Lifehacks for geeks
When I first started my channel about iOS secrets (link in my profile), I couldn’t imagine that it could actually be of interest to anyone. I always thought that all the features have long been known and everyone knew about everything. How wrong I was. Over the years, iOS has grown to include a huge number of features that many users don’t even know about. Even among my technically advanced friends, I met with genuine amazement. Below are details of the most highly rated tips for Geektimes readers.
- Did you know that the camera app on your iPhone has a focus mode? You probably do. It is enough to tap on the screen in the area where you want to focus. But here’s the problem – if your hand shakes, the focus will shift. As it turns out, you can lock it. To do this, it is necessary to long press on the place of focus to call the menu of fixing. After locking the focus will not move and you can select the desired angle.
- In iOS 11 we added a very convenient way to share the Wi-Fi password. For the function to work, both devices must be with iOS 11 and Bluetooth connection enabled. From a device that does not know the password, you need to go to Settings → Wi-Fi and try to connect to the desired network. The device already connected to the network must be physically nearby (yes, it is better to bring the devices directly to each other), and the contact of the person who is sharing the password must be in your contact list. It will display a window inviting you to share the password, you will need to confirm the action and the new device will connect to the network. The function can be useful when dictate your 20-character password }X9}I|zxEyw23}[email protected]>}X9}I|zxEyw23}4@Ym8real long, and such a simple trick can reduce your time and nerves, forgetting about the explanations like “S as the dollar”, and so on.
- There’s a surprisingly handy way to remind yourself of calls you can’t answer right now. When a call comes in, click “Remind” and then set the time you want – for example, after you leave work. Once you click, a geolocated reminder will be automatically created and as soon as you leave your desk, you will be notified of your call and the contact will be added and you can place the call with the touch of a button. I think it’s very convenient.
- iOS has the most convenient application “Reminders”, which with the use of geolocation can really become your assistant. Let’s imagine you need to remember to do something when you come home, but it is difficult for you to predict the time of your arrival, so it is convenient to tie the reminder to geolocation. Open the Reminders app, create a new reminder, and in the geolocation options link it to a point and convenient “When I come” or “When I go” pattern. As soon as you show up at home, the reminder will go off.
- Siri can be taught what your wife’s, mother’s, sister’s and other family members’ names are so that you can then dial them with a simple “Call your sister.” It’s very easy to do, just tell Siri this phrase “Call your sister,” then Siri will ask you exactly who you meant and you can link the relative to your contact.
- You can monitor currency rates to the ruble and even bitcoin rates through the standard Stocks application.
Open the app and add the following items:
RUB=X – dollar to ruble exchange rate
EURRUB=X – euro to ruble exchange rate
GBPRUB=X – British pound to ruble exchange rate
BTCUSD=X – bitcoin exchange rate against the dollar
ETHUSD=X – ether rate against the dollar
LTCUSD=X – lighttoken rate to U.S. dollar
UAH=X – dollar to hryvnia exchange rate
EURUAH=X – Euro to hryvnia exchange rate
GBPUAH=X – British pound to hryvnia exchange rate
BYN=X – dollar exchange rate to Belarusian ruble
EURBYN=X – EUR rate to Belarusian ruble
GBPBYN=X – British pound to Belarusian ruble
I think the principle is clear to you. Do not forget that you can display Shares widget in your notification curtain, this kind of information is sometimes useful to keep “at hand”.
- Did you know that you can charge your device whenever you want, whether it’s 90% or 10% makes no difference. Charging cycles are not counted by percentage, but by mAh. When your device is discharged to the full battery capacity of e.g. 1600 mAh it will count as 1 cycle of charge. So do not worry about it, and charge your device when you have the need, you will not make it worse.
- The easiest way to check your white cable for originality is to try magnetizing the Lightning connector. If it’s magnetic, it’s probably an original cable. If not, it is definitely not an original Apple cable. The magnet can be removed from the fridge, there are usually souvenirs with a magnetic holder. Of course this is not all the differences, the rest you can learn from the article Apple.
- Did you know that when you take your iPhone in your hands and see all the riot of colors of all your multicolored icons, you unwittingly lose concentration and do not do what you want. You’ve all noticed the situation when you take the phone to look at the time or weather forecast, and half an hour later you find yourself leafing through instagram. Why does it happen? The design and color of the icons are chosen by the producers so that to pick up and attract your attention. Don’t believe me? Would you believe a Google engineer? Well, here’s a way to see how you would behave in a different environment. On iOS, there is a wonderful grayscale mode that will help your attention not get lost because of contrasty and colorful icons.
Ready to give it a try? Great, go to Settings → Basic → Universal Access → Quick Commands (at the very bottom) and drag Light Filters to the very top and activate it by tapping so there’s a checkmark on the left. Now by triple clicking on the Home button will turn on grayscale mode, you can go back in the same way by pressing Home button 3 times. Almost like reading mode on an e-book.
If you are lucky and have an iPhone X, the OLED display will thank you by giving you an extra battery charge. Using the function on the device without the Home button is not as convenient, but you can still do it through the AssistiveTouch menu, or turn on the mode manually through the Settings.
- Did you know that you can do some conversions right in the search bar. For example, you can type 100 usd or 100 eur and iOS will tell you the exchange rate of your local currency in reference to the one you typed. And you don’t need a calculator. Convenient, isn’t it? you can do calculations in the search bar as well. Try typing 151+111-(5+10)/pi and get the result. Clicking on the result will take you to the Calculator with the result of the calculation already inserted. Quick and convenient.
- Did you know that you can find out who’s calling you without taking your phone out of your pocket? No, I don’t mean telepathy, I mean vibration. You can dial in your own vibration rhythm and, without taking out your phone, you can understand exactly who is trying to reach you. Go to Contacts → Select the desired person → Change → Ringtone → Vibration → Random → Create vibration and type the desired vibration for the contact. Make sure that the setting is applied and wait for a call from the contact.
- Quite often the Safari browser accumulates a large number of open tabs. Closing 40 tabs one by one is no fun. It is much easier to close all of them. To do this, you need to click the icon to switch between tabs and wait for the close menu to appear. It works even without 3D Touch. If you accidentally close a tab in Safari, there’s a great way to quickly restore it. Just press the + button a little longer than usual in tab switching mode, a menu of the most recently closed tabs will appear and you can open it again. You can even type in the domain zone when typing in a site name by simply pressing the dot button before you type in the name. iOS will offer you several domain zones to choose from and you can select the one you want.
- By default, iOS collects a lot of geolocation data about you. By collecting them, it’s easy for iOS to figure out where your home is (you spend most of your time there + night hours) and where your work office is (you are there during business hours). That’s how iOS learns to know that you’re definitely going to the gym on Wednesday night (you’ve been doing that every Wednesday for 8 weeks straight) and will automatically suggest the right route for you in Maps, Calendar, and other system apps. Yes, it’s convenient, but not everyone likes having that kind of data collected about them. Although Apple claims that the data is encrypted, stored only locally and no one, not even Apple itself, can read it. You can disable data collection in Settings → Privacy → Geolocation Services → System Services → Significant Locations. At the same time check how often and where you go.
- Did you know that on iOS there is a handy way to undo the text you just typed or a change you made in the text (analogous to Ctrl+Z in Windows). Just shake your device from side to side and the undo menu pops up. If you change your mind about deleting a change, just shake it one more time and you can undo it again.
- Did you know that you can apply Drag & Drop gestures. You have to hold down the icon until they start bouncing. Then take the squeezed icon to a free area of the screen, and without releasing the squeezed icon, double tap to add other icons. The icons will be added to the others, then they can be moved to another screen or to a folder at once.
Are you still dragging one icon at a time? 🙂
- If you make a right-to-left swipe in the standard application Compass, an analogue of the construction level will open. The level is a necessary tool for an even installation during repair work.
- Your camera can now easily scan QR codes, just turn on the camera and point it at the QR code. It will automatically recognize it and allow you to go to the link or perform other actions.