Your phone takes up multiple roles in your life—it’s your alarm clock, music player, information guide, occasional mentor, and all-in-all, your best companion. But just like your best friend, it’s never too late to discover new and amazing things about it.
If you’re an iPhone user, this article will make you fall in love with your phone all over again. Find out the hidden treasures of the iPhone that even the company hasn’t revealed to you. Here’s a list of tasks that this user-friendly device can perform that you need to know about!
1. Be a one-man orchestra–create your own custom vibration
It’s not very easy to bear the harsh vibrations that most phones set by default. Your iPhone lets you create your own vibration, and allows you to control how your phone moves with every notification.
Steps: Settings>Sounds>Ringtones>Vibration>Create New Vibration
Tap your fingers to the beat of your choice and make your own vibrating pattern!
2. Use flash alerts
Now you can actually use lights to guide you home … or to an emergency. If you’re someone who’s always accused of missing important phone calls and texts, and have run out of the ‘noisy, crowded background’ excuses, this is the alert for you.
Allow the camera’s LED to light up notifications through Settings>General>Accessibility.
3. A shake motion that ‘rights your wrongs’
Move away, backspace! A much more fun way to correct your words is here. Just shake the phone and start over, to undo all the wrong typing (but be careful, it can make you ‘seem’ drunk).
4. Clean up the RAM
You can now ensure that your phone runs faster by clearing up the unwanted RAM.
Hold down the power button until the “slide to power off” prompt comes on screen, and then hold down the home button. Your screen will go blank, and the home screen will appear in a moment. Voila, your RAM has been cleared up!
5. Clean up the cache
After clearing the RAM, you can even clear the cache to use your phone at optimal speed. In any of the Phone apps, App Store, Podcasts, Music, and Game Center, tap a single icon at the bottom 10 times to clear the cache.
6. Timestamps for all your texts
It may seem a little weird to spend hours on text, without realizing how long the conversation has been. Well, if you are interested in managing your time better, or just being more vigilant, you can always check the timestamps. These are hidden, and only appear when you drag your thumb to the left of the messages.
7. Find recently closed tabs on Safari
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see your old tabs as a reference for when you’re on one of your crazy online search missions? All you need to do is click on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom of Safari, to see a list of your recent online activity!
8. Your phone is the only ‘level’ you need
Unlike the Android system, you don’t need a third party app for a level calibration. Just start the compass app and swipe left.
9. Let your phone store your medical data for a rainy day
By providing critical medical information—only the amount that you’re okay with sharing publicly of course—you can let strangers help you during a medical emergency without unlocking your phone. Go to your health app and fill out the form with the relevant details, to make sure your phone can save your life in case of an emergency.
When Apple introduced the low-light mode for less strain on the eyes after the dark, yet it can’t be active during low power mode. However, users have found a loophole. Like many things in life, you can trust your sidekick Siri to do it for you.
Activate Low Power Mode in Settings>Battery, and then start Siri, asking her to enable night shift. Despite Siri’s protests to turn off Low Power Mode to start Night Shift, carry on. Before Siri confirms, press the sleep button.
When you hear the confirmation beep, unlock the phone and the miracle comes to life. Night shift and low power mode are running at the same time.