They could make everyday iPhone life a lot easier.
Think you’re an iPhone whizz? You probably are, but we’ve uncovered some new things the average iPhone user may not know about when using their device daily.
Here are some super interesting hacks that can increase your productivity, make your life easier, help you get organised, or simply make you show off to your other iPhone-using pals.
Use Song ID
There’s no need to download Shazam because iPhones have them built-in to their phones.
Because, you know, they’re owned by Apple too!
It helps you identify any song that’s playing around you and retrieves the song and artist. Perfect if you want to add new music to your Spotify playlists.
You can add a quick shortcut to Apple Music recognition in your Control Centre. This will make it much easier to access.
Simply go to Settings > Control Centre and add Music Recognition. This way, when you swipe the Control Centre down, you’ll be able to use Music Recognition super fast.
Tap the Shazam tool and off you go identifying new music. You can even use it to identify sounds that don’t have names on TikTok!
Hidden DIY hack
This is technically two hacks; a measuring too, and a spirit level.
The Measure app became available as part of the Apple iOS 12 update a few years ago. It allows you to use your camera to measure distance, which has been noted to be pretty accurate.
If it’s an easily-trackable shape, Measure will automatically measure the width and length, and even calculate the object’s surface area.
In terms of the spirit level function, you can use the straight edge of the device to check if something is level. If you place the iPhone flat on it’s back, two bubbles appear and you can check if that surface is flat too.
Simple open Measure, tap Spirit and place your iPhone on a flat surface or against the object you’re trying to measure.
Correcting your words or sentences can be a little annoying on an iPhone. Fortunately, there’s a way to make it easier, and you’ll kick yourself for not knowing about it before.
It allows you to precisely move between characters in any written text without furiously tapping the display.
Simply hold down the space bar when you’ve typed some text. It’ll transform it into a trackpad you can drag and move your cursor across your text. This will save you from having to furiously tap at whatever you’re trying to correct!
Get rain alerts
This is a super simple iPhone hack that many miss out on.
Sick of getting caught in the rain, or often feel suspicious when clouds roll in? Simply set up rain alerts on your iPhone. You can find them in the Weather app.
- First, make sure you’re updated to iOS 15 or later
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update
- Then grant the Weather app your location info. Otherwise, it won’t work.
- Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Weather and select Always (you’ll get even better alerts if you grant Precise Location access)
- Next, make sure the Weather app can send notifications
- Go to Settings > Notifications > Weather > Allow Notifications and then select which type of alerts you want
- Finally, you then need to enable weather alerts
- Go into the Weather app and choose the list icon in the bottom right. At the top you’ll see an option called Stay Dry
- If that doesn’t appear, tap the three dots in the top right and then go to Notifications
- Tap Turn On Notifications, and then activate the switch for My Location
- Then tap Done in the top-right and it should work
- Now you’ll get a warning just before it’s about to start raining where you are!
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