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The Best iPhone 7 Tips and Tricks You’re Probably Not Using

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iOS offers an endless amount of great features you can enjoy, but you may not be taking advantage of them because you might not even know they exist or are too afraid you’ll mess something up by tampering with it. Keep reading to discover the iPhone 7 tips and tricks you have been missing out on.

Last update on 2017-09-24 | Details

17 iPhone 7 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

1. Add a Password with Letters and Numbers

A password that features both letters and numbers is a lot safer than a password that only has letters or figures.

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If that the kind of password you want to add to your iPhone, all you have to do is go to Settings > Touch ID and Passcode > Change Passcode > Passcode Options.

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2. Unlock iPhone 7 By Resting Your Finger on the Display

If you want to impress your friends who opted for not getting an iPhone 7, you can do that by showing them how your iPhone opens by simply resting your finger on it. You can set this up by going to Settings > General > Home Button > Toggle on Rest Finger to Open.

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3. Create a Custom Message for When You Can’t Answer Calls

I think it’s something that has happened to all of us; you get a call at the worst possible moment. You don’t want just to deny the call since you think that other person might get mad thinking you didn’t want to talk to them. In that case, why not create a message to respond with.

Your iPhone already comes equipped with three options:

  • Sorry I can’t talk right now
  • I’m on my way
  • Can I call you later?

If you want to add a message of your own you can go to Settings > Phone > Respond with Text. Don’t forget that if you add a custom message, the previously mentioned messages will disappear.

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4. Force a Restart Your iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 didn’t come with a home button but thank goodness you don’t need one to force a restart on your phone. Just press the power button (that’s on the right side) and then the volume down button (on the left side), keep pressing them until your phone restarts.

Read also: How to Force Quit Mac

5. Only Have Read Receipt for Certain Conversations

If you’re tired of constantly arguing with that friend that’s always accusing you of not wanting to reply to their messages, simply make their think you haven’t read their message yet. Even though they’re right about you not want to answer right away, trying this tip out is still a goo idea.

In the Message windows you want, tap on the i icon that is on the upper right-hand corner and then select Send Read Receipts and turn it off. No more hearing your friend complain and complain!

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6. Turn on Your iPhone 7 by Simply Lifting It

Just the thought of having to press a button to activate your iPhone 7 can be exhausting for some. If this is your case, why not set up the raise to wake feature, so your phone turns on when you lift it. You can activate this useful feature by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Raise to Wake.

7. How to Have Your iPhone 7 Record in 4K

You just got your iPhone 7 and can’t wait to start enjoying that 4K video. Before you get started, you might want to turn that 4K jewel on. That’s right when you first take your iPhone 7 out of the box; it’s only going to record in Full HD and not in 4K. To change that setting go to Settings > Photos & Camera.

8. Add A Custom Vibration Pattern to a Particular Contact

Adding a specific ringtone to a contact is nothing new, but how about adding a personalized vibration pattern? That got your attention, didn’t it? By adding a vibration pattern to a contact, you know who’s calling you without having to take your phone out of your pocket.

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To add this vibration pattern go to your Contacts list and choose a contact. Tap on the Edit button on the upper right-hand corner, scroll down until you see the vibration field. When you tap on it, you will see the vibration patterns you can add to that contact, but you can also add a custom pattern. You’ll now have to tap on the screen to create the custom pattern you want to add.

9. How to Take Pictures While You’re Recording a Video

You’re at the Zoo with your kids, and you’re recording the elephants, but you would love to take some stills as well. Whatever you do, don’t stop recording since the only thing you have to do is tap on the camera button that also appears on the screen. The picture won’t be as great since you’re not going to use your iPhone’s actual photo sensor, but you should still get some great pictures.

Read also: How to take a screenshot on iOS

10. Turn Your iPhone 7 Into a WiFi Hotspot

Sharing is caring, and if you feel like sharing your WiFi with a friend who needs it, you can turn your iPhone 7 into a WiFi hotspot. You can do this by going to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Toggle it on.

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11. Use Low Power Mode to Save Battery

For those times when you need to stretch out your iPhone’s battery as much as possible, there’s Low Power Mode. With this feature, your iPhone isn’t going to check the mail as often; the display will turn off after a shorter period of inactivity and will reduce visual effects.

Sometimes sacrificing features is necessary and it’s always good to know how to turn this feature on, Just in case. Go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.

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12. Reply to Messages from Lockscreen

There are messages that need a reply A.S.A.P. If you get a message that needs an answer promptly, you can quickly answer directly from the lock screen. You can do this by long-pressing on the message you received, and you should see a small reply window.

The downside to this is that if your phone falls into the wrong hands, anyone around you can replay, but if the person ever wanted access to the entire message history, they will need to introduce a passcode. If that’s any consolation.

13. Do Not Disturb

Sometimes you want some peace and quiet, and if your iPhone won’t stop going off, that’s not going to happen. You can activate the Do Not Disturb feature by swiping upwards from your home screen and select the crescent moon icon. You should now see the same crescent moon icon on the top bar of the display.

That’s one way of activating the Do Not Disturb feature, but you can also go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. Now you can modify how long you want to keep the feature on.

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14. Shake to Undo Text

So, you’ve typed something you regret, join the club. Thankfully, you can quickly erase everything by shaking your iPhone and then selecting the Undo option that appears. Don’t forget to have a firm grip on your iPhone before shaking; you don’t want any accidents.

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15. Make The Music Stop Playing When You Fall Asleep

We all have our unique ways of falling sleep. Some need the TV to be on, or some need to have complete silence. If you like going to sleep while hearing music, but don’t want the music playing all night long, set the timer.

To set up the timer go to the clock app and select Timer that should be in the lower right-hand corner of the display. Another way you can gain access is by swiping up from the bottom of your home screen and choose the clock face on the bottom row.

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Now you just need to decide how long you want the timer to last and tap When Timer Ends. Now, scroll all the way to the bottom and tap on Stop playing. Turn the timer on and then begin listening to your music from the music app. Once the time is up, the music is going to fade until it stops.

16. Visual Alerts for Notifications

This is a great feature if you have hearing problems or are in a place with loud music. To get the Flash to notify you of your notifications go to Settings > General > Accessibility and in the hearing section enable LED Flash for Alerts.

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17. Invert Colors on Your iPhone for Better Visibility

The Home button is capable of so much more than taking us, well, home. By tapping the Home button three times you can do things such as invert the colors of your iPhone to see better, Zoom in and so much more. To use these features, you need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility Shortcut, and you should now see the menu of options. The features to tick on will be the ones you can use by pressing the home button three times.

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Conclusion

There is no doubt that the iPhone 7 is one fantastic phone, just look at all the great features you can use. What’s your favorite feature? Let me know in the comments.

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Judy Sanhz

I can never get enough of tech in general, whether it's Android or web apps, but helping others solve their tech problems also brings great satisfaction. I carry a device wherever I go and I'm always connected. Life without Internet just sounds too scary to me. :-).

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