10 Amazing Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

I've been an iPhone owner for years, and it's so intuitive and easy to use, I tend to think of it as a fairly simple device. You know, because a phenomenally powerful palm-sized computer that can take photos, run applications, surf the web, play music, send messages, and make phone calls is so SIMPLE, right?

Aside from occasionally downloading new apps, I basically use my phone for the same functions over and over, so I'm not super savvy on all the latest iPhone tricks.

After putting together this list, however, I feel like some sort of iPhone SUPERNINJA. Not only do I have a deeper appreciation for just how much power's under the hood in iOS 5, I actually learned some useful ideas for improving my own productivity.

Take a look at these 10 awesome, sorta-hidden iPhone tricks:



Holding down the home button to talk to Siri can make you feel like a douche in public. Do it stealth-style by going to Settings > General > Siri, and then select Raise to Speak. Now all you've got to do is hold the phone up to your ear to summon Siri.

Texting a million words a minute is for teenagers. Us older folks need some shortcuts, by golly. Settings > General > Keyboard and Shortcuts (scroll down) lets you enter a phrase and its shortcut, so the next time you type that shortcut the phrase will appear.


Speaking of teenage texting, if this kind of smiley face just won't do :-) then get yourself a crap-ton of cartoony images at Settings > General > Keyboard, and adding the Emoji keyboard. I don't endorse this practice, I'm just letting you know it's out there, okay?

LED reminder iPhone

If you keep missing your alerts, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on LED Flash for Alerts to trigger the LED flash on your phone so you are notified, perhaps blindingly, when something comes in.

rich text iPhone

Want to add some flair to your text? Highlight the words you want to call out, then select the arrow and then the BIU button to pick between bold, italics, or underline.

Sometimes lowercase just doesn't cut it. Toggle on caps lock by double tapping the shift key so you can SHOUT ALL YOU WANT.

weather app iPhone

You knew you could use the Weather app to see the week's weather, but what about two hours from now? Tap anywhere in the week and the current day will expand to reveal the hourly forecast for the rest of the day.

GPS reminder iPhone

Are you chronically forgetful? Try the GPS features in the Reminder app to have your iPhone keep track of all your to-dos. Make a reminder, then select to remind you At a Location. Choose a location and pick whether you want a reminder when you leave or when you arrive. Now your iPhone can do things like ping you about that prescription you've been needing to get -- at the moment you're driving near the drugstore.

iPhone photo album

Want to organize your increasingly out-of-control photos? Just go to the Photos app, click Edit in the top right corner, then click the Add button that shows up in the upper left side of the screen. Title the album whatever you want and DUNZO.

select multiple photos iPhone

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Finally, here's a tip that helped me put this article together. Until now, I had no idea you could select multiple photos (so I didn't have to email myself each of these screenshots individually), but it's actually super easy. Open the Photos app, then choose the Camera Roll. Tap the arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen, then tap each photo (and/or video) you want to share or delete. You'll see a red check mark appear on each one. When you're done making your selections, tap Delete to trash them or Share to forward them via text message -- or copy them to the clipboard so you can email them (note that the clipboard maxes out after a while, so you can't actually copy a ton of images at once).

So, did you learn any new iPhone tricks from this list?

Images via Linda Sharps

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