A Few More iPhone Tips and Tricks

Sometimes it seems as if you’ll never really get to know your iPhone at all— so many things keep cropping up—those small bits and pieces that make operating it a breeze. After all, who wants to perform three actions when two are enough or two actions when one is enough? Let’s journey down the Tricky lane and see if we can find something worthwhile that we can use.

Photos, pictures and images are what we love most and in case you accidentally deleted your favorite ones, not to worry. Just as Gmail keeps trash for 30 days before deleting, your Photo apps “Recently deleted album” will keep the deleted pictures for the same duration. Recover it from there before it’s too late. If you want to hide photos – open photo apps then hold the photo that you want to hide, select Hide and it vanishes into the recently deleted folder.

You looked at a picture and you want to send it to a friend immediately. Well that’s easy—Touch and hold the camera, take the snap and send it right away. No attaching or inserting. In case you want to send many photos, select them from the photo library and attach all of them in one go.

If you want to give yourself time to take a few selfies- use the timer in the camera app, set the time interval and set to photo mode—pose and say cheese and the camera does the rest.

Siri has become more intelligent—not only does it listen and recognize songs but it actually allows you to buy it from iTunes—that’s pretty cool—right? Also, so long as your iPhone is switched on and charged, you can talk to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”–don’t forget to change the settings to allow this feature.

Put an end to annoying app notifications by disabling notifications for a particular app in settings. Predictive text can be annoying, especially when newbies are trying to send a message across. Go to settings-general-keyboard and then turn off the feature.

Wondering why you have to charge your iPhone so often when you only get a few calls—your apps are eating up power. Go to General in Settings and check out the real culprits of battery usage. Just turn of the apps that you don’t use and hey presto! You charge your iPhone less. Another pointer—bright screen colors bite into battery—so opt for gray scale. Against settings—General–go to accessibility and turn on gray scale. For your information, although all your apps and the home screen will be in black and white—if you snap a photo, it will be in color.

If you want to type accented characters, touch and hold that particular letter and all the accented alternatives appear. Choose the one you want. Need a magnifying glass—tap twice with three fingers and the zoom factor is there.

You’re away for some time and want people to know where you are –go to Details and tap on share my location.

There are always more tips, more tricks and more shortcuts—after all learning never stops.