Six iPhone tricks you should know

How to take full advantage of your smartphone.

Even though you may use your smartphone every day, there are many uncommon and helpful functions which might surprise you. Here are some of Apple’s iPhone tricks which will change the way you use your smartphone.

Level tool

Shopping for a new table and want to make sure it is level? Simply use the Measure app to access a level tool. Hold it in portrait or landscape mode and when the surface you are testing is level, you’ll see 0° and a green screen.

  • Go to the Measure app > select measure or level tool at the bottom of the screen.

Change text to speech

This setting will read the text to you and give you the ability to alter the speed that it’s read. This is a great setting for when you need to read long articles online. 

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech.
  • Turn on Speak Selection and Speak Screen.
  • Swipe down with two fingers and it will start reading everything that’s on the screen.

Do Not Disturb While Driving

This setting will silence calls and notifications while driving to avoid driver distraction. It can be set to start automatically (based on the detection of motion) when connected to your car’s Bluetooth or manually from your iPhone’s control centre. You can also set up a personalised automatic reply to let people know you are driving.

  • Go to Settings > Do Not Disturb While Driving.
  • Scroll down to Do Not Disturb While Driving > click Activate.
  • Select Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth or Manually depending on your preference.

Schedule some down time

Schedule some time during the day to have a break from your screen. When using the Down Time setting, only apps that you choose to allow, and phone calls will be available. This means you can take a break from social media, emails, text messages and any other frequent notifications. 

  • Go to Settings > Screen Time.
  • Turn on Down Time > schedule a start and finish time.

One-handed keyboard

Prefer to text with one hand? Now you can change the setting of your keyboard to be one-handed on the left or right-hand side.

  • Hold down the emoji icon on the bottom left of the keyboard.
  • Select the left or right keyboard icon.

Hide photos

Sometimes there are photos in your camera roll which you might want to keep private from other people who look at your phone, such as a special gift for someone which you are trying to keep a surprise. Fortunately, you can hide photos within your camera roll and have them saved in a hidden album. 

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Open the album where the photo you want to hide reside.
  • Tap Select at the top right.
  • Select the photo you want to hide.
  • Tap the share icon at the bottom left.
  • Tap the hide icon at the bottom right.
  • Tap Hide Photo.