know your iPhone camera has physical shutter buttons? The volume buttons on the left side of your device also work as shutter buttons and you can take photos with your iPhone by pressing the volume buttons whenever the Camera app is opened. Both volume up and volume down will do the trick. This feature makes it a simple task to take self-portraits or to tell any stranger to take a photo of you and your family or friends. However, there is one thing you should remember. The buttons have to be pressed quite hard, which can lead to significant camera shake. For this reason you should not use your iPhone’s volume buttons in low-light conditions.

8. Digital Picture Frame (iPad only)

There is a built-in Picture Frame feature on the iPad that pulls from your photo stream all photos or specific albums and puts your iPad to work as a digital picture frame for a photo slide show. To turn on Picture Frame go to Settings > Picture Frame>All photos or Albums. If you own an iPad case, flip it into its stand-up position, place the iPad on a table, press the Picture Frame icon which appears to the right of the slide-to-unlock bar on the lock screen and walk away.

The Picture Frame feature has, however, been discontinued by Apple on iOS 7.

9. Mute/Rotate Lock Switch

The iPad, just like the iPhone offers a way to lock the screen orientation so it doesn’t rotate as you move your tablet from a horizontal to vertical position. The same button on the right edge of your iPad that locks the screen in portrait or landscape mode can double as a mute button. This comes in handy if you find yourself frequently muting the iPad. Change this button’s default lock function by going into Settings>General>Use side switch to: Lock Rotation or Mute. By default, this button is on Lock Rotation.
Another quick way to mute is to double tap the Home button to show the app bar. Swipe from left to right on the app bar until you see the iTunes controls. Tap the Rotate/Mute button to lock your screen orientation. The screen locks in its current position-landscape or portrait mode.

10. Reset locked up iPhone

It may be rare occurrence, but sometimes you may find your iPhone getting locked up. Maybe your device will not wake up from sleep mode, though you find your battery has not completely discharged. Sometimes the device may lock up when poorly-written apps crashes. In such rare events, you can force your i-Device to reset by holding down the Home and Power buttons simultaneously until the device starts to reboot. Don’t lose your nerve, this can take a few seconds.

Conclusion

I am sure that the use of the simple iPhone tips and tricks given given in the article would improve the performance of your Apple i-Devices and enhance your overall iPhone/iPad experience. These are especially important for people who own older iPhones and iPads. All these new features in Apple’s recent iOS updates bring additional significance to the platform that slows down older hardware.

2 Responses to “10 Most Useful iPhone Tips and Tricks for iPhone/iPAD users”

  1. Arpit Roy

    Oct 06. 2014

    Good one. Thanks for sharing !

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