Top iPhone tips to share with your friends and family during the holidays

There is a lot in the iOS operating system running on the iPhone. Lots of hidden features and adaptations.

But there is no manual to get you through things. Apple gives you some brief tips, but from now on, it’s up to you.

Most people only use a portion of what their iPhone is capable of, so Thanksgiving is a great time for you to improve your technical skills and do some tips and tricks for other iPhone owners.

Here are my five favorite iOS tricks.

# 1: Add a secret on-screen menu.

AssistiveTouch is an accessible feature and what it does is it floats a small menu on your display (which you can move around the screen with your finger) that allows you to pinch or multi-finger swipe with one finger. Allows you to perform such gestures. And provides instant access to various functions.

There are three ways to activate AssistiveTouch:

  • Faucet Setting > Access > Touch> Helpful contacts, Then switch on. Helpful contacts
  • Faucet Setting > Access > Accessible shortcuts And then click Helpful contacts
  • Ask Siri: “Turn on AssistiveTouch”

You can customize it by going to AssistiveTouch. Setting > Access > Touch> Helpful contacts, Then click. Customize the top level menu. You can display up to eight icons (or less than one) so it’s incredibly versatile.

This is an amazing shortcut to useful features that I use all the time (especially for taking screenshots!).

# 2: Turn the back of your iPhone into a button.

This is another accessible feature that Apple has added to iOS which I really like (the other is AssistiveTouch – check it out!)

Go to to find this feature. Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Backup. Once there, you’ll find double-tap and triple-tap options.

There you’ll find a wide range of shortcuts for everything from system operations to firing the app switcher or control center to accessibility features such as AssistiveTouch and Magnifier, scroll gestures, and even shortcuts for creating GIFs or QR codes.

I have My Setop Activate Reach Ability (you know the feature that brings the top of the screen down to thumb level) for double tapping and activating the notification center with triple tap.

Great feature that I now use several times a day.

# 3: Pop-up app menu

Another feature I use a lot is Haptic Touch to bring up the menu of apps. Just long press on an app and see what pops up. It can be useful, it can’t be. It depends on the app!

You can do this with built-in iOS features, such as items inside the Control Center.

If you find it difficult to activate them, you can adjust the sensitivity and experience.

I wish there was a user interface hint that you can activate such options by clicking on UI apps or areas, but unfortunately you have to go looking for them.

So, discover! Payment is worth it because you will definitely find some useful time saving shortcuts.

# 4: Burst Mode Photography.

Sometimes, the key to getting a good photo is to take lots of pictures.

Before iOS 14, if you press the shutter button in the camera app, the iPhone will go into “burst mode”, taking a bunch of photos that will allow the user to go back and find the best.

But now in iOS 14, holding down the shutter button switches to video recording mode. This in itself is a good feature, but I want the old “burst mode” feature back.

It’s there, but then hidden. And it has changed how it works.

Move on Settings> Camera And you see a setting called. Use volume up for bursts..

# 5: Find a bad password.

iOS monitors any bad passwords you are using. Invalid passwords fall into two categories:

  • Reused passwords
  • Passwords that have been leaked as part of a data breach.

Check any passwords stored on your iPhone, and change anything that is not good.

Settings> Passwords> Security Recommendations.

One of the more boring tips, but probably the most useful!

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