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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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                                                              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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