Secret iPhone features

Ever since the iPhone's secret magnifying glass was revealed, there’s been a rush to discover other hidden gems inside this popular smartphone.

If you’re like most smartphone users, you only use a fraction of the technology built into these amazing devices. So, if you own an iPhone and would like to know more about some of its hidden features, read on.

The magnifying glass function

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  2. Click on ‘Magnifier’ and flick it to on.
  3. Access the magnifying glass mode by triple-clicking the Home button. You can then zoom in and out on objects, change the brightness and add different colour filters.
  4. Exit the magnifying mode by pressing the home button again.

Create your own texting shortcuts

  1. Speed up your texting by adding in shortcuts for the words and phrases you use most often. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and click the plus sign in the upper right-hand corner to enter a new shortcut.

Get your articles, emails and text messages read to you

  1. To read the news or emails while doing other things go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech and toggle on Speak Screen.
  2. Then, when you’re in the article or email you want read aloud, swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers and Siri will start reading. Press the turtle to slow Siri down or the hare to speed her up.

Free up storage space

  1. Here’s the solution if you’re constantly getting warning notifications about too little space.
  2. Go to Settings, then click on your name at the top of the list.
  3. Select iCloud > Photos and turn on Optimise iPhone Storage. Doing so stores higher-resolution photos and videos in your iCloud.

Reduce eye strain

  1. If you can’t resist looking at your iPhone before bed, there’s a way to make it easier on your eyes. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open your control centre and tap “Night Shift.” This will make your screen colour warmer, easing the strain.