Today we are going to be looking at some of the best iPhone hacks, tips, and tricks that are available in 2021. We are going to be helping you squeeze the last drop of juice out of your old iPhone or a new one.
iOS is a very user-friendly mobile OS, but it still houses some of the best-kept secrets out there that not many people know about. You may feel that you probably don’t need this guide and can probably navigate through your phone with your eyes shut, there are some hidden tips and tricks that can boost your productivity.
You can take our word when we say that you have only scratched the surface of your latest iOS. Back in 2007 when it did not even have a name, to iOS 14, and soon the iOS 15, this magnificent OS had a lot to offer to the consumers. Here are some of the best tips and tricks to ooze out the last of the performance from your iPhone.
1. Picture-in-picture video
Gone are the days when you had to pause or even quit your video playing app whenever you had to take a call or check a message or check out an email. It sometimes was so abrupt, that you even lost track of where exactly you were before you accidentally closed the app.
In good news for people who like to multitask in this regard, the iOS 14 update has solved this problem that had been lingering for years now. You can now return to your home screen or switch between apps while your video keeps playing in a nice-looking pop-up floating over the other apps. This sure is a beautiful way of multitasking.
To enable this feature, simply enable the picture-in-picture mode from the full-screen video. If you want to set it up as default, you need to go to Settings > General > Picture in Picture, and from here you need to enable Start PiP Automatically.
This feature works with most video applications such as Netflix but unfortunately, this does not work with YouTube.
2. Use a mouse with your iPhone
Yes, you read that right. You can even use a regular mouse with your iPhone. And no, you do not need to connect it via a cable. You can connect your mouse with Bluetooth. You can interact with the interface using this mouse, browse the web or even play some video games. iOS 14 even lets you customize the size of the pointer.
Here is how you can start using your Bluetooth mouse with your iPhone –
Open Settings > Accessibility > Touch > AssistiveTouch > AssistiveTouch > Enable
Once this is done, you can now go to Bluetooth and connect your mouse. Once connected, you can now start using your mouse to navigate through your iPhone interface.
3. Use headphones to take photos
If you are one of those people who take a shaky photo every time, due to the shake when you press the button on your iPhone, well we got some news for you. You can use the volume up/down button on your headphones to take those crispy photos without blur.
- Plug your Apple earbuds into your iPhone.
- Start the Camera app.
- Frame your photo or the subject of you photograph.
- You can simply use either the volume up or volume down button on your earbud cable to capture the photo.
4. Adding Dark Mode to Control Center
With iOS13 the much-awaited Dark Mode was released. And no list of tips and tricks for your iPhone is complete without talking about the Dark Mode.
Switching to Dark Mode can be lengthy but it can be shortened by adding the toggle for it to the Control Center for faster and easier access.
To do so, you need to go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
Once you have landed on the customize controls page, you need to scroll down and tap the ‘+’ button next to the Dark Appearance. This will add the Dark Mode button to the control center for your convenient access.
5. Taking screenshots in PDF format
This is a very handy trick that often gets overlooked and we often end up googling how to convert to pdf from so and so format. Introduced with iOS13 and above, users can now directly save the entire page screenshot to pdf format in most applications on their iPhone.
When you take a screenshot from your Safari browser, there is a tab. You are given the option to save just the screen shown or the entire page.
This feature lets users save the screenshot of the screen or the entire page in PDF format. It is further enhanced by allowing users to mark up the entire page and jumping to wherever they want to make an edit by using the scroll bar provided on the right side.
6. Undo with a Shake
Ever typed something wrong and then tried deleting it by either deleting all of the text you already typed or by moving the cursor with your large fingers and spending a good 10-30 seconds trying to get it into the right spot with frustration. Well, you don’t need to do that anymore. Just shake your iPhone and it will undo your typos. As simple and as straightforward as that.
7. Move the cursor with Space Bar
That is correct. All you need to do for moving your cursor into the right spot is by long pressing the Spacebar and moving your finger back and forth on it and the cursor will move along with your finger.
8. Calculate without a Calculator
You don’t need to fire up your calculator app every time you need to make some calculations. Just go to your Home Screen and start typing in the search bar and it will calculate everything for you.
9. Close browser tabs automatically
We are sure you often end up opening a lot of tabs in your Safari browser and don’t want to go through the pain of closing each one.
What if there was a way to close all the tabs every time you exit your browser? You can set up your Safari to automatically close all the tabs every time you exit.
Simply go to Settings > Safari > Close Tabs. From there you can choose to lose your tabs daily, weekly, or monthly.
10. Remove advertisements
Those intrusive ads that track your search history can be a real pain. Knowing someone is watching what you are looking for is frightening enough as it is.
iOS thankfully gives you the option to opt-out of such advertisements.
You can go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising > Switch on Limit Ad Tracking.
11. Type instead of talking to Siri
It can be flustering and embarrassing sometimes to talk to your phone in public. Fortunately for people who can not do without Siri but do not want to embarrass themselves in public can type to talk to Siri.
Head over to Settings > Accessibility > Scroll down to Siri > Toggle Type to Siri.
12. Teach Siri – how to pronounce names correctly
Would it not be a nice change of pace for the good if Siri could pronounce your friend’s or family’s names correctly? Well, now you can tell Siri how to correctly pronounce a name. Here is how to do it –
- Activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
- Now say “That is not how you pronounce (name) “.
- Now say the name you want to correct the pronunciation for the name.
- Siri will present you with a few options on how to pronounce it.
- Select the correct pronunciation.
13. Hide Photos
This is probably one of the most sought-after features in almost any mobile device out there. We sometimes got photos on our phones that are meant for our eyes only.
If you want to keep your photos hidden away from prying eyes, here is how you can achieve it –
- Start Photos app
- Then Select the album where the photo that you want to hide is
- Select the photo
- Tap on share button at the bottom left-hand corner
- Then Tap on hide button at the bottom right-hand corner
- Tap to hide.
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These are just some of the tips and tricks which we believe are some of the bests out there and we have barely scratched the surface.
There is a lot more to the iOS than meets the eye and not everyone knows about it. While the new iOS is just around the corner, there are going to be a lot more tips and tricks than you can fathom.