Let’s be honest: one of the long-standing reasons why the iPhone is so popular with Android is that it’s easier to use. The iPhone is, simply put, intuitive and powerful at the same time. However, there is a good chance that most iPhone users are completely unaware of how powerful the iPhone is. Because Apple doesn’t promote every one iPhone featureApple’s premium smartphone is packed with hidden features and tricks you probably didn’t know existed.
Below, we have compiled a list of 6 hidden iPhone features that look almost like magic tricks. Even seasoned iPhone users should find something new and exciting here.
Tap on the back of your phone to take a screenshot
This iPhone feature is something of traditional. It sounds silly, but it’s possible to tap the Apple logo on the back of your phone and trigger any number of actions. For example, you can tap on the back of your phone to take a screenshot, mute your device, view the notification center, and more.
Back Tap was introduced with iOS 14 and here’s how you can take advantage of it.
Start by opening the Settings app and go to the Accessibility pane. From there, go to Physical & Engine > Touch. Next, start scrolling until you see an option called “Back Tap”. Once you do that, you will see an option to select either Double Tap or Triple Tap. After doing that, you can choose the exact action you want to trigger by clicking. This is a fun feature on the iPhone without a doubt that will surprise a lot of people.
We should note that this iPhone feature works well even with the thick iPhone case.
This iPhone feature came straight out of the movies
For good reason, this iPhone feature evokes memories of the movie Minority Report. Using the iPhone trick below, you will see how easy it is to copy text from iPhone and paste it into another iOS device. But magic happens when it comes to Copy and paste a picture.
To get started, make sure both devices are connected to Wi-Fi and signed in with the same Apple ID. Both devices must be within Bluetooth range, which Apple puts at approximately 33 feet. You’ll also need to make sure Handoff is turned on. On iOS, you can do this by going to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff. If you’re using a Mac for this, go to System Preferences > General.
Once all of that is squared, you can copy an image onto your iPhone by holding three of your fingers. Once copied, you can now take out another iPhone or iPad and paste the image by pressing with three fingers. Your photo will now appear on the second device. Everything works like a charm, especially in front of people who are not familiar with the feature at first.
The video below shows how this iPhone feature works when copying a photo between apps.
Turn your keyboard into a trackpad
This is one of my favorite iPhone features. I use it a lot and it may become a staple of my iPhone user experience as well.
If you are trying to select a piece of text on your iPhone, moving the cursor with your finger can become difficult if you are trying to be precise. A useful alternative is to magically turn your keyboard into a trackpad. You can do this by long pressing the space bar. Next, you will notice how you can use the bottom of your iPhone screen as a convenient trackpad.
The video below shows how it works:
Use Siri to cast Harry Potter spells
This is definitely fun. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you can use Siri to cast Harry Potter-inspired commands (or spells, if desired) to trigger specific actions.
Here are some examples:
To turn on the iPhone’s flashlight, you can say “Hey Siri, Lumos!” And to turn it off, say “Hey Siri, Nox!”
Other Harry Potter spells you can use with Siri include:
Hi Siri, Accio <أدخل اسم التطبيق>! – This will open any app you remember.
Hey Siri, Sliencio! – This will turn on Do Not Disturb.
Hi Siri, Homenum Revelio – This will show where your close contacts are on the map.
To make sure Hi Siri is enabled, go to Settings > Siri & Search. Next, make sure the “Listen to ‘Hey Siri'” switch is on. Complete list of Harry Potter Siri commands is viewable over here. Note that some may require the use of the Shortcuts app.
Measure a friend’s height with your iPhone
While this trick may not be helpful, the way it works is really cool. In fact, you can use your iPhone to measure a person’s height.
To get started, start by opening the Measure app. Position your iPhone so that you can see your friend’s entire body. Then, a horizontal line should appear just above the header with a specific height mentioned just below it. You can take a picture with the white shutter button in the lower right corner. This iPhone feature may be more practical for measuring items like furniture, but trying it out with friends and family is more fun.
Record video with the soundtrack of your choice
For years, I always got frustrated trying to record a video when I was playing music from Spotify or Apple Music in the background. The second time you open the video pane in the camera app, the music will stop playing. In the end, I found a solution that changed the rules of the game.
Believe it or not, there is a smart way to record video while music is playing in the background. This is a great iPhone feature if you already have an audio clip in mind and don’t want to waste time adjusting the audio later.
Here’s how it works. Once a song from Spotify or Apple Music is playing in the background, open the Camera app. Instead of going into video mode, press and hold the white shutter button while you drag it to the right. When you do this, your iPhone will start recording video with the music still playing in the background.