Six Hidden iPhone Features You’ve Never Heard Of

Six Hidden iPhone Features You’ve Never Heard Of

Six Hidden iPhone Features You've Never Heard Of

Your iPhone is full of nifty tricks, but not all of them are immediately obvious.

We reveal six of the best, including hidden iPhone codes.

iPhone copy-paste trick

If you’ve ever copied and pasted on an iPhone, you’ll know it can be frustrating at times.

But there is a gesture that makes it very simple.

It works by using finger pinching and spreading gestures.

First, highlight the text you want to copy.

Next, pinch three fingers together on the screen.

This will copy the text.

Then do the opposite gesture (moving your fingers away from the thread to the outside) to paste what you have copied.

The trick works on anything you want to copy.

In fact, it even works on photos.

If you go to your Photos app and do the three-finger pinch, you can quickly paste that image into another app.

It’s an easy way to quickly move an image in WhatsApp or Messages.

For text, you can also add an extra pinch, and it will turn your copy into a cut.

This means the text will be deleted rather than just copied.

Unleash your iPhone's full potential with these nifty tricks.
Unleash your iPhone’s full potential with these nifty tricks.
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iPhone Secret Codes

You can access many useful iPhone features by typing a few secret codes on your phone’s keypad.

Here are some of the best:

  • *#06# – IMEI number
  • *3001#12345#* – signal information
  • *61* – forward incoming call (add the number you want calls forwarded to, then add the hash)
  • *67 (or #31# outside the US) – hide caller ID
  • *646# – minutes remaining on contract
  • *33* then PIN then hash – prevent outgoing calls
  • * 43 # – activate call waiting
  • #43# – disable call waiting

iPhone Camera Zoom

Zooming is usually done by pinching or spreading your fingers.

But sometimes it can be difficult to do when recording on an iPhone.

And that can often leave you with jerky zooming, which won’t look good in the final images.

There is a better way.

First open your camera app.

Press and hold the shutter button to start video recording.

Then just slide your finger up or down the screen to zoom in or out respectively.

This means you can create ultra-smooth one-handed zooms.

You can do this from the photo or video modes of the camera app.

Move multiple iPhone apps at once

If you’ve ever moved an iPhone app, you’ll know this can be a pain.

You have to long press to wiggle the app icon, then drag them from page to page, one at a time.

But that’s not the only way to do it: there’s a nifty hack that makes it much faster.

First, press and hold an app until it wiggles.

It’s Apple’s signal that an app is ready to move.

Then, with one finger, drag the app out of its place so that it floats between the rows.

While holding down the first app, use a second finger to tap another app.

This will add the second app to the stack so you can move them together.

You can keep adding apps to the stack as long as you hold your original finger down on the screen.

Then you can just drop all the apps in the position (or folder) where you want them to be.

Translate foreign language signs with iPhone

Your iPhone can instantly translate any sign into a foreign language.

First, open your iPhone camera and take a picture of a foreign language sign.

Then navigate to the image in your Photos app.

Now hold your finger down and slide your finger over the text.

Use it to highlight text as you would in a document.

Now tap on Translate in the context menu that appears above the text.

It will automatically translate the text into English (or another language of your choice).

You can copy the translation or change the language using the settings.

And you can even have the iPhone speak the English translation out loud to you.

Get rain warnings on iPhone

The iPhone has a hidden setting that gives you weather alerts based on your location.

If rain, hail or snow is about to start where you are, it will warn you.

This gives you time to run for cover, turn around during your walk, or open the umbrella.

It ties into the huge redesign of the new iPhone Weather app that rolled out with iOS 15 in September.

First, make sure you’re updated to iOS 15 – go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Next, give the Weather app your location information, otherwise it won’t work.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Location services > Weather and select Always.

You will receive even better alerts if you grant access to precise location.

Next, make sure the Weather app can send notifications.

Go to Settings > Notifications > Weather > Allow Notifications, then select the type of alerts you want.

Finally, you must then activate the weather alerts.

Go to the Weather app and choose the list icon at the bottom right.

At the top you will see an option called Stay Dry.

If it doesn’t appear, tap the three dots in the top right, then go to Notifications.

Tap Turn on notifications, then turn on the switch for My location.

Then tap Done in the top right and it should work.

Now you will receive a warning just before it starts raining where you are.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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