Our iPhones can do a lot of things, but if you feel like you know all its features by now, you’re likely mistaken. There are a number of iPhone tricks hidden within the depths of our phones that would surprise you. Whether you’re trying to make texting and calling easier, take better photos or make your iPhone experience more personal, there are plenty of awesome things you can do on your iPhone that you probably haven’t heard of before.
Here are seven hidden iPhone tricks that can take your cell phone to the next level:
1. “Remind Me Later”
If you’re in the middle of something and need to call someone back but you’re afraid you might forget, you’ll want to utilize the “Remind Me Later” feature. As a call comes in, instead of swiping to answer, tap the Remind Me button above the slide and choose to be reminded in an hour, “When I Leave” or “When I Get Home.” You’ll never forget to call mom back again.
2. Shooting Photo During Video
When something really exciting happens, you may want to take both videos and photos of the action. But you don’t want to cut your video short just to snap a photo. Luckily, you don’t have to. Take a photo while you’re filming a video by tapping on the white circle (the shutter button) that appears next to the red recording circle while you’re filming. This will allow you to take photos without interrupting your video.
Can’t remember where you parked? No sweat. Siri and Maps can help you out. Ask Siri, “Where did I park?” and she’ll pull up a map. Otherwise, open maps and tap the car logo to find your vehicle. To make sure this feature is enabled, turn on Location Services and make sure that Frequent Locations is on. Turn on Show Parked Location and make sure your phone is connected to CarPlay or Bluetooth.
4. Medical Details
You can save important medical information onto your phone in case of an emergency. Medical ID allows first responders to access your most important medical information from the Lock screen without needing your passcode. To set this up, open the Health app and tap Medical ID. Enter your desired information and then make sure “Show When Locked” is turned on.
5. Custom Vibration
When our days are busy and we’re involved with meetings or other activities, it’s hard to know when a call is worth picking up if we can’t look at the screen. Solve this problem by creating custom vibrations for the important people in your life, so you always know when they’re calling without having to get your phone out of your pocket.
To do this, open your contacts list. Select a contact, then tap the Edit button in the top-right corner. Scroll down and click on ringtone. Within the ringtone page, it will say Vibration. Tap that and and go down to Custom, where it says “Create New Vibration.” Tap on the screen to create your own rhythm and save.
6. Customized Autocorrect
If you have a habit of typing the same darn words wrong, create a custom autocorrect for yourself so you don’t constantly have to go back and fix your typing. You can also create automatic shortcuts, such as turning “OMW” into “On my way.” To do this, go into your Settings, click General and then Select Text Replacement, and tap the plus sign to add a new one.
7. Take A Selfie With Headphones
Taking good selfies is hard if you don’t have a selfie stick, but you can make it a little easier on yourself by using your headphones. Clicking the volume button on an attached pair of headphones while the camera app is open allows you to take a photo without fumbling for that tiny circle on your screen, which can not only reduce shaking, but allow you to take a photo from further away or even hands-free.