Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are some serious pieces of kit. It’s most definitely the greatest iPhone that Apple has made to date.
And although the design hasn’t changed much, there’s a lot of new features for you to play with, like Force Touch and dual camera lenses. However, most people never fully understand just how powerful their iPhone can be.
Luckily for you, we’ve researched and found a whopping 101 tips and tricks you can use to make your experience better than you ever believed.
You know… those tricks the Apple experts never make obvious.
So get ready to harness the true power of your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus.
Table Of Contents
- 1 1. How to Force a Restart
- 2 2. Make The Button Feel Like a Button
- 3 3. Wakey, Wakey, Rise & Shine
- 4 4. Drop it in the Toilet
- 5 5. Don’t Charge After it’s Wet
- 6 6. Get to the Camera Faster
- 7 7. Take Stunning Photos
- 8 8. Take Better, Faster Selfies
- 9 9. Better Live Photos
- 10 10. Better Instagram Photos
- 11 11. Shoot RAW Images
- 12 12. Use Depth of Field With Your Camera
- 13 13. Shoot in 4K Resolution
- 14 14. Change Panoramic Direction
- 15 15. Lock Camera Lens (7+ Only)
- 16 16. Zoom Without Using the Camera App
- 17 17. Take Photos While Filming
- 18 18. Keep Your Favorite Camera Settings
- 19 19. Edit Memory Movies
- 20 20. Search for People, Places, and Things in Photos
- 21 21. Improved Sound
- 22 22. No More Wire Tangling
- 23 23. Find Hidden Menus with Force Touch
- 24 24. Adjust the Flash Light
- 25 25. Start a Preset Timer Faster
- 26 26. Fast Unlock with Touch ID
- 27 27. Create a Super Secure Alphanumeric Passcode
- 28 28. Make Your iPhone Harder to Hack with Two-Step Verification
- 29 29. Customize Your Lock Screen
- 30 30. Change Lock Screen Limits
- 31 31. Send Texts Without Unlocking Your Phone
- 32 32. Send Secret Hidden Messages
- 33 33. Text Music and Images with iMessage Apps
- 34 34. Send Low-Quality Images To Save Data
- 35 35. Disable Flashy Message Effects
- 36 36. Send Handwritten Messages
- 37 37. Multilingual Typing
- 38 38. Swap Words For Emojis
- 39 39. See When a Message Was Sent
- 40 40. Disable Read Messages
- 41 41. Customise Autocorrect Text Replacement
- 42 42. Quickly add symbols in keyboard
- 43 43. Add Full Stop Faster
- 44 44. Shake Your iPhone to Undo
- 45 45. Turn your Keyboard into a Track Pad
- 46 46. Have your Phone Read Texts To You
- 47 47. Increase or Decrease Text Size
- 48 48. Make Your iPhone 7 Flash When you Receive a Message
- 49 49. Create custom ringtones and Alert Tones
- 50 50. Track Your Sleep Pattern
- 51 51. Night Shift Mode
- 52 52. Enable Colour Filters
- 53 53. Learn the Lyrics to Your Favourite Songs
- 54 54. Control Media Playback
- 55 55. Queue up the next song
- 56 56. Set Music on a Timer
- 57 57. Optimize Apple Music Storage
- 58 58. Quickly Manage Your iCloud Storage
- 59 59. Find Outdated Apps
- 60 60. Open App Switcher Faster
- 61 61. Make The Apps Come to You
- 62 62. Customize Your App Icons
- 63 63. Tap Your Way to The Top
- 64 64. Skip Calls With Remind Me Later Option
- 65 65. Prevent Spam Calls
- 66 66. Call Uber in Maps
- 67 67. Get Weather Report in Maps
- 68 68. Pay with Your iPhone
- 69 69. Save Battery Power
- 70 70. Show Battery Percentage
- 71 71. Identify Battery Sponges
- 72 72. Charge your Phone Faster
- 73 73. iPhone Not Charging? Try This
- 74 74. Save Data by Limiting App Access
- 75 75. Wi-Fi Troubleshooting
- 76 76. Improve Your Phone Signal with this Hidden Mode
- 77 77. Search the Web Faster
- 78 78. Word Finder on Web pages
- 79 79. Go Back Without a Button
- 80 80. Clear All Notifications at Once
- 81 81. Close 3 Apps at the Same Time
- 82 82. Quick delete in calculator app
- 83 83. Bad at Math, Get Siri to Do it
- 84 84. Correct Siri’s Punctuation
- 85 85. Make Siri Respond Faster
- 86 86. Put up a Shelf
- 87 87. Save PDFs to iBooks
- 88 88. Collaborate on Notes
- 89 89. Make Your iPhone 7 Kid Friendly
- 90 90. Use Apple ID Without a Credit Card
- 91 91. Change Your Screen Timeout Length
- 92 92. Record Your IMEI Number
- 93 93. Discover What Your iPhone Knows About You
- 94 94. Hide Images Without an App
- 95 95. Potentially Save Your Life
- 96 96. Make Your iPhone Run Faster in 10 Seconds
- 97 97. Stop Your iPhone From Tracking You
- 98 98. Save Storage by Automatically Deleting Old Texts
- 99 99. Prioritize Your App Updates
- 100 100. Use Siri To Identify Song Names
- 101 101. Get Paid Apps For Free
1. How to Force a Restart
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus doesn’t use a hard button, so the process for forcing a restart has changed.
You’ll need to hold down the power button on the right-hand side of your phone, and the volume button on the left-hand side at the same time. Keep holding them down until your phone restarts and you see the Apple logo.
2. Make The Button Feel Like a Button
It definitely looks like a button… but, is it doesn’t click. There’s a good reason why it doesn’t click. You iPhone 7 and 7 Plus uses haptic feedback instead of clicking.
That’s what the techy say instead of, ‘it vibrates to mimic the feel of pressing a button.”
What’s cool, is that you can customize the vibration intensity to make it more suited to your tastes. Go into Settings, General, and then Home Button. Here you can toggle between different levels of feedback.
If you want to turn it off completely Go into settings and select sounds & haptics.
3. Wakey, Wakey, Rise & Shine
Thanks to the latest iOS 10 update, buttons are so last year. Your iPhone will automatically ‘wake up’ when you pick it up. That’s really handy when it comes to checking notifications, as you won’t have to go through the ‘hassle’ of unlocking your phone.
This neat trick can be a huge time saver.
I know, it doesn’t sound like it. But, when you take into account a recent study released by Deloitte, you’ll see the average person checks their smartphone 47 times a day! And if you’re 18-24, that’s increased to 74 times a day!
With this cool feature, you can give you thumbs a well-deserved rest-bite.
Alternatively, if you don’t like this feature, here’s how to switch it off:
Head to Settings and select Display & Brightness. Here you’ll see a slider to turn it off.
4. Drop it in the Toilet
Okay, maybe you don’t want to do that. That’s where your nasties are. But, you can relax knowing that if the worst was to happen, your phone wouldn’t be broken.
Your iPhone 7 is water and splash resistant, so you can relax knowing it can withstand being dropped in your toilet, bath, swimming pool, or any other pool of liquid you feel like dropping it into.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can swim laps with it, or start your underwater photography business. Apple actually suggests you don’t intentionally submerge your phone. It’s designed to survive an accidental drop in shallow water.
5. Don’t Charge After it’s Wet
Although your iPhone 7 has been upgraded to be water resistant, electricity hasn’t. Don’t charge or have any electronics plugged in. It won’t end well.
What makes the iPhone 7 really smart, is that It will detect if any moisture is inside the handset. You’ll get a clear warning message if this happens. If it does appear, here’s what you need to do… cry.
Kidding, just disconnect it from any plugs and keep it switched off until it’s completely dry.
6. Get to the Camera Faster
In those moments where you just need to whip out your phone and snap a once in a lifetime pic, you need to get to your camera fast.
So where has the little camera icon on the lock screen gone? It’s not there anymore! Don’t worry, you don’t have to go through the mundane process of actually unlocking your phone.
With your iPhone 7, all you have to do is lift your phone and swipe left and your camera is ready to go. Snap away!
Don’t fear. This doesn’t mean anyone can access your phone. Like before, opening the camera won’t unlock your phone. Your private photos will be kept private.
7. Take Stunning Photos
iPhone cameras have always been excellent. And it’s even better with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Your camera has a new 12MP sensor with optical image stabilization, 60% faster performance, wide color capture, and a lens that will allow for 50% more light. Even in poor lighting, you’ll come away with pristine images.
Need to snap photos in the club? Utilize the flash. The flash is 50% brighter, reaches 50% further, and will compensate for flickering lights.
8. Take Better, Faster Selfies
But first, let me take an even better selfie.
The front camera has been upgraded from 5MP to 7MP. This means better selfies and FaceTime video chat.
The trick to taking an even better selfie is using the volume button on an attached pair of headphones. This will reduce camera shake, and ensure you’ll always look your best.
9. Better Live Photos
Introduced with the iPhone 6s, Live Photos worked by turning images into little videos. This was done by capturing the frames just before and after you pressed the shutter button.
However, the results weren’t always that great and often came out jerky. But not with the iPhone 7, as Live Photos has benefited massively from the upgraded stabilization. And once you’ve taken the picture, you can play with all the new editing tools to make it look even better.
A cool tip: the editing tools are available for 3rd party app developers, so you’re able to download even more fun editing tools to play with.
10. Better Instagram Photos
Instagram has kept pace with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They’ve updated themselves so you can take full advantage of the improved camera and color capture.
You’re now able to share images in more vivid colors thanks to the improved color capture display on Instagram. Although the improvements may not be obvious, if you compare a photo taken prior to the update, you’ll quickly see the difference.
11. Shoot RAW Images
If you’re a fan of mobile photography, you’re going to love this trick. You can now shoot RAW images and develop them later with an app or on your computer. You’ll really be able to ‘up’ your photography game.
To do this, you’ll need to download a custom camera app. I recommend the Manual App.
Once you’ve downloaded it, launch the app and open the Settings. Make sure Save RAW + JPEG is enabled. The app will then show a new action sheet from the bottom display – you’ll get two options: RAW and RAW + JPEG. I recommend selecting RAW, as the latter will take up extra space on your device.
You’re now ready to shoot RAW images.
12. Use Depth of Field With Your Camera
The iPhone 7 Plus uses two lenses on its back: one features a 28mm focal length, while the second has a 56mm focal length. Not only does this enable you to zoom with less distortion, but you’re about to shoot using a depth-of-field effect.
If you don’t know, that keeps your subject in sharp focus while blurring the background. Photography geeks will know this as the bokeh effect.
You can access this effect by using Portrait Mode. The opinion appears in the carousel of different camera modes, so just swipe to select it. And let the iPhone 7 do the rest of the work.
13. Shoot in 4K Resolution
You may not own a 4K TV, but with your iPhone 7, you can definitely shoot in the ultra-high-definition format!
To activate this, open Settings, Photos & Camera, scroll down to the Camera section. Here you’ll see a Record Video option. Tap it to choose from a range of different resolutions: 720p at 30 frames per second up to 4k.
Be warned, using 4k resolution uses up A LOT of disk space. A minute of 4k video will take up 350MB of space – nearly 6x more than a minute in the lowest resolution. But, it does look awesome.
14. Change Panoramic Direction
Sometimes there’s a pesky tree or human in the way – ruining your picturesque panoramic shot. To counter this, you can switch the direction.
Do this by simply tapping the arrow in the middle of your screen when you’re in panoramic mode.
15. Lock Camera Lens (7+ Only)
Only available for the iPhone 7 Plus, it will stop you from accidentally switching between the two camera lenses on the back – which can ruin your video by causing it to flicker.
To lock your lens go to Settings, Photos & camera, and then Record Video. You’ll be able to toggle the Lock Camera Lens option.
16. Zoom Without Using the Camera App
You’re now able to zoom and view something far away without opening the camera app. You can do this by taking advantage of the Magnifier.
All you need to do is go into Settings, General, Accessibility, then Magnifier and change the setting to On. You’re then able to triple-click the Home button to activate the feature.
When you’re using it, use the white circle button to capture an image and zoom in and out to get a closer look.
In case triple-clicking doesn’t bring up the Magnifier, go to Settings, General, Accessibility, and then Accessibility Shortcut to modify it to the Magnifier.
17. Take Photos While Filming
Now when you’re filming magical moments, and you want to snap a pic, you don’t have to stop recording. You can do it at the same time!
Just tap the Camera Button, which appears on your screen and snap away!
18. Keep Your Favorite Camera Settings
If you’ve got some favorite camera settings (video, square, panoramic, filters, etc.), it can get a bit annoying having to apply these every time you open your camera. With iOS 10.2 however, you can now save your favorite settings so they’re automatically applied whenever you open your camera.
Go to Settings, Photos & Camera, Preserve Settings, and toggle on Camera Mode. This will allow you to save your favorite camera settings.
19. Edit Memory Movies
iOS 10 makes Memories out of your images and videos, so you’re able to relive all of your favorite moments.
What a lot of people don’t know, is that you can actually edit these mini slideshows. Access the editor by going to Photos, Memories, tap on the video at the top and then tap it again to bring up the controls. To begin editing, tap the three horizontal lines with the circle icon in the bottom right.
Now, you can change the Title, Music, Duration, and which photos and videos you’d like to show.
20. Search for People, Places, and Things in Photos
Apple kind of stole this from Google, but it is super useful. Especially if you’re trying to find an image in a large library.
Open your Photos app, tap the blue magnifying glass (this is the search button) at the top of your screen. Now you’re able to use keywords to help you find what you’re looking for. You can use names, places, or things. You’ll then be able to see all of the images in your library that match your keyword.
Once you’ve found your image, you can do with it as you please.
21. Improved Sound
It’s controversial, but the decision that shook the world does make sense. The removal of the headphone jack really does improve the sound quality.
…the old headphone jack isn’t able to handle the new generation of hi-res audio.
The speakers have superior dynamic range that will deliver twice the volume of the previous iPhones. And if you really want to experience a higher level of volume – put your iPhone into an empty glass vase or pitcher. This will help amplify the sound, which is great when you’re entertaining friends.
22. No More Wire Tangling
I hate tangled wires. In fact, I’d go as far to saying I dislike them with a passion. With Apple’s AirPods available, never again does someone have to experience the stress of tangled wires.
As a bonus, they vastly improve the sound quality. And they’re super smart.
They’ll connect automatically and will sense when you’re wearing them. So when you take them out, the music will pause, and they’ll go to sleep to conserve battery.
Here’s a neat trick: a quick double tap will bring up Siri, allowing you to instruct her using your headphones. An accelerometer in each AirPod will detect when you’re talking and use a beam-forming microphone to focus on your voice – blocking out background noises.
I told you they’re super smart.
23. Find Hidden Menus with Force Touch
Don’t just swipe, press harder and some hidden menus will appear. This useful feature is app-specific, for example, hard press on your Instagram app icon and you’ll see a menu with quick access to a new post, search, or your activity page.
This will also work on your lock screen. When you receive a message, use Force Touch to check the last few messages in the convo without unlocking your phone.
24. Adjust the Flash Light
Another one you can do with the Force Touch, it’s easy to miss this useful feature. Simply swipe to bring up your control panel and hard press on the flashlight – enabling you to choose between low, medium, and bright light.
25. Start a Preset Timer Faster
The Force Touch keeps getting more useful. Again, you’ll want to bring up your control panel and hard press on the timer to start a preset timer.
26. Fast Unlock with Touch ID
Sometimes you just don’t have time to punch in your passcode. This is where Apple’s Touch ID helps you unlock your phone super fast.
Touch ID is what Apple calls the fingerprint sensor, and you can toggle this to unlock your phone with either a full press or light touch.
Here’s how to do it.
Go into your Settings, then General, and then Accessibility. Look for the Home Button option and here you can toggle the switch marked Rest Finger to Open.
If you switch it On, you don’t need to press the button to unlock your phone. Switch it Off, and it will require a press.
27. Create a Super Secure Alphanumeric Passcode
By default, iOS will prompt you to use a six-digit passcode instead of the previous four-digit. But, if you want to make your phone super secure, you can use an alphanumeric passcode.
This uses both numbers and letters, giving you an almost unlimited number of possible passwords. And it’s fairly simple to do it.
Go to Settings, Touch ID & Passcode, Change Passcode, and when it prompts you to enter a new passcode, tap Passcode Options. This will offer you advanced options, where you can create a custom alphanumeric code.Custom iMessage replies for calls you can’t answer.
28. Make Your iPhone Harder to Hack with Two-Step Verification
You’re going to use Apple ID for pretty much everything you do with Apple: shop on the iTunes Store, enable iCloud, buy from Apple’s Online Store, etc. So it’s good practice to use this tip for extra protection.
Enable the two-step verification for your Apple ID to increase your security. For iOS 10.3 or later, go to Settings, [your name], Password & Security, turn on Two-Factor Authentication, and tap continue.
For iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, iCloud, tap your Apple ID, Password & Security, turn on Two-Factor Authentication, and tap continue.
29. Customize Your Lock Screen
With the updated Notifications Center in iOS 10, you can add lots of useful widgets to your lock screen.
You’ll see there are already a few default widgets added, but you can easily customize these. Swipe left while on the home or lock screen to bring up your Today screen. Then, simply scroll to the bottom and tap Edit to add extra widgets.
Or, you can press down on an app and if it’s capable of being a widget, it will appear and you can tap Add Widget in the top-right corner.
It enables you to have all of the information you need whenever you lift up your phone and swipe right.
30. Change Lock Screen Limits
Having information and notifications on your lock screen can be convenient for quickly checking reminders, messages, and more. But, sometimes you may want to restrict what information can be seen and accessed from your phone without entering your passcode.
To customize what information is visible, go to your Settings, Touch ID & Passcode. Here, you can disable anything you don’t want showing up on your lock screen.
31. Send Texts Without Unlocking Your Phone
Reply to urgent message fast with this trick. You’re able to reply to a message without unlocking your iPhone.
Your iPhone 7;s updated lock-screen widgets mean that you can type out your message without the need for a passcode.
To do this, firmly press on a received message and a window will appear so you can response fast.
Yes, it is slightly concerning if a ‘funny’ friend has your phone, but there are privacy measures in place. You can disable this feature, and they’re not able to view the entire message history.
32. Send Secret Hidden Messages
Yes, you can now send super secret hidden messages or images that don’t reveal themselves until the recipient taps or rubs it.
Sounds cool, right? Here’s how to do it.
After you’ve typed your message or selected a photo, tap and hold the blue send arrow above the keyboard to bring up the effects. Then tap the Invisible Ink option.
Now, when your recipient receives your message, they’ll have to tap it to reveal the top secret content. After a few seconds, the message will be covered up again and your secrets will be safe from prying eyes.
33. Text Music and Images with iMessage Apps
A new fun addition to iMessage are the apps that have been developed specifically for it. Access the apps by tapping on the grey arrow on the left, and then tap the icon that looks like drawing tools. Depending on how many Apps you’ve installed, you’ll be able to choose from GIFs, music, and Shazam tags.
If you want, you can download new ones from the App Store. You can easily access this by tapping on the group of four smaller boxes in the bottom left of your screen.
34. Send Low-Quality Images To Save Data
If you’re frequently sending images through the new Messages app, you might find that if you send a lot of images you’ll quickly use up your monthly data allowance.
However, you now have an option to send low-quality images and save yourself a ton of data. Go to Settings, Messages, and tap on Low Quality Image at the bottom.
35. Disable Flashy Message Effects
Maybe you’re not about the life of sending your messages with flashy effects, or you suffer from extreme motion sickness. That’s okay, no one’s judging. You can easily disable these so that no balloons or confetti will ever burst onto your screen.
Go into your Settings, General, Accessibility, Reduce Motion and turn the feature on. This will disable message effects and reduce motion-based effects elsewhere on your phone.
If you can’t already send messages with these effects, it’s probably already disabled.
36. Send Handwritten Messages
These can give your messages a more personal feel, and it’s very simple to send heartfelt handwritten messages.
When in a conversation, turn your iPhone to landscape mode and tap the handwriting button in the bottom-right corner. Now you’ll be able to write your message using your fingertip. If you run out of space, swipe left with two fingers.
When you’re finished, tap the Done button and your wonderfully crafted handwritten message will appear in the conversation.
37. Multilingual Typing
iOS 10 supports multilingual typing, which allows you to type in multiple languages simultaneously.
It’s very easy to set up, here’s how you do it.
Go to Settings, General, Dictionary, and here select the languages you wish to use with the QuickType keyboard. Once they’ve downloaded, return to General, select Keyboards, Add New Keyboard. Select the languages that you just downloaded.
Once they’re active, you’ll be able to use them all simultaneously. What’s cool, is that you’ll receive the appropriate next-word suggestion for each language, and autocorrect will understand you’re typing in a new language. So it won’t keep trying to correct you – unless your spelling is shocking in multiple languages.
38. Swap Words For Emojis
Sometimes Emjoi’s just speak way louder than words ever could. And now with iOS10, you can replace words for the relevant emoji.
You have two ways to do this. Firstly, you can swap individual words as you type. As you type, you’ll see the relevant Emoji at the top of your keyboard – alongside the next word suggestion. Tap it to replace the word you’ve just typed.
Or, you can type out your message, then insert your emojis at the end. If you want to do this, compose your message or email, and then tap the Emoji button. All the words that can be replaced will be highlighted in orange. Tapping one will turn it into an Emoji.
39. See When a Message Was Sent
Usually, you’ll only be able to see what date and at what time the first message was sent. However, when you’re in the Messages app, swipe right to left to reveal the timestamps of each individual message.
40. Disable Read Messages
We’ve all got that one person in our lives, the one that always gets really upset when they see we’ve read their message, but don’t instantly reply. Sometimes I’m busy Jeff! Chillout.
Well, you can now avoid this. In iMessage, you can opt in and out of sending read receipts – they let the sender know if the recipient has read the message. And this isn’t something you can to universally commit to. You can turn it on or off for each conversation.
To do this, open up the message window of your chosen victim, and hit the little ‘i’ icon in the top right corner. Slide the Send Read Receipts off, and now you won’t have to listen to any whining.
41. Customise Autocorrect Text Replacement
This can be used for evil or good. Your iOS QuickType keyboard is clever at predicting what you’re trying to write. More often than not it will correct your typos.
However, you can use this for good by customising it so it understands your own favourite shortcuts and abbreviations, and then expand those into full words or phrases.
For example, “WTF” should be turned into “Why The Face?” or “LOL” to “Lots of Love”.
It’s simple to set up. Go to Settings, General, Keyboard, and select Text Replacement. Add a new one by tapping on the plus sign.
Or, you could be evil and use it to play hilarious pranks on your friends and family. Set it so common words are automatically replaced by something totally random. Sit back and watch the confusion set in!
42. Quickly add symbols in keyboard
A really neat time-saving trick not many people know about, or even think to do.
Instead of going through the mundane process of tapping on the 123 button, choosing your symbol, and then tapping on the ABC button to go back to the keyboard. Do it in one motion!
Tap and hold the 123 button, slide your finger to select your chosen symbol, and then release. Now it will automatically revert back to your letters keyboard.
While we’re on the subject, in case you don’t know, there are additional symbols hiding within the ones on display. Hold your finger on one to reveal what’s hidden beneath.
43. Add Full Stop Faster
Another super time saver that an incredible number of iPhone owners don’t know about. Don’t go to the symbol menu to find a full stop, you can simply just double-tap the space button. It will instantly add a full stop to the end of the word.
The tip here is to double-tap quickly. If you pause too long between each tap, iOS will just think you want to add two spaces.
44. Shake Your iPhone to Undo
Yes, this literally involves shaking your iPhone, and it can be a bit of a life saver. Especially if you’ve just typed a long important sentence and accidentally deleted it!
Just give your iPhone a shake, and it will bring up the Undo/Redo box.
If you’re a little clumsy and don’t trust yourself to shake your phone; switch it to landscape mode and you’ll see Apple have added an undo button onto the keyboard.
45. Turn your Keyboard into a Track Pad
This trick is incredibly useful if you want to quickly edit a typo while typing.
When you’re using the keyboard, press down on it and it will become blank. Now, without lifting your finger, you’re able to freely move your cursor around the screen. Once you’re on a word, press down to highlight it, or press it twice to highlight an entire section.
46. Have your Phone Read Texts To You
If occasionally you feel like reading your text is too hard or you just can’t be bothered, have your iPhone read them to you.
Go to Settings, General, Accessibility, and switch on the Speak Selection. Now, if you long-press on a message, you’ll see the option to Speak. Just make sure the message isn’t too risky to be read aloud.
47. Increase or Decrease Text Size
Do you have difficulty reading the text on your screen, because your eyes aren’t quite what they used to be? Or maybe you’ve got super-eagle-vision and the default size is too large for you. Well, this trick accounts for both.
Go to Settings, Display & Brightness, Text Size, and you’ll be able to adjust the text size to your satisfaction.
You should note that only apps that support Dynamic Type will adjust to your preferred reading size.
48. Make Your iPhone 7 Flash When you Receive a Message
For some of us, the vibration or sound isn’t always enough to grab your attention when you receive a message. Well, now you can make your phone’s flash blink as well.
Go into Settings, General, Accessibility, and scroll down to the Hearing section. Originally designed for people with hearing impairments, you can use it and an extra attention grabber! Turn on the LED Flash for Alerts.
Now, whenever you get a notification, your iPhone’s flash will blink.
49. Create custom ringtones and Alert Tones
If you love personalization and/or music, you’ll love this one. You can create your own ringtones and alert tones for you iPhone 7 and 7 Plus based on any music track in your iTunes Library. You can check out a more detailed tutorial here.
What you’ll do is, create a short, sub-30-second duplicate version of your chosen track, and convert the file type so you can sync the ringtone with your iPhone.
What’s even cooler, is that you can create a unique custom tone as well in GarageBand. Once you’ve done all your creative work, go to Share Options and choose Ringtone. You can then assign it to a contact or notification.
50. Track Your Sleep Pattern
You should definitely give the Bedtime feature a go. To set it up, open the Clock app and select the Bedtime mode at the bottom of your display. Here you can choose the amount of sleep you want and which days you’d like an alarm.
This is great because it doesn’t just set an alarm, it lets you configure the number of hours you sleep, as well as an alert to tell you when it’s time to sleep.
You’ll always be able to make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
51. Night Shift Mode
Ever checked your phone at night, only to be blinded by the BRIGHTNESS of your phone screen? Well, the Night Shift Mode is a nifty feature if you find the tones hard on your eyes in low light scenarios.
It dims the harsh colours into warmer hues, in order to make it easier on your eyes. To activate it go to your Settings, Display & Brightness, Night Shift. You can then schedule this setting for a specific time frame so your phone will automatically apply the settings when you want.
52. Enable Colour Filters
Colour blindness and using phones can sometimes be quite challenging. Even with the new bright screens on the iPhone 7’s can still be difficult. But, with iOS 10, Apple are attempting to help you out by adding a variety of new colour filters to help you better distinguish colours.
To access the new filters, go to Settings, General, Accessibility, Display Accommodations, Colour Filters. You can then choose from a bunch of different options, including a Red/Green Filter, Green/Red Filter, Blue/Yellow Filter, and Grayscale.
If you’re finding none of these are quite doing it for you, try setting a colour tint for the whole screen.
53. Learn the Lyrics to Your Favourite Songs
So you’re never caught in those embarrassing moments, where the music cuts out and everyone realises you’re just making random sounds. Use this trick to help learn the lyrics to your favourite songs.
The Music App got a big overhaul with the iOS 10 update, and you’re now able to view the lyrics while you’re listening to a song. To do this, tap the Now Playing section at the bottom to bring up the menu, and near the bottom will be an option for Lyrics.
You should note that Apple doesn’t yet have the lyrics for every song in your library, or even Apple Music. So you might not see the Lyrics option for every song.
54. Control Media Playback
If you own an iPhone, you’ll know about the Command Center. Access it by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, and you can control your flashlight, calculator, and airplane mode. But, swipe left and you can access your media playback. Here, you can control the music and podcasts you’re listening to.
55. Queue up the next song
The revamp of the Music App has a useful new Up Next feature.
When you’re listening to a song, and suddenly you know the perfect song to follow up with, find the track and force press on it. You’ll get a pop-up menu with options to remove the download, add to playlist, share the song, love or dislike, and play next. Tap the play next options and it will automatically play next!
56. Set Music on a Timer
If you enjoy falling asleep to music or audiobooks, this one’s for you!
Use the hidden Stop Playing timer to choose how long you want your music to be playing for. To set this up, go to your Clock app, tap Timer. Choose how long you want it to last, and then tap When Timer Ends, scroll to the bottom on the menu and tap Stop Playing.
Once you’ve started your timer, begin playing your music or audiobook. And when the timer’s up, they’ll fade and stop.
57. Optimize Apple Music Storage
The iOS 10 update now allows you to optimize the amount of storage you use up in the Music app.
Go to Settings, Music, and scroll down till you see the Optimize Storage menu. Open it, and you’ll be allowed to choose how much of your storage space will be used up by your music.
Be careful, if you go low on space, your phone will delete tracks that you haven’t listen to in a while.
58. Quickly Manage Your iCloud Storage
Want to quickly check how many photos, files, music, and emails you have stored on your iCloud?
Go to Settings, tap on your Account ID at the top of your screen, and select iCloud. It’ll probably be mostly photos, but you’ll be able to see your usage easily at a glance. To see an app-specific breakdown and manage your storage, just tap on the graph.
59. Find Outdated Apps
iOS 10.3 allows you to see if you’re carrying any outdated apps that could potentially slow your phone down.
To hunt down these pesky apps, head to Settings, General, About, Applications, and if you see a “>” next to the number of apps you’ve installed on the Application line, then you’ll know you’ve got an outdated app. Fix it by tapping on each app to check for updates.
60. Open App Switcher Faster
The App switcher is nothing new. If you’ve ever had an iPhone before, you’ll know you can access this with a quick double-press of the home button. You’re able to use this to toggle between apps.
But, with the introduction of 3D Touch, you now have a faster alternative way.
Press down on the left edge of your screen and swipe towards the center. This will bring up your open apps.
61. Make The Apps Come to You
The larger screens on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are great, unless you have small fingers. Then getting to some apps quickly can get annoying.
Luckily for you, there is a solution. Just double tap your home button and all your apps will slide down your screen so they’re easy to access.
For an extra tip, you should organize your apps and folders on your home screen so that your most commonly used ones are easily reachable with your thumb. It’s these little things that can make your user-experience so much easier.
62. Customize Your App Icons
You can make give your home screen a more personal look, as developers are now able to offer you a choice of App icons. Although, you will have to rely on the developers to actually provide different options.
Currently, the most notable apps to use this feature are MLB.com At Bat, and the NHL App, which allows you to change the icon to your favorite team. Hopefully, in the future, we’ll see new apps follow this trend.
63. Tap Your Way to The Top
No, I’m not talking about tap dancing! Instead of undertaking the grueling task of scrolling back to the top of the page, you can just transport yourself there by tapping the very top of your iPhone screen.
This will work on most apps, and some will even offer you an undo function, in case you tap it by accident and lose your place.
Not all apps will support this, so have a play and see which ones offer this handy feature.
64. Skip Calls With Remind Me Later Option
Sometimes you’re busy and you just can’t take that call right not. Yes, you could just let the calls go to voicemail, but sometimes it’s nicer to explain why you’re not picking up. You can do this on the latest iOS updates, by automatically responding to calls with a text message.
To do this, swipe upward on the phone icon which appears next to the unlock slider, and choose Respond With Text, or tap the button labeled Message above the slider to answer the call.
The default options are, “Sorry, I can’t talk right now”, “Can I call you later?”, “I’m on my way”, as well as a button that lets you enter your own message.
You can also customize the pre-prepared messages if you go to, Settings, Phone, Respond With Text. You’d have to sacrifice one of the default options, as you can’t have more than three. So just tap on the one you’re willing to get rid of and create a new one.
65. Prevent Spam Calls
The absolute worst, they’ll always call at the most inconvenient times. So it’s only right that you’ll want to block these. Here’s how you do it.
Firstly, you’ll need to download an app for the App Store, which will identify a potential spammer. I recommend one of the more popular apps Hiya. You can then view your spam-blocking apps by heading to Settings, Phone, Call Blocking and Identification.
66. Call Uber in Maps
Another handy trick you can do using Maps, it supports the use of apps like Uber. When you’re in maps, search for your destination, then Get Directions, and select Get a Ride.
You’ll be able to choose between any ridesharing app that is supported by Maps.
67. Get Weather Report in Maps
Maps are great for finding where you’re going and not getting lost. With the iOS 10 update, you can now find out if it’s even worth finding your way to where you’re going. As you no longer have to leave the App to check the weather forecast.
Using 3D Touch, press the Temperature to have a 7-hour forecast pop up. If you keep pressing, you’ll transport directly into the built-in Weather app’s full forecast for that location. Unfortunately, Apple hasn’t quite managed to master teleportation to your chosen destination yet.
68. Pay with Your iPhone
A feature that was also available on the iPhone 6, Apple Pay allows you to pay for stuff by tapping your iPhone at any terminal that supports Near Field Communications – so don’t solely rely on using your phone to pay!
To set up Apple Pay, launch the Wallet app and follow the steps for entering your payment card. iOS 10 will also allow you to buy things within your phone’s Safari web browser at participating sites.
69. Save Battery Power
Out for the day and forgot your charger and power bank? Or if you know you’re going to be using for iPhone 7 for a long time, use this trick to save battery power.
Switch to Low Power Mode. This reduces your phone’s power consumption by turning off certain features like Siri, background app refresh, as well as reducing some visual effect. And your screen will go darker after a shorter period of inactivity.
But generally, your iPhone will work normally and your battery will last much longer.
To apply this, go to Settings, Battery, Low Power Mode.
70. Show Battery Percentage
iOS displays the battery level in the top right corner of your phone. You can actually keep track of your remaining power more easily by enabling the battery percentage indicator. This will give you the exact percentage you have left.
To do this, go to Settings, General, Usage, and toggle on Battery Percentage.
71. Identify Battery Sponges
You’ve actually been able to do this since iOS 8, but if you’re a new iPhone user, you may not know this one.
You can find out which apps are soaking up all your power. You should note that just because an app uses a lot of your battery, doesn’t mean it’s a power sponge. It could just mean that you’re using it a lot.
The apps to keep an eye out for, are the apps using a lot of battery even though you haven’t been using them.
To do this trick, go to Settings, General, Usage, Battery Usage.
72. Charge your Phone Faster
Pressed for time and you can’t wait for your phone to recharge? Well, there’s a way you can speed up the process. And it’s really simple.
Just turn on Flight Safe Mode. This will shut off features that can strain your battery life, and help speed up the re-juicing. It won’t make a huge difference, but that extra bit of battery could make all the difference.
73. iPhone Not Charging? Try This
If you’re iPhone isn’t charging properly with your Lightning cable anymore, don’t take it to get it fixed just yet. Lint could be the issue. Lint can build up in your charging port over time, and it’s easy to remove. Just get a toothpick and gently remove the lint.
74. Save Data by Limiting App Access
If you’re only halfway through the month and your phone data is already starting to get low; you can use this trick to make every last bit count.
You can manually select which apps use data and which get demoted to the Wi-Fi only list. Head to Settings, Mobile Data, and you’ll be able to toggle which apps use data and which don’t.
75. Wi-Fi Troubleshooting
This is an excellent update. iOS will now properly troubleshoot your Wi-Fi if you’re having connection problems. It will display an exclamation mark over the Wi-Fi icon on your status bar.
If this occurs, head to Settings, and go into your Wi-Fi menu. You’ll be presented with some general tips about how you can fix your internet access. For example, restarting the router or contacting your ISP, etc.
76. Improve Your Phone Signal with this Hidden Mode
No need to experiment trying to discover where your iPhone 7’s best connection is. There’s a far simpler way of doing it now.
Type *3001#12345#* into your iPhone’s dialer and press the call button. This will launch a hidden Field Mode tool. It turns your bar chart-based signal indication into a numerical-based signifier.
All you’ll have to do is follow the numbers to find better signals.
77. Search the Web Faster
When you’re searching for the latest sports results or just trying to win an argument with a friend, you’ll need to be quick. Having to type out long URL’s can really slow down the process.
You can save some time by holding down the full stop icon. This will bring up a short-cut series of URL suffixes (.com, .co.uk, etc.). Although it may seem like a small amount of time saved. It can really help when you’re trying to prove a point!
78. Word Finder on Web pages
Searching for a particular word or phrase on a web page? You can easily find it by typing it into the URL/search bar. Don’t worry about your page being replaced by your Favorites, your page will return as soon as you tap off the bar.
You’ll be able to see a list of web search results, Wikipedia, and results from your App Store, etc. You’ll want to look for the section labeled On This Page.
Tap that, and you’ll see all of the results are highlighted on the web page. You can then navigate through each one by tapping the arrows at the bottom of your screen.
79. Go Back Without a Button
If you’re a new iPhone user, getting used to a life without a dedicated back button can be a painful teething process.
But, while there may not be clear button, you can still use a simple method to go back. In most apps swiping your screen left to right will send you back to the previous page or menu.
Who needs a button, aye? They’re so 2015 anyway.
80. Clear All Notifications at Once
In the ‘olden days’ you used to have to delete your notifications on a day-by-day basis, tapping the ‘X’ and then tapping Clear.
Not now, not with iOS10. Use the 3D Touch, and force press on the ‘X’ at the top of the list and you’ll see an option to Clear All Notifications. Tap that, and all your notifications will disappear, leaving you with a clean Notification Center.
81. Close 3 Apps at the Same Time
You’re now about to use multi-finger gestures to quickly clean up you iPhone clutter. If for any reason you need to shut down multiple applications fast, you can drag three fingers up on the multitasking menu to close three apps at the same time.
82. Quick delete in calculator app
If you’re an account, or you just use the calculator app a lot, you’ll probably find this trick super useful.
Now, like real-life calculators, there’s no visible delete button. Which personally I find bizarre, as it can be really annoying if you’ve made a mistake at the end of typing a long calculation. However, this has changed. Swipe across the number in the black area at the top: left or right, doesn’t matter. Each time you swipe, a single digit will be removed!
83. Bad at Math, Get Siri to Do it
Yes, now you can get Siri to do your Math for you. Siri can help you will simple and complex maths questions.
Open Siri and recite your equations.
Tip: if the number is complex, ensure that you say it at a slower pace. That way Siri won’t misunderstand it.
Siri will be able to add, subtract, divide, multiply, and even slightly more difficult equations as well.
84. Correct Siri’s Punctuation
A more pleasurable trick, as Siri can sometimes be a bit of a condescending know-it-all. Now’s your chance to call it out!
If Siri mispronounces a name, you can tell it. After the mistake has been made, say “That’s not how you pronounce…” Siri will ask for the correct pronunciation, then let you check if it’s now right.
85. Make Siri Respond Faster
If you press and hold down your Home button while speaking to Siri; releasing it when you’ve finished. You’ll get a much faster response because Siri doesn’t have to identify when you’ve stopped talking.
86. Put up a Shelf
No, your iPhone 7 won’t actually put up the shelf on its own. But, you can use it as a handy tool to help you.
Open your Compass app, yes that one you filed away with Stocks, and Find Friends apps in the folder of stuff you don’t need. Swipe right to left and you’ll be presented with a spirit level, allowing you to make sure your bookshelf is perfectly level.
You should definitely remember to calibrate it on a flat surface before using it.
87. Save PDFs to iBooks
You can use this cool trick to turn web pages into PDFs and then save them in your iBooks app. Fantastic if you find web document you’d like to reader later.
Tap Share, and scroll across the apps until you see Save PDF to iBooks. Tap this, and the web page will be added to your iBooks app.
88. Collaborate on Notes
This is awesome if you’re working on notes as a part of a team. You’re now able to share the information you have in the Note app with anyone you want. They’ll be able to edit and collaborate.
To do this, tap on the circular icon with the ‘head’ and ‘+’ sign, and you’ll be given the option to share your notes.
89. Make Your iPhone 7 Kid Friendly
If it’s likely that your phone may be handled by a child, it’s always good to lay down the law of what they can and cannot access.
Head to the Restrictions section. This is a PIN-protected menu where you can enable restrictions – disable apps and features like Siri, AirDrop, and CarPlay. What’s handy (especially if a child is going to be using your iPhone without supervision), is that you can prevent installation and deletion of apps, App Store purchases, and more.
If you’re a super nice parent and bought your kid an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you’re able to set with content it allowed. For example, you can prevent them watching movies above a certain rating and which websites they can browse.
90. Use Apple ID Without a Credit Card
Another tip to help child-proof yours or your kid’s iPhone 7. You can actually create an Apple ID account without a credit card.
This means you or your child will only be able to download free apps. If you’re feeling nice, you can top the accounts up with iTunes gift cards. This will let you control their spending habits.
91. Change Your Screen Timeout Length
It can get extremely frustrating if you’re trying to read something on your iPhone and the screen keeps on going into hibernation mode.
If you’ve already tried to change it and you can’t quite seem to find it. No worries, Apple has just moved it. You can now find it if you go to Display & Brightness settings. Which, when you think about it, makes a lot more sense.
92. Record Your IMEI Number
This is something you should definitely do. Record it and store it somewhere safe. Your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity Number), is your device’s unique identifier that connects to a mobile network with a SIM card.
If you lose your iPhone or it gets stolen, you can use this number to blacklist your device. This means it can’t be used on mobile networks, making it hard for thieves to use or resell.
To find your IMEI number, go to Settings, General, About, and scroll down to view the number.
93. Discover What Your iPhone Knows About You
A slightly eerie trick, but most people know by now that your iPhone is constantly gathering data on you. Such as, what apps you use, where you are, and your data usage.
To find out what your iPhone 7 knows about you, go to Settings, Privacy, Location Services, System Services, Frequent Locations. You’ll be able to see where you’ve been, and how long you were there for. Creepy.
94. Hide Images Without an App
Sometimes you need to hide ‘those’ photos, and there’s a simple trick you can use to hide them without an app.
Open up your library and tap on the photo you want to hide. Next, tap on Edit then Crop at the bottom of your screen. Drag the corners of the cropping box so that a very small portion of the image is visible. Click on Save and your old image will be replaced with your new one.
Now the full view of your photo is hidden. If you want to see the original image, just open it up, tap on Edit and then tap Revert to Original.
95. Potentially Save Your Life
Having access to the right medical information can be life-saving, especially if you or a loved one requires emergency attention. Well, you can ensure medical professionals will have access to this information with your iPhone.
You can set up something called Medical ID, and it can be accessed from the lock screen by clicking on the emergency options. You can display your name, DOB, emergency contacts, medical conditions, and blood type etc.
To set this up, go to your Health app, Medical ID, here you will be able to fill out all of the necessary information.
96. Make Your iPhone Run Faster in 10 Seconds
Rid yourself of crashing apps and web pages that take years to load by clearing your RAM (random access memory), in just a few seconds.
Go to your Home screen, hold down the power button until Swipe to Power Off appears. Then simply hold your Home button down for five seconds. This clears your RAM – speeding up your iPhone.
97. Stop Your iPhone From Tracking You
Hanging out in places you shouldn’t be? Well, your iPhone has the potential to share all of your secrets. It tracks and stores your frequent locations, as well as how long you’ve spent at each place.
Luckily, you can turn this off. Go to Settings, Privacy Settings, Location Services, System Services, Frequent Locations. First, clear your history and then turn off the Frequent Locations option.
98. Save Storage by Automatically Deleting Old Texts
By default, your iPhone will store all of your texts forever, which can take up a lot of storage space. However, you can change this setting so that your iPhone automatically deletes read messages after a month – preventing iMessage causing you storage issues in the future.
Head to Settings, Messages, Keep Messages, Message History, and now you can choose to have read messages automatically deleted after 30 days.
99. Prioritize Your App Updates
Updating multiple apps can sometimes take an annoyingly long amount of time. Especially if you’re waiting for a particular app to update.
You can make sure the apps you want to use update first by using 3D Touch. Press on the app that’s lower in the queue, and you can give it priority over the rest. You can also use this to pause or cancel updates.
100. Use Siri To Identify Song Names
Siri can be a bit of a know-it-all, so use that to your advantage. She has the ability to tell you the name of a song just by listening to it.
When you’re listening to a song, and you need to know what it’s called and who it’s by, press the Home button and ask Siri to identify it.
Siri will then tell you the details, and even make it easy for you to download the song via iTunes.
101. Get Paid Apps For Free
You or your family members are able to share apps using the Family Sharing option.
To do this, go to your Settings, iCloud, Family Sharing, Add Family Member. Type the name of the person you’d like to share with. Once the invitation has been accepted, you’ll be able to browse and use apps that each other have purchased.
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