Apple is a remarkable Company which provides us with the best mobiles possible with lots of interesting features. However, we only stick to those features which are so obvious and of absolute necessity, like making calls or typing messages. None of us ventures to explore the hundreds of other features that lie hidden. There are many features that once you will explore, you will certainly say that I really imagined about this feature but I didn’t know whether it really existed.
In order to make you expert of iPhone, we have made a list which you will find interesting as well as helpful.
- Custom iMessage Replies
There are times when you are extremely busy and if someone close to you is calling you again and again but you can’t pick up the phone and at the same time you don’t want the voice messages to go to voicemail because you really want to explain what is happening then this feature is a life savior. The iOS lets you reply quickly with the help of iMessages.
It entirely depends on the version of iOS that you are using. In some versions, you will have to slide the “Phone” icon upwards which appears on the slide-bar when you are having a call, or you can simply tap the “Message” option above the slide bar.
A window of three templates will follow and you can choose one depending on the situation which you think is most suitable. However, if you want to write something other than the 3 templates, you can select “Custom” and then you can write anything you want. But, if you want some text to appear permanently instead of some template, you can do it in the settings. By doing this you will have to sacrifice one template because no fourth slot is available.
- Creating Custom Ringtones
If you are a lover of ringtones, and you want ringtones of all your favorite songs, then there is no need to spend hours on the internet for searching the desired ringtones because in your iPhone you can make ringtones of any track that is present in the music library.
First of all, you need to make a duplicate version of any track that you like and it must be of 30 to 40 seconds. In the second step, you will have to change the format of the duplicate track from .m4a to .m4r. In the third step, you need to reimport the new format track that you just created. Lastly, sync the ringtone and everything is done.
If you are interested in creating purely original ringtones or that of your own creations, then this, too, is very simple to perform in iPhone. In the GarageBand, you should create a 30 to 40-second track and then by choosing “Share” options, choose it as a ringtone. Lastly, you can simply assign it to any contact.
- Creating Custom Vibrations
Having read the previous heading, you must know now how to create a custom ringtone and how to assign it to any contact or notification. Assigning different ringtones to different contacts helps you a lot because whenever the phone rings, you instantly know who is calling without even looking at the screen. But what about if you want the mobile to be silent and still know instantly who is calling without looking at the screen; you can do this by creating custom vibrations.
Select any contact from the contacts menu and then press the edit option. You will get a lot of options in the new window; scroll down and there you will find inbuilt vibration patterns. And the more interesting thing is that, apart from choosing from a multitude of built-in vibrations, you can also create a custom vibration of your own choice. Once saved, the new pattern can be assigned to calls as well as messages.
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- Taking Photos While Shooting Videos
If you are shooting some amazing moment and you wish if you could also capture some photos but without interrupting the ongoing video recording; for your amazement, you can do this on your iPhone. As the video recording is going on, don’t stop or pause it, just press the camera button which is present near the shutter button of video recording; by pressing it a picture will be taken.
One thing worth mentioning is that, while you capture a photo and the video recording is already going on, the mobile doesn’t use the standard camera sensor but the video sensor which is little low in quality. It doesn’t mean at all that the photo will be of bad quality; rather it turns out to be pretty nice.
- Saving Battery with Low Power Mode
If you think that you will be using your phone for a long period and you are at a place where there is no charger available or if simply you are on a journey, then you can save a lot of your battery with the Low Power Mode. Many websites offer traveling accessories at very low prices and Groupon is one such website. This low power mode reduces consumption of a battery by turning off many features. For instance, it doesn’t give you notifications as often as in the standard mode; it turns off Siri, and background automatic app refresh is also turned off. You will also notice that the screen becomes darker and some of the visual effects are also reduced.
Turning all these features doesn’t mean that this mode will turn off those features which will cause trouble in the necessary functioning of your mobile. On the contrary, it turns off only those features which it thinks do not affect the functioning of the mobile in any way.
- Save PDF to iBooks
If you are a reading enthusiast, then there is some great news for you. You can convert all the interesting web pages into PDF files and you can then import them directly into your iBook app – isn’t it amazing! This can be helpful in many situations: if you are reading a big web document that you think will consume lots of data, you can simply convert it to PDF and then read it in the iBooks app while remaining offline. In other cases like if you have found a book in HTML form and isn’t available in PDF form anywhere, you can convert this book and add it to your library.
- Setting Up Do Not Disturb Mode
If you are doing something important and you are continuously distracted by incoming calls or messages, then you can turn “Do Not Disturb” mode on and forget the mobile until you have finished your work completely. This mode is also very helpful if you are trying to get some sleep. There are different ways to turn this feature on and the simplest way is to swipe your home screen upwards and there you will find a “Crescent Moon”, tap it. Now the same icon will appear on the top bar of your iPhone’s home screen which means that the feature is turned on.
It was the most simple method, but if you want to turn this mode on in a more sophisticated manner, then you can go to settings, where apart from simply turning the mode on and off, you will also get many other options. You can set “Quiet Hours” for each night.
- If it’s An Emergency Call
You have turned on the “Do Not Disturb” mode and you are sleeping unaware of all the pains and agonies of the world, but what if something urgent requires your attention or if there is some emergency. If you have these things in mind then the “Do Not Disturb” mode cannot give you constant peace of mind because you will be constantly thinking about what if something happens and if wouldn’t be able to respond, and it’s a genuine concern if you are a responsible and sensible person.
For these reasons, you can customize this mode. You can turn on “Repeated Calls” and if someone calls you more than once in 3 minutes, you will be notified. It is obvious that if someone is calling you out of curiosity or for fun he will understand after you don’t receive at the first attempt that you are sleeping and wouldn’t call again. On the other hand, if there is some serious problem, you will be called again and again and thus the mode will notify you instantly. You can also add Favorite List.
- Adding Symbols Quickly
It must have been a really big time that you bought your iPhone but it is possible that you might still be using traditional ways of adding symbols without realizing that there are much easier ways to do so. If you want to add some symbol, the traditional way is that you switch from ABC mode to ‘123’ mode and there you will find many symbols. When you have chosen a symbol, then you will have to press again the ABC mode for the standard keyboard.
For ease, you can simply press and hold the ‘123’ icon and the symbols will appear; you can slide your finger to choose one. Once you release your finger from the 123 option, the standard keyboard will appear automatically. You can also hold your finger on any symbol for multiple symbols to appear.
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- Double-Space for Full-Stop
If you are writing a big message in iPhone, then you will have to turn again and again to the symbols menu for the full-stop. It is time-consuming as well as attention seeking because sometimes you press the comma button instead of full-stop because both lie together. Now you can simply add a full-stop at the end of the sentence by pressing the space button twice and a full stop will be added. You can tap the space button once again and the new sentence will be started with the first capital letter.
This might seem very simple and easy, but at the same time, it is time saving. You must also keep in mind that you need to press space two times without giving a pause otherwise it won’t work.
- Shake to Undo
If you have typed a very long sentence and somehow it is just erased and you are continuously yelling that what just happened, then there is no need to worry because Apple provides you interesting options. All you need to do is shake your mobile – yes, that’s right and it might seem little awkward as well – and the Undo/Redo options will appear and you can either bring back the sentence that was accidentally removed or you can erase the whole sentence that you think is not good enough.
After a long time, Apple has also added an Undo button in its keyboard, but this button appears only when the phone is in the landscape mode. In the portrait mode, it isn’t available. For the portrait mode, you will have to make yourself content with the shaking; just make sure you hold the mobile firmly in your hands before shaking.
This guest post is written by Lisa Myers, She works at Rebates Zone as a software engineer.