Look away Android users, this one is for the iPhone fans out there!
Cell phones have come a long way since they were first released in 1973 and sometimes I forget I’m essentially carrying around a small computer in my pocket. I started taking advantage of these time-saving hacks and it vastly improved my productivity.
Use the space bar to fix iPhone typos
Ever type a long text message only to realize you made a typo and you can’t get the cursor back to the one spot you need to fix it? I’ve back-spaced through so many messages, well not anymore.
All you need to do is hold down the space bar until your keyboard grays out and then move your finger around until you get the cursor in the right place. Voila! No more back-spacing the entire message.
Step 1: Hold down the space button. Wait until the keyboard “grays out” before moving to Step 2.
Step 2: While holding the space bar, move your cursor to the place you want to correct and let go.
Step 3: Make the changes to your text, and hit send!
The result? Less embarrassing typos and the inevitable, “what in the world are you trying to say?” text that I often get back.
Using the iPhone’s low battery mode
If you’re like me and use a lot of apps on your phone, chances are your battery doesn’t last as long as it could. My biggest vice, Instagram, was draining my battery the most, but it can happen with any app that refreshes in the background. What can we do?
Enter Low Battery Mode!
Step 1: Go to Settings on your iPhone, and choose the battery setting.
Step 2: Toggle on lower power mode and your battery will turn yellow.
I use low battery mode all day every day and I rarely have to charge my phone until it’s time for bed. It works especially great for days when I’m on vacation, snapping photos and videos with no charging option anywhere.
You may be wondering what the downsides are to using low battery mode. The biggest issue I have is that low battery mode turns itself off once your phone is charged. Another is that emails will not be pushed to you in real-time. You will have to go in and refresh your email list as needed.
Ultimately, if you need your email pushed to you the moment it comes in, this might not be for you. If you don’t care about that and find yourself needing your battery to last longer, give it a try!
- Your battery lasts much longer.
- Background refresh gets turned off.
- Text messages and phone calls come through as expected.
- I suspect some apps may spy on you less since it can’t refresh/send data as often.
- Email pushing is turned off.
- “Hey Siri” is disabled.
- Some visual effects can be reduced or turned off.
- Automatic downloads are paused.
- Low battery mode turns off once your phone is charged sufficiently.
Alternatives to Low Battery Mode
If the idea of regularly using low battery mode doesn’t appeal to you. There a few other things you can do to help your battery life without using it. Try adjusting these items in the settings section.
- Restrict mailing fetching
- Change your auto-lock time out
- Enable auto brightness
Top features of iPhone’s Assistant Siri
The advent of Siri on the iPhone was a game-changer for me. Siri can be used for all kinds of things and I’ll cover the ones I like to use the most.
Helpful Hint: Depending on which iPhone version you have, these commands may be slightly different, so be sure to try out different phrases!
Use Siri to read and respond to text messages
I was late to the party on this one. I use this feature the most when I’m driving, but you could use it if you’re doing another task and don’t have time to grab the phone to read it. Let’s jump into the features.
Get Siri to read your new text messages:
“Hey Siri, get new text messages.”
Siri will respond by reading any new text messages that haven’t already been read.
Get Siri to read your recent text messages:
“Hey Siri, get text messages from Mom.”
Siri will respond by reading the last few text messages from the person you requested. This is especially helpful if you can’t remember the last thing the person said and you can’t stop to look at your phone.
Get Siri to send a new text message:
“Hey Siri, send a new message to Mom.”
Siri will respond by saying “OK, what do you want to send?” After you speak your message, Siri kindly reads it back to you and then says “Ready to send?” At this point, you can say yes or no (cancel works too).
Use Siri to send emails for you
If you are looking for something a little more substantial than a text message, you may want to send an email. You’re in luck, Siri can do that too! Siri can type out all of the words you want to write, including who you want to send the email too (even a group of people), and a subject line!
“Hey Siri, send an email to Mom.”
Siri is then going to ask you what you would like the subject of the email to be. You can respond with whatever you’d like. Here, my subject is dinner tonight.
After you’ve got your recipients and your subject, Siri will ask you to state your content.
Helpful Hint: Make sure you speak your punctuation in your sentences. For example:
“What time should I come over for dinner tonight question mark.”
Then Siri will ask you if you’re ready to send it. Just say “send” or “yes” and off your message goes!
Use Siri to set reminders for you
I can remember to do about one or two really important things before my brain decides the third item I need to get done isn’t that important. Since I still need to get it done, in comes Siri reminders!
“Hey Siri, remind me to pick up bread at the grocery store tomorrow at 1:10 pm.”
At 1:10 PM, a little reminder is going to pop up and remind me to go get that bread! Bonus tip: You can ask Siri to remind you to do something when you get home. As long as your locations are turned on, Siri will know when you’ve gotten home and the reminder will pop up.
How does Siri know when you’re home?
- First, add a new contact to your iPhone with your personal details. Make sure you include your address!
- Second, go to settings, contacts, my info and choose your name from the contact list that pops up.
- Siri will now know where you live!
Use Siri to turn on your podcasts
This is one of my new favorite things to listen to in the car! If you have a list of podcasts that are downloaded and ready to be played, Siri can turn them on for you!
“Hey Siri, play me a podcast.”
Siri will play the next podcast that is up on your playlist. Note, once it gets through all of the podcasts from a certain author, it won’t play anymore until you ask it to play more podcasts.
Alternatively, if you know which podcast you want to play, you can ask Siri to play a specific podcast or a series of podcasts for you.
Use Siri to set an alarm
In addition to setting reminders for you, Siri will also set up an alarm for you. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m so tired the last thing I want to do is fumble around to set an alarm.
“Hey Siri, set an alarm for 1 hour from now.” or “Siri, set an alarm for 5 PM.
Use Siri for navigation
Siri can take you to a lot of different places if you only ask. Here are some examples.
“Hey Siri, get me directions home!” or “Hey Siri, how do I get to the nearest pizza restaurant?”
Siri can also check the status of your upcoming flight or show you a bus/walking route to your destination rather than driving. Try these commands:
“Hey Siri, check the flight status of [Alaska Airlines flight number 999].” or “Hey Siri, get walking directions to Baskin Robbin’s Ice cream!”
Use Siri for some fun and entertainment
You can ask Siri for some pretty interesting things. You never know what answer you might get back. Here are a few examples.
“Hey Siri, what is the meaning of life.” or “Hey Siri, tell me a story.”
There you have it, my favorite things to use Siri for.
Over to you, what other things do you wish you had learned for on your iPhone sooner than you did? Let me know in the comments below!