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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.

          multitasking bar

            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.

                spotlight search

                  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

                                  shortcuts

                                    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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                                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                  Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                  There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                  Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                  It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                  Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                  1. OmniFocus

                                                  This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    2. Forest

                                                    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      3. Things

                                                      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        4. 30/30

                                                        Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          5. Any.Do

                                                          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              7. Asana

                                                              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                8. ToDoist

                                                                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  9. FlowTasks

                                                                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    10. Calendars 5

                                                                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        12. Due

                                                                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          13. Checkmark 2

                                                                          I use this app

                                                                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            14. TeuxDeux

                                                                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              15. Wunderlist 

                                                                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                                16. Nirvana

                                                                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  17. Priorities

                                                                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                    18. Productive

                                                                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        20. Streaks

                                                                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            22. Day One Journal

                                                                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                              23. Evernote

                                                                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                24. Pocket

                                                                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    26. Droplr

                                                                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          29. Soulver

                                                                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                            30. Captio

                                                                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              31. Drafts

                                                                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                            Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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