12 time-saving iPhone tips to make you a more efficient user

12 time-saving iPhone tips to make you a more efficient user

If you want to reduce the time you spend on certain actions on your iPhone, there is usually a solution hidden in Apple’s mobile operating system. Here are 12 quick iOS tips that will make you a lot more time-efficient in the long run once you’ve launched.

This article assumes you’re using an “iPhone” running iOS 16, but some of these tips will work on iPad and earlier versions of Apple’s mobile operating system.

1. Fast switch from numbers to letters

Switching on-screen keyboards when you need to type a number or symbol is all too common on the “iPhone”, so here’s a tip to make the transition super quick.

Instead of tapping the “123” key to switch to the number/symbol keyboard, hold it and slide your finger over the key you want, then release. This single action types in the number/symbol and automatically switches you back to the alphabetical layout, so you don’t have to do three separate taps to get the same result.

2. Remove the last number in calculations

It’s a common misconception that if you type the wrong number into the calculator app, you’ll have to start the whole sum over from the beginning. Luckily, that’s not the case: just swipe one finger right or left across the number display to remove the last number you entered, and repeat the action if necessary to remove multiple numbers.

3. Assign a back tap function

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Back Tap is an accessibility feature that allows you to assign an action to be triggered when you double or triple tap the back of your “iPhone”. You can use it to launch a specific app or bring up the control center, toggle rotation lock on or off, activate zoom, bring up the camera or even trigger a shortcut.

To assign an action to a double-tap or triple-tap, go to Settings -> Accessibilityand then tap under “Physical and Motor”. Touch. Scroll down and tap Tap Backbeat double tap gold Triple tap to set an action to trigger, then select the action you want to trigger from the list.

4. Drag the volume

Why do you keep pressing the volume buttons while adjusting the volume on your “iPhone” when you can press once and then control the on-screen volume bar with your finger?

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Not only is this a quicker way to turn the volume up or down, but it also gives you much finer control to help you find your sweet spot, much like a long press on the volume bar in Control Center.

5. Use the hidden trackpad

Did you know that the virtual keyboard has a hidden trackpad? Just long-press the spacebar and the keyboard will blank and turn into a trackpad, allowing you to quickly move the on-screen cursor through the text you’re typing.

Maybe you already knew this tip. But did you know that you can also select text by tapping the trackpad with another finger?

6. Disable in-app ratings and review prompts

If you tend to download a lot of apps, you’re all too familiar with the nagging “rate this app” prompts that regularly throw you out of your flow.

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Luckily, you can easily turn them off. Go to Settings -> App Store and toggle the switch next to off In-app ratings and reviews.

7. Long press the back buttons

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If you have multiple menus deep in a system app like Settings, you don’t have to tap the top-left back button multiple times to return to the top menu. Instead, just long-press it to get a popover of the previous screens, which you can tap to jump right back.

8. QuickTake video

On ‌‌iPhone‌‌ 11 and newer models, you can record videos without leaving the default photo mode. To capture a quick video in the camera app, simply press and hold the shutter button, then release to stop recording.

To resume video recording without having to hold down the button, slide the shutter button all the way to the right. The clasp will stretch elastically under your finger and a target padlock icon will appear. When placed on the padlock, the trigger stays there as long as you are recording video. You can also tap the shutter button to take a still picture while recording. When you’re ready to stop recording video, just tap the record button below the viewfinder.

9. Set a timer faster

To quickly set a timer, bring up Control Center by swiping down diagonally from the top-right corner of the screen (if your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ has a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen), then long-press the Timer button . Swipe up on the slider to set a timer duration, then press Start.

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Note that each tile in the slider increases the timer duration in the following increments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 45 minutes, and 1 or 2 hours. If you need a longer or more specific duration, just ask Siri to set the timer.

10. Create a speed dial button

If you call the same people regularly, why not create a speed dial button to call them right from your home screen?

open that abbreviations app and press the + button in the top right corner. Beat Add action, and then select one of the suggested contacts from the call line. Next, tap the Split click and select below Add to home screen from the action menu. Give your shortcut a name and tap the icon to select a photo of your contact if you have one Tap Add to place it on your ‌Home Screen‌.

11. Copy and paste photo edits

If you want to edit multiple photos in the same way, or if you’ve made changes to one photo that you want to replicate in other photos, use the new copy and paste editing tools in ‌‌‌iOS 16‌‌‌.

In the Photos app, first open an image, then tap To edit and make the desired adjustments. When you’re done, tap Finishedand then tap ellipse (three dots) icon in the top right corner of the interface.

Tap there Copy edits in the drop-down menu to copy everything you’ve done to the image to the clipboard. Then open another photo or select multiple photos in your library, tap ellipse icon again and then tap paste edits to get the exact same adjustments.

12. Scroll up with a tap

This is an old tip, but one of the best and easily forgotten. When you’re browsing Safari or scrolling through a long app menu or feed, tap the status bar at the top of your “iPhone’s” screen to snap back up.

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If you have an iPhone 14 Pro and the dynamic island isn’t being used, tapping it will perform the same action. Do you have a favorite time-saving tip that isn’t listed here? Let us know in the comments.

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