With each new update to iOS comes a ton of cool new features that make using your iPhone every day as efficient as it is fun. From quick navigation gestures to ways you can save your battery life and everything in between – however simple, they’ll change the way you use your iPhone on a daily basis. Get ready to have your life changed, one feature at a time. The list is endless but here are some of our favourites.
Get clever on Messages
Did you know that you can quickly and easily forward a message to another contact? Just hold down on the piece of text, select the “More” option and then select the forward arrow icon on the bottom right of your screen. It will bring up a new message for you with the piece of copied text. Fill in the contact that you wish to send it to in the “To” field and you’re A-for-Away.
You can also manually select who does and who doesn’t receive Read receipts when messaging you. All you need to do is open the iMessage thread, and tap the “i” info button on the top right of the iMessage. Disable or enable Send Read Receipts as you wish.
There are also quick and easy ways to respond to texts when you’re busy doing something else. If your phone is locked you can respond to a text by just swiping down on the notification centre and swiping left over the message where you will see an option to reply. Tap it and it will let you reply without even unlocking your phone. You can do the same thing if you are busy in another app as well. Super efficient don’t you think!?
These days we are constantly sharing photos and videos over Messages. If you would like to view all the photos a particular person has sent to you or that you have sent to them, then just open your conversation thread in Messages and tap “i” in the upper right corner. Scroll down and you will see a list of all images and attachments that have been exchanged between the two of you.
Take a screenshot
A screenshot is super useful when you spot something on a website or want to take a snapshot of a conversation you’re having with someone to save yourself some time in relaying the information. Just hold down the home button and the on/off button at the same time and voilà, an image of what is on your screen at that moment will be saved to your Camera roll to use as you wish. Your Photos app will even save all of your screenshots in a separate folder automatically.
Share your location
How often do you find yourself trying to explain to a friend where you are and ascertain how long it will take you to reach them or them to reach you? Apple has designed a way to make this process a whole lot less tedious. To send your location to someone via a text message, just tap the “i” button in the top right-hand corner of the iMessage thread. You can either opt to “Send My Current Location” which will share your location as a once off, or you can choose to “Share My Location” which will allow that person to track you where you go. You can choose to share your location for an hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely. This is especially useful when you’re on your way to meet someone and instead of replying to their texts constantly asking where you are, they can just see for themselves.
EarPods are for more than just audio
Every iPhone comes a set of EarPods that are so much more than just an audio accessory. You can take a picture using the volume button (great for selfies), manage your calls and even activate Siri. When you get a call you can either answer it by tapping the Play/Pause button and then tap it again to hang up. If you don’t want to answer, hold the Play/Pause button down until you hear two low beeps and the call will be sent to voicemail. To activate Siri, all you need to do is press and hold down the Play/Pause button. From there she’s at your beck and call to send a message, make a call or even change the playlist that you’re listening to.
Save your battery
If your battery is running low and you only need to use certain things on your iPhone, switch to Low Power Mode. It’s a super quick way to get your iPhone to save it’s battery life as much as possible. By turning it on it will stop doing stuff like refreshing apps in the background, pushing email and other small things to save battery power. If you are charging your phone it will also charge much quicker if you put it in Airplane mode. You might be prompted with the option to switch this on when your battery is low, or you can switch it on by going to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.
Move around as quick as lightening
A gesture that you may not be aware of that will save you some time in apps like Messages, Mail and Safari is the option to swipe right at the edge of your screen to go back to the previous window you had open. It also works in some other apps like Instagram. It’s a little quicker than hitting the back button every time. And more fun, of course.
See things up close
There is a sneaky feature on your iPhone that allows you to turn your camera into a magnifying glass! It’s really easy to use. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Magnifies and turn it on. To use it, triple click the Home button and hover over the item that you want to magnify. You will be able to magnify it more or less depending on what you need to see. Now that’s cool!
Please note: these features may not be available on all versions of iOS. Update to your latest iOS to take full advantage of what your iPhone has to offer.