iPhones are actually mini computers with a huge wealth of abilities. It’s not only important to know how to backup your iPhone, it’s just as important to know how to use it! Most of us do not use them to their full potential and below there are some quick tips to assist you to utilize the functions of the iPhone that were unknown to you.
1. Read receipts in iMessage
It would be great if someone read the text which you just sent. With iMessage, you now can turn on read receipts so that you can know when people read your messages. For turning this on, go to Settings > Messages and then turn on Send Read Receipts.
2. See street view in Maps
Do you want to see the area before you go there? Just pull up an address in maps, and touch the pin which is next to the address. You will receive a little orange icon. If you touch that you will see a street view which has the ability to rotate 360 degrees.
You may want to take a screenshot of your phone. To take a screenshot, you have to press the home button and the lock button at the same time and the screen will flash white.
4. Use Airplane Mode
If you simply stay connected to the Internet, it will consume your battery. You must turn on the Airplane Mode so that you can disconnect from WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G. The first option under settings is Airplane Mode. Just put it to “Off”, when you are not using the phone.
5. Turn down Screen brightness
Turn the brightness all the way down when you are in the battery life saver mode. It is not difficult to understand that more power will be consumed with more brightness.
6. Set Auto-Lock to 1 minute
Lock your iPhone when you are not using it. It is even better to put the phone to the shortest possible auto-lock setting such that it can lock automatically when you are not active.
7. Stay updated with the latest Firmware
The minor firmware updates from Apple always introduce new methods which are better on battery life. Be sure to install these updates.
8. Don’t clean Caches
It is highly recommended to leave caches intact. Clearing caches will not speed up your iPhone. The phone will shut down itself when it requires the resources. Try to reboot your phone if you observe any slowdown.
9. Clean your iPhone
Clean your iPhone carefully and slowly. Disconnect all the USB cables from the phone and never clean it when it is attached to a computer. Also turn off the phone. For doing this, press the “sleep/wake” button and a red slider will show on the screen. Drag the slider across the screen using your finger. This will put the phone off. Gently wipe the phone with a slightly wet soft microfiber cloth.
10. Lock your phone’s screen orientation
To lock the orientation of the screen, tap the home button twice. A grey circle will appear opposite to the rewind button. Tap that once and a lock will show. Now whenever you turn your iPhone sideways, the orientation will not change.
Here’s a quick video on exactly how to lock your phone’s screen orientation. Super quick and super easy.