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19 Next-Level Tips Every iPhone Owner Should Know

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Never copy and paste ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ or ಠ_ಠ AGAIN. For your most-used "kaomojis," create a shortcut by going to Settings > General > Keyboards > Shortcuts. Tap the + sign, and by "Phrase," paste your preferred kaomoji. In "Shortcut," type whatever you want.

So, for example: Whenever I type "iono," the shrug kaomoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ automagically appears in the autocorrect bar.


Hold down the home and lock button at the same time.

If (for whatever reason) the power button isn't responsive, you can let the phone battery deplete completely. When your iPhone eventually turns off, charge it back up. It will turn on, while plugged in, in about four minutes.

Pro-tip: This is actually good practice for best iPhone battery performance anyway!

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Screen lock is clutch when you're reading in bed, but the current iOS setup only allows for vertical, or portrait orientation. Get around this by opening Settings > General Accessibility > Guided Access, then slide it to the "on" position.

Now head to any app and turn your iPhone into landscape mode. Triple-click the home button to enable the special Guided Access screen. Tap Options > slide Motion to the "off" position and tap Resume. Voilà, landscape orientation is now locked! To exit, triple-click the home button again.


Be.ware. Did you know that hitting the volume buttons may turn the iPhone alarm off, instead of snoozing it? A lot of users experienced this issue after upgrading to iOS 8. You may need to go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings to fix it.

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Did you nose this was even possible?? In Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, select Add a Fingerprint and press your nose gently to the home button. You could try other body parts too, like toes, your baby's toes, etc.

OK, it's not really that practical, but it is a fun party trick.

Found a lone iPhone? Press and hold the home button to activate Siri. Ask, "Whose phone is this?" and contact information will come up, as long as the owner has set their contact info. Now you can return the device to its rightful owner.



Siri can tell you the name of those three balls on a stick and the other "weird" emojis you don't recognize. In Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech, turn Speak Selection on.

Now open Notes and type any emoji. Highlight the emoji and select the "Speak" option. Who knew those were mochi balls on a skewer?? It's also really fun to hear Siri say, "smiling pile of poop" out loud.


Staring at bright screens before bed can be detrimental to your sleep. If you must catch up on the latest Instagrams before hitting the hay, open Settings > General > Accessibility, and under Vision turn Invert Colors on.


Are you a light sleeper? Meet your salvation. In Settings > Do Not Disturb, you can set a scheduled time to silence all notifications, including calls and texts.

Take a close look at Allow Calls From, which will allow incoming calls from only "Favorites" or a contact group. You can also enable repeated calls within three minutes to go through.


The typing experience *sucks* on every single TV streaming device. If you're spending the night in and searching for something to watch, download these free mobile apps. They allow you to type quickly with the keyboard on your phone, instead of clicking the remote a million times: Amazon Fire TV, Remote by Apple, Roku, and Chromecast.

It's called AirDrop, and when it works, it's golden. You can only use it to send media (photos, links, and contacts) to other iPhones. The best part about AirDrop is that it sends photos really quickly. It's faster than text or email.

To use it, turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Have your friend do the same, then ask him or her to open Control Center (swipe up from the bottom) and tap AirDrop to enable wireless sharing. In Camera Roll, select all the photos you want to share. Tap the share icon, and your friend's iPhone should appear at the top. Tap to share with AirDrop and the photos should appear in your friend's Camera Roll immediately.

You could also use it to troll unsuspecting strangers with photos of space sloths.


Open the chat, tap Details in the upper right, select Leave this conversation.

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Get the smoothest, like-a-baby's-butt video possible with this setting. If you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video at 60 FPS. The phone's built-in image stabilization will give videos a cinema-like effect.

This video of dancers was shot entirely on an iPhone 6.


Hidden deep in your Settings is a location tracking feature that knows your most-frequented places. It's turned on by default, and it's *crazy* accurate. If you'd rather your iPhone not know where you're spending most of your nights, open Settings > Privacy > Location Services, then scroll all the way down to System Services. Tap Frequent Locations, and slide it to "off."

According to Apple, the setting is used for "personalized services," like predictive traffic routing.


So that when you're driving and using Siri hands-free, she'll call the right person, instead of your ex or something.

Open Siri by long pressing the home button > say "Call Nicole Nguyen" (or whoever), then when Siri responds with the incorrect pronunciation, reply with, "That's not how you say that." She'll then prompt you to say the name correctly.


Remember when Tim Cook and Bono E.T.-finger touched and automatically downloaded U2's Songs of Innocence album to every iTunes user's account without their consent?

Banish it from your music library by heading to this link.

Now... DANSE!

Disclosure: An iPhone 6 review unit was loaned to me by Apple for the purposes of this post.