iPhone Secrets you might not know about.

Here are some secrets of the iPhone you might not have known about, which could come in handy once in a while.  As we are a developer of  iPhone apps, we love to find out how people are using their phones to do everyday tasks and beyond.


1. Turn the camera flash into a blinking alert light

There is another option to silencing your ringer during a meeting or wherever you need to be seen and not heard.  Turn the camera’s flash into a blinking light when a call comes in, a text alert arrives, or any other alert when you silence the ringer.  Maybe you are hard-of-hearing, this could be very beneficial.

  • Go to the iPhone home screen, then tap Settings, General, Accessibility.
  • Scroll down until you see the “LED Flash for Alerts” setting, then flick the switch to “On.”

2. Shake to “undo” typing

Let’s just say you typed a lengthy text message, email message, or you are saving a new contact.  Maybe it was heat of the moment, or you just changed your mind, or you just realized it’s the wrong person.  You could hit or hold the delete for several seconds, you press and hold the message then click “Cut”, or you can actually shake your phone.  When you shake it, a window will appear and you click “Undo” which will delete all the text in your message.  If you change your mind after all, shake it again and tap “Redo” which will Redo all your typing.  Whallla

3. Take a screenshot

One of my personal favorites, taking a screenshot of anything viewable in your screen at a moment in time.  Here’s what to do: press the “sleep/wake” button (it’s on the top right edge of your iPhone) and the “Home” key (the main one below the screen) at the same time, then release both right away.  You should hear a faint picture taking sound.  Then go to your camera images and you should be able to locate as the most recent photo.  This will also explain why you keep getting shots in your photos of your homescreen


4. Create custom keyboard shortcuts

Tired of repeatedly typing your street address, your job title, or common phrases like “on my way” or “you there?” on your iPhone’s virtual keypad?  You can create custom keyboard shortcuts to do all of this in an easy step.

  • Tap Settings, General, then Keyboard.
  • Scroll down to the Shortcuts section, then tap “Add New Shortcut.”
  • In the blank next to “Phrase,” type in (for example) “You there?” Then, in the Shortcut section, tap in the letters “u” and “t.”
  • Tap the “Save” button. All done!

5. Baby-proof an iPhone app

Have you had your child, nephew, or whoever gets on your phone and for some reason something ends up missing?  No more worries here.  You can temporarily “lock down” just about any iPhone app, freezing all the hardware buttons (including the “Home” button) and letting you draw zones on the screen that won’t react to taps or swipes.

The “Guided Access” feature will work on any iPhone or iPad that’s been updated to iOS 6 and you can turn it on though the Settings menu.

Here’s how to get started…

  • On your iPhone or iPad home screen, tap Settings, General, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap Accessibility.
  • On the next page, scroll down again to the Learning section, tap Guided Access, then flip the Guided Access switch on.
  • If you want to, you can also set a passcode for unlocking your device once you’re done with the Guided Access mode (tap “Set Passcode,”) or keep the Power button active during Guided Access for putting the screen to sleep (flip the “Enable Screen Sleep” switch to “On.”) Rather leave those options alone? No problem.
  • Next, open the app that you want to babyproof—Koi Pond, in my case—then triple-click the Home key. The app should freeze and a frame of Guided Access controls should appear.
  • Now, draw a circle anywhere on the screen to disable taps or swipes in a specific area. Once you’ve drawn your circles, you can drag or resize them with your fingertips (which I had to do a few times, after my baby kept swatting the “?” icon in Koi Pond), or tap the little “x” to delete a touch-free zone.
  • At the bottom of the screen, you can switch off touch and motion input altogether (on an iPhone, tap the Options button to reveal those settings).
  • All set? Tap the blue Start button in the top-right corner of the screen, then let your tyke loose.

Once you’re done letting your child or niece swipe away on her favorite iPhone or iPad app, you can turn off Guided Access mode by triple-clicking the Home key again.

6. Go to the top of a web page in an instant

Don’t you hate finger flicking the scroll back to the top of a lengthy webpage or document?  Try this: Just tap the status bar at the very top of the iPhone display, right where the reception bars, the clock, and the battery life indicator sit.

Bam! The iPhone’s mobile Safari browser will send the page flying back to the beginning, in no time flat.  See picture to the right →


7. Zoom in on the display

Is the idea of “Pinch Zooming” everything getting old, or maybe you’re like me and you always forget which pinch move zooms in and which zooms out?  With this you can zoom the entire display, no matter what you are doing or what app you are using.

  • From your iPhone home screen, tap Settings, General, Accessibility, Zoom, then switch Zoom to “On.” You can also get quick access to the Zoom feature through the Home Key.
  • Now double-tap the screen with three fingers at once, and well … zoom!
  • Want to pan around your zoomed-in iPhone display? Just swipe around as your normally would, except using three fingertips at once rather than just one.
  • You can also adjust the magnification level by double-tapping and holding with three fingers (it’s a “tap” and a “hold,” not a double-tap and then a hold), then dragging your fingertips up (to increase the zoom level) or down (to decrease the magnification).
  • Had enough? Double-tap the screen with three fingers again to make it jump back to the normal view.

8. Bold, Italicize, or Underline a word in a text message

I believe you will need iOS7 to accomplish this one.


  • Open the iOS Mail app, tap the Compose button, tap out some text in the body of the message, then tap and hold, tap Select, then drag the tiny little blue handles to highlight the words you want to edit.
  • You should now see a small black pop-up with a series of editing buttons on the top, such as Cut, Copy, and Paste. You may also see a button marked BIU; if you do, go ahead and tap it. No such button? Tap the arrow on the right side of the pop-up until the BIU button appears.
  • Once you tap the BIU button, three new buttons will pop up: Bold, Italics, and Underline. Tap one, two, or even all three of the buttons you want, and presto!

9. Send a text message in All CAPS!

Be careful with this one as sensitive people can get offended as it may appear you are yelling at them.  Just double-tap the shift key. When the key turns dark gray, the caps lock is on; tap it again to turn caps lock off.

10. Turn off auto-correct

Some love auto-correct, and some hate it.  There doesn’t seem to be middle ground on this one, but if you hate it, here’s how to turn it off.

Tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then switch “Auto-Correction” to off. (And if you find you miss auto-correct after a while, don’t worry—just turn it back on.)

While you’re at it, you can also keep the iPhone from capitalizing the first word of each new sentence by switching off “Auto-Capitalization,” or have it quit checking your spelling by turning off the “Check Spelling” setting.

11. Add a “.com,” “.net,” “.org,” or other dot-whatevers



Rather than typing .com, or .net, or .org, try this nifty little trick.

Just tap and hold the period key (or the “.com” key when you’re using the web browser), and a pop-up will appear with all manner of dot-somethings.

Hint: Want to select “.com”? Since .com is selected by default in the “dot-something” pop-up, you can just long-press the period key, then release.

12. Forwarding Text Messages in iOS7

In previous versions of iOS, you used to tap the Edit button in the top-right corner of the screen, select the message you wanted to forward, and then tap the Forward button.

But in the revamped Messages app for iOS 7, there’s no Edit button once you open a message thread. Now what?

Well, here’s what you do: just tap and hold the message you want to forward.

When you do, a pop-up with two options—Copy, and More—will appear.

Tap More, select one or more messages, then tap the little Forward arrow in the bottom-right corner of the screen. (There’s also a little trash can on the left for deleting messages.)

The messages you selected will jump into a new text message, which you can send to whomever you’d like.

13. Scientific Calculator

Most people don’t regularly need a scientific calculator, and for them the standard iPhone calculator is good enough for everyday use. For those that need it, though, the iPhone does come with the scientific version. Simply go into the iPhone calculator and turn the phone to landscape mode to use it. Keep in mind that if your phone is locked into portrait mode, you must first unlock it to use the scientific calculator.



14. Turn your favorite Webpage into an app icon

Want a quick route to a website that you visit daily? You don’t have to enter Safari every time you want to access it — instead, turn that website into an app that you can access from your home screen. To do this, visit the page in Safari and tap the menu button at the bottom of the screen (it looks like a rectangle with an arrow coming out of it). Select the button that says “Add to Home Screen” and give the app a name.

15. Respond to a call or a missed call with a quick text message

With the “Reply With Message” function, you can respond to a caller with a text message when you’re unable to answer the phone.

When you receive a call, you should see a phone icon next to the green Answer button. Swipe up on that icon and select “Reply With Message.” You’ll see a list of three messages, one of which you can choose to instantly send to the caller. There’s also an option for you to create a custom message at the time of the call. While you send the text message, the caller is directed to voice mail.

To personalize a pre-written message, go to Settings > Phone > Reply With Message. You can replace any of the listed messages with one of your own, as in the image on the left.


Hope you enjoyed these iPhone iOS7 tips and maybe you will get more enjoyment from your phone and amaze your friends

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