iPhone Tips and Tricks

Apple has dominated the phone industry with its range of iPhones. While they are relatively easy devices to use, you may not know exactly what your iPhone is capable of doing. We are used to the simple mobile tasks like texting, calling and using social media - but what else can your iPhone do?

Last updated: 10th Jan 2020 at 9:25am

Let us share some top features that you might not even know existed!

Medical ID

It's worth filling out the Medical ID section on the Apple Health app even if you don't need to use it for medical reasons. The details you enter in this section like your contact information will appear on the lock screen when someone presses the caller's emergency link. This can be useful if you've lost your phone, if someone finds it they have the necessary contact details to return it to you. 

To find your Medical ID, click the Settings app, tap Medical ID and click edit. To ensure people can see it, switch the "Show When Locked" button on.  

Teach Siri to use nicknames

Most of us love the Siri feature on iPhones. Using Siri can make your phone really easy to use. Did you know you can teach Siri to use nicknames? To input a nickname, open up the selected contact and press ‘Edit’, then ‘Add Field’ and select ‘Nickname’ from the list. 

For example, Neil Smith could become "Smithy", so when you use Siri, you can say "Siri, Call Smithy" - your iPhone will recognise the nickname and call Neil Smith. 

Siri can also remember your relationships for future use. For example, you can ask Siri to "Call my manager", and it'll then ask which contact that title belongs to and if you'd like to use that title going forward.

Turn to the dark side

Following the recent iOS13 on iPhones, Apple introduced the option to turn on 'Dark Mode.' This feature offers a black or dark grey background which makes it more relaxing to read in the evening and generally gives a different feel to the phone.

To turn on Dark Mode, open ‘Settings’ and click ‘Display and Brightness’. At the top of the next screen you'll see Light and Dark options side by side - select the one you want to use. You can also set Dark Mode to come on automatically at certain times. 

Receive notifications via camera flash

To turn this feature on, go into ‘Settings’ and tap ‘Accessibility’. Then, enter ‘Audio/Visual’ and switch the LED Flash for Alerts toggle switch to ‘on’. If you'd prefer not to be disturbed at all when the phone is in silent mode, you can tell the flash not to light at that time.

iPhone Spirit Level

Did you know your iPhone has an in-built spirit level? Handy, we know!

You can find this by opening the ‘Compass app’ and swiping left to reveal the spirit level. From there, you can adjust the phone edge or by lying flat to provide different spirit level displays.  

Hopefully, we've surprised you with some handy tricks on your iPhone for you to start exploring.

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