8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Your iPhone Can Do

By | February 26, 2017

Amid the myriad of functions and apps on your iPhone, there are a few tricks you probably don’t know. Here are just eight of them you can use to make life easier or just amaze your friends.

1. I Am Here

Don’t want the hassle of giving directions to where you are? Simply send your exact position via the text message screen. Go to messages and select the friend you want to meet. At the top right of your screen tap Details > Send My Current Location.  If you are on the move, choose ‘’Share My Location’’ instead.  Friends will be able to see your whereabouts as you cruise the Boat Quay bars or shops along Orchard Road.

2. Faster Texting

To reply to texts quickly, without unlocking your phone, swipe downwards on notifications and then swipe the text symbol to the left. A “Reply” option will appear. Tap this, and you can compose a reply with your iPhone still locked. You can also answer texts while using an app in much the same way. Access the notification page by swiping down from the top of the screen and hit the ‘’Reply’’ option.

3. Multi-tasking

If you are halfway through writing an email, there is no need to discard it if you want to check another message. Tap the top of the screen on either “New Message” or the subject and pull it down to the bottom of the screen. The message will collapse down so you can access other emails. When you want it back, just tap the top of the message to continue writing.

4. Mission Impossible

If you want to feel like a secret agent, the latest iPhones offer a self-destruct option for audio and video messages. Go to Settings > Messages. At the bottom are listed options for audio and video messages. Here you can choose to have them self-destruct after two minutes or longer.

5. Credit Card Scanning

To speed up online purchases, you can scan your credit card directly into your iPhone. When the screen appears asking you to input your credit card details, tap the Card Number box > Scan Credit Card. The phone will switch to camera mode, and a frame will appear. Position your card in this box and the card number and expiration date will fill in automatically.

6. Controlling Your iPhone with Head Movements

This is a neat trick to show off to your friends. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility. At the bottom of the page, there is an Interaction option. Select Switch Control > Switches > Add New Switch. Choose “Camera” and then select either the “Left Head Movement” option or “Right Head Movement” option.

Next, in the ‘’System Menu’’ pick the action you want your head signal to trigger. So, for example, you can set the phone so that tilting you head right will automatically launch Siri.

7. Siri Tells All

Siri is perhaps one of the most under-utilized features on iPhones. Did you know, for example, you could get her to read aloud books, text messages, and articles?

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech. Next toggle on Speak Screen and Speak Selection. You can now use two fingers to swipe down from the top, and Siri will read aloud whatever text is on the screen.

8. Just Ask

A final tip – if you want to know what else Siri can do, just ask her. Simply say ‘’Siri what can you do?’’ Chances are she will reveal a few more tricks you did not know your iPhone has up its sleeve.

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