This month a viral Twitter post taught us all a valuable lesson about how intuitive phone interfaces are not : Apple has let iPhone users move a text editing marker around the screen for some years but without the tech press no one seemed to get the note.
Yes, it is difficult to make interface features on the touchscreens clear. (I wonder why Apple is not more aggressive by using the embedded Tips app to teach people to use features on their devices.) But it's also a learning opportunity! And with that I introduce nine other simple iPhone features that might have escaped your attention.
Change apps with a sweep
On iPhone X family models (iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR), you might know that you can sweep up from the bottom of the screen to get home. But you can also swipe your finger left or right over the Home Indicator (the horizontal line that appears at the bottom of the screen for the most part) to switch between apps.
It's a convenient way to quickly move to the last app you're using, and if you keep sweeping, you'll continue to jump to previous apps.
Include multitasking controls
Swiping up from Home Indicator takes you home, yes, but if you swipe up slowly and you do not have to go, go to the iPhone's multitasking view. This view lets you swipe through previews of all the apps you've used recently. Touch any of them to get them to the fore. If you think an app is in default, please check that app's preview and you will force it to end.
To access this view even faster, try swiping up from the bottom left corner diagonally. Each time saved time helps.
Customize Control Center
Control Center is a convenient location for quickly accessing features on your phone without opening an app. To open Control Center on an iPhone X family phone, drag down from the top right corner of the screen . (A sweep from the rest of the top of the screen brings down the warning center, but if you do it from the top right, it's control center instead. Talk about non-intuitive!)
Control Center is a great place to quickly play or pause music or podcasts, adjust volume and brightness, disconnect Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and perform any other tasks. (Here are a bonus tips: Try the 3D Touch or Haptic Touch if you're on an iPhone XR – on buttons in the Control Center. You'll find that many of them will expand to more full-fledged controls. Can choose which level of brightness for the flashlight .)
But there's more to Control Center than you might think – it's customizable. Go to the Settings app, touch Control Center, and then click Customize controls. From here you can add any kind of buttons, including access to shortcuts, screen capture and apps like calculator and alarm.
Inverter Light Programs
So you look at the iPhone at night and the bright all-white interface of an app is just too sharp to use. (Bright white web pages in Safari are a common offense.) Consider using an accessibility feature called Smart Invert Colors in combination with the Control Center to combat this problem.