8 iPhone tricks you probably didn’t know existed before

The sheer amount of iPhone tricks lurking beneath the surface is truly astonishing. We’ve covered quite a few of them before, and today we’re back with some other iPhone tricks that you probably didn’t know existed. As I mentioned before, I’m still not sure why Apple hasn’t created an easily accessible repository for lesser known iPhone tips and tricks. Until that happens, we’ll keep highlighting these iPhone tricks.

Quick aside, WWDC is just around the corner which means the iOS 16 preview is only a few weeks away. So with a slew of new iPhone features on the horizon, now is the time to get to know some of the current iPhone power user features.

We have already shown you some hidden iPhone secrets that have been exploding on TikTok. Now, it’s time to check out more cool iPhone tricks.

Take a screenshot by clicking on your iPhone

Back Tap is one of my lesser known favorite iPhone tricks. In short, the feature allows users to take a screenshot simply by tapping on the back of their device. It is very good.

To take advantage of this feature, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Physical & Motor. From there, scroll down a bit until you see “Back Tap.” Once you press that, you can decide if you want to activate Back Tap with either a double or triple tap.

Then, you can select the action you wish to trigger when you tap on the back of your iPhone. Taking a screenshot is perhaps the most useful option, but other options include activating Siri, muting the iPhone, and even adjusting the iPhone volume.

Check your iPhone warranty

This is a very useful iPhone trick. Instead of wasting time calling Apple Support, you can check your iPhone warranty status right from your device. To do this, go to Settings > General > About > Warranty. Here you will be able to find out if your warranty has expired or not.

Use Siri to find a misplaced iPhone

This is one of my favorite iPhone tricks. If you lost your iPhone somewhere in your house or apartment, you can use Hey Siri feature to turn on the flashlight and find it easily.

A+ iPhone Trick – Record Video with Background Music

Any seasoned iPhone user knows that recording a video will automatically turn off background music from Spotify or Apple. Often this is appropriate. However, there are times when you want to play a specific song while recording your video. Let’s say, for example, that you want to use some dramatic movie music to record your child stomping around the house.

Fortunately, doing so is very easy. Once you’ve played a song on Apple Music or Spotify, open the Camera app. Next, resist the urge to switch to video mode. Alternatively, press and drag the white shutter button to the right. Once you do that, the video will start recording and the background music will remain active.

Use your Apple Watch as a viewfinder

This is a great example of why the Apple ecosystem as a whole amplifies the user experience. This iPhone trick allows you to use your Apple Watch as a viewfinder for your iPhone.

To take advantage of this, open the Camera app on your iPhone. Next, open the Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch. Now, you can use your Apple Watch to switch camera orientation, set a timer, and more.

iPhone has a built-in level

Although we don’t recommend using the iPhone on a serious construction project, the built-in Level app is easy to use. It can work on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. If you want to casually check if the board is hanging correctly or if your table is wobbly, then this app is very useful.

You can access it by going to the Measure app and setting the level in the lower right corner.

Get instant notifications for rain and snow

This is a completely new feature that Apple introduced with iOS 15. This iPhone trick is especially useful if you live in an area prone to spontaneous rain showers.

If you want to receive notifications about impending rain or snow storms, the first thing you need to do is adjust your privacy settings. To do this, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Weather and allow the Weather app to access your location.

Next, launch the Weather app and tap on the hamburger menu on the lower right side.

The stay dry card should appear. Now, select, “Turn on notifications” and you should be good to go.

Use the iPhone keyboard as a trackpad

This is my favourite. It’s also an iPhone trick that often makes people jaw dropping when you show them it.

To use the iPhone keyboard as a trackpad, press and hold the spacebar. When you do this, all the keyboard keys will turn gray and you can now slide your finger around the keyboard area as if it were a trackpad. This is a useful iPhone tip in cases where you want to move the cursor with precision.


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