The Apple iPhone is a wonderful device, not only because it allows you to perform practically any action you want, but also because of the complexity of its system since it hides many functions that not all users are aware of.
We were recently able to discover all the news about iOS 15 at the WWDC in 2021 that Apple held a few days ago. The new iteration of the iPhone operating system will offer a host of exciting features that will help further refine the Apple ecosystem. But while we wait for the release of iOS 15, we are going to recommend a list of tricks that you may not have known.
Without further ado, we begin with our collection of little-known iOS features that you can use on your iPhone. These features will give you the ability to replace your native applications, hide the apps you don’t use, automate processes, and much more.
These are some of the iPhone features that not many users know about
Back Tap functionality
The introduction of iOS 14 implied the arrival of a very surprising function that nobody expected and that no leak was able to anticipate. In addition, curiously, it is a function that not everyone knows about and that is not used very regularly.
We are talking about the Back Tap function –not to be confused with the TapBack function to react to messages in iMessage–, this novelty of iOS 14 offers the possibility of executing predetermined actions automatically by pressing twice or three times on the back of the iPhone.
Actually, this function is designed for users with accessibility problems, but any user can take advantage of it to automate actions. To enable Back Tap, all you have to do is access Settings> Accessibility> Touch, and at the bottom select “Touchback”.
From the function settings, you can choose which automated actions you can designate by double-tapping or triple-tapping on the back of your iPhone. Among the options you will find actions such as selecting applications, reducing the volume, increasing the volume, opening the Notification Center, taking a screenshot, or returning to the Home screen, among others.
How to change the default native apps
The Apple ecosystem is specially designed for users to have full data synchronization on all their devices. That is why Apple has always wanted to integrate its own applications by default in each of its products.
However, with the arrival of iOS 14, Apple finally listened to the proposals of its users and made it possible to replace some native applications of the system. If you don’t like the web browsing application Safari or the email management application Mail, you can go into Settings and replace them with other applications to make them the default apps.
Let’s imagine that you want the Google Chrome application to be your default web browsing application. To do so, all you have to do is go to Settings> Chrome and select the option “Default application”.
How to hide apps
Perhaps you have installed an application that you do not usually use regularly but that you want to keep, in this case, it is possible that the best thing you can do is hide it. To do this, press and hold your finger on the application icon and click “Remove app” from the drop-down menu.
After doing so, you will be presented with the option “Remove from the home screen”, so you can continue using it from your application library but it will be hidden.
Highlight your conversations and notes
Admittedly, the Messages application has become a true marvel over the last few years, and although it still cannot compete with the all-powerful WhatsApp, it offers very interesting functions such as reactions, mentions, chat effects, implementation of your own App Store, and much more.
One of those features that not many are aware of is the ability to highlight chat conversations so they stay at the top of the list. You can highlight a conversation by holding your finger down on a chat and selecting the “Pin” option. You can also slide your finger to the right to find this option.
Once this is done, the conversation you have chosen will remain at the top of the Messages app. In addition, you can also set annotations in the Notes application and emails in the Mail app.
A function to write more comfortably with one hand
A few months ago we recommended a list of tricks for the iPhone keyboard in which we invited you to use such useful functions as modification, the search for emojis, the hidden trackpad, and extremely practical functionality with which you can move the keyboard of your iPhone to the side to write much more comfortably with one hand.
Whether you are left-handed or right-handed, if you keep your finger pressed on the emoji button on the keyboard, you will find several options (at the bottom of the menu) to slightly move the keyboard to the side of the iPhone. This way you will write much easier with one hand. Test it.