iOS 7 Tricks and Hacks
While renowned for its simplicity, iOS 7 is packed with numerous hidden features that can potentially change the way you use your device. Those little hacks can be anything from teaching Siri how to pronounce your name properly, to creating location-based reminders, to even controlling your phone or tablet without touching the screen. In this article we’ll cover 15 nifty tricks that will make you love your Apple device even more.
LET YOUR APPLE DEVICE READ TO YOU
CLOSE SAFARI TABS QUICKLY
If you’ve been doing research on your mobile device, you may find yourself with more than a dozen Safari tabs that you no longer need. You can close them the old fashioned way, or you can do it with a couple of taps. If youâ€™re using an iPad, tap on the address bar and choose the Private option above the keyboard. At this point Safari will ask you whether to keep the current tabs open. Choose Close All and then press the Private button again to exit Private Browsing. If you’re using an iPhone, the process is identical, however instead of tapping on the address field, you need to tap the tab view button at the lower right corner of the screen.
HEAD MOVEMENTS FOR CONTROL
Sounds cool, right? To enable this hidden feature, go to Settings, General, Accessibility, Switch Control. Here, tap on Switches and add a New Switch. Choose Camera and whether the movement should be to the left or right, followed by the associated action. For example, if you choose Left Head Movement and App Switcher, every time you tilt your head to the left (or alternatively tilt the device gently to the right), you will be taken to the multitasking view.
If you find yourself typing the same things over and over, you will definitely benefit from the built-in text shortcuts. Simply navigate to Settings, General, Keyboard and scroll down to the Shortcuts section and Add a New Shortcut. In Phrase type what you want to say – it can be as long as you like; in Shortcut type the trigger, which can also be anything you like. For the best results, use shortcuts you wouldn’t ordinarily type. As an example, you can type your Gmail email address as a phrase and â€œ@@gmailâ€ as the shortcut trigger. Now, whenever you type @@gmail, it will be autocorrected to your full email address.
SCRUB THROUGH VIDEOS
We all know how to set another playback location when watching a video. But what if the video is very long? It would be hard to get precisely where you want to be. That’s where “fine scrubbing” comes in. It works just like normal scrubbing, however before moving your finger left or right to adjust the playback position, you lower your finger so it’s at the center or lower half of the screen. The lower you go, the “finer” the scrubbing.
AIRPLANE MODE TO SAVE BATTERY
Yes, it’s possible and very handy for saving battery life. Just enable Airplane Mode and then enable Wifi without turning Airplane Mode off. You can also turn on Bluetooth if you need it.
CHANGE DEVICE NAME
That’s a straightforward one. Go to Settings, General, About and tap on Name. Type whatever you want and go back to About. If you use your device as a hotspot, that will also be the name of your Wifi network.
PLAY A VIDEO WITH THE SCREEN LOCKED OR IN THE BACKGROUND
Sometimes you just may want to listen to a video rather than watch it. In such scenarios, multi-task out of the video player or go to the home screen. Now swipe up from the bottom of the screen to summon Control Center and press Play. You can now even turn off your screen and the video won’t pause.
SHOW SIRI PROPER PRONOUNCIATION
If your name is hard for Siri to pronounce, you can help it by going to your Contacts app, opening your card, pressing the Edit button, scrolling down and choosing the Add Field option. Now locate Phonetic First Name and type a word which matches the pronunciation of your name. Then test it by asking Siri â€œWho am I?â€ It may take a few tries but eventually Siri will address you the way she should.
KNOW WHICH CONTACT IS CALLING WHILE THE PHONE IS STILL IN YOUR POCKET
By using custom, per-contact vibrations, you can set up a system where you know who’s calling you without ever looking at the screen or taking the phone out of your pocket. To assign a custom vibration, go to the Contacts app and tap on a person youâ€™d like to set up. Now tap Edit and find the Vibration field. Choose Create New Vibration and compose a vibration sequence by tapping and holding your finger on the screen.
CLOSE MULTIPLE APPS AT ONCE
With the new multitasking view in iOS 7, you can now close multiple apps at once. Just use two or three fingers to flick unwanted apps upward
USE EMOJI IN TEXTS
Enabling Emoji is as simple as adding an additional keyboard. Just go to Settings, General, Keyboard. Tap Keyboards and Add a New Keyboard. In the list find Emoji and tap on it. Now whenever you type something, a globe icon will appear next to the space bar. Tap it to switch to Emoji and back.
SILENCE RINGTONE DURING INCOMING CALLS
If your phone rings and you can’t answer straight away, you can silence the ringer by pressing the Volume Down button.
REMINDER ALERTS RELATED TO YOUR LOCATION
If you need to do something when you leave or arrive at a certain place, you can have iOS 7 pop up a reminder just at the right time. By creating a reminder in the Reminders app and pressing on the â€œiâ€ icon next to the reminder entry, you’ll be able to set a location. You can choose the geofence radius and whether to be reminded when you leave or arrive. On the downside of things, the address of the location needs to be in your contacts; you can’t just drop a pin on the map.