Did you just get a new iPhone 5 and want to learn how to utilize it efficiently? Or have you had your iPhone a while but are interested in some secret tips and tricks to get the most use out of your phone? Below are ten handy tips and tricks to ensure you’re using your iPhone (running iOS 6) to the fullest.
1. Easy Scrolling
Instead of wasting your time swiping your finger up and down over and over again to reach the top of a webpage you’re reading, top once in the status bar. The status bar is located where the time and battery life are displayed. One tap on the status bar will jump you to the top of the webpage, email, article you’re reading.
2. Email Tips
There are many suffixes proceeding the period in an email address, including “.com,” “.org,” and “.net.” Rather than typing the entire ending out when composing an email, simply hold down the period key to view other address endings. This also works when you’re typing in websites. Hold down the period key to see alternate endings to your website.
You can also view your email drafts quickly. Simply press and hold the Compose Message button, and the iPhone will bring you to a screen that shows all your previously composed drafts. The Compose Message button is located at the bottom, right-hand corner of your Inbox screen. It is a box with a pencil in it at a diagonal. This button will allow you to compose new messages and quickly access your drafts.
3. Keyboard Tips
Tired of switching between the numerical and alphabetical keyboard when composing messages or typing email addresses? Avoid the hassle of switching keyboards by tapping and holding the “123” key and dragging your finger to the number you’d like to select. Select the number, lift your finger, and watch your phone revert immediately back to the alphabetical keyboard.
If you’re looking for a more creative way to express yourself when texting, tweeting, emailing, etc., try the new iOS 6 “Emoji” keyboard. Access this keyboard by going to Settings, General, Keyboard, International Keyboards, Add New Keyboard, Emoji. Emoji allows you to type with various faces, shapes, pictures, etc.
4. Speed Through Apps
You can switch between open apps by returning to the home screen every time, or you can double tap the Home button. Double tapping the Home button—the button at the bottom center of the phone, below the screen—brings all apps that are already running to the bottom of the screen. You can then swipe to the left to scroll through the apps and select the one to which you’d like to switch.
5. Save Battery Life by Closing Running Apps
You can also close running apps that might be open by double tapping the Home button. Double tap the Home button; then press and hold your finger on an app. The apps will begin to wiggle, and a red circle with a white horizontal line will appear in the top left corner of every app. If you hit that red circle, the phone will close the app. Don’t worry; it won’t delete the app. It’ll only close the app so it’s not unnecessarily running in the background and wasting precious battery life. Oftentimes, apps have location services running in them—especially maps—and those location services waste battery life. Those are especially smart apps to close when not in use.
6. Take a Screen Shot
Ever wanted to capture the screen you’re viewing but never knew how? Take a simple screen shot. You can do this by tapping the Home button and the On/Off button simultaneously. In case you cannot find it, the On/Off button is located on the top, right side of the iPhone. Tapping the Home and On/Off buttons together will instantly take a picture of whatever you have displayed on the screen and save the photo to your phone.
7. Organize Your Apps
Organize your life by organizing your apps. You can create folders in which to place your apps. You can do this by first pressing and holding your finger on an app button. This will make all the apps wiggle, as if you were closing or deleting them. Select an app with your finger and drag it atop another app. This will automatically create a folder in which both apps rest. When you create the folder, your phone will automatically generate a title for the folder, but you also have the option of personalizing the folder by creating your own name. You can fit a total of 12 apps in a folder.
8. Read Easier
If the iPhone screen is too small to read, the iPhone offers Safari Reader for most websites. If Reader is available on a website, a small button that says “Reader” will show up in the URL right next to the website address. By tapping this button, your phone will take you to a separate screen that allows you to choose between two different text sizes and view the content of the website more clearly.
Now you have a few tips and tricks to keep in your pocket with which you can better use your iPhone. So make sure your iPhone is updated, and have fun exploring!