10 iPhone settings to save your precious time

10 iPhone settings to save your precious time

Your iPhone You already save a lot of time with its fantastic multitasking functionality, which eliminates the need for a separate camera, calculator, GPS device and more, but we have ways to save even more valuable time.

Here are ten handy hacks, tips and tricks that will improve your efficiency when using yours Apple smartphone.

1. Learn to recognize your iPhone’s Face ID when wearing a face mask

Thanks to a recently updated update, it is now possible to “teach” your iPhone to recognize you when you wear a face shield. This saves time because you do not have to spend time removing your mask when you want to use your iPhone out and about.

Go to the Settings app. Scroll down to see “Face ID & Passcode” and press this. In the next menu, activate “Face ID with a mask” so that it shows green. On the next screen, tap “Use Face ID with a mask.”

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This now prompts you to place your face in a frame that will appear on the screen. If you do not hit the sweet spot, your phone will give you advice on how to position yourself. You do not need to wear a mask for this process. Next, move your head in a circular motion by following the green lines around the perimeter of the circle on the screen. If you do not move properly, your phone will prompt you to follow an arrow.

Once you have completed the process, you will be able to use your iPhone without first removing the mask.

2. Add tools to your iPhone’s control center

Your iPhone Control Center provides shortcuts to frequently used tools. While some tools are in your Control Center by default, you can customize what appears in your iPhone’s Control Center to suit your needs.

To access your control center, simply swipe down on the right side of your iPhone screen.

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To add or remove tools from your Control Center, go to the Settings app. In Settings, scroll down to see “Control Center” and tap it. This brings up your Control Center menu which displays “Included Controls” at the top of the screen and “More Controls” at the bottom. These are the controls you have the ability to add. Options include “Low power mode“” Text size “and more.

To add some controls, simply tap the green plus icon next to the tool name to move it to your control center. Now you can enjoy fast access with a swipe of a range of useful tools.

Create practical “Back Tap” actions

We really love this smart iPhone feature – you can program your device to perform certain actions depending on how many times you press the back of your phone.

This little trick is part of the iPhone’s accessibility tool suite and is quick and easy to set up. Go to the Settings app, select the Accessibility menu, then click “Touch”, then scroll down to see “Back Press” and press it.

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You can now select different actions that your phone should perform if you press twice or three times on the back of your device. These include opening the camera and control center, turning the phone on silent, activating your flashlight, capturing a screen capture and controlling the volume. You can select an action for both double-tap and triple-print setting.

Get quick access to some app features

A cunning time-saving trick you can use for your regularly used apps is to “long press” – so press and hold – on the app icons. Depending on the app, this will show which shortcut actions may be available.

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For example, a long press Twitter gives you a shortcut to create a new tweet. A long press Gmail displays a shortcut to create a new email. A long press on the iPhone’s watch app gives you options to create an alarm and start a timer. A long press on the Google app allows you to quickly do a Google search.

This is also a great way to quickly activate some camera settings. If you press and hold the camera icon, you will see the options for taking a portrait and portrait selfie, taking a regular selfie, and recording video.

You can experiment with your favorite apps by long-tapping the icons, so see what other shortcuts are available.

5. Create a one-touch dial button

You can create an iconic one-touch dial key for your most commonly dialed contacts. To do this you must use iPhone shortcut app. This is now built into new iPhone models, but anyone with an older iPhone may need to download it from the App Store.

Once in the Shortcuts app, scroll down to see the “Call” section and click the plus icon to create a new shortcut. Select from your contacts when prompted, then tap “Add to Home screen.”

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Now you can give that shortcut icon a name, probably the name of the contact, then you can select a photo from your camera roll to represent that person. You can now call that person directly by tapping the icon on your home screen.

6. Use the volume buttons in the Camera app

The iPhone’s camera app has a nice built-in trick that lets you use your volume buttons to use it.

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When you have the camera app open, you can take a snapshot by pressing either the volume up or down button. If you press and hold any of the volume keys, video recording starts as long as you hold down the key.

7. Use voice control to open apps

As part of the iPhone’s accessibility feature, you can control your device with your voice. If you enable voice control, you can ask Siri to open apps.

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Go to the Settings app, tap Accessibility and then tap “Voice control”. Turn this on and you can now say commands, such as “Hi Siri, open Twitter”, “Hi Siri, give me my camera” or “Hi Siri, do a search.”

8. Take a snapshot while shooting video

The iPhone’s camera is a marvel with several tasks. While recording video, it is possible to take a snapshot at the same time. While in recording mode, look to the right of the recording button to see a second, white button.

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Touch this to take a snapshot at any time during the recording process. Note, however, that all photos you take during recording will have video quality resolution, so not as high quality as your regular iPhone snaps.

9. Attach a text conversation to the top of your message list

If it’s someone you text often, there’s a smart way to make sure you have quick access to that particular text conversation. You can “pin” that conversation at the top of your Messages app list.

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Go to the Messages app and find the conversation you want to move to the top of the message list. Swipe right on the most recent message from the contact you want to prioritize. You will now see a yellow needle icon appear, tap it. That conversation will now appear at the top of your Messages app.

10. Find camera roll photos faster

Scrolling through your iPhone’s camera roll to find a specific image may take a while. There is a nice search trick that can save a lot of time. Your iPhone has a pretty robust keyword-based search feature built into your Photo app.

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Go to your Photo app to access your camera roll. From here, tap the “Search” option at the bottom right of the screen. Enter the most appropriate keyword for what you are looking for and images linked to that keyword thanks to your iPhone’s image recognition application will be displayed immediately.


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