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30 Incredible Things Your iPhone Can Do

30 Incredible Things Your iPhone Can Do

Despite the fact that millions own an iPhone, many are unaware of some of the more amazing features hidden away in this little device. Here are a few of them! While you might know about a handful of these, several should surprise you…

1.  It tracks every location you’ve been to.

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    That’s right. Your iPhone has tracked every location you’ve been at since you activated it. To see how creepy your iPhone is, go to settings, privacy, location services, system services, and check out the “frequent locations” option. It can be quite eye opening to see a complete history of everywhere you’ve been…

    2. Its performance is more customizable than you think.

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      Have an iPhone 4S and sick of all the stutters caused by iOS7? Go to settings, general, accessibility, and turn on the “reduce transparency” option located under “increase contrast.” Also, turn off “reduce motion.” Now, your iPhone should run about as well as it did under iOS6, with all of the software upgrades of 7!

      3. It can work without a power button.

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        Go to settings, general, accessibility, and turn on “AssistiveTouch” if your power button ever breaks. It’ll project a small icon onto the screen that’ll allow you to lock your phone without the need of a physical button! You can also turn your phone off using this as well. Don’t worry, even without a power button your phone will automatically turn on when you plug it in.

         4. You can set your phone to perform certain actions when triple clicking the home button.

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          Within the aforementioned accessibility settings, there’s an option at the very bottom of the page called “Accessibility Shortcut.” From there, you can program your home button to activate zoom, assisted touch, voice over controls, and other features with a triple click.

          5. You can close more than one app at a time!

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            When I upgraded to iOS7, I found the app-closing procedure to be an annoying and time consuming process. No longer! Turns out you can close multiple apps at a time by swiping up with two or three fingers.

            6. It can replace your leveling tool.

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              Ever wish you had a level around to get those perfectly straight edges you’ve always dreamed of? Well wish no more! Your iPhone’s compass has a hidden level (ha, get it?) that you can activate by swiping to the left.

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              7. Its battery lasts forever on airplane mode.

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                Airplane mode isn’t just for when you’re on an airplane! Use it when you need to save battery, and you’ll get a lot more life out of a single charge. Using airplane mode also allows your phone to charge faster.

                8. Its performance improves when you clean its hard drive.

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                  Always try to leave at least two gigabytes free on your iPhone. Anything less and it will start to slow down considerably.

                   9. Siri can learn!

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                    I had a friend who once told me Siri knows too much for her own good. Well, turns out you have the ability to teach her even more. If she ever mispronounces a word, tell her, and she’ll give you several alternate pronunciations.

                     10. It tracks popular apps near your location.

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                      There’s a little innocuous option located at the bottom of the app store called “Near Me” that’ll literally show you the most popular apps in your immediate area. Usually these will include local news apps or bus schedule apps for the town you’re in. Useful if you are in a new area!

                       11. It automatically updates apps.

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                        This is a useful feature that arrived with iOS7. Unlike previous iterations of the software, your iPhone now downloads updates whenever they’re available. That being said, this eats up performance and battery, so if you’d like to shut it down, go to settings, iTunes & App Store, and turn off “updates,” located under “automatic downloads.”

                        12. It changes the contrast of background images to make text more visible.

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                          Afraid that the background image you want to use is too bright, thus making text too hard to read? Fear no longer. With the latest iOS update, your iPhone will automatically adjust the contrast of such images so that you can still see the clock on the lock screen and the text below your apps.

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                          13. It allows you to take a picture using its volume buttons!

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                            I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen fellow iPhone owners try and hit that white circle on the screen to take a picture instead of the much more easily accessible volume buttons. Now you can be cool and start using your iPhone as if it were an actual camera too!

                             14. It can tell you exactly when you received a text message.

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                              I was annoyed with the messaging app on the iPhone initially, because I thought it didn’t let you see what time texts arrived. This is a useful feature, mainly because it’s nice to know how long ago somebody sent you a message. Luckily for all of us, the iPhone does have this feature. To access it, simply swipe to the left in any text conversation you have. You’ll then be able to see the exact time that texts were sent and delivered.

                              15. It can change Siri’s gender.

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                                Tired of the same old Siri? Go to settings, general, Siri, and scroll down to “voice gender.” Here you can give Siri a male voice.

                                 16. Spotlight search is actually…useful?

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                                  I never see anybody use spotlight search for anything, but in reality it’s quite a useful feature. Just swipe down on your homescreen to access it, and type in whatever you need. It’s more efficient to search for contacts or a certain song here than it is to open up individual apps and scroll through a hundred names or titles.

                                   17. It has caps-lock functionality.

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                                    Tired of pressing shift before every letter you want to capitalize? I used to be, too. That was before I figured out that, by simply double-tapping the shift key, it morphs into a caps-lock key. Then, everything you write after comes out capitalized. Perfect for when you’re angry or want to add emphasis to something.

                                     18.  You can permanently lock your iPhone’s autofocus and exposure.

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                                      It’s super annoying when you’re trying to take a picture with your phone and it constantly readjusts its focus. To stop that insanity from occurring, simply hold your finger on the screen in the location you want to focus on (instead of tapping it). Wait for the yellow square to flash twice, and you’ll see a notification pop up that says “AE/AF lock.” Now you can take pictures without your focus and exposure constantly jumping around!

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                                       19. It has a built in back button.

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                                        Unlike a lot of android phones, the iPhone has no dedicated back button. To essentially achieve the same effect, however, just swipe your finger from the left edge of your screen to the right. It’ll take you back to the page you were previously on.

                                         20. It can give each of your friends a custom vibration.

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                                          Tired of the standard vibration notification for text messages? To add a little spice to your texting life, go to contacts, find someone, and hit edit in the top right corner. Then go down to vibration, tap default, and scroll down to “Create New Vibration.” There you can craft a unique buzz for each of your coolest friends!

                                           21. It can regulate your data usage.

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                                            Nowadays data’s a precious resource (since cell companies hate the idea of unlimited anything). If you have an app that’s chewing up a considerable amount of your monthly allotment, go to settings, cellular, and check out the list entitled “use cellular data for.” There you can turn off data for certain apps. Once you do that, they’ll only update over Wi-Fi.

                                             22. You can program it to turn on “Do Not Disturb” during certain hours of the day.

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                                              You probably knew about your iPhone’s Do Not Disturb setting, found in the control panel. However, what you can also do is customize it so that it turns on during specific portions of the day. Go to settings, Do Not Disturb, and check the “scheduled” option. This will allow your phone to automatically turn DND on from say 12:00AM to 8:00AM so that you aren’t bothered with anything while you sleep.

                                               23. It can appease your impeccable grammar standards.

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                                                Ever wanted to use one of those fancy em or en dashes while texting somebody? Well, you can. All you have to do is hold the dash key, and it will give you those two as an option. Now there’s no excuse to write poorly, even on a phone!

                                                 24. It can take rapid bursts of photos.

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                                                  Ever see something amazing, whip out your phone to take a shot, and come away disappointed with the result? Lower the chances of that by taking multiple shots at a time. To do this, just hold the camera button. This feature works best on the 5S due to its blazing processor, though you can still use this feature (at a slower pace) on the 4S (I’ve tested it).

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                                                   25. It refreshes all of your apps in the background.

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                                                    Otherwise known as “background app refresh,” this feature allows all of your apps to update themselves when you aren’t using them. In other words, a news app will pull in updated articles even when you aren’t actually using the app. While it can be a nifty feature, it also uses up battery and processor power, so if you want it off just go to settings, general, background app refresh, and swipe it off there.

                                                     26. It can tell if any planes are flying above you.

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                                                      Although you can’t always see them, there’s always a bunch of planes flying right above your head at any given moment. Just ask Siri “planes overhead,” and he or she will give you a little table with all of the planes in the air roughly above your current location.

                                                       27.  It can read your e-mail for you.

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                                                        Siri is more useful than most give her (it?) credit for. One of the other things she can do is read your e-mail, which can be a godsend if you’re driving or otherwise occupied. Just ask something like “read my latest e-mail.” You can even ask if you’ve received a message from a specific person, and Siri will check and read them aloud if you did.

                                                        28. It can delete your mistakes with a simple shake.

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                                                          Make a typo? Apply the wrong filter to a photo? Just shake your phone, and much like an etch-a-sketch, or control-Z on a PC, it’ll erase the last thing you did.

                                                          29. It charges faster if you use a power adapter supposedly meant for the iPad.

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                                                            The iPad’s power adapter is rated at 12W as opposed to the iPhone’s 5W, thus your phone will charge faster with the former rather than the latter.

                                                             30. It can show you your e-mail drafts.

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                                                              I always wondered why my iPhone never let me review my e-mail drafts. Turns out that it does, only it’s tucked away in an arcane way, meaning that most won’t find it on their own. Basically, all you do is go to your inbox and hold the new message button down (it’s located in the bottom right corner). Instead of taking you to a page where you can write a new e-mail, it’ll show you a list of your drafts, which can be incredibly useful if you were crafting a nice message and your e-mail app suddenly crashed or your phone lost power, etc.

                                                              Which of these did you find to be the most surprising? Know about any other incredible things iPhones can do? Let me know in the comments below!

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                                                              Last Updated on August 16, 2019

                                                              10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2019

                                                              10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2019

                                                              The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                              Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                              Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                              In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                              1. Cal Calendar

                                                                Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                                                The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                                                Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                                Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                                What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                                Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                                Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                                Available for iOS and Android

                                                                2. Google Calendar

                                                                  Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                                  Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                                  Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                                  The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                                  Available for iOS and Android

                                                                  3. Jorte Calendar

                                                                    Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                                    The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                                    Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                                    For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                                    A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                                    Available for iOS and Android

                                                                    4. Business Calendar

                                                                      Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                                      The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                                      You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                                      The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                                      Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                                      Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                                      Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                                      A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                                      Available for Android

                                                                      5. aCalendar

                                                                        aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                                        Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                                        Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                                        When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                                        Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                                        The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

                                                                        The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                                        Available for Android

                                                                        6. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                          DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                          With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

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                                                                          Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                          The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                          Available for Android

                                                                          7. SolCalendar

                                                                            SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                            The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                            Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                            Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                            Available for Android

                                                                            8. Calendar

                                                                              Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                                              A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                                              Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                                              Available for Desktop, iOS and Android

                                                                              9. Today Calendar

                                                                                Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                                The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                                If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                                Available for Android

                                                                                10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                                  Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                                  Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                                  The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                                  This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                                  If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                                  At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                                  Available for Android

                                                                                  Our Verdict

                                                                                  Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                                  Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                                  Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                                  The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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