I discovered a new shortcut recently to the camera feature of your IPhone. In the lower right hand corner of your locked screen, you will see a camera icon. There’s a picture you want to take but it needs to be taken immediately or the opportunity will disappear. wipe upward from the camera icon and you can take a photo immediately, without having to input your password and find the camera icon among your apps. Now isn’t that a great one to know!
Quickly shut off the flashlight by using the camera shortcut from the lock screen.
Leave your lime-green bubble level in the drawer. iOS’s built-in leveling tool uses the phone’s gyroscope to help you find out if an object is perfectly horizontal (or vertical). To access it, launch the compass, then swipe right to reveal the level.
In some apps like Mail, you can use rich formatting to make text bold, italics, or underlined. But if you don’t know it exists, you might miss it. Just highlight the text you want to edit, and tap the arrow in the copy/paste pop-up. Then, choose “B I U” to access the formatting options.
Unlike Android, the iPhone doesn’t have a dedicated “back” button. But, a little-known gesture makes that completely acceptable. In Messages, Mail and even Safari, simply swipe right from the edge of the screen to go to the previous window. The gesture even works in some third-party apps like Instagram.
When the camera is active, tapping the screen sets the focus and exposure for that object. But, the moment the camera moves, these settings are lost. To lock the focus and exposure, tap and hold until you see a yellow bar appear at the top of the screen, Even if you change your composition, the focus and exposure will be unaffected.
Want to know if your best friend is calling without ever looking at the phone? Buried in the contact settings, a fun option lets you create custom vibration patterns for your contacts. To do it, go to Contacts, choose a contact, and tap Edit in the upper-right corner. Then, scroll down and navigate to Vibration > Create New Vibration. In the interactive screen, tap and hold to create a pattern, using long presses for long vibration notes, and so on
When you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to find out which apps the locals love most — especially public transportation apps. To see what locals are downloading, go to the App Store and tap the Explore button, then select Popular Near Me.
If you’re watching your data usage, it’s a good idea to use a feature introduced in iOS 7: cellular data management. With this tool, you can decide which apps get to use cellular data, and which apps can load only over Wi-Fi. Head over to Settings > Cellular to disable cellular data usage for any installed apps.
Here’s another one you might only stumble upon. To find a specific text message, use the search bar at the top of the message interface. Don’t see it? Pull down to reveal it, or tap the top bar.