While it’s true that iOS started out as a relatively basic operating system for the iPhone and iPod touch, the software and its list of features have grown and matured over the years. Nowadays iOS is feature rich, so much so that we’re willing to bet that there are quite a few things hidden within iOS that lots of people don’t know even exist.
With that in mind we set about putting together a list of features and tools within iOS that we didn’t think everyone would know existed. Initially, we kicked the idea off with a handful of items for our list, but eventually it grew into a list of no fewer than 25 tips and features that we hope will surprise at least some of you, ranging from hidden Siri commands to special Emoji.
With the introduction out of the way, let’s get started. We aren’t going to go into too much detail about each entry here and instead point you to a more full and certainly more wordy description on this very web site.
So let’s get things kicked off.
1. Create Custom Vibrations
If you find that you need to be able to recognize calls or messages from a particular person even when in silent mode, then a custom vibration is what you should be using. You can do this by navigating to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration and tap on Create New Vibration.
2. Siri Can Read Anything
She really can. Just ask here and she’ll start reading whatever’s in front of her. You can set this up by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech and turn on Speech Selection.
3. Frequent Locations And How To Disable
iOS logs your frequent locations and gives you useful information based on that. But, if you think this is a breach of your privacy, then you can simply turn the feature off. And in return, you’ll end up saving battery life too.
4. Ask Siri Which Planes Are Flying Above You
If you want to know who’s flying over you at any given time, just ask Siri using the command“What planes are above me right now?”
5. Keep Tabs On Your Magnets With An iPhone
It’s amazing what a smartphones magnetometer can do.
6. Siri Can Help You Take A Selfie
Siri can take a selfie. Of you, not her, of course. Just launch Siri and say “Take a selfie,” which will subsequently launch the Camera app.
7. Secretly Capture Photos And Videos
Because you just never know when you might need that quick snap covertly.
8: Delete Digits In The Calculator App Without Pressing A Button
A simple swipe on the digits in the stock iOS Calculator app can delete numbers.
9. Grayscale Mode
Perfect for pretending you’re in a 1920s movie, or if you just want to save battery life. You can enable this feature by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn the Grayscale switch to the ON position.
10. Hide photos In The Photos App
We all have at least one photo we don’t want our friends seeing. Simply tap and hold on a photo to reveal the ‘Hide’ option.
11. Block your Caller ID
If your carrier supports it, you can hide your caller ID in a snap.
12. Filter Your Messages
Sick of spam text messages? Filter those bad boys right out.
13. Spock Vulcan Salute Emoji
Because everything’s better with more Spock.
14. Stop Nosey People From Swiping Through Your Photos
Don’t want people to swipe beyond the photo which you’ve asked them to see? No problem, iOS can help settle that too with a very neat feature that does just that.
15. See A Whole List Of Songs You’ve Asked Siri To ID
Justin Bieber. 1Direction. We know, we won’t hold it against you.
16. Hide Apps From The iOS Home Screen
Now you can get rid of the iBooks app!
17. Create A Blank Home Screen
Because everyone loves a little wide open space.
18. Create Nested Folders
If you find yourself with multiple folders for the same type of app, nested folders are for you.
19. Take Photos While You’re Recording Video
This comes in stupendously useful if you have kids. Or a cat. You can take photos while recording a video by pressing the little white button as shown in the screenshot.
20. Teach Siri How To Pronounce Names Properly
We all have that one contact that Siri mangles each and every time. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
21. Control When The App Store Asks For Your Password
No more passwords for free apps? Yes please.
22. Hide Your App Store Purchases
Nobody needs to know that you bought that app. Nobody!
23. Find Your Lost iPhone Even If Its Battery Is Dead
No it’s not voodoo. But it’s pretty close.
24. See Just How Strong Your iPhone’s Cellular Signal Strength Is
No more bars or circles. Real numbers instead!
25. Turn Cellular Data Off For Specific Apps