Speed up the everyday tasks you use your iPhone for by trying some of these time-saving hacks:
Apple Shortcuts perform a sequence of actions across different apps with just one tap or a simple Siri voice command.
As well as allowing you to create your own shortcuts, there are hundreds of built-in ones you can activate in the Shortcuts Gallery – including receiving reminders when you physically arrive at a chosen location, automatically receiving directions to a nearest point of interest and creating and sharing animated GIFs using your photos.
You can have your shortcuts appear as separate apps on your home screen, or access them in the Shortcuts app.
You can erase text you’ve typed without having to press the delete button by shaking your iPhone and choosing Undo. Simply activate the Shake to Undo mode under the Interaction section of Settings.
Create abbreviated ways of writing your often-used phrases, so when you’re typing out “on my way home” you only need to type “omwh” and the full wording will appear in the text box.
If you call the same people a lot, Speed Dial can create an app on your home screen which calls a selected person in one tap – you can even add their photo or a chosen icon design. Activate it in Shortcuts.
Turn on Airplane Mode before plugging your phone in, as turning off most of its features frees up the battery to charge faster.
If another person regularly uses your iPhone, you can add them to Face ID by setting up an Alternative Appearance in the settings.
Have your phone automatically update all your apps as soon as the update becomes available by changing the Updates settings in the App Store – or choose certain apps you want to update.
Receive camera flash notifications for messages, emails and calls when your phone’s in silent mode.
Utter the words “say cheese” to Siri and your phone will take a hands-free photo. Activate it in Shortcuts.
Have your iPhone direct unknown callers to your voicemail by switching on Silence Unknown Callers. You’ll still receive calls from any number saved in your contacts, numbers you’ve called previously and any phone numbers Siri finds in your emails.
*Some of these hacks are only available on later models of iPhone