iPhone tips and tricks you should know

Learn these iPhone tips

iPhone tips and tricks you should know

Apple Inc. has always set a bench mark with its products, be it the iPhones, Macs, iPads or the latest desktop computer it has launched recently. As we all know Apple keeps updating its Software to give its users a one of a kind experience, and to keep up with all the updates every time isn’t possible. So we bring you a few tried and tested tips and tricks this holiday season so that you can make the most out of your new iPhone.

Get a thesaurus

iOS provides thesaurus option enabling which you can look up the meaning of the word.

To do this, go to Settings > General > Dictionary. 

You can either select American or British english depending on your choice. You can also download translations Arabic-English, Dutch-English and a few others. To see a meaning of a word, select a word by tapping on it and click “look up” from the options. You can now see dictionary definitions and other alternatives of the word.


Auto fill passwords, addresses and account info

It can get frustrating sometimes to fill in the passwords, addresses and other information in various places.

But it is possible for your iPhone, iPad and even Mac to enter your name, address, passwords and phone numbers automatically. 

Go to Settings > Safari > Autofill

Make sure you enter all your information to be auto filled, correctly. In iOS 12 or later when a security code arrives in a text message it will automatically be available as autofill suggestion, so you wont even have to open the messaging app to see the code


Get your iPhones flash to blink when you get a message

Sometimes the vibration or the sound you’ve set as your message tone is not enough to get your attention, or you just don’t want to get disturbed during a meeting because of the vibrations and sounds your phone make, but you somehow want to be alerted of the messages. So, here’s what you can do, you can get your iPhone’s flash to blink when you get a message.

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual and turn the LED flash for alerts button on


Change Siri’s accent

Besides changing Siri’s gender, you can also now change Siri’s accent. After iOS 12, Siri’s accent options have been upgraded and other than American accent, Siri can now speak English in British, Australian, Indian, Irish and South African accents. Set Siri’s accent depending on your choice.

Go to Settings > Siri & Search > Siri Voice  


Measure things

The measure app in iOS 12 will allow you to measure the dimensions of objects, just like you’d do using a measure tape. Measure app is really easy to use and can come handy. To do this, you just need to trace the object of the sides and it will tell you its dimensions. 

When you open the app, it will ask you to move your iPhone and a circle appears, while you move your phone around the object it will ask you to add points after which it’ll tell you the dimensions of the object in both centimeters and inches units. However, you’ll need to set in what units you want to see the dimensions in.  


Have your iPhone read out your texts or screen

If you want your iPhone to read out your texts then you can enable the speak selection. 

Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak Selection.

After you enable this setting, a speak button will appear when you select text.The latest versions of iPhone also gives an option of  “speak screen”.

To enable this go to Settings > Accessibility > Speak Selection.

After you enable this setting you simply need to swipe down on the screen with two fingers from the top of the screen to hear the content of the screen


Shake to undo

Accidentally deleted the text you’ve been working on for long? 

Worry not when Apple’s “shake to undo” feature is here. Although it can be a little tricky at times, it can be a bit of a life saver too.

To undo your text hold your iPhone tightly and shake it sideways either from left to right or right to left. Works either way. It brings up an undo/redo dialogue box.

If you find shaking your phone too much of a hassle or wanna go easy on your phone by not accidentally dropping it, there’s also another way to undo your text other than shaking your phone. All you need to do is tap on the screen twice with your three fingers.

This feature not only works on text editors on your phone but also on iMessages 


See when a message was sent

You can now see the time stamps of the texts within the messages app. Normally, you’ll be able to see what day and time the first message was sent but now you can see the time-stamp for every text. All you would need to do is swipe on the screen from right to left and get a quick glance of the time stamp for every message. However, you will need to hold on the screen a little longer if you want to see the time of every text . 


Connect two pair of AirPods to the same iPhone

You can connect two pairs of AirPods to the same iPhone. This is great during travel, if you and a travel buddy want to watch the same movie or listen to the same music together. Tp set it up: 

Open the charging case lid and hold the pairing button on the back of your AirPods until the light starts to flash white.

Bring it close to your iPhone

Tap the pop-up menu confirming you want to pair the AirPods to your iPhone

Now repeat those steps to connect a second pair

Start playing music

You’ll hear tunes through one pair of AirPods

Now tap the AirPlay button

Choose the second pair of AirPods you connected

Music should be playing in both sets of AirPods at the same time