10 Super Useful iPhone Tricks That Will Make Your Life Much Easier

If you’re an iPhone user, you likely don’t realize that you haven’t tapped into your smartphone’s true potential. That’s right. Even though you use your iPhone daily, there are some hidden iPhone tricks you don’t know exists. Your iPhone is more powerful than you think it is.

For example, did you know that you can connect your iPhone with other Apple devices, so you can receive calls and texts on your iPad or even your Mac? Want to know more cool iPhone tricks? Check out this list of useful iPhone tips and tricks that will make your life so much easier.

Scan Documents 

Need to scan a document quickly but got no access to a scanner? Don’t worry, the iPhone has a very convenient document scanner built in its Notes app. Here’s how you can do this iPhone trick.

Open the Notes app and create a new note

Tap the camera icon above your keyboard

Choose the option to ‘Scan Document’

Take a picture of the document you want to scan

Adjust the corners of the photo of the document 

Save the scanned version of your document

Customize Text Messages for Unanswered Calls

Whether you’re driving or on an important meeting, sometimes you’re just too busy to receive a call. While you can let the caller leave a voicemail, the least you can do is send them a text to explain why you can’t pick up at the moment. Here’s an iPhone trick that lets you send a customized text to your friends and family.

Open Settings and Tap ‘Phone’

Tap ‘Respond With Text’

There will be three default options: "I'm on my way", "Sorry, I can't talk right now", and "Can I call you later?"

Tap one field to add your customized text and save it


The Health app in iOS 13 now offers a way for women to track important data about their menstrual cycle. You can log your period, flow level, and any symptoms like cramps or headaches, and whether or not you have experienced spotting. The feature also offers predictions as to when your cycle may begin and end for the next three cycles. Here’s how you can start using the tool:

Open the Health app on your iPhone

Tap the Search tab at the bottom right of your screen

Select Cycle Tracking

Tap Options to start inputting information


If you like to listen to music or podcasts before you fall asleep, you're going to love this trick. The iPhone includes a timer in the clock app that can stop audio playback from any app.

Open the Clock app

Select Timer at the bottom right

Set how long you want the timer to be

Tap When Timer Ends

Press the Start button

Drift off to sleep without worrying about your iPhone battery being dead in the morning from leaving your music on


You may not have known that your iPhone's keyboard can double as a trackpad. This way you can move your cursor much more accurately instead of tapping and holding on the screen to bring up the magnifying glass. To use this feature, you need an iPhone 6S or later.

While you are typing a message, firmly press and hold on the keyboard's spacebar to activate the trackpad

Drag your finger around to move your cursor through the text

When the cursor is where you want it to be, just let go


You may already have custom ringtones for when certain friends and loved ones call, but that doesn't come in handy when you have your phone on silent though. Your iPhone lets you create and assign custom vibrations to specific contacts. Here's what you have to do:

Open the Settings app

Select Sounds & Haptics

Select Ringtone → Select Vibration

Tap Create New Vibration and create by tapping and holding however you want

Name the vibration and assign it to a contact


Smartphone displays keep getting bigger, which makes typing difficult, especially with one hand. Your iPhone actually has a feature that shifts the keyboard over a smidgen so you can use one hand to type and the other to do whatever else it is that you need to do. Here's how to enable the feature:

Hold down the emoji or globe icon on the bottom left of the keyboard

Select the left- or right-handed keyboard icon

Tap the arrow in the blank space that's created by the keyboard shift to go back to normal


It seems like any time you need to measure something, you can never find the tape measure to do it. Now iOS 12 has a built-in measuring tool that you can use to measure rooms and objects. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s a useful tool to use when you need to measure an object or the distance between two things in a pinch. See how the app measures up by following these steps:

Open the Measure App

Move your iPhone around so the device can analyze the area

Move your iPhone around until you see a white circle with a dot in the middle

Drag to opposite edge of item

Press the white button with the + sign

The app will display the estimated measurement


If you rely heavily on your iPhone timer like we do, you should know that there's a faster way to access it!

Swipe down on your screen to access the Control Center

Instead of tapping the timer, press and hold it

Swipe your finger up to increase the time

Tap "Start"


As much as feedback and reviews are important for App developers, it can be extremely annoying when you are interrupted by a popup asking for you to rate the app or leave feedback. Good news is that there is now a setting to put an end to the constant pestering!

Open your Settings app

Tap iTunes & App Store

Toggle In-App Ratings & Reviews to "Off"

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