The Apple iPhone is undoubtedly one of the most desired smartphones on the market. Last year, Apple sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units in just three days after launch, besting the record set by the 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The recently introduced iPhone SE received more than 3.4 million registrations in China.
According to tech experts, Apple iPhone has been attracting worldwide users thanks to its stability and exciting features. If you are a first-time iPhone user, the following tips will help you take advantage of your device.
1. Make a shortcut for ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you like using “kaomojis” like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ or ಠ_ಠ, you can easily create a shortcut without copying and pasting them again. To do this, you can head to Settings > General > Keyboard. Tap the “+” sign, select “Phrase” and paste your preferred kaomoji (¯\_(ツ)_/¯, for example). In “Shortcut”, type whatever you want. For example, whenever you type “knono”, your favorite kaomoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ will automatically appear in your text box.
2. Handle your frozen iPhone
If you iPhone is frozen, you can press and hold the home and lock button at the same time. If your home button is not responsive, you can wait until your phone battery has gone well down. When your iPhone turns off, you can charge up your device, and your phone will turn on in about 4 minutes.
3. Lock screen in landscape mode
You can lock your iPhone screen in landscape mode by heading to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and enable “on”.
You now can triple – kick the home button to enter the Guided Access screen. Select “Options” and turn off “Motion” mode and tap “Resume” to lock landscape orientation. From now on, you can head to any app and activate the landscape mode by tapping three times the home button.
4. Zoom with one finger in Google Maps
Google Maps for iPhone and iPad now supports a one – hand zoom. To perform this, you can simply double tap on your map and leave your finger after the second tap. Then, you can move your finger up and down to zoom in and out.
According to Apple, the company has been working on improving its own Maps app to reduce its alliance on Google’s popular mapping service. In reality, with the iOS 9 updates, Apple is adding new features to its own Maps app including the ability to link to third – party apps for transit directions.
5. Locate a missing iPhone’s owner
If you find an iPhone on your way home, you can easily locate its owner by pressing and holding the home button to activate Siri. You can ask: “Whose phone is this?”. All details including contact and home address will come up.
6. Learn more about “emojis”
You can ask Siri for the meaning of emojis that you use the most. Head to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech and enable “Speak Selection”. Open the Notes app and type any emoji. Highlight your emoji and select “Speak Selection.”
7. Read your phone at night
Exposure to blue light emanating from our screens is a bad thing, as it affects both quantity and quality of your sleep. You can reduce blue lights when reading your phone at night by going to Settings > General > Accessibility, and turn on “Invert Colors.”
With the iOS 9.3 update, Apple also offers an exciting feature called Night Shift that lets you better sleep at night. Basically, Night Shift will change the colors of the screen to warmer colors that are less harsh on eyes.
8. Get away from nighttime calls
To do this, you can head to Settings > Do not Disturb. You can choose to silence all notifications including calls and texts. Besides, you can take calls from your friends in “Allow Calls From” menu.
9. Turn off the tracking feature
You may not know that your tracking feature is always on by default. If you want to turn it off, head to Settings > Privacy > Location Service, scroll down to System Services and disable “Frequent Locations.”
10. Teach Siri to remember your name
You can head to Settings > General > Siri > My Info and show Siri your contact info. This could be useful when you lose your iPhone. Someone could ask Siri for your personal details and return the phone back to you.