The iPhone is one of the most popular phones on the market. It’s relatively easy to use, has a nice screen resolution, and has a ton of apps and games to make life more (or less) productive. I love my iPhone and consider myself a fairly knowledgeable user of it, however there are many features that aren’t in the manual and are only mentioned in blog posts like this one. I’ve collected five of my favorites to share.
1) Take a screen shot
One very useful feature is the ability to capture your phone’s screen to share with others. I’ve used it many times to create documentation. It is very simple to do, just press the lock button and the “Home” button at the same time. The phone will take a snapshot of your screen and place it in your photos. Be wary though, if you hold the buttons down too long you’ll force the phone to reboot.
2) Take a series of rapid photos
There are times when it would be nice to take a series of photos rapidly (at your kid’s soccer game, for example) so you can capture as much of the action as possible. Back in the day people had to attach a special motor device to their cameras that would automatically advance the film for this exact purpose. Fancier cameras had the motor built into it. Did you know you can do the same thing with your iPhone? While taking a photo just press and hold the button. Your phone will continue taking pictures for as long as you hold down the button.
3) Level up
Let’s say you’re hanging your favorite cat photo on the wall. Naturally you want to hang it straight but you’ve left the level in the garage. You could ask someone to eyeball it for you, but why rely on human error when you have your iPhone handy? The built-in compass app has a level feature built into it. Just open the app then swipe the screen to the left and you’ll find a handy-dandy level just waiting to make sure your photo is, well, picture perfect.
4) Automatically insert common top-level domains like .com or .org
An especially nice feature is the ability to automatically populate the Top Level Domain (TLD) in an email or web address. The TLD is the .com or .org (or whatever) at the end of the address. If you press the ‘.’ button and hold your finger there for a second or so, a list of common TLD’s will come up allowing you to quickly select and enter the one you want.
5) Create an emergency contact card
The Apple Health app has an emergency contact card. Once you’ve filled out the information you want displayed, slide to where you enter your lock code, then tap “Emergency” then “Medical ID”. You can enter emergency contact information so medical responders know who to call in an emergency, what medications you might be taking, any medical conditions you have, and what potential drug allergies you might have. It basically has all the information first responders will need to make informed decisions on how to treat you in an emergency, especially if you are unable to respond for yourself. The Health app is a standard app in iOS 8 and above.
There you have it, five features that aren’t obvious so you can start using your iPhone like a pro. What do you think? Do you have any iPhone features you like to use that aren’t obvious? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.