If you are using an iPhone, you’d agree when we say that it’s pretty simple to use, thanks to iOS’ simplicity and streamlined interface. While iOS is definitely very easy to use, it does take a few extra steps to do simple tasks, unlike Android, where you have a ton of cool shortcuts to use. Well, the good new is, there are several iOS shortcuts to execute certain tasks faster. These iPhone shortcuts are pretty simple but surprisingly, not many people are aware of it. So, without further ado, here are 15 cool iPhone shortcuts you must definitely use.
Cool iPhone Shortcuts You Should be Using in 2019
1. Dismiss multiple apps
When you have a ton of apps open on your iPhone, removing them one by one from the multitasking screen can be a an annoying task. However, not many people are aware that there’s a (slightly) faster way to do the same. You can use two fingers at a time to swipe up two different apps from the multitasking screen. Pretty simple, wouldn’t you say?
2. Add Webpages to the Home Screen
Opening Safari or any other browser you use, then entering the address to your favorite website or even heading to bookmarks isn’t really a quick solution. Thankfully, iOS lets you create shortcuts for webpages in the home screen. It’s simple, just head to the webpage in Safari and hit the share button. In the third row of the share page, hit the “Add to Home Screen” button and the webpage’s shortcut will be added to the homescreen.
3. Instantly Return to Previous App
While you can always use the multitasking switcher to switch between different open apps, there’s an even quicker solution. When you open an app from another app, say you opened the App Store from an iTunes link in Safari, you’ll see an icon at the top left showing you a back button. You can just tap on that icon to go back to the previous app.
4. Finding App Settings with Siri
Finding the settings page on iOS can be really annoying. You have to open the settings app and dig through all the installed apps. Sound tiring, right? Well, don’t worry. There’s an easy way to do this. When you are inside a particular app, simply trigger Siri and say “Settings” to open the settings page of that particular app. Say if you want to open Instagram’s settings page – You can simply open the Instagram app, wake up Siri and say Settings. Siri will then open the Instagram settings page you.
5. Moving Apps Together
iOS, as we all know, lacks home screen customization. All you can do is simply move the apps and change their location. Even moving the apps can be a little annoying if you are, say, moving a bunch of apps. Well, here’s a cool trick, While moving an app from its place, you can tap on other apps to add them to a cluster. You can now move this cluster to a new home screen and all the selected apps will be dumped in the new screen. Easy, right?
6. Handle Notification Badges
If you are someone who has a lot of folders on your iPhone’s home screen, then it might get a little challenging to find where the notification badges are coming from. In such cases, you can take advantage of Apple’s 3D Touch functionality. When you 3D Touch on a particular folder, iOS will show you the app which has pending notification badges. From there, you can simply tap on it to take the necessary action.
7. Use Assistive Touch
If you hate using your iPhone’s hardware home button all the time or if you can’t get used to the gesture navigation, then iOS’ Assistive Touch is something you should you check out. You can enable it in Settings->Accessibility and once done, you will see a floating icon, which brings shortcuts to the home screen, control center, Siri, screen orientation, volume, notification center and more. You can even add more actions to the floating menu.
8. Take Photos while Shooting Videos
Chances are, you already know this one but if you are not aware, you can capture photos while you are shooting a video. When you are capturing a video, you will see a capture button on the bottom right, which you can simply tap to take photos. This comes in handy because not everyone likes sharing a video and in that case, you will have a picture too while making a video, to share a moment.
9. Recently Closed Tab in Safari
Just like other web browsers, Safari also lets you check out the recently closed tabs and reopen them. Here’s how you can do it. When you’re using Safari browser, simply tap the “tabs” button to reveal all the open tabs. Now press and hold the “+” button to reveal all the recently closed tabs. From here, you can just tap on the tab you want to reopen and you’re good to go.
10. Use Reachability
Another pretty usual yet not-so-popular iOS feature is Reachability aka one-hand mode, which brings the entire user interface down to put the various elements easy to reach, especially if you are using an iPhone Plus-version. The mode is activated by double tapping on the home key. You can activate this mode on newer iPhones (iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max) by swiping down from the navigation bar. You can activate Reachability inside any app and it will open with the UI scaled down so that you can operate the interface with just your thumb and one hand.
11. Use Siri
Siri has gotten a lot better over time, and you can now use it for a couple of simple tasks like setting an alarm. Heck, you can even ask Siri to send, say, a WhatsApp message. All you have to do is wake up Siri, and ask away your query or give a command. Siri now works with a lot of third-party apps, so be sure to spend some time with the assistant and get acquainted.
12. Try 3D Touch
3D Touch was one of our favorite features that arrived with the iPhone 6s and with iOS 10, it gets even better. You can now force touch on almost any UI element in iOS 10 and get some new info or options. For instance, you can use 3D Touch to check out a preview of a notification, reply to messages from the lockscreen, clear all notifications, get more options in Control center and almost everywhere else to get things done faster.
Widgets is one iOS feature that we believe is pretty underrated. With iOS 10, widgets get their own pane available from the homescreen, as well as the lockscreen, making it more streamlined. Widgets are certainly handy iPhone shortcuts, as there are widgets available for weather, reminders & alarms, your favorite contacts, app suggestions based on what you use most, notes etc. Moreover, you can install some amazing widgets apps from the App Store too. Basically, you can just head over to the widgets section and check various information, launch your most used apps, call your favorite contacts and more.
14. iOS keyboard shortcuts
We love the iOS keyboard and if you don’t, there are a number of cool keyboard shortcuts it offers that will make you appreciate it more. While there are a number of simple keyboard shortcuts, we are listing the ones we think you don’t know about. So, here goes:
Capitalize individual letters
Hitting Caps Lock and then typing a letter in capital and then hitting Caps Lock again to turn off capitalization can be annoying when you are typing a long text. Well, you can easily capitalize individual letters in the iOS keyboard by holding the Caps Lock key and dragging to the letter you want to capitalize.
Set up your own shortcuts
iOS even lets you create your very own keyboard shortcuts. You can head over to Settings->General->Keyboard->Text Replacement. Here, you can add shortcuts like “wru” and phrase for the shortcut “Where are you?”. So, when you type “wru”, it will be automatically converted to “Where are you?”. How cool is that?
15. Customize Control Center
The control center in iOS is a great feature which you can customize to show some of the most used tools. It’s a great place to save controls like screen recording, which would otherwise And iOS does a great job of letting you customize this space as per your needs. Here’s how you can customize the control center –
- Tap on Settings and then tap on Control Center to customize your controls.
- Once you’re in, you can simply tap on the “+” in front of the action to add it to your control center. You can also reorganize them as per your needs.
Try out these iPhone shortcuts to speed up tasks
The iPhone is a pretty swift device but there’s always room for improvement and that’s exactly what these shortcuts bring. These cool iPhone shortcuts cut down the steps to various tasks, so that should certainly speed things up for you. Well, try them out and let us know how you like them. Also, let us know if there’s an iPhone shortcut that you think we missed out on. Sound off in the comments section below.