APPLE fans are missing out on mind-blowing tricks that make your life a little easier.
From a hidden backspace in the calculator app to a built-in digital tape measure, we’ve tracked down some of the best iPhone hacks you probably didn’t know about.
Delete last digit in calculator
The calculator app is a handy tool for anyone splitting a bill or doing a quick sum, but one trick makes it much easier to use.
Instead of deleting all your workings every time you make a mistake, the app lets you perform a backspace to delete the last thing you typed.
Simply swipe your finger across the numbers to remove the last entered digit.
Use the space bar to move the cursor while typing
There’s a quick and easy way to move your cursor around while typing out a message.
The feature in Apple’s default keyboard allows users to edit texts easily without worrying about fat thumbs spoiling things.
To use it, tap and hold the space bar before moving your thumb up, down, left, or right.
It will allow you to move the cursor in whichever direction you move your thumb, letting you add or remove letters without having to tap where you want to edit.
Built-in tape measure
If you don’t have a tape-measure to hand, you can always use your iPhone to measure things in real life.
The Measure App uses clever camera technology to determine distances, giving you accurate read-outs of how long or wide objects are.
Once you’ve opened the app, your camera viewfinder will open and you’ll be prompted to move your phone around the object for analysis.
Line the white dot up with the corner of whatever it is you want to measure.
Press the white button with the plus sign in the middle of it and trace the edge of the line you want to measure.
Remember, if you don’t know how to find an app, swipe down on your iPhone’s home screen and type the app’s name into the search bar.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you’re due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you’re down to 80% capacity. If you’re below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
Set a timer to automatically stop playing music while you fall asleep
If you like to nod off to a podcast or music, you can set your tunes to stop by the time you’ve nodded off.
The feature can be found in the Clock app under “Timer”. Pick a time, and tap “When Timer Ends”.
Scroll to the bottom of the options, and select “Stop Playing”.
This will turn your Apple Music app off when the timer reaches zero.
Scan documents on your iPhone
The standard iPhone Notes app has a very simple scanning feature that people often don’t realise is there.
All you need to do to scan your document is open the Notes app on your iPhone and then create a new note.
At the very bottom of this new note you should see a panel of symbols ranging from the bin to the writing symbol.
You just need to click the plus symbol in the very middle and a list of options will pop up.
At the very top of the list of options will be “Scan Documents”.
Once you click “Scan Documents”, a camera page will open and you can just take a picture of the document you need to scan.
You will have the option to get the edges around the document just right and can pick a variety of colour options like black and white, grey scale, or colour.
Quick emergency call
If you’re ever in trouble, there’s a way to set up your iPhone so you can get hold of the emergency services as quick as possible.
Simply head to Settings, scroll down to “Emergency SOS”, enable “Auto Call” and “Call with Side Button”.
Now if you want to make an emergency call you can simply hit the side button five times.
You can also drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services after holding down the side and volume up buttons (or top button on older iPhones).
Fix autocorrect blunders
If a common word or phrase you use keeps getting autocorrected by your iPhone, simply add it to your mobile’s dictionary.
Go to Settings, General, Keyboard and then “Text Replacement”.
Tap the plus sign in the top right corner and enter the word you want saved.
Convert currencies quickly
You probably don’t use it much, but Apple’s Spotlight search feature is very powerful.
To find it, swipe down from the middle of your Home screen.
Then tap into the bar and type whatever currency you want to convert – so 200 USD.
It’ll automatically convert the $200 US dollars into your local currency (so Pound Sterling, if you’re a Brit) with no added faff.
In other news, Apple is rumoured to be developing its cheapest iPhone in years for release in the near future.
Old iPhones look set to get a new lease of life thanks to a rumoured Apple update.
Apple could change the Lightning port for a USB-C connector on future iPhone models.
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