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19 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your iPhone But Will Start Doing Immediately

There's even a trick to make your speakers louder.

1. Make your speakers louder.

Go to Settings > Music > EQ, and check "Late Night." That'll give your iPhone's speakers a little extra punch. Try it with music playing and hear the difference for yourself!

2. Change your display to grayscale — and ~maybe~ become less addicted to your phone.

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This is an accessibility feature for people who have difficulty seeing certain objects on their screen due to colorblindness, but some people claim that turning off the bright colors on your phone has the added effect of making you less addicted to using it. The theory is that basically every app is designed with just the right combination of colors and notifications to get you to use them (it's basically impossible not to tap on something that has a big red notification number on it, right?), so taking away the colors will wean you off of them.

You can apply this filter under Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Color Filters. There are also options for other various types of colorblindness.

If you want to be able to switch back and forth quickly, you can go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Color Filters and activate the shortcut. After that, you'll be able to click the home button three times to turn the filter on or off.

3. Search your photos based on the objects that are in the photos.

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The Photos app has a search icon at the top that lets you search through your photos based on who — or what — is in them. Try it; it's like magic.

4. Change the brightness of your flashlight.

Your phone's flashlight is insanely bright by default, but if you 3D-touch the icon, you can choose lower brightness levels. It's especially helpful if you need to get up during the night and don't want to wake yourself up with a too-bright light.

5. Take a shortcut to important menus like Cellular Data and Battery.

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If your phone has 3D Touch (iPhone 6s or later), you can use it on your Settings icon to bring up shortcuts to four important menus: Battery, Cellular Data, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Just press and hold hard on the icon.

6. Limit the amount of space your music can take up by automatically deleting songs you don't listen to.

If you go into Settings > Music, you can choose to optimize your phone's music storage. Just select how much space you want to allow, and the Music app will start deleting songs that you haven't listened to in a long time in order to free up space once you hit that limit.

7. Find out where you parked your damn car.

The Maps app now has an option to remember where you parked your car, provided your car has Bluetooth and you've paired it with your phone. Maps will show you the location, but you can also add a photo or a note if you're in a parking garage and need to remember which level you're on.

8. Use your phone as a level to hang pictures.

When you're in the Compass app, swipe left and your phone can be used as a level, which is great because you can never find your actual level when you're trying to hang something.

9. Erase just one number in the Calculator app.

If you're like most people, you probably just clear the whole thing when you type something incorrectly in the Calculator app. But if you just swipe to the side, you can delete one digit at a time!

10. Unlock your phone without pressing the home button.

You know how you have to press your home button in order to unlock your phone now? It can get annoying, so if you want to change it, just go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and turn on "Rest Finger to Unlock." That way, all you have to do is rest your finger on the button and it'll unlock your phone.

11. Make your own shortcuts for emojis.

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With the latest updates to iOS, the Messages app will suggest emojis as you type. But if you want to have a series of emojis suggested when you type in certain phrases, just go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.

In more practical terms, you could also set up a phrase that will auto-fill longer things like your email address. For example, you could set one up so that when you type "@@," your phone will suggest your full email address so you don't have to type it all out.

12. Set a timer to stop your music from playing after a set amount of time.

If you're the type who likes to fall asleep to music or sounds, this is a great way to do so and get it to stop once you're asleep. Here are the steps:

1. Go into the Clock app

2. Select "Timer" at the bottom right corner

3. Select the time you want

4. Tap on the "When Timer Ends" menu

5. Select "Stop Playing"

6. Tap "Set" at the top right corner

7. Tap "Start"

13. 3D-touch the keyboard to move the cursor around in Messages.

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Y'know when you make a typo while texting and it's like, impossible to tap on the right spot to place the typing cursor? Well, you can just 3D-touch the keyboard (press down hard and hold) and then slide your finger left and right, and it'll slide the cursor for you.

14. Pause, play, rewind, fast-forward, and skip songs using just your wired earbuds.

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You probably already use the volume buttons on your Apple headphones, but did you know that the center of that little thingy is a button as well? When you're playing music, you can pause or play by pressing the center button. To skip a song, press it twice quickly; to go back to a previous song, press it three times. To fast-forward, press twice and hold on the second press; to rewind, press three times and hold.

You can also activate Siri by pressing and holding the center button once, and you can take a photo by pressing the volume+ button while the Camera app is open.

15. Get less blue light from your screen to ~allegedly~ help you sleep.

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The scientific consensus isn't exactly clear on whether less blue light from your phone will help you sleep, but it can't hurt to try. You can activate Night Shift by swiping up from the bottom of your phone and hitting the button in the Command Center, or you can go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift and schedule it to automatically turn on at a specified time.

16. Undo your typing by shaking your phone.

If you mess up while typing, accidentally delete what you were writing, or just want to delete that risky text you're typing out, you can shake your phone to bring up the "Undo Typing" option.

17. Temporarily shift all your apps down so you can reach them with one hand.

If you have a Plus model iPhone, it can be tough to reach the top of the screen with your thumb. There's a simple solution: Double-tap (but don't click) the home button to shift all your apps down a bit so you can reach the ones at the top. Double-tap again to return to normal.

18. Use Siri to get an Uber or Lyft home.

If you activate Siri and say, "Get me an Uber home," Siri will book you a car through the app (provided you've told Maps where home is).

19. Send your texts with a little extra pizzazz.

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If you press and hold the Send button in Messages, you'll get a ton of options to send your texts with effects. These include effects within the text bubble, or full-screen effects like confetti, balloons, or even a shooting star.

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