7 advanced iPhone settings that only professionals know about

By Daniil PiskunApr 30, 2024 14:01 PMTech
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7 advanced iPhone settings. Source: smashedit.co.nz

If you've been using an iPhone for a while, you've probably learned a few tricks that make your life easier. In fact, there are many useful features and settings that you can use with a single tap or gesture. This was reported by SSPDaily.

"What does this do for you?" iDrop News asks. "Such skills will seriously expand your horizons and make you a professional iPhone user.

Here are 7 secret features of Apple's smartphone that will take you to a new level of use.

Quickly switch between pages on the home screen

You don't have to keep all your apps on the Home screen, but it's still a great way to organize them. Moreover, regardless of the number of pages, you can switch to any of them almost instantly.

Now, to get to the page you want, you probably swipe left or right. However, there is a faster way to do it. We're talking about the dots (or Search) located right above the iPhone dock.

If you tap here and swipe left or right, you'll be able to navigate the pages much faster than before.

It may take some time to get used to this new motion, but it's faster and more intuitive, especially if you have a lot of pages on your Home screen.

Instant access to special features

iPhone comes with many special accessibility features. However, you may not always need them, so Apple has made it easy to turn on some of them using the iPhone's side button or the Home button.

In particular, you can use one or more accessibility features by triple-clicking the side button (with Face ID), Accessibility Shortcut, or the Home button.

To use the Accessibility Shortcut feature: 1:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and select "Accessibility".
  • Scroll down and select Accessibility Shortcut.
  • Tap any shortcuts you want to add.

You can also use the three lines to the right of the shortcut to move them in any order.

There are multiple shortcuts to choose from, so use any that you need. Once you've done that, call up the shortcut by triple-clicking the side button or the Home button on your iPhone. If you have more than one shortcut, a menu will appear where you can select the one you want.

To turn off the accessibility feature, triple-click the side button again.

Add two extra buttons to your iPhone

If you have an iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max, you're probably already used to using the Action button. It allows you to perform anything from turning on a flashlight to calling up any shortcut with a single press.

However, you don't have to buy a new iPhone to get your own Action button. You can do the same thing on an older iPhone by digging a little in the settings.

In particular, the Back Tap function provides this opportunity. Of course, it doesn't work the same way as the Action button, but it's a very convenient feature that allows you to access notifications or open the Control Center. In addition, you can now use not one, but two action buttons.

Here's how to use it:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and go to the Accessibility section.
  • Tap Touch.
  • Scroll down the page and select Back Tap.
  • Select Double Tap or Triple Tap.
  • Select the action you want.

And that's it. Just double or triple tap the back of your iPhone to see how it works.

Instantly adjust the brightness of your flashlight

You probably already know how to access the flashlight from the Control Center. However, there's a hidden feature here that you probably didn't realize.

Namely, you can adjust the intensity of the flashlight, making it brighter or dimmer at the right time.

To do this, just open the Control Center, long-press the Flashlight control, and then swipe up or down to adjust the brightness to your liking.

Determine the song title from your iPhone

You're probably familiar with Shazam, an app that allows you to find the name of any song in seconds. Recently, it's been owned by Apple, which has made it easier to add it to the Control Center.

The best part is that once you add the app, you can use Shazam to identify songs that are playing from your iPhone.

To use this feature, first add Shazam to the Control Center.

Next:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll to the bottom and select Control Center.
  • Scroll down again and tap the plus sign next to the Shazam control.

Now open the Control Center and click the Shazam button, navigate to the app where the song is playing, and give the app a few minutes to identify the song. You'll receive a notification with the song's name and the option to quickly add it to your Apple Music library.

Drag and drop multiple apps at once

Organizing your iPhone's home screen can be a challenge, especially if you have a lot of apps installed. Luckily, Apple has made it easy to move them around.

All you have to do is press and hold the Home button until the apps start moving around. Then press and hold one of the apps you want to move. Then, holding the first one, tap on the other shortcuts.

As a result, all of them will be stacked together with the first one, and you can easily move them to another page or folder. And if you want to put everything back, release them, and the previous order will be restored.

Download maps to iPhone

A new feature introduced by Apple in iOS 17 allows you to download maps of specific areas with just a few taps.

This is ideal if you're planning a trip or simply don't have enough data at the moment.

How to do it?

  • Open the Maps app.
  • Tap your profile on the right side of the menu at the bottom.
  • Select "Offline Maps".
  • Click on "Download New Map ".
  • Select your current location or use the search bar to find a city or place.
  • Customize the map and area to download the desired location.
  • Click the "Download" button.

And that's it. You'll find your offline maps in the Maps app whenever you need them. And whenever you're connected to the Internet, iPhone will automatically update the data.

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