Unlock the hidden potential of your iPhone with these 14 secret settings

The iPhone has become an indispensable tool for many people worldwide. It has revolutionized the way we communicate, view information and perform everyday tasks. With a plethora of applications available on the App Store, the iPhone is capable of doing almost anything from managing email, to helping us prepare our tax returns with a certificate of identity, to paying in installments with Apple Pay Later just name a few.

14 resources to use iPhone like a pro

Knowing some hidden settings and features to increase productivity on iPhone is a way to get the most out of our phone and use it more efficiently in our daily tasks. So let’s check out 14 resources to use iPhone like a pro.

Searching for photos in Spotlight: We can use Spotlight to search for our photos by typing what we’re looking for and tapping See More next to Photos in the apps. Much quicker than going to the Photos app.

Edit a photo’s date and time: In the Photos app, while viewing a photo, we can tap the “i” for info and tap Customize next to the date it was taken to change it.

Delete Duplicate Photos: By going to the Photos app, then the Albums tab, and finally tapping Duplicates, we can merge different photos to delete one of the copies and merge the metadata into a single image. Goodbye to duplicates in seconds.

Easily navigate through menus: after entering options such as Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Keyboards > Add new keyboard, for example, holding down the back button will bring up a menu where we can choose where we return to in a step would like.

See the battery percentage in the status bar: in Settings > Battery > Battery percentage we can enable the option to show the exact charge percentage without having to access the control center.

Use the onscreen keyboard as a trackpad: If you hold down the spacebar while entering text, you can use the entire keyboard as a trackpad to easily move the cursor.

Create custom vibration patterns: in Settings > Sound & vibration, touch the sound we want to edit and touch Vibration (default). From here, just tap Create New Vibration to create a custom pattern that will allow us to see what’s happening without having to look at the iPhone.

Associate a focus mode with a background image: In iOS 16 we can associate a focus mode with a specific background. With this we know quickly whether we have activated a certain concentration mode. If we change the background at the same time, we easily activate the concentration mode. We can activate this option in Settings > Focus modes by tapping on Select in the Lock screen section.

Adjust the text size for a specific app: In the Settings app, select Accessibility, then Settings by app, and after selecting the app you want, change various parameters. In this case the text size. A setting that doesn’t affect the rest of the system or apps.

Make FaceTime calls to Windows or Android: From the FaceTime application we can create a link and send it to any person or group. At the agreed time, all we have to do is connect, also from Windows or Android, to make the call.

Recognize plants, animals and more with our camera: after taking a photo, we open the image and tap the “i” icon for information that has a little star. We then tap on the corresponding icon in the middle of the screen so that Siri tells us what kind of plant or animal we are talking about.

Perform actions by simply tapping the back of the iPhone: In Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Touch back, the system offers us a series of actions that we can perform by simply double or triple tapping the back of the iPhone.

Customize Control Center: From Settings, simply select Control Center to add or remove shortcuts, and rearrange them by dragging them to your liking with the handles on the right.

Turn on Do Not Disturb mode until we leave: Just tap the Concentration Modes button in Control Center, then tap the three dots to the right of Do Not Disturb, for example. Then select Until I go here to keep the mode on and know that if we move, it will turn off automatically.

Knowing some resources to improve productivity on our iPhone can make a big difference in our daily life. From simplifying menu navigation to customizing our notifications and settings, these little hidden features can make our use of iPhone much more efficient while also being more convenient.

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