24 Useful Tricks for the iPhone and iPad Most People Don’t Know

Written by on May 6, 2016 in Entertainment, Media & Arts with 4 Comments

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By Liza Brown | Lifehack

Although I purchased my iPhone several years ago, it took me a while to discover all of the useful tricks. Check out the following 24 tricks for the iPhone and iPad that you may not know, and let me know which one blows your mind.


1. Tricks in Different Apps

Dial an Extension Automatically with the Phone App

The Phone Number Pause feature in iPhone allows you to tell your iPhone to pause after calling a number and then dial another number. So, let’s say you are calling a friend in company “X.” The company telephone number is 123456 and your friend’s extension is 789. Using this option, iPhone will first dial 123456, pauses until the call is answered, and then dial 789 automatically. To use this feature just tap and hold the star button ”*” after the first number. A comma will show up. Add the second number to dial after the pause.

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Google Maps as a Free GPS

While traveling abroad, you can use Google Maps as a free GPS without an international data plan. While offline, simply zooming to a map area you want in the maps app, and type “ok maps” into the search box. This data will be available even when you do not have data connectivity.

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Stop Music with Clock

You can stop music playback after a certain time. This is especially helpful if you like to fall asleep to music, but not wake up to it. Go to the Clock, then Timer, and set the duration. Select the option “Stop Playing” When Timer Ends.

Stop Music with Clock

2. Tricks in Usage

Signal Strength Displays with Number

A. Type *3001#12345#* and then hit Call in keyboard

B. After you tap the Call button, you will see the Field Test as follow. Now you’ve got a negative number indicating the decibels referenced to one mill watt (dBm) rather than a signal bar.


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Close the Multitasking Bar

When closing apps in iOS 7 in the multitasking bar (after double click), you can close up to three apps at once. You just have to use three fingers.

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Take Photos & Videos with iPhone Headphones/Volume Up Button

Click the volume + button on the remote on your Apple or Apple-compatible earbuds while in camera mode to click and shoot, or the middle button (play/pause), while in video mode, to take selfies.

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Check Recently Closed Tabs in Siri

On the iPad, when you press and hold the + button for new tabs in Safari, you get a list of recently closed tabs.

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Spotlight Search

When you type anything on Spotlight Search, it can bring up and access almost anything that’s stored within your phone, your contacts (can be searched by name or number), apps, messages, calendar events, songs, videos and a lot more (if all else fails, your phone will offer to do an Internet search for you). You can customize it to your requirements by going to Setting > General > Spotlight Search. You can head straight to Spotlight Search when you need to make a call, send a message (instead of going to contacts list), find an app that you might have misplaced among hundreds of apps, or to locate a song (you can search by title, artist or album), instead of scrolling through all playlists.

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Delete/Recover the Last Digit with Swiping Across with Calculator

If you wish to delete or recover the last digit you inputted, simply swipe across the readout from left to right, or vice versa.

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Scientific Calculator

Turn the calculator sideways, and it becomes a scientific calculator.

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Banish a Banner Notification

You can just swipe right to left to banish a banner notification. It’s very important to know this when that embarrassing text shows up suddenly on your screen.

Swipe right to left to banish a banner notification

Another Function for Earbuds

With the remote of your earbuds, you can go to the next track or the previous track while listening to music or podcasts.

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    My favorite trick is to throw it at a wall and see how many pieces it ends up in…

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