Little-known iPhone features you should start using

“You probably think you know your iPhone well,” Leif Johnson writes for Macworld. “After all, these days we probably look at our phones more than we look at our loved ones.”

“But the truth is, even those of us who’ve remained loyal to Apple’s handset since 2007 can still be surprised by the tricks in each new version of iOS,” Johnson writes. “The biggest ones get explained in the tutorials for the heftiest patches, but many others must be coaxed out of the Settings app.”

“I’m a big admirer of Face ID, but unfortunately it makes it easy for someone to unlock your iPhone against your will by merely holding it up to your face. If you know you’re about to be in a situation where this might be an issue, you can disable Face ID in about three seconds,” Johnson writes. “To do this, hold down at the same time the side button (on the right) and either the up or down volume buttons on the left for about two seconds. Even if you’re not looking at your phone, a sharp vibration will let you know it worked.”

Ten more tips in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Enabling the one-handed keyboard is something we actually use as it works very well and is especially useful on larger iPhones like the XS Max.


  1. Apple has truly lost its way if it has “little known features”. Shouldn’t every feature be properly documented in official Apple literature that comes with the device? “Tips” does not cut it.

    1. I would have to agree that the Security related ones should be documented properly as it IS Apple’s primary selling point that they continue to promote. The others are nice to know but not necessarily essential. Found the tip about using the search bar for simple calculations amusing since it appears to be ‘inspired’ by what Google Chrome has had for years.

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