iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for Best Tricks, But when you look inside, nothing could be farther from the truth. Apple hasn’t just upgraded the hardware, they’ve introduced new things – an entirely new camera module, a much powerful Tactic engine for OS-wide system haptics and more. Then there’s all the new stuff in iOS 10.
If you just got a new iPhone 7, you should know that this thing in your hand is far more capable than the previous iPhone. And we’ll help you discover how, in the section below.
Customize How The Home Button Feels
The new Home button isn’t actually a button. Similar to the Force Touch trackpad on the new Macs, the new Home “button” is capacitive. It doesn’t move, you get feedback on the operation thanks to the Coptic engine just behind the Home button.
This means that you can customize how “hard” the press/feedback feels like. There are 3 settings – basically low, medium and high. You would be asked about it during setup. But you can go into “Settings” -> “General” -> “Home” to change them anytime.
Learn The New Way too Hard Reset
If your iPhone was acting weirdly, the first thing you’d do is hard reset. Just press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home button until the iPhone reboots. But because the Home button isn’t a real button now, the key combination for this action has changed. You now need to press and hold “Sleep/Wake” and “Volume Down” buttons.
Switch to Portrait Mode
If you’re running iOS 10.1 and up on your iPhone 7 Plus, you should now see a new option for the Portrait mode. You can switch to it by swiping on the camera view, the same way you switch to Pano mode.
Don’t Save Two Copies Of Portrait Mode Photo
When you click a Portrait shot, iOS saves a normal version of the photo, in case you don’t like the Portrait mode photo. But this means you’re using up double space. If you’re pretty confident about Portrait mode’s prowess, you can go into “Settings” -> “Photo & Camera” and disable “Keep Normal Photo” from under the Portrait Mode section.
Use Optical Zoom on iPhone 7 Plus
Switch to 4K Recording
While it’s not turned on by default, you should know that your iPhone has the ability to shoot videos in 4K. If you’re shooting something at a party, in good light, try switching to 4K. It will take up a lot of memory but the footage will look amazing. From the Settings app, go to “Photo and Camera“. From “Record Video” option, switch to “4k at 30 fps“.
Lock Camera Lens When Recording
Now that the iPhone 7 Plus has a zoom lens, there’s a new setting available to lock the lens when recording a video. This means the zoom won’t readjust itself every time there’s a flickering image or a light issue. You’ll find the “Lock Camera Lens” option in the same “Record Video” section.
Turn off Raise to Wake
iOS 10 running on the iPhone 7 has a new feature where it automatically lights up the display when you pick up the phone. But if you keep doing this accidentally, there’s a way to turn the feature off from “Settings” -> “Display and Brightness“.
Add Widgets To Lock screen
Widgets on iOS 10 are actually quite epic. Really useful. And you can add them directly to the Lock screen. The left page is dedicated to them. Swipe right on the Lock screen, swipe to the bottom and tap “Edit” to customize widgets. Check out our guide here.
Use Your iPhone as a Magnifier
You can use iPhone’s epic camera as your personal magnifier, zooming way in to read things you can’t with your naked eye. To enable this feature, go into “Settings” -> “General” -> “Accessibility” -> “Magnifier” and turn it on. Next time you want to use this feature, triple-click the Home button and it will show up.
Charge The iPhone And Listen To Music
Use 3D Touch
In iOS 10, 3D Touch is available a lot-lot more places. And it is now essential if you want to reply to comments from the Lock screen or send effects in the Messages app. You should start using 3D Touch, and incorporate it in your day to day use. Check out our list on all the new places 3D Touch is available in iOS 10.
Unlock iPhone Without Pressing The Home Button
iOS 10 requires you to “press” the Home button to unlock the iPhone. Even on iPhone 7, this means pressing the Home button till you get the Haptic feedback. But what if you want to unlock your iPhone as soon as you put your finger on the Home button. You can do that, as long as the screen is awake, using an Accessibility setting.
From the Settings app, go to “General” -> “Accessibility” -> “Home“. And turn on “Rest Finger to Unlock” option.
Disable New System Haptics
The iPhone 7 has a really powerful Tactic engine. And in iOS 10, there’s haptic feedback almost everywhere. This is created to simulate the real world. So when you’re spinning the date wheel, you’ll feel like it’s moving. This is also available in apps like Mail when deleting emails, for example.
But this might be annoying to some, so go into Settings and find the all new “Sounds & Haptics” section. From the bottom, turn off the “System Haptics” option.
Enable Two-Step Verification
Increase or decrease text size
If you want to adjust the text size on your device for easier reading, then go to Settings and navigate to Display & Brightness > Text Size and adjust the slider to change the text size based on your preference. Please note that apps that support Dynamic Type will only adjust to your preferred reading size.
By default, iOS displays the battery level in the top right corner of the status bar. You can keep track of the charge remaining in your iPhone more easily by enabling the battery percentage indicator, which displays the battery left in percentage. To display the battery percentage indicator, navigate to Settings > General > Usage and tap on the Battery Percentage toggle to turn it on.
Close an app or multiple apps
To close or kill an app running in the background or force it to quit, double-press the Home button to access the new app switcher or multitasking tray and then swipe up on the app that you want to close. You can close multiple apps (up to 3 apps) at a time using multiple fingers.
Move or delete an app on the Home screen
If you want to move the icons around on the screen, then tap and hold on the icon for a couple of seconds, and wait for all icons to wiggle. You can now drag and rearrange the icon. If you want to move the app to a different page, then you can drag it to the edge of the screen and wait for it to move across to the next page. To delete an app, tap on the little cross in the corner of the app icon to delete it. Press the Home button to stop the app icons from shaking.
Do Not Disturb
Notifications and alerts ensure we don’t miss new information and events, but if you’re looking for something to silence your iPhone, whether you’re going into a meeting or going to bed, then enable the Do Not Disturb toggle in Settings. You can enable it manually by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb and tapping on the toggle for Manual to enable it, or you can schedule it. When Do Not Disturb is enabled calls and alerts that arrive will be silenced, and a moon icon will appear in the status bar.
Reachability is a new feature introduced for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that come with bigger screens to make it easier for one-handed use. Lightly tap twice on the Home button/Touch ID. This will slide the screen down so that you can reach UI elements in the top half more easily with your thumb. It stays in that position for 5-6 seconds giving you enough time to interact. When the screen pans down, it only stays down for one tap.
Control Center gives you quick access to the Camera, Calculator, AirPlay and music controls. It also gives you the ability to adjust the brightness, enable or disable system toggles such as AirPlane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Portrait Location Lock. To access Control Center, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.
You can use your iPhone as a flashlight. Just swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to access the Control Center, and tap on the torch icon to enable the flashlight.
Apple ID without credit card
In case you’re not aware, you can create an Apple ID without a credit card so that you can use it to download free apps. Some parents create such accounts and top it up with iTunes gift card to control the spending on the App Store by their children.
Add An International Keyboard
If you need to communicate with your colleagues and family in different languages, the iPhone offers a one-tap solution to toggle between the different keyboards. To add an international keyboard, launch the Settings app and navigate to General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards > Add New Keyboard to add a new language to your active keyboards list. Once done, you simply have to tap on the globe icon beside the space bar on the keyboard to switch to another language.
Add Special Symbol
Can’t find the € symbol on your iPhone or iPad’s keyboard? To insert this symbol, you simply have to tap and hold the $ key. You will be shown a list of alternate currency symbols, including €, to pick from. You can use the same trick to insert many other symbols like an inverted exclamation, longer hyphens, hell lets by tapping and holding the corresponding keys.
Quick Way To Start A New Sentence
The iOS keyboard lets you add a period and start a new sentence by simply double-tapping the space bar. This trick is particularly useful while you type long paragraphs of text. To make sure this feature is enabled, go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard and check if the toggle for “.” The shortcut is enabled.
Quickly Insert Punctuation
Many users tend to tap on the “123” key to view the list of numbers and symbols to pick. Once done, they tap on the “ABC” key to revert back to the alphabet keyboard to continue typing. You can do this a lot more quickly by tapping and holding the “123” key, and swipe on the keyboard to the punctuation mark you need in one single swipe action. Once you select the punctuation or symbol you want to add, release your finger, iOS will automatically revert back to the alphabet keyboard. So this saves you the hassle of switching between keyboards.
Quickly type capital letters
If you’re in the middle of a sentence and want to type a single capital letter, you’d normally enable the cap lock key, type the letter and disable it again. But there’s a much simpler way: Tap on the Shift key and in one single action slide your finger to the key you want to type. When you release it, you’ll see that the Shift key is disabled again, saving you an extra tap.
Quickly Change Domain Name Extension
The Mobile Safari browser comes with a handy .com key for users to easily suffix the domain name extension to the URL in the address bar. You can also use this key to add other extensions like.ORG or.NET. To do this, tap and hold the.COM key to view the alternate extensions to pick from. Interestingly, this list will also include specific country-code extensions if you have the corresponding languages added to your International keyboard list.
Shake to Undo
Instead of holding the delete key to remove the typed text, you may simply shake the iPhone (once to your left and back). This will prompt you with an option to ‘Undo Typing‘. Tapping this button will automatically delete your recently typed text.
Type smart quotes
The default quote key on the keyboard includes normal quotes, often called “dumb” quotes. But you can type in the curved variants of quotation marks (called smart quotes) by long pressing the quote key.
If you wanted to type contractions like “he’ll” or “we’ll,” but iOS doesn’t autocorrect your “hell” or “well” simply add a third “l.” Hello,” and the keyboard will recommend “he’ll.” Type “well,” and the keyboard will recommend “we’ll.”
This also works with “were” and “we’re.” Type an extra “e” (“were”) and the software recommends “we’re.”
Quickly access drafts
To quickly access your list of drafts, simply long tap the compose button at the bottom-right. This brings up a list from the bottom with all your drafts. This is much quicker than the usual way of accessing drafts.
At times you’d want to reply to a portion of the mail, but iOS by default quotes the contents of the entire mail when replying. You can change this by selecting the portion you want to reply to using the standard iOS text selection mechanism and then pressing the reply button. You’ll now see the selected text as a quote in the compose window.
Attach media from the compose window
The Mail app doesn’t give a direct button to insert attachments from the compose window, but if you long tap in the compose text field, you’ll see an option to insert a video or a photo (you’ll have to tap the right arrow to see the option). When you tap that, you’ll see the standard photo picker from where you can choose a photo or video.
You can type in your text in the mail body, and format it as bold, italic or underlined by selecting the text and tapping the “BIU” button.
You can also increase or decrease the indent level of selected text by selecting the quote, tapping on the arrow at the right, and then tapping on the Quote level, followed by Increase or Decrease depending on how you want to format it.
Get Reply Notifications
To receive notification when anyone replies to an email thread, tap the flag when viewing the message, and then tap Notify Me.
Go back to the top
Tap just above the top of the smart search field to go to the top of the page, so you don’t have to spend time swiping down.
Gestures to go back and forward
Instead of using buttons, you can use edge-swipe gestures to navigate between web pages. Swipe from the left edge to go back one page and swipe from the right edge to go forward. These gestures are very useful in full-screen mode since you don’t have the buttons immediately available.
Recently closed tabs
If you’ve mistakenly closed a tab, or simply want to open a tab you’ve closed from your last browsing session, just tap and hold the “+” button to see a list of all your recently closed tabs.
You can access the browser history for a particular tab with a long tap on the back or forward button, so you can quickly jump to the site you had visited.
You can tap on the icon to the left of the smart search field (address or search bar) to access the Safari Reader feature, which displays web articles without ads or clutter. The icon turns white when the Reader functionality is activated.
If you’ve come across a long article that you find interesting but don’t want to read right now, you can add it to Safari’s Reading List, which syncs across all your iOS devices and Macs.
You can save items to your Reading List by tapping the share button in Safari, then tapping on the glass icon. iOS 7 or later also lets third parties add items to Safari’s reading list, so you could even add links from the Share menu in apps.
You can access your Reading List by tapping the Bookmarks icon in Safari’s toolbar and switching to the tab with the Glasses icon.
Search on current page
To search for something on the current web page, type your search text in the smart search field, and right at the bottom, you’ll see a section called “On This Page” that shows you the number of matches.
On tapping the last cell under the “On This Page”, Safari will take you to the first occurrence of your search text on the current page, and from there you can jump through all the occurrences using the back and forward button at the bottom.
Close and reorder tabs
To close a web page, just swipe a tab offscreen to the left or tap on the x button. You can close only one tab at a time, and there is no option to close all tabs.
You can also reorder tabs by tapping and holding on a tab, and move it to the place you want it.
To enable or disable private browsing, enter the tab switcher view by tapping the tab button at the bottom, followed by the Private button on the bottom left the corner.
You’ll see the interface change to black when it is in private mode, so you can differentiate between private and normal browsing mode.
Add RSS feeds to Safari
With iOS 8, you can subscribe to RSS feeds in Safari, which then appear in the Shared Links tab. To subscribe to an RSS feed, visit the site you want to subscribe to in Safari, tap the bookmarks icon and tap on the @ symbol. Tap on the Subscription button at the bottom and then tap on “Add Current Site”. You’ll then start seeing updates from the site in the Shared Links tab.
Tips for Messages app
Send Photos or Videos
To send a photo, tap on the camera icon when you’re in a conversation, swipe up to take a photo and send it instantly. To send a video, swipe to the right to start recording the video, and then swipe up to stop the recording and send the video.
Open the Messages app, and tap on a conversation. You’ll see that the timestamps here are for a collection of messages. To see what time messages were sent, drag a bubble to the left.
Block Voice, FaceTime calls and Messages
Go to Settings, and navigate to Phone > Blocked, then tap on Add New…, and tap on the Contact you wish to block, to add it to the block list. You can also block a contact or phone number in the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages app.
When you add a Contact or number to the blocked list, voice calls, FaceTime calls and messages from that person will be blocked. You cannot selectively block just voice calls, FaceTime calls or messages from a person.
Share your location with friends
In the Messages app, tap on the conversation you’re having with your friend or friends with whom you want to share your location. Then tap on Details in the top right corner. Tap on Send My Current Location if you want to send your current location or tap on Share My Location if you want to share your location forever or the specific period of time.
Mute a conversation
Tap on the conversation you want to mute in the Messages app, tap on Details, and then tap on the Do Not Disturb toggle.
Tips for Phone app
Respond to a call with a text
If you can’t take a call, you can tap on the Message icon to send a prewritten message response such as “Sorry, I can’t talk right now,” “I’m on my way,” “Can I call you later?”. You can also customize the messages in Settings > Phone > Respond with Text.
Add profile pictures to contacts
You can sync profile photos of your friends and family from Facebook or Twitter so that when they email or call, you can see their profile photo. To sync the profile photos, go to Settings, and tap on Facebook or Twitter, log in to your account, and then tap Update Contacts.
You can delete the last entered number in the Calculator app by swiping from left to right or right to left across the display in the Calculator app.
In the Calendar app, the list view is a much easier view to scroll through the events in the month or year. So here are the steps: You need to go to the month view. Here you need to tap on the combination list/month view button to the left of the search icon. Then tap on any day in the month. Now tap on the list view icon to the left of the search icon. Voila! This will highlight the list button and you should see the list view of events in the month.
Battery life Tips
Enable Auto-Lock so that your iPhone will turn off after a period of inactivity to reduce battery consumption. To enable the auto-Lock interval, go to Settings, and navigate to General > Auto-Lock and set the auto-lock interval to either 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 minutes.
Dimming the screen helps to reduce power consumption, so you can lower the default screen brightness based on your preference. Go to Settings, and navigate to Display & Brightness to reduce the brightness.
Identify Battery hogs
In iOS 8 or later, you can find out which apps are consuming the most power. To find out go to Settings, and navigate to General > Usage > Battery Usage.
The battery usage provides you information about how much battery is consumed by various apps and services on your device. It is important to mention here that an app with a high percentage battery usage does not necessarily mean it is a battery hog. It could be because you were using it a lot, or if it was running in the background to upload or download content.
The apps that should be a concern are ones that show up on top of power consumption list even though you haven’t been using them. iOS 8 will also tell you what activity that could have resulted in battery consumption such as Background activity etc.
Use Location Only While Using an app
In iOS 8, Apple has added a new setting in Location Services called While Using the App, which means that the app will only use location services when you’re using the app, and won’t use it all the time. This can be useful for apps like the App Store, which don’t need to be using location services all the time.
You can see which applications have recently used location services by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Apps that recently used your location have a compass-like indicator next to them. Tap on the app, you should see the While Using the App, tap on it if you want the app to use location services only while using the app. This will ensure that the app will access your location only when it or one of its features are visible on the screen.
Please note that this feature is available for stock apps and also some third-party apps, however, we expect third-party apps to offer this feature when they’re optimized for iOS 8.
Background App Refresh
Background App Refresh feature lets apps fetch content in the background. It improves the user experience of apps such as RSS clients, news app etc. that can download the latest content so you don’t have to wait for the app to refresh the content when you launch it. Although Apple has a lot of optimizations in place to ensure that battery consumption is minimal, it’s possible that battery life of older iOS devices takes a hit due to this feature. To disable Background App Refresh go to Settings, and navigate to General > Background App Refresh and turn it off for apps like Facebook or other apps that don’t absolutely need to be updated all the time.
Battery Life Suggestions
iOS 8 or later will also provide suggestions to improve battery life based on your usage such as it will inform you to Reduce Brightness, Enable Auto-Lock etc. To find out what suggestion Apple has for you to improve battery life, go to Settings and navigate to General > Usage > Battery Usage.
Siri is Apple’s personal assistant, which can be accessed by long-pressing the Home button. It can do tons of things. Tap on the? icon to find out some of the things you can ask Siri.
What song is this
If you like a song playing on the radio, then you can ask Siri “What song is this?” to find out the name of the song. You can also buy the song from iTunes if it is available by tapping on the buy button.
When your iPhone is connected to a power source, instead of pressing the Home button just say “Hey Siri”. It should bring up Siri. You can now make your request. There is also a workaround to get “Hey Siri” to work when your iPhone is not connected to a power source.
Get Siri to respond faster
To get a faster response from Siri, continue to hold down the Home button while you speak, and release it when you finish. Since Siri doesn’t have to identify when you stop talking, you end up getting a faster response.
Enable or disable System toggles
Siri has the ability to enable or disable system toggles such as Airplane mode (only enable), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb etc. All you need to say is “Turn on Wi-Fi,” “Turn off Bluetooth” etc. While you’re in an app, say “Open Settings” to open the Settings panel for the app. Alternatively, you can also say, “Open <app name> Settings” or “Open Settings for <app name>”, for example, “Open Safari Settings” or just say “Open Settings for Safari” and it opens the Settings panel for Safari.
Get Siri to pronounce your name correctly
You can tell Siri it is pronouncing your name wrong. You can simply say “That’s not how you pronounce [any name]” to start the teaching process. During the teaching process, it will prompt you to say the name and then prompt you to select from one of the options by repeating the name based on how you pronounced it. Once you select the option, it will start pronouncing the name the way you want it. Siri will also prompt you if it has trouble pronouncing a name and request you to teach it how to say it.
Tips for Camera and Photos app
Tap to select a photo, then tap on the heart icon at the bottom of a photo to select your favorite photos. They can be accessed in the Favorite album in the Photos app.
Hide a Photo
To hide a photo, tap and hold on a photo, while you’re Moments, Collections and Years view or in an Album, then tap on the Hide option to hide the photo.
In the camera app, frame your shot and tap on the clock icon at the top, the number of seconds (3 or 10), and tap on the shutter button. You will see the countdown on the screen after you tap on the shutter button.
Recover and Permanently Deleting Photos
When you delete a photo or video in the Camera app, it is not deleted permanently. They’re just marked for deletion and are accessible in the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app for 30 days.
You can either recover the photo if you had accidentally deleted it or permanently delete the photo from the Recently Deleted album.
Separate controls for focus and exposure
You could set the exposure manually while taking a photo in the Camera app. While taking a photo, first tap on the screen to focus. Once you’ve set the focus, you’ll now see a brightness scale, which is the exposure control. Dragging your finger along the scale will make the photo lighter or darker.
Other hands things you should do:
Note IMEI Number
It’s handy to have your IMEI number stored someplace safe in case you ever lose your phone or tablet. This 16-digit number (known as an International Mobile Equipment Identity number) is a unique identifier for every device that connects to a mobile network with a SIM card, and it allows carriers to blacklist the device if it goes missing.
A blacklisted device can’t be used on mobile networks, and this makes it hard for thieves to use or resell the device. And if you’re planning on purchasing a refurbished or secondhand device, it’s a good idea to check whether the device has been blacklisted before buying it.
On your iOS device, Navigate to Settings > General > About and scroll down to view your device’s IMEI number and other details.
There are other ways to also find the IMEI number, check our article for the other methods.
Apple has added a new feature called Display Zoom for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new higher resolution iPhones. You will be prompted to configure this feature when you set up your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus for the first time. You can also configure or change this setting via the Settings app by navigating to Settings > Display & Brightness > View. You have the option to set it as either Standard or Zoomed.
Here are some screenshots which give a good idea of the difference between the zoomed and standard mode on the iPhone 6 Plus. In zoomed mode, the iPhone 6 acts like a virtual iPhone 5s display but running at 2x retina resolution, which works out to 1136 × 640 pixels.
So the zoomed mode makes each iPhone show the same UI as the standard mode of the next smaller iPhone. It means instead of seeing more content, the content will be larger, which is great for people who want to see slightly larger text, app icons, text labels and user interface elements.
#77. Tips on how to use headphones
You can use the center button (between the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons) on the mic portion of your headphones to perform some useful functions without taking your iOS device from your pocket. Follow the link below for all the details.
78. App extensions
App extension is a powerful feature that was introduced in iOS 8 that allows you to extend and customize the functionality of the operating system to do some cool things that were not possible previously.
79. Prevent frayed Lightning cable
To prevent frayed Lightning cables with wires visible or protruding, put springs at both ends of the cable, ensuring that the cable isn’t in a blended state for a long time. You can get a spring from any ball point pen, and then twirl it around the end, and extend the life of your cable.
80. iPhone not charging?
If you find that your iPhone isn’t charging with your Lightning cable anymore, then it could be because of the lint that has got accumulated in the lightning port over time. You can use a toothpick to remove the lint from the lightning port and get your iPhone charging again.