As we head into Christmas, lots of people will have brand new
iPhones under the tree. To help get the most out of their devices,
Apple has posted a video spotlighting 10 helpful iPhone tricks that
might not be obvious. Even if you're not a novice, you might find a
couple here that are new. We've explained each one below, but watch
the whole video for a complete description of each tip.
For even more tips, check out our own hand-picked iPhone tips and tricks.
Swipe to erase a
digit in Calculator
When you make a mistake using the Calculator, you don't need to
clear out everything and start over. Just swipe left or right
anywhere on the screen to delete the last number you entered.
Pin shared content in
If someone shares a song or TV show with you that you want to
remember, you can long-press on the message and select Pin to keep
it at the top of your conversation list.
If you want to have multiple widgets accessible on your home
screen without putting boxes all over the place, you can stack them
by dragging similar-sized widgets on top of each other as if you
were putting apps in a folder. Then, just swipe up to cycle through
multiple photos to add to other apps
This one's very cool. When you're in Safari and need to copy
several images to save, message, email, or any other app-based
task, tap a photo and hold until you feel a small buzz. Then, while
keeping your finger pressed, tap on any other photo you want to
save with another finger. That will create a stack of photos that
you can then drag to the bottom of the screen to show the home
screen. Now just drag the whole stack to the application you want
to use and let go.
Save time typing
with text replacement
This one's an oldie but a goodie. In the Keyboard settings
(inside General), you can set Text Replacement shortcuts so you can
quickly type commonly used phrases. Like MW can be Did you see this
story at Macworld?
Open Camera from the lock
The iPhone's lock screen has two shortcut buttons: one for the
flashlight and one for the camera. To launch the camera, long press
the icon until you feel a slight vibration. Then take your pic and
close the app without ever unlocking your phone.
Scan a document
We're big fans of Genius Scan here at Macworld, but if you want
to scan a quick document, Apple has a nifty scanner built right
into the Camera app. When you're typing a note, tap the Camera
button and select Scan Documents. Then line up a piece of paper in
the viewfinder and it'll scan automatically and add it to your
Use Live Text with Camera
This is a new iOS 15 feature and it's kind of magical. When
you're snapping a pic with text in it, a small icon with three
lines will appear in the lower-left corner of the viewfinder. Tap
it and you'll be able to interact with the text—copy, share,
translate, etc.—as if you had typed it yourself.
Jump to your first photo
An old iPhone trick is to tap the top of the screen to return to
the top of a web page or document. When in the Photos app, it'll
take you to the first photo you ever took. To get back to the most
recent, just tap the Days tab.
Search from your Home
This trick is an easy one—swipe down on a home screen to bring
up Spotlight search and type the thing you want to find, whether
it's an app, song, directions, ot anything else.