4 Things Everyone with an iPhone Should (But Probably Doesn’t) Know
Using the iPhone is straightforward for most people. Once you learn how to control the apps you use regularly, there is not much to it.
But since Apple is constantly updating software, iPhone users occasionally find themselves discovering handy features. Some are subtle, others are incredibly useful and one is, quite literally, life saving.
The following list describes four little know tips for the iPhone that can change the way you use your phone, including:
A simple time saver
Shortcuts for faster typing
An accessibility feature that everyone can use
How to set up an app that can save your life in an emergency
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Keep reading for the 4 iPhone tips!
Tip #1: Close All Your Open Webpages in Safari
Most people are guilty of having countless webpages open in Safari at the same time. Anytime you tap on a link in email or messages, it opens as a new tab in Safari. Most people close tabs one by one, by swiping left or tapping the x in the upper left.
But there is a quick and easy ways to close all the open webpages at once:
Hold your finger on the Pages button until a pop up window displays. You will see an option to open a New Tab or Close X Tabs. Tap the Close Tabs option to save yourself some time.
Hold Down the Pages Button > Tap the Option to Close "X" Tabs
Tip #2: Create Text Shortcuts
Most of us are creators of habit and that includes the phrases that we use when messaging and sending emails. Here are a few of my most used phrases:
“What’s you eta?”
“How’s it going?”
“I love you too!”
I save myself time by creating text shortcuts in the Settings. In the General section, under Keyboard, there is the option to create Text Replacement shortcuts.
Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement
From within the Text Replacement settings, simply tap the + button, enter your phrase and create a shortcut.
Tap Plus button > Type Phrase > Type Shortcut > Tap Save
In the future, your phrase will display when you type the shortcut.
Tip #3: Use Speak Screen
Speak Screen is an accessibility featured designed for people with vision impairment, in which the iPhone reads the contents of screen around. This feature can be used to read emails, messages or even articles in Safari.
To turn on Speak Screen, open Settings, tap on General, select Accessibility and choose the option for Speech. In the Speech section, you can activate Speak Screen by tapping the switch. You can also customize the voice and speaking rate.
Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Speak Screen (On)
You can activate Speak Screen within any app on the iPhone by using the assigned gesture, slide down from the top of the screen with two fingers. However, there is an easier way: activate the feature using Siri - simply say “Speak Screen”.
To activate Speak Screen, use the assigned gesture - slide two fingers from the top of the screen, or ask Siri to "Speak screen".
Once you’ve activated Speak Screen, the iPhone will begin reading all readable content starting at the top of the page. Use the menu to increase or decrease the rate, pause the audio or skip to the next section of text.
Tap the "<" in the upper left of the window to hide or view the Speak Screen menu. Tap the "X" to close.
Tip # 4: Medical ID Information
The Medical ID is designed to save information that an EMT or doctor would need in the event of emergency, including height, weight, blood type, medical conditions, allergies & reactions, medications and emergency contacts. In the event that you are not conscious to share this crucial information, it can be accessed from the lock screen of your phone.
You can view your Medical ID by tapping the “Emergency” option on the passcode the lock screen. Tap Medical ID to view.
From the lock screen: Emergency > Medical ID
To set up your Medical ID, open the Health app and tap on the Medical ID button. To update your information, tap the Edit button.
Open the Health App > Medical ID > Edit
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