97 Amazing IPhone Tips And Tricks

97 Amazing IPhone Tips And Tricks

When a call comes in

When a call comes in, you can silence the ring by pressing the Sleep/Wake button once. To send a caller directly to voicemail press the button twice.

Typically apostrophes are

Typically apostrophes are auto suggested. In some cases like “it’s” you may mean its and therefore the iPhone will not autocorrect as you may have meant to type “its.” Below are some suggestions to resolve this when typing certain words requiring an apostrophe , o It’s – type itsa , o He’ll – type helll , o We’ll – type welll , o We’re – type weree , o They’re – type theyrr

Once you use a word that

Once you use a word that doesn’t exist in the built-in dictionary the iPhone will continue to use that word when you type it. Over time if you stop using that word it will forget the spelling and remove it from the dictionary.

Typing by leaving your fingers on

Typing by leaving your fingers on the keyboard and only lifting when the correct letter is displayed under your finger can be helpful when you first start using the iPhone keyboard.

To avoid switching back and

To avoid switching back and forth between ABC and 123 you can simply move your finger to the 123 button and without lifting your finger move it to the character/number you want to add, then lift your finger.

If you have a lot of text to delete

If you have a lot of text to delete hold the delete key down and it will begin deleting letter-by-letter and eventually it will delete word-by-word if you keep holding it.

No need to use the shift key after

No need to use the shift key after typing a “.” and then a space. The iPhone will automatically place a capital letter at the beginning of the next word, after a “.” space. You can over ride this setting by going to Settings -> General -> Keyboard and turning off Auto-Capitalization.

Copying text is only possible from

Copying text is only possible from Notes to email. You cannot copy the text from an email to another email or to Notes, if you would like. If you would like to compose an email to multiple people, but you don’t want to send it to all the recipients in the same email, compose the text in Notes then send the email to each of them by copying the text in Notes to multiple emails.

When scrolling through

When scrolling through safari to return to the top and the address bar double tap the top of the screen.

To see the URL pertaining to a

To see the URL pertaining to a link hold your finger over a link and that link will display the URL in a web page.

Double tapping on a section of text

Double tapping on a section of text (ie column or frame) or an image within a web page will zoom just that section or image. Double tapping again, once zoomed, will zoom back out to the full page view. Pinching, of course, also works but it will not frame just that section of the web page.

Unique to other applications like Safari

Unique to other applications like Safari and Mail, Google Maps requires two fingers to tap (once) in order to zoom out and one finger double-tap to zoom in.

When viewing emails in your inbox or

When viewing emails in your inbox or other boxes by sliding your finger across the email you will be presented with a delete button. This is an easy way to delete emails.

To make an email message “Unread”

To make an email message “Unread” choose “Details” in the upper right corner of an email and then select “Mark as Unread.”

To make an email message “Unread”

When listening to the headphones and a call comes in you can pinch the button once to answer the call and click and hold to send the call to voicemail.

When listening to music, pinch the button

When listening to music, pinch the button once to pause /resume the music playback and pinch it twice in succession to skip to the next song.

When viewing a video

When viewing a video, pinch the button once to pause /resume the video.

To force quit a program press and

To force quit a program press and hold the Home button for 6 seconds.

To shut off your iPhone hold the

To shut off your iPhone hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for 3 seconds and you can “slide to power off ” or ” Cancel.” Pressing the Sleep/Wake button will then power back up the device, as indicated by the Apple logo.

To completely reset the iPhone hold

To completely reset the iPhone hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously for 8 seconds.

The light sensor, which sets the brightness

The light sensor, which sets the brightness of the screen, will set the brightness depending on the light detected when the iPhone is woken from sleep. If you walk from a dark room to the bright light outside you may need to Sleep the iPhone and Wake it, to adjust the brightness.

When plugging in to some devices you may

When plugging in to some devices you may be presented with a dialog box stating, “This iPod device is not supported by the iPhone, would you like to set the phone in Airplane Mode. Simply choosing “No” will often allow you to utilize that device. In some cases holding the Home button for 6 seconds may allow that device to function after all.

Dial *3001#12345#* to bring up the iPhone’s

Dial *3001#12345#* to bring up the iPhone’s Field Test Tool. This will show you information including network status, signal strength, towers and more. Most of the information, unless you are an RF engineer, will not make much sense.

When you’re scrolling through a long

When you’re scrolling through a long webpage in Safari – if you tap the bar at the top of your screen containing the time and battery, Safari will automatically scroll up to the top of the document/page and the show address bar.

Double clicking the home button in any

Double clicking the home button in any application or with the screen off will bring up the music controls.

To completely exit an application to

To completely exit an application to save battery power. Press and hold the home button for approximately 5-8 seconds. This will help to boost battery life if you run lots of different apps regularly.

Dismiss Keyboard Suggested Word

To dismiss the keyboard suggested spelling of a word, you can tap on anywhere of the screen. You do not have to press “x” button at the end of the word.

You can charge your iPhone from

You can charge your iPhone from any powered USB port. Such as a computer, printer, media centre.

If you are watching a video

If you are watching a video and want to resume it later tap the “done” button and it will remember the videos progress next time you open it. Same goes with music/podcasts.

When typing a lot of text in Safari

When typing a lot of text in Safari turn it to horizontal view. The keyboard will be bigger and you can get a better grip of the Touch while typing with two thumbs.

When viewing a website in Safari

When viewing a website in Safari, if you want to check the url of a link before clicking it, hold your finger on the link and a bubble will appear showing the URL that the link is tied to.

A quick way to open a link in a

A quick way to open a link in a new window in Safari is to open a new page, tap the bookmarks icon, tap the history folder and direct yourself to the last page you were just on and open the link from there.

When listening to an audiobook

When listening to an audiobook, iTunes and your iPod create a new chapter list unrelated to the subject of the book. It’s accessible using the same control used for viewing audio tracks (upper right of screen).

Save Images in Safari

When you are browsing any web pages on Safari. You simply touch the image and hold your finger until a menu show up, select Save Image. The downloaded image is located under your Photo / Camera Roll.

When typing, if you press the

When typing, if you press the space bar twice after a word it will insert a period and another space.

Alternative Way to Navigate Screens

You can tab the bottom right or left corner to switch between different screens instead of swiping your finger across the screen.

When watching a movie press

When watching a movie press pause and press forward ( but don’t release it ) this will make your video go slow motion to fast forward just don’t press pause beforehand.

Move Dock Icons

Just press and hold any icons on the screen, then drag them while they are shaking. You can put any 4 icons on your dock.

Take screenshots

We’re ashamed to say it, but we originally kind of stumbled across this one by accident. One day while fumbling with the buttons on our iPhone the screen flashed and later we noticed a screenshot in our Photo Roll. A little bit of investigation later and we discovered that to take a screen grab you just press home button and standby button at the same time.

Scrolling with Two Fingers

Some web pages contain separate text boxes with their own scroll bars. If you are trying to move around in one, you can scroll it with two fingers instead of one. That will let you scroll just inside the box and not affect the position of the entire page.

Access that search icon

The Search icon in the contacts book can be maddeningly difficult to accurately hit with your thumb. Usually you either end up staring at the ‘A’ entries in your phone book or the Add Contact screen. A better way of accessing this icon is to simply tap and hold on the right hand column of letters and then push upwards to the Search icon. Success every time! Double-tapping at the top of the screen also works, but is a fraction slower to bring up the search box.

Save images

Come across a picture on a webpage or in an email that you want to save for later? To quickly save an image just tap and hold on it and then select Save Image in the box that appears. You’ll then find the image saved in your camera roll.

Where’s the Caps Lock key?

You’ve probably noticed that the iPhone soft keyboard doesn’t have a Caps Lock key. However, there is a way of enabling Caps Lock. All you have to do is double-tap on the Shift key. If you’ve doubled-tapped fast enough it’ll turn blue to show that Caps Lock is now on. For this to work, though, you have to have the Caps Lock function enabled. Go to Settings, select General and then turn on the ‘Enable Caps Lock’ button.

Longer Autolock

Fed up of the iPhone’s autolock kicking in too soon? No problem, it’s easy to change how long the iPhone waits before going into standby mode. Just go to Settings, select General and tap Autolock. You can set the autolock delay to any duration up to 5 minutes, or alternatively turn it off completely. Be careful, however, as a long autolock setting can cause you phone’s battery life to suffer.

Home Button double-tap

By default, double-tapping the home button just takes you to the home screen – the same function as tapping it once. However, you can set up a double-tap to act as a shortcut to either the iPod screen or your Phone Favourites. Just go to Settings, select General, choose Home button and highlight the function you want.

Home Button iPod controls

The home button double-tap trick can also be used for another function. You can set it up so that if you double-tap the button while a song is playing in the background or while the phone is in standby, it will bring up a mini iPod control bar on the screen. All you have to do is Turn on the ‘iPod Controls’ function in the Home Button settings screen. At all other times double-tapping the home button will take you to the main iPod screen or your Phone Favourites.

Unfreeze your phone

Contrary to what some Apple enthusiasts would have you believe, Apple’s products do crash and do suffer from lock ups. The first time your phone completely locks up it’s easy to think that it’s dead as it will refuse to turn on. The secret is knowing how to force it into a reset, but luckily this is a pretty simple operation. Just hold down both the standby button at the top of the phone and the home button until the screen lights up and shows the Apple logo. This can take quite a while (at least 10 seconds), so don’t be tempted to let go too soon thinking that the process is not working.

Save battery power

The iPhone doesn’t really do multitasking, so it never has a pile of apps running in the background and draining battery power. However, pressing the standby button at the top of the phone doesn’t really put it into standby mode; it merely turns off the display. If you have an app running and press this button it will continue to run and drain power. This is why it’s better to hit the Home button to close any open apps before pressing the standby button.

Full stop

When typing out most emails or notes, there’s no need to use the full stop button at all on the iPhone’s soft keyboard. This is because the phone’s intelligent predictive text can fill it in for you. When you get to the end of a sentence simply double tap the space bar and the predictive text engine will automatically enter a full stop followed by a space.

Stop automatic syncing

Stopping your iPhone from automatically syncing with your computer is pretty straightforward. First, connect your iPhone to your computer, then in iTunes select the iPhone in the side bar and click the Summary tab. Now just deselect the ‘Automatically Sync When this iPhone is Connected’ option. You can also stop the iPhone from syncing just once. To do this press and hold Shift+Control on a PC or Command+Option on a Mac as you connect your iPhone to your computer and keep them held down until the iPhone appears in the side bar.

Web clips

You can add icons to your home screen to give you quick access to your favorite websites – a feature that Apple calls Webclips. Just visit the site in the Safari browser, tap the bookmark button and then select Add to Home Screen. The iPhone will automatically generate an icon for the page based on the site’s graphics.

Moving between Home screen pages

OK, everyone knows that you can move between pages of apps on your phone by swiping your finger left and right. However, what some might not know is that you can also quickly move between pages by tapping to the right or left of the little white dots that indicate how many screens of apps are on the phone. Plus, when you want to the return to the first screen just press the Home button.

Turn off SMS preview

The iPhone is set by default to display a preview of incoming text messages when the phone is locked or you’re using another app. This isn’t very private if you happen to leave your phone unattended, but luckily you can turn off the preview. All you have to do is go to Settings, select Pass code Lock and then turn off the Show SMS Preview setting.

Change your iPod Shortcut Buttons

The Playlists, Artists, Songs and Videos buttons at the bottom of the iPod interface on the iPhone aren’t fixed. You can easily change them to different categories such as Podcasts, Genres or Compilations. All you have to do is tap on the more buttons to the right of these icons and then tap on Edit. You can then simply drag the new category icon that you want to use onto the bar at the bottom of the screen. You can also drag and drop the existing buttons to rearrange their order on this bar.

Force quit an application

Like all computer devices the iPhone suffers from hangs and crashes. If an application stops responding you can usually kill it by simply pressing and holding the Home button for at least six seconds.

Tap and slide for capitals

It takes a little bit of getting used to, but you can speed up typing on the iPhone by using the tap and slide method to enter capital letters. When you need to type a capital letter instead of first tapping the shift key and then tapping the letter you need, try taping and holding on the shift key and then sliding your finger to the letter you want to capitalize. Once you master it you’ll be able to enter capitals with a single slide gesture.

Make a Call from Safari

If you find any phone numbers in Safari you would like to call, you do not need to jump to the phone component. Just tap on the number and the iPhone will dial it for you immediately.

Simpler domain entry

If you’re entering a .com domain name into the web address box in Safari you don’t actually have to add the http://www bit at the start or the .com at the end. Just type in the core name and hit Go – the iPhone will add the rest for you.

Clearing stored search terms

The iPhone automatically keeps a list of terms you’ve searched for in Safari so it can suggest them again the next time you go to enter a similar term. However, there are times when you’ll want to clear this. The quickest way to do this is to tap on the Bookmarks button, select History and then press the Clear button at the bottom of the screen.

View hyperlinks

Not sure where a hyperlink is going to take you? You can find out the full address of the link by pressing and holding your finger on the link. A pop-up box will show you the full URL of the link that you’ve selected.

How to scroll in frames

Thankfully, web pages built using scrollable frames are dying off. However, if you do happen to come across one on your iPhone you may be pretty stumped as to how to just scroll a frame of the site and not the whole site. The trick is to use two fingers to scroll within the frame and one finger to scroll around the whole site. This trick can also work when viewing PDF files on a website.

Send a call to voicemail

If you’re in a situation where you can’t answer a call, just send it to voicemail. There are two ways to do this. You can simply double press the standby button on the top of the iPhone, or alternatively if you’re using the headset, just press and hold in the microphone button for two seconds. Two low beeps will confirm that the call was declined.

Zooming out in Maps

The Maps application lets you repeatedly zoom in by double tapping on an area of the screen. That’s pretty intuitive and well known. What’s not common knowledge is that you can also repeatedly zoom out but tapping once on the same area of the screen using two fingers held slightly apart.

More multifunction keys

With the UK keyboard enabled, getting at the dollar sign is a two tap process: you have to tap once on the number key and then tap again on the symbol key. A faster way to access the dollar symbol is to tap once on the number key and then tap and hold on the pound symbol. Extra symbols including the dollar, euro and yen will appear above it. Also, if you tap and hold the .com button when entering web addresses, other top level domains like .net, .co.uk and .org will appear above it.

Avoid camera shake

The iPhone’s camera isn’t the best, to put it mildly. It takes relatively low res shots and it’s easy to end up with blurry ones too. In fact, tapping the camera button is often enough to cause the iPhone to shake and introduce camera blur. Instead of just tapping the button once, it’s better to press and hold it down before framing your shot. The iPhone won’t actually take a picture until you let go of the button and this often leads to less camera shake and cleaner, more in focus shots.

Teaching the iPhone bad manners

Are you fed up of the iPhone trying to Disney-fy your swear words. Some iPhones seem to have no problems adding swear words to their dictionary (just type the swear word and then tap the x next to the suggested word to get the iPhone to learn it), but others seem to refuse to learn how to cuss. A work around is to add swear words to your contacts book and suddenly your iPhone will be swearing like a sailor.

If you double click the home button

If you double click the home button in any application, or with the screen off will bring up the music controls. This will not work if completely powered off.

If you have made a spelling mistake

If you have made a spelling mistake, press and hold the word you spelled wrong and a magnifying glass will appear. Slide your finger back and forth to move the cursor bubble. This also works when manually keying in addresses in safari.

Power saving tip

Turn off WiFi in the settings menu to save battery power when not in use.

Holding down letters on the keyboard

Holding down letters on the keyboard will pop up the accents/symbols associated with those letters. Once it pops up, slide your finger over to the accent/symbol you like.

You can “pinch”

You can “pinch” (putting your thumb and index finger on the screen and pinching in and out) to zoom in Safari and in Pictures.

When watching a movies/video

When watching a movies/video, tap to bring up the onscreen controls. When you are done watching a video make sure you press done so your progress will be saved. Also Blue dots on the movie list screen mean at movies have not been played

When typing if you want to

When typing if you want to add something from the numbers keyboard just hold down the numbers and slide your finger to the number or symbol you want, and release. It will take you back to your letters keyboard. This way you won’t have to tap numbers, tap your number, and then tap numbers again to go back. This also applies for using the ‘shift’ key to apply capital letters.

In Safari, if you are presented

In Safari, if you are presented with a link hold your finger over that link and a bubble will appear showing the URL that the link is tied to.

To organize Videos or Movies

Open iTunes, on movie file right click, “Get Info”. Go to video tab, change video kind to “TV Show” and add show name (category to organize by). Files with same show name will be grouped into one folder.

(2.X.X+ firmware only) to save an image

To save an image in Safari web browser, press and hold your finger on the image then hit save image. It will then appear in your photo application.

(2.X.X+ firmware only) to take a screen shot

To take a screen shot of your iphone/touch, press and hold the home button then press and release the on/off/sleep/wake button. The screen will flash and the image will appear in your photo application.


you can move an app icon to another screen by dragging to the left or right edge.


if you are having problems with an App, First thing you should try is restarting your iPhone. Some (older) Apps have problems with memory management. A simple restart restores everything.

What are these dots?

If you organize your App Icons over multiple screens these screens are represented by little white dots on the bottom screen. Tap to the left of those dots to advance to the next screen and to the left to go to the previous screen. Seems faster than swiping.

Caps Lock feature

If you’ve ever tried to type in all caps on the iPhone you’ll know that it doesn’t appear to have a Caps Lock function, which can be quite frustrating when you want to really SHOUT in an email. , Actually there is a Caps Lock feature, it’s just that you need to activate it manually by going to Settings > General > Keyboard (scroll down). Once enabled, you activate it by double tapping on the Caps button, which then turns blue.

Choose suggestions by tapping space bar

As you type, you may have noticed words appearing underneath your chosen letters. These are suggestions, and you may be wondering how to select them – simply hit the spacebar. Cleverly, it also creates a space for you. Even more clever, though, is that if you choose a selection and then double tap the space bar to put in a full stop (see above), it will take out the space it’s just created. It’s like it’s thinking

Hold down keys to get accented characters

If you’re the sort of person that likes to write words precisely as they should be, even when typing a text message, (as in, a pedant) then you’ll be pleased to find out that you can easily type accented characters on the iPhone – just hold down the keys (E, Y, U, I, O, A, S, L, Z, C, N) and the list of alternative pop up. Hold and down and slide across to choose the one you want.

Delete Applications or Move icons

If you want to remove an application from the iPhone – or just move an icon to a different location round the screen – you simply put your finger on any icon and hold it down, and after a few seconds every icon will start to shake with an ‘x’ appearing at the top left. You press the ‘x’ to remove it, or you press and drag the icons to your preferred locations on the screen, or even over to the next page of icons. Worth trying just to see the very cool shaking icon effect.

Add link to Home Screen

If you’ve got a web page that you like to visit regularly, then you can place an icon directly on the home screen so you can get straight to it. Press the ‘+’ symbol at the base of the Safari web browser and choose Add to Home Screen.

Web Surfing

Get a bigger keyboard. As with any other iPhone function requiring data entry, tapping on Safari’s address bar summons an on-screen keyboard. If you rotate the iPhone horizontally before tapping on the address bar, the Safari window will switch to horizontal mode. Then, when you tap on the address bar, the on-screen keyboard will also appear horizontally. More important, it will also be much larger than the standard, vertical keyboard, making data entry a little easier. Unfortunately, Safari is currently the only iPhone application in which this horizontal keyboard appears. If you want to use the keyboard in its standard vertical orientation, summon it before rotating your iPhone.

Share URLs

If you want to send a friend the URL of a Web page you’re viewing, tap on the address bar, and then tap on Share. A new e-mail message containing the address will open in Mail; just choose one or more recipients, add your comments, and tap on Send.

Create e-mail folders

Well, actually, you can’t create e-mail folders on the iPhone. But what you can do with an IMAP e-mail account is create folders on the IMAP server — for example, if you have a .Mac account, using the .Mac Web — mail interface. Those folders will then appear on the iPhone, and their contents will — eventually — be synced between the iPhone and the server.

Switch off 3G Radio

If you have the iPhone 3G, you can turn off the 3G radio when you know you don’t have 3G coverage. Go to Settings | General | Network and slide “Enable 3G” to off.

Reset Your iPhone

Press and hold the “Home” Button and the “Sleep” Button to Reset your iPhone. A white light will flash, the screen will shut off and then turn back on. Please keep holding both buttons until the screen turns back on.

How to Set Content Restriction

You can set restrictions for iPod content for the use of some applications on iPhone. For example, parents can restrict explicit music from being seen on playlists, or turn off YouTube access entirely. , Just go to “General – Restrictions” then tap Enable Restrictions and enter a four-digit passcode to restrict your content.

How to Hide SMS Preview

With Show SMS Preview disabled you will only get a generic “New Text Message”. , Go to “General > Passcode Lock” and enter a 4-digit passcode. After that disable “Show SMS Preview”

How to Force Quit An App

Have you ever been using an app and it’s become completely frozen? You can actually apply a force quit on it by pressing the Home button for at least six seconds.

How to Fast Forward/Rewind Music & Video

Press and hold the skip forward/back arrows to fast forward or rewind rather than skip tracks. Also, press on the album art to manually FF/rewind.

What to do if your iPhone gets wet

1. Put your iPhone in a tub or bag of uncooked rice and let it sit for several hours (up to 2 days). , 2. Place your iPhone in a plastic bag with a few silica packets. , 3. Put your iPhone in a hearing aid dryer for several hours. , The point with all of these methods is to draw all moisture out of the phone as quickly as possible. Just air-drying the unit is an option, but won’t act as quickly as the aforementioned methods.

Protect Your iPhone [3G]

On the Home screen, tap Settings. The Settings screen appears. , Tap General. The General screen appears. , Tap Pass code Lock. The Set Pass code screen appears. , Tap your four-digit pass code For security, the numbers appear in the Enter a pass code boxes as dots. When you’re done, iPhone 3G prompts you to re-enter the pass code. , Tap your four-digit pass code again.

To enter DFU mode

Step One , Open iTunes and connect the iPhone to your computer. , , Step Two , Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. , , Step Three , After exactly 10 seconds release the Sleep/Wake button. Continue holding the home button until you iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. Screen should be black- as if it is off.”

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