Want to blow your mind? Open the settings app on your iPhone and be amazed at what helpful features are hiding there that could change how you use your phone every day.
Type better one handed
You can make the keyboard slide over to the left or right hand side of your screen which makes it easier to use with one hand.
Settings->General->Keyboard->One Handed Keyboard
You can also long press on the emoji icon anywhere the keyboard comes up and select the keyboard screen location.
Access more apps from the lock screen
On iOS 11 (the newest version) you can customize which icons and shortcuts you see on Control Center (the screen with brightness and calculator).
Settings->Control Center->Customize Controls
You can make shortcuts to a bunch of fun things, including screen recording.
See your notifications from across the room
Want your phone to light up each time you get a message or notification so you’ll have a visual cue for new notification? This works great at loud venues, but isn’t so bright that it’s annoying at home.
Settings->General->Accessibility->Hearing section->LED Flash for Alerts
Clear out old junk
Even if you’re not stressed over space on your phone, you may want to get rid of large and forgotten pictures, videos, or gifs piling up in your messages.
Settings->General->iPhone Storage->Review Large Attachments
You can also see these under the details of individual messages, but checking this from the settings pools all the attachments together for an easier view.
Know your phone’s battery health
If you think you’re battery isn’t lasting as long as it used to – especially if your phone is more than 2 years old – you can check that. You can also see if your phone is slowing down to keep your battery from shutting off your phone. More battery info available in our other posts.
Settings->Battery->Battery Health (Beta)
Find old passwords
When you enter a password on a website and Safari asks if you want to save it, there’s actually a place they are going. Next time you need to find a password that you haven’t used in a while, check here.
Settings->Accounts & Passwords->App & Website Passwords
Let people know you’ve seen their message
Turn on read receipts so people can see if you’ve read your messages.
Settings->Messages-> Send Read Receipts
You can turn it on individually, for a few significant others you’d never ghost. This isn’t about people ignoring you, but it’s nice to know whether they’re busy and just haven’t seen the message yet.
I mean, it’d be nice to know whether your spouse saw the text about needing deli meat from the grocery store and realize you should give them a call before it’s too late.
On a specific message tap the circled i in the top right corner and then turn on read receipts. (Tell the other person to turn this on for you if you want to see too!)
Locate your parked car
You can turn on and off whether Apple Maps automatically drops a pin on the location of where you parked your car so you can find it later. This is for all the Apple Maps users out there.
Settings->Maps->Show Parked Location
Keep the camera on the last used mode
The default action for the camera app is to go back to “photo” next time you use it (after a few minutes). You can change that so it always opens with the last mode you used, i.e. panorama, video, square, etc…
Settings->Camera->Preserve Settings->Camera Mode
You can also have it default to your last used lighting and filter options under the same settings menu.