From using your iPhone as a scanner to stacking your favorite Home Screen widgets, here are ten helpful iPhones tips you should know.
Swipe to erase a digit in Calculator App
Did you accidentally enter a wrong digit into the Calculator? No problem! Just swipe left or right at the top of the screen to erase it.
Bonus tip: You can copy numbers by touching and holding the digits and then tapping Copy.
Pin shared content in Messages App
Starting in iOS 15, when someone sends you things like web links or Apple News articles in Messages, you can pin the content so it is easier to find when you need it.
In a Messages thread, touch and hold the item you want to pin and then tap Pin. The pinned content will be elevated in Messages search, the details view of a conversation, and apps that support Shared With You.
Stack widgets on your Home Screen
Organize your Home Screen by stacking your widgets. Touch and hold and empty space on your Home Screen to edit it. Then, drag one widget on top of another of the same size. You can add up to ten widgets when creating a stack. Tap Done in the upper-right corner when you are done, and the widgets will automatically rotate to show the most relevant information throughout the day. You can also swipe through them if you want to switch to a different one.
Select multiple photos to add to other apps
Select multiple photos at the same time and then add them to other apps with this Multi-Touch gesture. Touch and hold a photo until you feel a tap and then drag it away a little while still holding it. With a different finger, tap another photo to add it to the stack. You can select as many photos as you like.
Once you have selected the photos, switch to the supported app you want to share to, while still holding the stack. Drag your finger where you want to add them and lift your finger to drop them into the app.
Save time typing with text replacement
If you find yourself typing out the same phrase a lot, create a text replacement to get the message across faster.
In Settings, tap General. Then tap Keyboard and tap Text Replacement. Tap the Add button in the top-right corner and enter a Phrase field. Then, enter the text replacement you would like to use into the Shortcut field and tap Save.
Now, whenever you type the text replacement, the phrase will appear in the predictive text section of your keyboard.
Open Camera from the Lock Screen
You can quickly swipe to open the Camera without even having to unlock your screen. Just swipe left. Got it!
Scan a document
Did you know that you can scan a document with the Notes app on your iPhone? In a note, tap the Camera button and tap Scan Documents. Position the document in the viewfinder and it will scan automatically.
Repeat the process with as many pages as you need to scan. Tap Save when you are done.
Use Live Text with Camera
Starting in iOS 15, you can use Live Text to interact with the text using your Camera. Just position the viewfinder over a document, and tap the Scan Text button in the bottom-right corner. You can now interact with the text that appears.
For example, you can tap Select All, then tap the screen to see the editing options again, and tap Copy. Then switch over to another app and paste the text that you just copied.
Jump to your first photo
In the Photos app, if you are looking for the first photo in an album, library, or search results, you can quickly jump to the beginning of the view by tapping the top edge of your iPhone screen.
Tap the tab button for the view you are in at the bottom of the screen to jump back to the most recent photo.
Search from your Home Screen
You can quickly access Search right on your Home Screen, and in iOS 15, your Lock Screen, too. Just swipe your finger down from the middle of the Home Screen or Lock Screen and a search field will appear.
Type in what your are looking for to quickly launch an app, find a contact, get web search suggestions, and more.
With these helpful tips, you are on your way to discovering more of what your iPhone has to offer. To learn more about how to use your iPhone, subscribe to our newsletter!
Apple Support. (2022). 10 helpful iPhone tips | Apple Support. YouTube. Retrieved September 8, 2022, from https://youtu.be/0AavxeP5vgE.