Your Apple iPhone is able to do all sorts of wonderful things that you probably aren’t conscious of. Here’s a list of several of the iPhone’s coolest invisible features.
1. Recharge your battery quicker by changing to airplane mode
Changing to airplane mode changes off battery-draining wireless and mobile access, enabling your phone to recharge up to double as fast.
2. Automatically turn off your music with the timer
If you like to sleep off with music playing like I do, you can use the timer to automatically turn your music off so that it doesn’t play all night. In the timer app, select “When Timer Ends,” then browse down and select “Stop Playing.” The Timer will automatically turn off your tunes after no matter what duration of time you fixed.
3. Take a picture with iPhone Volutme buttons
Sometimes it’s hard to snap an image by touching the capture button—if you’re wearing gloves, say—in which case, you can take the capture by pressing either the volume up or the volume down button.
4. Make custom keyboard shortcuts
Say there’s a specific word or phrase (or a password) that you use a lot. You can create a shortcut for it. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Add New Shortcut. Enter a word or phrase and the shortcut you’d like to use for it. Every time you type that shortcut, the entire word or phrase will signifigantly appear. You can even make shortcuts for emoji!
5. Get Siri to read your emails loudly for you
Just say the miracle words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your emails aloud to you. If you like, you can notify her to read only your most latest email (“Read my latest email”) or just those from a particular contact (“Do I have email from Mark?”).
6. Shake to Undo
Make a mistake while typing or modifying a picture? No worries! Just give your phone a minimal shake—like you’re making a martini— and it’ll ask you if you’d like to reverse the steps. All the best!
7. Take various photo bursts all at once
If you hold down the capture button, your phone will take a collection of rapid shots, or bursts, in quick succession. This is especially useful if you’re photographing a moving subject. Later you can scan through all the bursts and pick your favorite ones.