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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.

                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

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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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                                                  Published on November 9, 2018

                                                  How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                  How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                  Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                                  Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                                  So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                                  6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                                  When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                                  1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                                  Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                                  To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                                  In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                                  • Microsoft Excel
                                                  • Microsoft Access
                                                  • Statistics
                                                  • Data Analytics
                                                  • Adobe Campaign
                                                  • Quickbooks
                                                  • XML Database management system
                                                  • Filemaker Pro
                                                  • MATLAB
                                                  • Hive
                                                  • FORTRAN
                                                  • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                                  • SAS

                                                  2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                                  Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                                  Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                                  • Content Management System (CMS)
                                                  • Google Analytics
                                                  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                                  • Email Marketing
                                                  • Web Page Design
                                                  • WordPress
                                                  • Digital Media
                                                  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                                  • Campaign Management Software

                                                  3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                                  A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                                  • Adobe Photoshop
                                                  • Adobe InDesign
                                                  • Adobe Illustrator
                                                  • AutoCAD
                                                  • CorelDRAW
                                                  • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                                  • Maya
                                                  • Microsoft Word
                                                  • Microsoft Publisher
                                                  • Operating Digital Cameras

                                                  4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                                  The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                                  To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                                  • HTML
                                                  • C/C++
                                                  • Java
                                                  • Python
                                                  • XML
                                                  • UI/UX
                                                  • LINUX
                                                  • CISC and RISC architecture
                                                  • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                                  • Memory Management
                                                  • PCB Layout
                                                  • SQL

                                                  5. IT Troubleshooting

                                                  Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                                  So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                                  • Backup management
                                                  • Diagnostics
                                                  • End User support
                                                  • Client-Server management
                                                  • Installation and configuration
                                                  • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                                  • System administration
                                                  • Tech support

                                                  6. Enterprise Systems

                                                  Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                                  Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                                  The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                                  Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                                  Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                                  Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                                  1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                                  a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                                  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                                  Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                                  b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                                  This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                                  c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                                  Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                                  Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                                  2. Rule the Social Media World

                                                  a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                                  Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                                  From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                                  b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                                  This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                                  c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                                  Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                                  Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                                  3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                                  a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                                  From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                                  b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                                  Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                                  The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                                  c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                                  The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                                  4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                                  a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                                  It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                                  From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                                  b. Canva Design School

                                                  From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                                  c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                                  62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                                  d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                                  The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                                  Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                                  5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                                  a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                                  IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                                  It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                                  b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                                  The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                                  Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                                  The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                                  • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                                  • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                                  • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                                  • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                                  • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                                  • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                                  • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                                  Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                                  Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                                  1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                  It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                                  Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                                  2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                                  Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                                  For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                                  3. Look for Shortcuts

                                                  Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                                  4. Apply for an Internship

                                                  Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                                  By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                  Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                                  So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

                                                  Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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