The iPhone is one of the world’s most popular smartphones, and those who have one spend a lot of time with it. But how well do you really know your iPhone? I bet you there are many features that you're not taking advantage of because you don't know they exist. Here are 10 features you probably didn’t know about your iPhone that will make you enjoy your phone even more.
1. Make a passcode with letters instead of numbers:
Go to Settings > General > Passcode.
Turn off the setting that says “Simple Passcode.”
A screen will appear asking you to change your passcode, with a full QWERTY keyboard below. The next time you unlock your phone, the keyboard will appear instead of just the number pad.
2. Have SIRI read your email out loud:
Tell Siri, “Read my email,” and she’ll oblige. You’ll hear the sender’s name, the date/time of the message, and the subject line.
You can also instruct her to “read my latest email” or ask, “Do I have email from [person]?”
3. See time stamps on your texts:
For a while, the fact that I couldn’t see when my iMessages were sent drove me crazy. Turns out there is a stupidly easy way to view timestamps of your messages in iOS 7: touch and drag message bubbles to the left.
4. Shake your iPhone to delete texts:
Did you change your mind about that text you just tapped in? Shake your phone, and an “Undo Typing” box will come up. If you change your mind after you’ve hit Undo, shake your phone again for a handy “Redo Typing” box.
5. Turn off all in-app purchases with the use of one button:
This is especially useful if you have kids, or have zero self-control when it comes to Candy Crush. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions, Enable Restrictions, and scroll down to disable In-App Purchases.
6. Take a burst of photos at once:
Hold down the shutter button in your camera and you’ll automatically activate burst mode. Your phone will capture a ton of photos in rapid succession and save them to your camera: a great way to guarantee you’ll get a profile pic to your liking.
7. Put your phone on aeroplane mode it will charge twice as fast:
Great for when you need to charge your phone quickly at a bar.
8. Take a photo with the volume button:
Instead of using the touch circle to snap your selfie, hit the “up” volume button. It lets you hold the phone — and camera — more steadily.
9. Turn on caps lock, double tap the “SHIFT” key:
This is so simple to do, yet totally changed my ability to CONVEY HOW EXCITED OR MAD I WAS to my friends without having to hit the shift arrow every time.
10. Add custom vibrations:
In your Contacts app, you can enable different vibration patterns for different contacts. This is particularly handy if you keep your phone in your pocket, so you can distinguish hands-free between a pesky email from your boss and a fun text.