iPhone world, chances are you're probably not using your smartphone to its fullest.
Don't worry, you're not alone, as these pocket-sized computers boast many hundreds of features buried in the operating system.
And so here we share a number of our favorite iPhone
tips and tricks, some of which you may know already. Hopefully there's a
good number of ones you aren't aware of yet. Most of these following 25
suggestions will work with all versions of the iPhone, but be sure to
have the latest software installed (iOS 5.1).
OK, here we go:
Take a photo with your headphone cord: Now that you
can use the volume up or down buttons to snap a photo, steady your hand
while framing up the photo and when you're ready to take the picture,
press the button on the cord so it won't shake the iPhone. Voila!
Dry out a wet iPhone: You're not the first one to drop an iPhone
in a toilet or sink. If this happens, don't turn it on as you can
damage the smartphone by short-circuiting it. Lightly towel dry the
phone. Don't use a hairdryer on the phone as it can further push
moisture into areas that aren't wet. Submerge the iPhone in a bowl or
Ziploc bag of uncooked white rice and leave it overnight. If you have
it, try using a desiccant packet you might find with a new pair of shoes
or leather purse.
Dismiss suggested words: If you're typing an email
or note and the virtual keyboard is suggesting the correct spelling of
the word — and you don't want to accept it — you don't need to tap the
tiny "X" at the end of the word in question. Simply tap anywhere on the
screen to close the suggestion box.
Take photos faster: Even if your iPhone is locked
you can double-tap on the Home button and you'll see a camera icon you
can tap to open the camera immediately. Now you can use the volume up
button to snap the photo, too. You can also use the volume up on the
headphone cord to take a photo (if you want to) and pinch the screen to
zoom instead of using the slider bar.
Use location-based reminders: You probably know Siri
can be used to set a reminder, like saying "Siri, remind me to call mom
at 4pm today." But did you know you can set location-based reminders on
your iPhone 4S? Say "Remind me to call mom when I leave here" or
"Remind me to call mom when I get home" and you'll be notified
Get word definitions: Apple has recently added a
built-in dictionary and you can access it in most apps that let you
select a word. Simply press and hold on a word — such as in an email,
reminder, iBooks, and so on — and you'll see a pop-up option for
Revive a frozen iPhone: If your smartphone freezes
on you and pressing the Sleep/Wake button on top of the device doesn't
do anything, don't panic. Instead, press and hold the Home button and
the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. You'll be prompted to swipe the
"Slide to Power Off" tab. This so-called "hard reset" resuscitates the
frozen iPhone. You'll first need to wait through a full shut down and restart.
Get more done in less time: You can create shortcuts
to words and phrases you use a lot, such as Northern California
Association for Employment in Education. In Settings, go to General,
then Keyboard, and select Add New Shortcut. Now you can add new words or
phrases and assign shortcuts to them (such as "NCAEE," in the above
example, and it'll type out the full word each time.
See a 6-day weather forecast: If you're one of the
many weather junkies out there, you probably know you can swipe down the
iOS device's screen and you'll see the Notifications center. Weather
will be at the top, but did you know you can swipe to the left or right
and you'll toggle between current conditions and a 6-day forecast? Plus,
jump to the Weather app by tapping anywhere on the weather bar inside
Select URL domains faster: When typing a website
address in Safari, you don't have to type the ".com." For example, you
can type "yahoo" in the URL box to get to yahoo.com. On a related note,
you can press and hold down the .com button and you'll see a list of
alternatives to choose, such as .net, .org and .edu.
Make your own ringtone: Don't settle with the
ringtones provided by Apple and you need not pay your carrier for more
of them. As the name suggests, the free Ringtone Maker app lets you take a clip from your favorite songs and make ringtones out of them in seconds.
Feel and see when people call: Apple has added a
number of accessibility features to iOS 5, specifically designed to
assist those with hearing, vision, mobility and other disabilities. For
example, those who are hearing impaired might opt to have the LED flash
when a call comes in. If you're seeing impaired, you could set a unique
vibration pattern for different people in your Contacts, so you know
Find your lost iPhone: As long as you sign up in
advance, the free Find My iPhone app will help you locate your device on
a map (on your computer or other iOS device). You can display a message
or initiate a loud ring (in case it's under the cushions), or remotely
lock or wipe its data.
Save photos in Safari: You're surfing the web in
Safari and stumble upon a photo you'd like to save. Simply press and
hold on a photo when on a website and you'll be prompted with a menu
asked if you'd like to "Save Image." Once the photo is saved, you can
view it offline, email it or set it as wallpaper.
Take an iPhone screen grab: On a related note, if
you want to take a screenshot of a website or application, press down on
the Home button and tap the Sleep button. You'll hear the camera click,
see a white flash and the screenshot will be saved to your Camera Roll.
Get new sounds: It's been a long time coming, but
Apple has added the ability to select custom tones for incoming text
messages, new emails, voicemails, tweets, calendar alerts, reminders and
more. You can select something you like from within the Sounds menu.
You'll also notice you can scroll to the top of this list of sounds and
you'll see a "Buy More Tones" option, which takes you to iTunes.
Zip to the top of the page: In Mail, Safari,
Contacts and other apps, simply tap the status bar at the top of the
screen — the area that displays time, battery and cell bars — to jump
back to the top quickly.
Prolong your battery: Speaking of the battery, here's how to squeeze more life out of your iPhone
between charges. Turn down the brightness of your screen, turn off
wireless radios you don't use (such as GPS, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) and
reduce the number of apps with info you have "pushed" to your phone.
Also, make sure you lock it before putting in your pocket, purse or
backpack or else it could turn on and drain the battery.
Spread out the keyboard for easier typing: Here's a tip for iPad
users: If you like typing while holding the tablet, rather than stretch
your fingers or thumbs for those middle letters like G, H, Y or B, you
can drag the keyboard to each side of the screen to separate it into
two, allowing you to easily type while holding it.
Learn some gestures: Close any app ridiculously fast
by putting your four fingers and thumb stretched on the screen and
pinch inwards. Sweet! You can also magnify what's on your iPhone screen
with a three-finger tap. You'll first need to go to Settings, General,
Accessibility, and select the various gestures options here.
Create an "app" out of a website you visit often: To
add a website to your Home screen, just visit the webpage in Safari and
at the top of the screen, tap the Go To icon and select "Add to Home
Create a music playlist on the fly: You no longer
need a computer to create a playlist. In the Music app, tap Playlists,
then select Add Playlist and give it a name ("Marc's Workout Mix"). Now,
tap any song (or video) to add it to the playlist. You can add
individual songs, entire albums, or all songs by a particular artist.
Don't waste your day deleting messages individually:
You can delete unwanted emails en masse rather than deleting one at a
time. In your Inbox, simply click the Edit button and check off the
emails you want to delete with your finger and then choose Delete.
Keep track of your texting limits: If you don't have
the best texting plan and don't want to unnecessarily pay to send more
texts than you need, here's a tip to turn on the character count in the
Messages app. Enable this in the Settings>Message option to keep an
eye on your word count. Usually, your one text becomes two after 160
Mirror your iPhone with your TV: If you own an Apple TV,
you can instantly and wirelessly share exactly what's on your iPhone 4S
or second- and third-generation iPad with your HDTV, connected to an
Apple TV — such as games, apps or videos. Simply double-tap the Home
button, swipe all the way to the right and select AirPlay Mirroring. - Yahoo News