30+ Super Secret iPhone Features and Shortcuts

If you’re reading this, you will probably agree that the iPhone is one of the most useful devices currently on the market. But there’s a lot more functionality than initially meets the eye. The iPhone is simple on the surface, but packed with hidden features.

Here are over thirty iPhone tips and tricks that aren’t widely publicised – I’m sure you’ll have encountered a few before, but some are bound to be brand new to you. Read on to join the ranks of an iPhone ninja!

If you like this, be sure to check out our more recent roundup of 40 Secret iPhone Features and Shortcuts!

Tap the Status Bar to Scroll to the Top

Status Bar

Status Bar

Maybe you haven’t checked your tweets for a few hours or you’ve just read a lengthy article. In many cases, you’ll want to scroll back to the top of the page. By tapping the status bar at the top of your screen, you’ll by whisked straight back up to the top. This nice tip can turn annoying quite easily, though. Be careful not to hit the status bar accidentally.

The latest version of Instapaper lets you return to where you were if you didn’t mean to tap the status bar. This should be part of every app that scrolls!

Press the Home and Sleep Buttons Simultaneously to Take a Screenshot

Ever wonder how software reviewers take pictures of the apps without screen glare? I’ll let you in on the secret: none. Just press the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time. You’ll hear a camera shutter (or, rather, the sound of a camera shutter), and your current screen is saved automatically in your camera roll.

Customize the Home button

Home Button Customization

Home Button Customization

Take this quick quiz: Where can you go when you double-press the home button?

  1. Search
  2. iPod, to the currently playing track
  3. First Home screen, if you aren’t there.

The correct answer is: d. Any of the above. Within Settings > General > Home, you can choose which of these three behaviours you want to use.

Press Home Once to Go to First Home Screen or Search

But what happens if you only press Home once? If you’re at your first home screen, you’ll be taken to Search. If you’re in Search or at another home screen, you’ll be taken to your first home screen. No customization here.

Hold Home and Sleep to Reboot

It doesn’t happen often, but it is possible that your iPhone will freeze up. When that happens, hold the Home and Sleep buttons until the screen goes black, and subsequently shows the Apple logo. This will probably take about eight seconds.

Hold Home for Five Seconds to Quit the Current App

What happens to an app when you close it? It might look like it’s sucked down a black hole, but that’s certainly not the case. When you close an app, much of it remains in memory, so it can be opened again quickly.

To “force quit” an application in iPhone OS 3.0, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off screen appears. Then proceed to press and hold the home button until the application quits (usually takes around six seconds).

If you’re on iPhone OS 1 or 2, it’s just a case of holding the home button for about five seconds. Process exterminated!

Double Tap Shift for Caps Lock

Caps Lock

Caps Lock

Many people don’t like caps lock, but it’s still available on your iPhone if you so wish. You will have to enable it, though. “Settings > General > Keyboard > Enable Caps Lock” should do the trick. Then, just double-tap the shift key to type away in capitals.

Tap Shift and Drag

It’s hard to explain, but once your learn this trick, it’s pretty fun to use. Instead of simply tapping Shift and then tapping your letter when you want the capital format, do this: tap Shift, drag your finger to the letter you want to capitalize, and release. It’s a bit odd at first, but I think it’s probably slightly faster.

This trick is even better when you’re going for punctuation: just substitute Shift with the keyboard switcher key (123/ABC). The beautiful thing here is that after inserting your punctuation, you’re back at the alphabet keyboard: definitely a time-saver.

Tap and Hold for Extra Characters

Extra Characters

Extra Characters

How would you type the British Pound symbol on your iPhone? Or an inverted question mark? And what about letters with cedillas? To get these, and other special characters, tap and hold on the letter or symbol that closest represents the one you want.

You’ll get a hidden menu that offers the extra characters. This also works with the .com button, offering a few other top-level domains.

Double Tap Space for a Period and Space

Period Shortcut

Period Shortcut

Without a doubt, a period is the most often used piece of punctuation. But the period is on the alternative keyboard, and it’s a bit of a pain to switch back and forth between keyboards continually.

The shift-swipe trick is nice, but there’s an even faster move to master: double tap the space bar to get a period and space. This is an optional trick, turned on by default. You can get to it via Settings > General > Keyboard.

Enable International Keyboards for International TLDs

Enable International TLDs

Enable International TLDs

The .com button is pretty handy; it’s even handier that you can add a few extra TLDs with the tap-and-hold trick. If you find yourself typing a specific international TLD often, you can add it to that pop-up by enabling the appropriate international keyboard.

Go to Setting > General > Keyboard > International Keyboards. Then, once you turn on the ones you want, they’ll show up inside the .com button.

Enabling international, keyboards will add an extra ‘globe’ button to the keyboard.

Leave Off www and .com for Faster Browsing

Shorter URLs

Shorter URLs

If you just need to access a regular .com website, you don’t even have to hit that button. Just type the domain name of the site, san http://www. and .com. Do you realize that this tip can save about five seconds every time?

Add Sites to Your Home Screen for Quick Access and More

Add a Site to Home

Add a Site to Home

We all have our favourites sites, our preferred places for daily doses of news or inspiration. You can make these super-easy to access by adding them to your home screen. Simply tap the “+” button in Safari and choose “Add to Homescreen.”

Then, you can give it the desired label and save it. Web developers can give you an extra perk or two here: they can add a special icon that your iPhone will use on the home screen. Additionally, they can make the website run in fullscreen view. Check out AppleInsider or Glyphboard as a home screen app for an example.

Tap and Hold a Link for Options

Link Options

Link Options

You’ve been in the scenario: you’re reading in Safari, minding your own business, when a link jumps out in front of you, tempting you to follow it. If you’ve got misgivings, you can tap and hold that link.

You’ll get a pop-up showing you the URL hiding inside that link. That pop-up also gives you options to copy the link, open it, or open it in a new page.

Scroll Inside Frames and Text Areas With Two Fingers

Occasionally you’ll find that you need to scroll within a frame or textarea within a page. Scroll with just one finger and you’ll move the whole page. To solve the problem, use two fingers. Now you can move around inside your little box.

Double Tap a Text Column or Image to Zoom to It

Zooming on Text

Zooming on Text

Here’s another great Safari tip that I use all the time: double tap a text column to zoom right into it. You’ll get the best possible reading experience without all the two-finger fiddling. This works with images as well. And speaking of images…

Tap and Hold to Save Images

Save an Image

Save an Image

When browsing the web, if you find an image you’d like to save, here’s how to do it: tap and hold; you’ll get the option to copy the image or save it to the photo gallery.

Voice Dial by Nickname

It’s great to be able to voice dial friends, especially while driving. But you don’t have to use only the callee’s name; you can use their nickname as well. You can set this up in the Contacts application.

Send a Call to Voicemail by Pressing the Sleep Button

Although you might not admit it, you’ve probably looked at the Caller ID on your ringing phone and groaned at least once. When this happens, you can easily send the call directly to your voicemail. Simply press the sleep button twice (once silences the ringer, the second cancels the call).

Redeem Promo Codes From Within the App Store

Redeem Promo Codes

Redeem Promo Codes

Yay! You’ve finally won a contest here on iPhone.AppStorm. You’re on the go when you find out, but you don’t want to wait until you get back to your desk to fire up iTunes.

Here’s what you do: open the App Store app, go to the Featured tab, scroll to the bottom, and tap “Redeem.” Now, tap in that promo code. This also works with iTunes gift cards.

Rearrange Icons Within iPod

Rearrange iPod Icons

Rearrange iPod Icons

Within the iPod app, in the bottom toolbar, you have four options and the “More button”; not new information. But did you know that if you tap the edit button in the top left corner of the More menu, you can decide which options are on the toolbar?

Just drag one down to replace those currently there, and tap Done when you’re finished. This tip works for most apps that use this type of toolbar.

Double Press Home to Bring Up Music Controls

Music Controls

Music Controls

We’ve already revealed the double-home-press tip. But, if you so desire, this can be overridden while your tunes are playing. If you’re listening to music, pressing home twice will bring up the music controls. This can be changed in Settings > General > Home

Tap and Hold next/prev Buttons to fast-forward/rewind

While listening to a song, you may want to jump ahead or back within that track. If you hold down the Next and Previous Song buttons, you can skip through the song a few seconds at a time. The longer you hold the button down, the more seconds you’ll skip.

Drag Your Finger Up and Down to Change the Scrub Speed

Scrubbing Speed

Scrubbing Speed

If you’re trying to find something specific within a track, maybe the previous tip won’t do exactly what you want. Try this: drag the location-in-song-indicator (what’s it really called?) to the spot you’d like. This works okay, but for really fine-grained control, drag your finger down. This will let you adjust the adjust the scrub speed – from Hi Speed to Fine.

Tap Instead of Swipe for Pagination

Safari, Weather, and the home screens: they all have the cute little pagination dots. You probably think of these as an invitation to swipe right or left for more content. You’re right, but you can also tap just to the right or left of said row of dots to do the same thing. If you get good at it, it’s probably faster than swiping.

Hide SMS Previews

By default, when receiving an incoming text message, your iPhone kindly displays a preview of the message. Needless to say, this is a great way to publicize privileged information (or embarrass you in front of your mates with a sentimental text from your mum!)

To avoid such situations, head to Settings > Messages and toggle off Show Preview.

Use the Timer to Turn Off Your Music

Sleeping Your iPod

Sleeping Your iPod

It’s great to fall asleep listening to your favourite music. However, you don’t your iPhone playing music all night. Apple has provided an easy solution.

Within the Clock app, set a timer for however long you want the music to play. Then, instead of choosing a ring, choose to Sleep iPod when the timer ends.

Turn Your iPhone Horizontally for a Wider Keyboard

Horizontal Keyboard

Horizontal Keyboard

Sometimes, bigger is better. All the built-in apps (and many third-party apps, too, now) offer a wider keyboard if you turn your iPhone sideways. If you practice, you can actually type with two thumbs on the wider keyboard.

Turn Your iPhone Horizontally for a Scientific Calculator

Scientific Calculator

Scientific Calculator

But the keyboard isn’t the only thing that gets wider when you go horizontal. The completely unassuming built-in calculator unleashes it’s scientific power when tilted 90 degrees. It’s great for those moments of impromptu trig or exponents…!

Save Battery Power by Turning Features Off

Save Power

Save Power

It’s no fun when your iPhone runs out of juice. If you notice it’s getting low, and you aren’t going to have a chance to plug in any time soon, here’s what you can do: turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or 3G. If you aren’t using one or two of these, they’re just wasting power. Also, turn the LCD brightness down a notch or two. You’d be surprised how much power it uses.

Send Photos at Full Resolution

Sending Photos

Sending Photos

It’s great to be able to take photos with your iPhone and then instantly email them to friends and family. But be aware that there are things going on beneath the surface when you choose “Email Photo.”

Your iPhone actually reduces the quality of the image it sends, which gives the recipient faster downloading. If you want to send the full resolution image, tap and hold the image in the gallery to copy it. Then, you can paste it into an email at full res.

Customize Search Results

Custom Search Results

Custom Search Results

Most people probably agree that Spotlight search on the iPhone is useful. But what we all use it for most definitely varies. I use it mainly for launching apps; you might use it for finding emails.

To customize what order things show up in, check out Settings > General > Home > Search Results. From here, you can rearrange the order of your results, as well as turn off the ones you don’t want.

Cover the Light Sensor to Dim the Screen

This is probably my favourite tip. You may not have realized it, but there’s an ambient light sensor somewhere in the area above the LCD screen. This sensor adjusts the brightness of your screen when you unlock your iPhone depending on the brightness around you.

By covering the top part of your iPhone as you wake it, you can dim the screen to save a little juice. It appears to re-sense the light around every few seconds, so you’d have to continue holding the top of your iPhone to keep the screen dim.

I know, not the most practical tip; but the light sensor is really a built-in automatic trick.

That’s it!

Well, that’s all I’ve got! If you have an iPhone tip that I didn’t mention, let’s hear it in the comments. It would be great to build up a collection of other unusual features that don’t come explained in the manual!

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  • http://davetaylormp.com David Taylor

    >”location-in-song-indicator (what’s it really called?)”

    I always prefer CTI for Current Time Indicator.

  • http://openmode.ca Malcolm Bastien

    Wow, not bad!

    A couple of those points really *were* new to me and will be useful. Especially that point about email photos and adjusting the scrub speed. Thanks for posting!

    • gopalakrishnan

      Thanks for the tips. I have one to offer.
      Gently tap the lower quater of the phone with a small hammer ( firm enough but not too rough that it ruptures the LCD) – the gorilla glass will shatter radially but wont come off. Then those cracks can easily be felt – so now you can touch type even if you cant see the screen! Be sure to disable autorotation by double clicking home button, swiping to the right to lock the portrait orientation by clicking the first button that appears.

      • daniel

        Thanks for the “tip”. I really needed someone to tell me how to break my $200 phone.

    • Faz

      Check out App Trailers on your iPhone/iPod or iPad where you get instant Gift Card codes when you watch app trailers!

      Just download App Trailers here http://bit.ly/ouocEH and then use my bonus code ‘smfazil’ for extra points when you signup.

  • http://www.webmaster-source.com redwall_hp

    Great post. I learned a few tips I hadn’t been aware of.

    Is it just me, though, or is the comment form automatically populating itself with a random name, email, and URL every time I refresh the page? I thought it was strange that the name was listed as “Chris”-something-or-other, so I refreshed the page and it changed to “Dmitry Gorshkov.” I’m pretty sure it’s not on my end, since I’m using a password-protected laptop that I don’t ever let anyone else use.

    • http://andrewburgess.posterous.com Andrew Burgess

      It’s not just you; I had the “Dmitry Gorshkov” earlier today. I’ve heard of other people having the same problem on Nettuts. Hopefully Envato will figure it out soon!

  • http://mike.peay.us/blog Michael Peay

    wth, who is this mike peay :/

    • Lacie

      google it…

  • Rohit

    I’m getting it on all the AppStorm sites. Some super obvious, but I never knew about he Caps Lock thing before :)

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  • Mike

    Hi, apparently my automatically generated name is Mike, and I think these tips are great! I knew about all of them except that I could get “.ca” in the .com popup by enabling French (Canada). It seems a bit silly that even though my region settings are set to Canada, I have to enable French for that. Also just wanted to point out that if you have an iPhone, “Double-click the Home Button for:” also allows you to choose “Phone Favorites” (again, it should show “Favourites” for Canadians :P) and “Camera”.

    • Cheryl

      Apparently I’m Cheryl?

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  • Kody Troje

    Somehow, I’ve known about all of these – a perk of having the first generation iPod touch. ^_^

    You can disable the ambient light sensor in the brightness preferences. It’s the On/Off switch just below it, so you don’t have to cover the sensor when you’re using it.

  • http://veneergraphics.com Will Dawson

    Hi,

    Apparently I am Will Dawson.

    Nice to meet me Will.

    Great article BTW. Why isn’t there a manual explaining all of these things?
    Why do Apple just want you to learn as you go?

    • Kev H

      There are manuals … for sale!

      • pinkprism77

        There are also free apps that will give tips and secrets of the iPhone.

    • WildBill9478

      You can go to the iBooks store to download a free PDF manual for your device published by apple. Just search for books published by Apple.

    • hm hhntg

      I want to see my name…

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  • http://www.stealingshadows.com/ Pam

    Thanks! I’m a newbie on the iPhone. I knew a couple of them but the rest were brand new . . . and fun. My husband and I tried them all out. Great post.

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  • Noah

    these are really helpful but the light sensor thigy trick aint working on me iphone

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  • http://joshschumacher.com Josh Schumacher

    Hi, I’m not Josh but like the name. I’ve always watched the adverts for iPhone like a hawk despite having owned a 1st generation and now the 3GS. They’re not so much ads but instruction manuals – well apart from the ‘got an app for that’ ones.

    Still, learnt one or two things here so thank you!

    • http://www.yahoo.com/ Budd

      Didn’t know the forum rules allowed such brlialint posts.

  • http://www.bittenbydesign.com Bittenbydesign.com

    Handy reference! I already knew a fair amount of them but the screen shot one was new to me and well worth reading the article in my book! Are there more tips to share?

  • Shawn

    The “Nickname” option for contacts is huge! I didn’t know that worked with Voice Commands. No more arguments with my phone on who it should be calling! Thanks…

  • David Chetrit

    “Double Tap a Text Column or Image to Zoom to It”

    O’Rly?

    Would’ve been nice if this post contained quality rather than quantity.

  • David Chetrit II

    I agree. List 3 really useful features or shortcuts instead of 30 painfully obvious features.

    • Jaynie

      Maybe not “obvious” to everyone… jeez ya just can’t please everyone, can ya?

      • cheyenne

        Most of these were new to me, fun to try, especially since I had the basic phone/camera for almost 8 yrs….Now I have internet. But where is this ”sleep button”?
        How do I do the ”.com” without all that typing?
        And am I the ONLY one who types with Fingers and not just Thumbs? I have small hands and find it difficult to hold & thumb type.
        I don’t think I have the 4s, but i do have the iPhone, new one in 2012 & please do not make fun of me, because I am New to all this Tech stuff.

    • JULIE

      APPARENTLY NOT!!!

  • http://loneplacebo.com Tony

    Great list of tips here! REally liked the bookmarking tip.

    • yenoh

      pinoy ka po ba? d ko ma gets ei, gusto ko sana yang bookmarking para pag nag twitweet ako magamit ko ung mga icon…d ko magawa ei, bopol lang

  • http://macmylife.de Lukas

    secret? duh.

  • http://thisaintnarnia.com Andrew Littler

    My favorite tip was found entirely by accident and is, considering what I use my iPhone mostly for, a life saver.

    To listen to only the audio of a video podcast, lock your screen and then double-tape the home button, you will be presented with the basic iPod controls – press play. This also works while browsing the rest of your phone. This helps you still want to be able to continue listening to an episode of BoL you were watching on the bus but needs to get going or something.

    Or… something.

  • http://thisaintnarnia.com Andrew Littler

    meh… new them all already D:

    • Ivan

      Sure didn’t know how to spell “knew”…

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  • Simo

    Lots of handy free tools for better browsing with iPhone:

    http://www.ipuhelin.com/en/safariplus/

    - search in page
    - scroll to end
    - etc

    highly recommended !

  • Simo

    ahah

  • Cathy

    Great list. Picked up a couple features I’d missed. I would just add this 3GS feature that I learned by accident one day and has changed my life: the ability to touch the screen while taking pictures to spot-adjust focus and exposure. Makes a huge differnce in the quality of your photos.

  • http://www.theloopclothing.ca Alan Tocheri

    As a follow-up on the period trick-

    Double space after a word, it auto inserts a period for you and capitalizes the next word.

    Great list!

  • http://www.seminarprojects.com seminar projects

    can explain tjhe last trick that bout brightness? dun understand…

  • http://Twitter.com/TuffyPants Tuffy

    Thanks for compiling the tips!

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  • http://2ninkaresi.blogspot.com Burak YILDIRIM

    Thanks for the tips…

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  • DrKoob

    I tried adding a nickname for voice dialing in the Contacts app but can’t find a way to do that. Am I missing something?

    • Missee

      You go into that contact, click edit. Go down to bottom and click add field. Then look for nickname.

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  • Ben

    Turn the iPhone horizontally, that’s a secret feature???

    • Jenny

      I dunno…..
      ( cough cough )
      Ok….
      So not a secret

  • http://ryancash.tumblr.com/ Ryan Cash

    Finally I know how to use the caps-lock!

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  • Blanche

    I lost an app and didn’t know which one, so after I figured it out I took screen captures of each screen and keep them in my photos for future reference.

    • Lee Lee

      I just has to get a replacement phone and it drove me crazy trying to remember where I has each app! Thanks for this tip for the next time!!!

      • trollCall

        Do you not know how to back up and restore your data in iTunes?

    • Kelli

      iOS 5 has all of your app purchases in te app store. Go to “updates” and under “purchases” you’ll see every app you’ve downloaded.

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  • http://www.dhohmann.de/ Dennis

    I didn’t know the “Use the Timer to Turn Off Your Music” function. Very nice, thanks!

  • http://www.poppedinmyhead.com/ –David

    While I know some of you are seasoned vets on the iPhone/Touch, it is posts like these that help move new users out of their “so, what can I do with it” mode. Being a teacher of teachers, I have to say that many of these tips will be greatly appreciated this summer as they learn how to use their new “toys.”

    • http://ass zeke

      ur a jack ass

      • zekesgay

        You are.. Just a bored moron :)

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  • http://www.evangoldin.com Evan

    You missed a great one I just learned yesterday. If you’re looking at a contact’s info and want to delete phone number, you don’t need to click “Edit”. Just swipe your finger from right to left over the number, and the “Delete” button appears. Like this:

    • Anna

      Thats cool thanks!!

  • Evan

    Apparently I can’t add images. Here’s a link to the image then:
    http://img.skitch.com/20100412-c1dif4n4df1tm33dmisy97uc5w.jpg

  • Osborne01

    I don’t get the point of the sensor thing. Why not just turn the brightness down in Settings?

    But where is the ¢?

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  • http://www.edepot.com/iphone.html edepot

    If you REALLY want to know all the super secrets for the iPhone (including the iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone 4), visit the iPhone Secrets webpage:

    http://www.edepot.com/iphone.html

    It contains a LOT more!

  • http://www.martinvaresio.com.ar Orfebre Martin

    Apparently I can’t add images.!!!

  • Lini

    Loved it, some of it I knew and some not!
    Questions about SMS:
    1. how do you know when you send more then 1 SMS?
    2. How do you get the delivery SMS
    3. How do you put a new word in the dictionnary?

    I do not think we can do any of the above, but I prefer to ask
    thanks and ENJOY YOUR IPHONE

  • Dain Im

    If you’re reading this, you will probably agree that the iPhone is one of the most useful devices currently on the market. But …

  • http://hi mohamed

    how we can to do the internet setting

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    Great site glad I found it today. Any chance you will add a spot to highlight developers or their stories?

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  • http://miljenkobarbir.com Miljenko Barbir

    Nice list.
    Thanks a bunch…

  • Mustafa sumon

    Just amazing! Really its a great charm having a device like this. Thanks a lot for sharing such gracious tips.

  • Mustafa sumon

    Its amazing! Its a great charm having a device like this. Thanks a lot for these gracious tips.

  • Nikhilesh

    does anybody know how to downgrade from ios4 to 3.1

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  • your maa

    utter shite i knew every single one already. secret my arse.

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  • Pancake

    Hd photo

    Step one: tap the camera app

    Step two: switch to video mode using the switch in bottom right hand corner

    Step three: take short video 

    Step four: go to your home screen and tap your photos app

    Step five: tap camera roll select the video and push play

    Step six: stop your video, rewind to the start and tap the screen 

    Step seven: press the home and power  button at the same time

  • RoganGunn

    Erm… why? The photos you take are already far higher res than 720p! 720p = 1280×720 whereas the still camera takes at 2592×1936 on the iPhone 4. Sorry but your tip is utterly pointless! :-S

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  • clarkness

    Thanks for the article. I was just using my verizon iPhone 4 and did something accidentally that I would like to figure out how I did it. I was in the messenger screen when all of a sudden all the apps appeared four at a time at the bottom of the screen and I was able to scroll through them and switch over without having to go back to a home screen. For the life of me idk how I did that. Probably something obvious… any help?

    • Arthur

      Thats multitasking you used. Clicking the home button twice will show you which apps you recently opened so you can quickly acces them again.

  • Tammy

    My 4g does not have home after settings>general. What’s the deal? How do I get to that to change things that I want to change if don’t have that option?

  • Tammy

    I figured it out…as person b4 my post said, on 4g if u hit home button twice it shows last 4 apps u used at bottom, u can scroll to the right to have all ur apps lined up. If u go to left there are controls for music for instance…one thing it says to go to settings>general> home to gind

  • Brittany

    Thank you for taking the time to write this. Everyone says they already knew the tips; however, I spent the day teaching my mother and aunt about their Iphones. Now I can just cut and paste your link for them to share with their friends.

  • amanda

    If you tap the screen with three fingers you will be able to zoom in the entire screen. No matter where you are.. Apps, home screen, ipod.. Etc. To take the zoom off just tap a couple times with three fingers again.. A tricky thing is to navigate.. You just basically slide and hold your one finger on the side of the screen you would like to see next.

    Good article for new time users though. I wish there were actually Iphone tricks. Unfortunately I new about all of these.. Except adding sites to your home screen. Although..FACEBOOK has an app for that. ;)

  • charlee

    i’ve been trying to copy a photo that is on facebook to my picture gallery, one of the tips says that if you tap and hold the picture it will come up with the option to copy it, but when i tap and hold mine it doesn’t do anything!! help!!

    • Krista

      His will not work on the Facebook app. Open Facebook.com in Safari and it will. :)

  • jts

    I’m new to iphone4. The users guide says you can save a song to ring tones. I spent a whole day trying. I connected to my computer and copied, pasted, imported, and exported with no result. The song is saved in itune and ipod and iphone but not as a ringtone. Help. Great tips some were new to me.

    • Bram

      I used this guide to make a ringtone…

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2160460_custom-iphone-ringtones-free.html

      and it worked fine. Remember when you add the ringtone to iTunes to look for it in the ringtones folder though. I had to have a full nights sleep on it before I thought to click on there.

      Thanks for this list, I’ve only had my iPhone a couple of days and this is getting me off to a flying start.

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  • Yolanda

    The iPhone is the most useful device on the Market. (they made me say it)
    And it’s true.

  • Peter

    Nice tips, although I knew alot of them already. One of the most obvious tips, and one I’m very glad with, is the Ipod tip about rearranging the icons in the toolbar. I’m using it for Remote and was never able to just view all my songs, but now I am ;) Thanks

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    you can try iBestTips app, i found this app in appstore. It contains many helpful tips and it is total Free
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    Also, there is a great site to easily create ringtones, supports youtube downloading , cutting etc.: http://www.audiko.net

  • Mete

    Thanks for all, one from me could be shaking the phone to undo typing, if you didnt know already..
    Cheers..

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  • jon

    cool thanks. if you triple tap home button you can invert your screen colours also

  • Jenny

    Yes, you did forget to mention one tip.
    The tip is…..
    Double click home button to show only the last four apps you have went to

    • Julie

      You can also scroll left for more apps :) Just happened to find that by mistake.

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  • Roctex

    Been messing with my iPhone 4s and cannot figure out how to hide my texts???
    Anyone??? Clueless here :(

    • Dude

      Read the article genius.

      • BK

        There’s really no need to be so sarcastic. Let’s all be civil to one another even if we do or fail to do something dumb.

    • Alyssa

      Go to Settings>Notifications>Messages and turn off “Show Preview”.
      Also, to turn off the automatic reminder, turn “Repeat Alert” to “Never” which is right below “Show Preview”

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    Seriously? Hold the top of my phone to reduce brightness to reduce power consumption?
    Hilarious. If you’re going to those lengths I suggest two phones. I’m also pretty sure there’s a setting, I think the only setting besides the slider in settings>brightness IS auto dim. Auto dim does exactly what you’re describing, which I believe it is, with an on/off switch.
    Soooo you can hold your phone like a crazy person or you can turn auto dim off, adjust brightness manually, even turning it down all the way if that’s your preference. Saves power by CPU not real time regulating and reduced brightness well passeded what you’d do by leaving it on and covering the top. Haha.

  • Bob Suggitt

    Can you have both the camera and flashlight on at the same time to illuminate somthing so you can see it on the screen? Use as an inspection camera and light in hard to reach places. Even better if you could remote the video with wifi or bluetooth. Not the smallest inspection camera but extremely handy with an additional Ipad, a stick and some tape. The Ipad is for the image of course.

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  • matt

    Just found by accident!! double tap the home bottom from sleep and you get camera next to the slide lock that will open directly to camera without the slide & music controls on the top of the locked screen again without unlocking the screen… enjoy!!

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  • Austin Kurpuis

    None of these are “super secret features” a real secret feature is the hidden panorama mode in IOS 5 it’s a bitch to enable but well worth it in my opinion!

  • Sara

    Thank you so much! Very helpful….. I thought I was going to need an iPhone for dummies book, but my new iPhone is very user friendly!

  • Alison

    Thanks for taking the time to compile these tips. Many were new to me, despite having had an iPhone for a couple of years. Perhaps I don’t have as much time on my hands as all those claiming that they ‘new’ all the tricks already.

  • e

    Knew… oh my god

    • Niki

      thank you! finally someone corrected them all!

  • Kandy

    I knew all of these as well- someone else commented that it is because we have had a phone since day one. Anyway you are leaving off a huge one that even my high-tech boyfriend didn’t know.
    You must close app. at the bottom of screen each day (not just turn them off in settings).
    So if you check weather, text, make a call and check facebook, you would have 4 apps running. By double clicking the home button it will bring up the apps at the bottom. This is what they created so you can multitask. You than hold the app in the bottom area down like you would to delete or move apps. This does NOT delete it. It just closes app and saves your battery. My boyfriend had 99 apps open. dumb.

    Also you can create folders by merging apps together.

    Hope this helps..

    • Brenda

      That was a real good one. I didn’t know to close my apps like you described!!

  • ShoSho

    I did know some of these but it was helpful, and to those who didn’t think it was well go somewhere else! Don’t read them, move on! Don’t be a 5 yr old and complain, just move on! But thanks to the comment about the double tap from sleep to bring up the camera that I really need for quick pics! Thx again!!

  • Tina

    Go to Settings>Notifications>Messages and turn off “Show Preview”.
    Also, to turn off the automatic reminder, turn “Repeat Alert” to “Never” which is right below “Show Preview”

  • Kala

    In response to the last tip- you can turn off the auto brightness feature which will then leave your screen at whatever brightness you have set. Go to settings> brightness and turn the auto-brightness switch to off.

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  • Shivram

    I might be missing something here but has anyone figured out a way to edit a number on the dial screen in case something incorrect is entered?
    Meaning if I enter 123456 and I want to change the first digit to ’2′, I usually have to delete the whole thing and start over.

    Any other way? Could they not provide the magnifier like in all other text input applications?

    Also, you can create shortcuts for WiFi and Bluetooth on one of your homescreens.
    Check it out here: http://www.gadgetreview.com/2011/11/how-to-create-iphone-setting-home-screen-shortcuts-how-to.html

    The actual shortcuts can be installed from http://brdrck.me/settings/

    This is just a special case of the ability to create shortcuts for urls you visit frequently but might be especially useful if your usage is like mine.

    • EK

      Ha! When I type the number wrong, I usually just hit “add to contacts” because it is easy to edit it there. Would be nice if they let you correct the number on the screen.

  • Gloria

    I am so happy to find out how to type in all caps. I got really tired of hitting the cap key between each letter!

  • Александр

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  • Mon

    Wow…that’s good. I’m always rushing to get to the camera. Thanks for sharing. I found out the other day that you can use the volume button on the side to click to take a picture.

  • EK

    Thanks for the tips. I wonder, is there and easy way to get the “display caller id” moved out of settings and up to the main screen? I need to switch this off frequently in my work, but it is a TOTAL pain located where it is deep in settings…..

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  • Steve

    Is it possible to create a shortcut for the Bluetooth function into the desktop instead of having to go through settings- general etc?

  • Stephanie

    Also, to save battery life, or close all open applications:
    1. Double click the “home” button.
    2. Hold down the first application shown until it “wobbles”.
    3. Click the red “-” sign to close it out.
    It just saves battery life to close out applications not currently in use.

  • Mike hunt

    When you first open your phone before you unlock it double tap the home button for iPod controls

    • lyneday

      You can also double click the home button from sleep and it will go directly to ipod controls and the camera button without having to slide to unlock

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  • sp

    One idea that I have learned is you can clear the clutter of your screen with lots of apps by holding down on an app so that is will wiggle to move. Drag one of the apps over another app and now you have created a folder that you can add related apps in one folder. Such as I have all my travel apps all in one folder. You can also remove them by again holding down on an app to make them wiggle and drag them where you choose.

  • Bob

    what the fuck? it says “embarrass your ‘mates’ with an embarassing text from your ‘mum’?
    so basically, u would just be casually hanging around with multiple sexual partners, when a mummy in Egypt gets ahold of your cell phone number and sends embarassing information about you??? I thought this was supposed to be serious, not a fucking joke

  • Emily Smith

    Another way to take a picture (when in the camera app) is by hitting the volume button!

    • Jimmy

      well, obviously

  • nick hil

    how do u delete messages permanently my partner can read them once the been deleted

  • Happy Mama

    Thanks for the tips – can’t wait to see what name I’m going to get! :)

  • Ashley

    You can take a screen shot of whatever you are looking at on your phone by pressing the home button and the sleep button at the same time.

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  • kisho

    how ridiculous is this article. i knew most of these ages ago even though i don’t own an iphone and i use my sister one. like: Customize the Home button
    when i saw the first one i was like : err i already know that.
    should of thought then that this is going to be stupid

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  • Jessica D

    I found out that if you are txting someone or typing an email etc, you can shake your phone and it will give youthe option to undo typing. It will erase everthing you just typed. If you select ok, you can shake the iPhone again for it to re-do typing.

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    Great tips! I never knew about the calculator!!!

  • Izzy

    Try swipping from top of screen to bottom and all of your latest notifications will show up including stocks updates on bottom and weather on top. Swipe back up to the top and the notifications disappear

  • Kerrin

    Well I already knew all that.

  • Nikki

    I just got this phone and I want new ringtones. Does anyone know a free ringtone music app that is actually free? Most of them say free and then when you try to send it to your phone it wants to charge??? Please help. Thanks

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  • deenie

    Hold your finger over the number; a round bubble will appear and you can slide it around to where you want to edit and then lift. Backspace and edit.

  • Laura

    You can make customizable vibrates if you go to settings>>general>>Accessibility>>under Hearing turn on custom vibrations. Then in contacts hit edit on a person>>vibration>>you can change it to the standard ones or go to create custom vibration and you can tap out your own vibration for different people. :]

  • Darío

    Wow dude, this post is awesome, thank you very very much.. Loved it!

  • Beth

    This might be commonly known…but just in case it’s not: I learned when I got my iPhone that when you double tap Home to view the multitask bar at the bottom, you can tap and hold the apps and close them fully. It saves a ton of battery life!

  • Dr Rick

    Interesting… only from the standpoint that this article SAYS that it is all about tips and tricks for the iPhone, when ALL of the examples shown are an iPod! Hardly any of these had anything to do with the iPhone4s. Already had these figured out anyway.

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  • Judy

    TERRIFIC tips! Thanks!

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  • shruti

    i don’t have show preview on my messages in my settings….how else can i turn it off…….i have iphone4

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  • rg

    I just got my iPhone so I really appreciate the awesome tips! Even something simple like double tapping the caps button is a big help. VERY much appreciated! Lots of cool tips!

  • Karishma

    while typing and changing languages just press and hold the language icon on the toolbar for a few seconds you can then chose the language..
    (helpful if u have more than 2)

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  • Nikki

    One thing I hated about this phone was the flash- so when tryin to take a picture of urself at night you would have to turn phone around for the flash. But it was a pain to have to try to touch camera button on the inside of the phone where you can’t see. On accedent I found out that you can hit the + sign button for volume to take the picture :)

  • Fluffy

    Triple click the home button and you can change the screen to balck and white

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  • Beth Trigg

    When you get a notification that pops up on the screen you can slide the little picture icon that comes up and it takes you right to where you need to be, or of its a missed call it calls back, also swipe down from the top of the screen and all your notifications will show up.

  • Liz

    Settings > general > accessibility > White on black. Not only does it look awesome, but it saves a lot of battery.

  • Lisa

    A couple of tips for the 4S:
    - To take a picture of yourself, tap the icon with the arrows in the top right corner of the screen and then hit the up volume button to snap the picture easier.

    - tap the home button twice to switch quickly between apps. To save power, you can also press and hold these apps until a minus sign shows up. Hit the minus sign to stop them from running in the background and you will save your battery.

    If you’re sending a mass text, everyone on the list will see who else is on that text as well as have to put up with everyone’s replies. To avoid this, go into your messages settings and turn off group messaging. You can also turn off send read receipts if you don’t want others to know if you actually read their message.

    The app find my iPhone is great if you lose your phone but you have to have your location services enabled

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  • Hollywood Dave

    On my iPhone 4, if you tap the screen with 3 fingers it zooms the whole screen and you can scroll around using 3 fingers. I thought it was my phone f-in up and would reboot till i noticed i could reproduce the “glitch”, control it, and return the screen to normal resolution. Not sure how useful it is, but there ya go!

  • Erika

    Missing Emoticons??? but Wait, they are there!!!
    So for me, as a fun and very expressive person, love love love Emoticons! I was not loving the iphone because my old android had those on my keyboard automatically. Come to find out the iphone does have it as an “International Keyboard!!!” Seriously why would I ever look for something like that there??? So built into your phone are super cute smilies and pics to add to your texts, only seeable by other iphone users :( but still good cause you know they are iphone users if it says “imessage” instead of “text message” in the type box. So here it is: Settings>General>Keyboard>International Keyboards>Add New Keyboard>Emoji

  • Smith

    I never knew about the science calculator. Great tip. Thanks.

  • Q

    Another shortcut on iPhone is that you can hit the one of the volume buttons while the camera app is open and it will take a picture.

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