SPONSOR: 16 Tips to make you a smarter iPhone user

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Once you get your new iPhone, utilize the OS X tips below according to the type of your iPhone you have to make you a smarter user.

  1. You can personalize your Control Center to get quick access to useful icons. That is, the controls in the home screen can be rearranged to suit your preferences. To do this, go to the Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.  You can also use the Dock to place the folders that you will create for your selected icons or new apps for quick retrieval;
    1. Under the Customize Control menu, there is a list of icons that you can choose to add on your home screen for fast access and they include – Calculator, Notes, Low Power Mode, Flashlight, Camera, Alarm, Accessibility Shortcuts, Guided Access, Apple and many more.
  2. Improve the security of your iPhone by creating a passcode of six digits. Go to Settings > Passcode. For the passcode, combine any letters and numbers you want;
  3. Find Siri and make use of it. To activate it, just say “Hello Siri. Alternatively, you can hold the home button or the side button. Use your voice to ask anything you want this feature to do for you. For example, it can tell you the planes that are flying above you if any or read your email. Besides this, you can teach Siri so much more;
  4. Activate the Location services under the Settings to enable your iPhone to track every location to get to and also use the Remind me at a location tab to reminded of what you need when you get to or leave a location;
  5. Use your two or more fingers to close multiple apps by swiping them on the apps at the same time;
  6. Remove unused Documents and Data on iPhone to free up space on your device. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > App > Delete App;
  7. Use your iPhone as a magnifying or a leveling equipment. To activate the magnifying glass on your phone, go to the Settings > General > Accessibility > Magnifier > Switch on;
  8. To get to the leveling tool, open the Compass app and swipe leftwards to open a level screen. When this screen changes to green color, then what you are measuring is a straight level;
  9. Instead of struggling to hit the white circle to take a picture, use the volume buttons even in your earbuds to take a photo;
  10. Shake your iPhone to undo instead of using the Backspace;
  11. Use you Flashlight to improve the alerts you have for any message received. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Hearing > LED Flash for Alerts > turn it on;
  12. There is an option for customizing your vibrations where you can create a unique vibration for each contact for example. Go to the Settings > Sound & Hepatics > Sound and vibration patterns > Custom > Create new vibration;
  13. If you need to switch between two or more apps, swipe your finger at the bottom of your screen;
  14. Convert your keyboard to become a trackpad to help you reading a large page. Just press the keyboard on any part, hold it and it will convert.;
  15. Use the Clock app to make a record and an analysis of your sleeping hours by setting it to direct you to sleep and when to wake you;
  16. Record a 4k video by selecting 4k under the Record video tab that is in the Camera app;
  17. You can also do Screen Recording to record anything on the screen. Swipe on your screen and a record button will appear, click it to start recording and click the red bar showing at the top of the screen when done recording.