5 secret iPhone features you may not know about

Apple has always been adding in new features to make its iOS platform useful and indispensable to millions of people that use it daily. As a result, there are tons of awesome features you are not aware of. In this post, we will cover five hidden iPhone features that you may not know about.

Here we go

1. Create custom vibration


If you cannot set a ringtone for your iPhone while you wish to create custom vibrations for messages, phone calls, or simply set an alarm, you can consider using custom vibration alerts for each contact on your iPhone. To do this, you need to launch the Settings app and go to Sounds > Ringtone > Text Tone > Vibration. At the bottom of the list, select Create New Vibration. Here, you can easily create vibration patterns for all calls or for a specific contact.

2. Text replacement

iOS allows you to create keyboard shortcuts which make your typing much easier. Basically, this feature is pretty useful especially if you have a phrase, or a number that you want to type over and over again.


To access this feature, you go Settings, tap General, scroll down to Keyboard, and tap on it, then select Text Replacement and tap the “+” in the top right corner. Then enter a full phrase you want to create a shortcut for in the “Phrase” field. For example, every time you type in “omw”, your device will display “on my way”.

3. Head control

You may have not noticed that iPhone now supports Switch Control that allows you to use some head movements or gestures to control certain elements of your iPhone. For example, you can use Switch Control to launch some apps, activate Siri or adjust the sound level.

To use this feature, you can go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Switch Control > Switches, select Left/Right Head Movement, and confirm your action. Go back and move the toggle labeled “Switch Control” to the ON position. Now, place your iPhone in front of you and move your head to the right or left while still looking at the phone’s camera.

4. Hide unwanted apps

One of the selling points of iOS is that you have access to the latest apps before they arrive in Android. However, besides some essential apps you use day in or out like Settings, Phone, Messages or App Store, there are tons of Apple’s stock apps you are not using and you wish to remove them from your device. In fact, it is impossible to remove them completely, but you can hide them from your home screen.


To do this, you head to Settings > General > Restrictions and enable them by typing in your PIN or passcode. Once it is done, select the app you want to hide and slide your finger across its name to hide it on your home screen.

5. Enable LED Flash for alerts


You can activate LED flash light for incoming calls or text messages on your iPhone when you are in crowded places like metro, train or market, or you have hearing problems. To enable this feature, you can go to Settings > General > Accessibility and enable LED Flash for Alerts.

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