Tech expert Ellie Kruto shared hidden iPhone features that Apple users don’t know about. And one of them can save your life.
There are countless useful features in Apple software that users simply don’t know about. And part of what I love to do is shed light on useful, hidden iPhone features that you may have missed.
This time I have some simple tips, down to some potentially life-saving features that I think everyone should know about!
Save battery power
While this may seem like a no-brainer, I’ve come to the conclusion that some people have no idea that the iPhone has a dedicated battery-saving feature. This is called low power mode. If enabled, it will dim your screen brightness, turn off 5G, and temporarily reduce background activity on your phone, such as app updates, until you fully charge it. You can find this feature in the Settings app under Battery and there you can turn it on. However, there is also a faster way to use it by adding it to your Control Center. This is a handy Apple quick menu that can be accessed by swiping down from the top right corner of your iPhone’s screen or, on older iPhones, by swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen. Note. To exit this menu, swipe up or press the Home button.
To add a power saving mode shortcut, go to Settings, Control Center, and click Customize Controls. Here you will see a list of shortcuts that are already available under the heading ENABLE and below under MORE CONTROL you will find Low Power Mode. Scroll down and click the green plus icon to add it to Control Center. Now when you go to the Control Center on your phone, you will find a battery icon that allows you to turn the power saving mode on or off to save some power!
If you are often distracted by your phone, especially when you have something important to do, you need to pay attention to this amazing hidden iPhone feature. Not too long ago, Apple added a feature to its iPhones called Focus, which aims to help you focus on a task or ensure you won’t be disturbed while you work or sleep. This is a game changer.
Note. This feature is for iOS 15 on iPhone and iPad OS 15 and up.
To set this up, go to the Settings app and look for Focus. In this menu, you will see options such as Do Not Disturb, Sleep, Personal, and Work. There is also a plus button in the top right corner where you can create your own focus modes. If you turn on Share Across Devices, the focus modes you customize will be available on all of your devices that are signed in with your Apple ID.
Okay, I’m going to use the “Work” focus mode as an example. First, click “Work” to set it up. You can then choose which contacts are allowed to disturb you and which apps can send you notifications when this focus is turned on. After creating it, you can also customize the appearance of the home screen and lock screen in this focus mode.
To set the focus home screen, go to Settings, then Focus, tap the focus you want to adjust, and select Home Screen from the options menu. Then turn on “Custom Pages” and tap the home screen pages you want to see while in that focus. It will hide the ones you haven’t selected, which will help you avoid distractions.
In the Focus settings, you can also add a schedule or automation. If you tap this option, you’ll be prompted to add a time-based automation where the focus mode will automatically turn on between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Or you can use location-based automation and your iPhone can switch to work mode when you arrive at work (if you have location settings and your workspace set up on your iPhone).
Add vital information to your iPhone
So, you may have accidentally stumbled upon iPhone’s emergency call mode, which is available to everyone even when the phone is locked. Well, I recently learned that in this emergency call menu, you can also add your personal information such as medical conditions and allergies, as well as your emergency contacts. How do we all not know about this? Imagine if someone found you in an emergency where you are alone, possibly even unconscious, and in need of medical attention after an accident. This is a very useful feature for people of all walks of life.
First, to set up this feature, known as Medical ID, you need to find the Health app on your phone. When you enter the app, click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the screen. You should now see the words “Medical ID” and tap on that to access it. In this menu, you can click “Edit” in the top right corner to add information such as your name, age, health status, allergies, the language you speak, and the names and phone numbers of the people you want call for emergency assistance. contacts. There is also an option to disable this feature when your iPhone is locked, just in case you need to consider your privacy with people who might have access to your phone on a daily basis.
Once this is set up and allowed to be accessed when your iPhone is locked, all you have to do to access it is wake up your phone.
If they fail to reach the phone, they will see the word Emergency in the lower left corner of the screen.
Here, a person can make an emergency phone call if needed (optional), but more importantly, there is text in the bottom left corner that reads: Medical ID. Tap this and it will take anyone to the information you entered through the Health app.
This should definitely be something that all of us, including first responders, know about, so be sure to pass it along!
Originally published as iPhone Features You Didn’t Know About