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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

24 Useful Tricks for the iPhone And iPad Most People Don’t Know

24 Useful Tricks for the iPhone And iPad Most People Don’t Know

Although I purchased my iPhone several years ago, it took me a while to discover all of the useful tricks. Check out the following 24 tricks for the iPhone and iPad that you may not know, and let me know which one blows your mind.

1. Tricks in Different Apps

Dial an Extension Automatically with the Phone App

The Phone Number Pause feature in iPhone allows you to tell your iPhone to pause after calling a number and then dial another number. So, let’s say you are calling a friend in company “X.” The company telephone number is 123456 and your friend’s extension is 789. Using this option, iPhone will first dial 123456, pauses until the call is answered, and then dial 789 automatically. To use this feature just tap and hold the star button ”*” after the first number. A comma will show up. Add the second number to dial after the pause.

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    Google Maps as a Free GPS

    While traveling abroad, you can use Google Maps as a free GPS without an international data plan. While offline, simply zooming to a map area you want in the maps app, and type “ok maps” into the search box. This data will be available even when you do not have data connectivity.

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      Stop Music with Clock

      You can stop music playback after a certain time. This is especially helpful if you like to fall asleep to music, but not wake up to it. Go to the Clock, then Timer, and set the duration. Select the option “Stop Playing” When Timer Ends.

      Stop Music with Clock

        2. Tricks in Usage

        Signal Strength Displays with Number

        A. Type *3001#12345#* and then hit Call in keyboard

        B. After you tap the Call button, you will see the Field Test as follow. Now you’ve got a negative number indicating the decibels referenced to one mill watt (dBm) rather than a signal bar.

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          Close the Multitasking Bar

          When closing apps in iOS 7 in the multitasking bar (after double click), you can close up to three apps at once. You just have to use three fingers.

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            Take Photos & Videos with iPhone Headphones/Volume Up Button

            Click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple or Apple-compatible earbuds while in camera mode to click and shoot, or the middle button (play/pause), while in video mode, to take selfies.

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              Check Recently Closed Tabs in Siri

              On the iPad, when you press and hold the + button for new tabs in Safari, you get a list of recently closed tabs.

              recently closed tabs

                Spotlight Search

                When you type anything on Spotlight Search, it can bring up and access almost anything that’s stored within your phone, your contacts (can be searched by name or number), apps, messages, calendar events, songs, videos and a lot more (if all else fails, your phone will offer to do an Internet search for you). You can customize it to your requirements by going to Setting > General > Spotlight Search. You can head straight to Spotlight Search when you need to make a call, send a message (instead of going to contacts list), find an app that you might have misplaced among hundreds of apps, or to locate a song (you can search by title, artist or album), instead of scrolling through all playlists.

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                  Delete/Recover the Last Digit with Swiping Across with Calculator

                  If you wish to delete or recover the last digit you inputted, simply swipe across the readout from left to right, or vice versa.

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                    Scientific Calculator

                    Turn the calculator sideways, and it becomes a scientific calculator.

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                      Banish a Banner Notification

                      You can just swipe right to left to banish a banner notification. It’s very important to know this when that embarrassing text shows up suddenly on your screen.

                      Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification

                        Another Function for Earbuds

                        With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

                        With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

                          Scroll to the Top with One Click

                          When you’re way down on the page, tap the top bar of any app, you will scroll back to the top immediately.

                          scroll back up to the top

                            3. Tricks in Setting

                            Accessibility Feature

                            When a child wants to play your iPhone or iPad, you may need to turn on the Accessibility Feature. This feature keeps little fingers from clicking or tapping and ending up someplace they’re not supposed to be, or even deleting something accidentally.

                            Go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access and turn it on. Turn on the Accessibility Shortcut, also.

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                            Accessibility Feature

                              Airplane Mode to Charge Twice Faster

                              If you put your phone on airplane mode, it will charge twice as fast. Try it when you’re traveling, it’s really time-saving.

                              airplane mode to charge twice faster

                                Assistive Touch

                                If you have a broken home button or have trouble touching the screen, enable this option. Once you enable it from Accessibility settings, you will see a big white dot on the screen.

                                Assistive Touch

                                  4. Tricks in Keyboard

                                  ‘Shortcuts’ Section

                                  Shortcuts enables you to teach the phone permanent shortcuts to complicated words you type a lot. Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard->Shortcuts, you can set it as follow:

                                  It’s good for the shortcuts of

                                  • Long, difficult words
                                  • Weird characters such as ←→, ♥ etc
                                  • Complete email signatures
                                  • Streets and places often mention in text messages
                                  • Often misspelled words

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                                    Toggle Caps Lock Permanently

                                    Sometimes you need to write a sentence or an abbreviation as an example with uppercase letters. You can try a fast double tapping to toggle caps lock permanently.

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                                    Toggle Caps Lock Permanently

                                      Switch to Thumb Mode

                                      On the iPad, you can make typing more comfortable by switching your keyboard to thumb mode. What you need is to simply swipe two fingers across the keyboard.

                                      Switch to Thumb Mode

                                        Hold 0 to Get Degree Icon

                                        If your topic is related to weather or chemistry, you may need this function to present “degree”. Hold the number zero for several seconds, and the degree icon will show above. Choose the one you need.

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                                          Shake to Undo Typing

                                          When typing message with keyboard, sometime you may want to delete all of them by pressing the “delete” button, one by one. Alternatively, you can choose to shake one time, and then choose Undo Typing; all messages will be deleted by one click.

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                                            5. Tricks in Camera

                                            Widescreen View

                                            Open Camera, choose Photography mode, double tap on the screen to have a widescreen view of what you’re recording. Also, the footage looks less shaky.

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                                              AE/EF Lock

                                              AE/EF lock is the Focus & Exposure Lock with the iPhone Camera, which is useful when you want to take a picture with challenging lighting or depth conditions. The “AE/EF Lock” appears, when you toggle the screen and hold for several seconds and then the lock is set. Release this function by click the screen again.

                                              AE EF Lock

                                                Shift from Photo to Camera

                                                While using the Camera app, rather than tapping on the Camera Roll thumbnail in the lower left, simply swipe from left to right to quickly access your photos.

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                                                  18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                                                  18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

                                                  No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                                                  If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                                                  But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

                                                  Let’s dive straight into the list…

                                                  1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

                                                    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                                                    Download Rescue Time

                                                    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                                                      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                                                      Download Remember the Milk

                                                      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                                                        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                                                        Download Focus Booster

                                                        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                                                          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                                                          Download Toggl

                                                          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                                                            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                                                            Download Dropbox

                                                            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                                                              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                                                              Download Evernote

                                                              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                                                                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                                                                Download Mind42

                                                                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                                                                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                                                                  Download SnycBackFree

                                                                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                                                                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                                                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                                                                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                                                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                                                      Download 1Password

                                                                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                                                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                                                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                                                                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                                                          Download [email protected]

                                                                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                                                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                                                            Download Launchy

                                                                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                                                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                                                              Download Forest

                                                                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                                                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                                                                Download Trello

                                                                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                                                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                                                                  Download Wunderlist

                                                                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                                                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                                                    Download Time Tree

                                                                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                                                      Download Todoist

                                                                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                                                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

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                                                                                      • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
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