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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.

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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.

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                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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                                                  10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                                  10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                                  Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                                                  Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                                                  As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                                                  In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

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                                                  1. Monday dot com

                                                    Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                                                    The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                                                    The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                                                    The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                                                    Check out the software here!

                                                    2. Asana

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                                                      The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                                                      The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                                                      Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                                                      Check out the software here!

                                                      3. Trello

                                                        Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                                                        Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                                                        Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                                                        Check out the software here!

                                                        4. Jira

                                                          The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                                                          The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                                                          The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                                                          Check out the software here!

                                                          5. Evernote Business

                                                            Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                                                            The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                                                            Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                                                            Check out the software here!

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                                                            6. Slack

                                                              Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                                                              Check out the software here!

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                                                              7. Spike

                                                                Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                                                                Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                                                                Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                                                                Check out the software here!

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                                                                8. Office 365

                                                                  Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                                                                  Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                                                                  You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                                                  Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                                                                  Check out the software here!

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                                                                  9. Grammarly

                                                                    Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                                                    Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                                                    Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                                                                    Check out the software here!

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                                                                    10. ActivTrak

                                                                      ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                                                      The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                                                      Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                                                      Check out the software here!

                                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                                      Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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