You might not know that your iPhone can do much more than surf the web and play games. It’s capable of doing so many things that it makes me wonder why I even need a computer. So here are some tips on how you can make your phone even better:

Take a picture with the volume button

To take a photo, press the volume button on your iPhone. It’s on the side closest to your camera—the top-right corner of your phone if you’re looking at it from the front. If you’re taking a selfie, press this button with one hand while holding up the back of your iPhone with another hand.

Use the volume button to take a screenshot

The screenshot option is hard to find on an iPhone and requires a few steps, but it’s worth the effort. Here’s how to take one: Press the volume up button and power button at the same time (if you have an iPhone X or later, press volume down and power). If you’re using an earlier model of Apple’s phone, hold down both buttons for about three seconds after pressing them. The screen will flash white before displaying a shutter sound effect; once this happens, snap a photo or record video by pressing the lightning bolt icon in your notification bar. Alternatively, if you have an iPhone XS or later model, hold down both buttons for about three seconds after pressing them; release when prompted by a shutter sound effect that signals that a screenshot was taken.

Access Siri without holding the home button

You can use Siri whenever you want, even if you don’t have your phone in hand. Simply press and hold the side button for about 2 seconds to launch Siri. You can use Siri to do anything you can do with your iPhone or iPad: send messages, make calls and so on. You can even ask it questions like “What’s the weather forecast?” or “How many teaspoons are there in a cup?”

But perhaps most importantly, being able to access Siri quickly means that you don’t need to spend time unlocking your phone every time you want it done quickly.

Use Siri to set an alarm

You can use Siri to set an alarm for a specific time or date. To do this, simply say “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 8:00 AM” or “Hey Siri, set an alarm for tomorrow at 10:30 AM”.

If you would like to set an alarm for someone else, such as your spouse or roommate, simply say “Hey Siri” followed by their name (e.g., “Hey Siri, wake up John”).

Control your phone using only your earphones

Such a simple trick, and it’s one that you’re already halfway to knowing. You can probably already do this. Here’s what you need:

  • Headphones with a microphone built in (also known as a headset). Make sure they’re plugged in before you try this.
  • The ability to speak normally into the microphone while wearing those headphones (and not sounding like an idiot).

You can now control your phone using only the air around your mouth and ears! The simplest way is by saying “Hey Siri.” This will open up Siri on any iPhone 6 or later, regardless of whether or not it’s connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data. If your phone supports 3D Touch, pressing firmly on the home button will also bring up Siri without having to say anything at all. A second method is by pressing firmly on the center button for about two seconds until a tone plays through both earpieces—this activates regular voice recognition mode instead of calling upon Apple’s virtual assistant service.

Use your iPhone as a magnifying glass

  • Use the camera app to take a picture of anything.
  • Use the zoom function to look at things that are far away or too small for you to see with your eyes.
  • You can also use the camera app as a magnifying glass, but it’s easier just to carry one around with you!

Type faster with QuickPath Swipe Typing in iOS 13

To enable QuickPath Swipe Typing, tap Settings > General > Keyboard. Then, toggle on the Enable QuickPath Swipe Typing switch. This will allow you to start typing words by swiping up and down on your keyboard. The new feature is designed to make typing faster and more intuitive. For example, if you type “abc” while using this feature in iOS 13 or later versions of iOS 12 (such as iOS 12), it will complete “abcconnects” for you when you swipe down past “c.”

Save time by scheduling texts and calls on Do Not Disturb mode.

If you’re a busy person who doesn’t have time to waste, this trick is for you. With Do Not Disturb mode enabled on your iPhone, you can schedule texts or calls to go out when it’s most convenient for you.

You can also use Do Not Disturb mode to remind yourself of something that needs to be done at a specific time during the day. For example, if there is an important meeting tomorrow morning, set up a reminder so that it will appear at 6:00 AM (or whatever time works best) with an alarm sound and text message reminding you of what needs to happen next.

Get rid of red-eye before taking the shot.

If you’re shooting in a dark room, your iPhone’s flash might illuminate the subject’s eyes and cause them to look bloodshot. It’s called red-eye, and it happens when the light from the flash reflects off of your subject’s retina.

To avoid this problem, turn down your shutter speed and/or use a slow shutter speed. This will make it harder for light coming from any direction to reach the subject’s eyes. If you’re still seeing redness in their eyes after that, try getting closer to them or moving so that they are facing away from where all of the lights are coming from (like out toward what would be a window).

Prevent your friends and family from seeing the embarrassing pics you send them.

There is no question that Face ID and Touch ID prevent others from viewing what you are sending. But if you want to be extra certain, there are a couple more options you can turn on.

  • Turn on Face ID or Touch ID: This will be available in Messages, iMessage, and all other apps with the send button that supports it (like WhatsApp). If it doesn’t show up for you yet, try rebooting your phone and then give it another go!
  • Set a passcode: On iPhone, this means going into Settings > Face ID & Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode depending on which option you want to use (and then choosing either “Turn Passcode On” or “Turn off Passcode”, respectively). While this won’t necessarily prevent someone from seeing whatever images and videos you send them without unlocking their phone first—it does mean that at least one person involved will have some measure of security against unwanted viewers (assuming they’re using an iPhone too!).
  • Set up a lock screen message: This will show whenever anyone attempts to unlock your phone while viewing its lock screen interface – so unless someone enters the right passcode (or presses Cancel), they’ll see whatever message(s) have been set before opening up any app

iPhones can do almost anything.

iPhones can do almost anything. You can use them to take pictures, send messages and play games. You can even use them to take selfies (self-portraits). There are lots of apps you can download for free that will help you get the most out of your iPhone.


And there you have it: the best tricks to make your life a little easier. If you follow these tips and tricks, I promise that they’ll make your iPhone experience more enjoyable. We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post as much as we did writing it!