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Five hidden things you didn’t know your iPhone could do – including a hidden button

YOUR iPhone is loaded with a treasure trove of features and tricks that can save you tons of time.

Trouble is, some of them are easy to miss if you don’t know where to look – here are five that may have passed you by.

Your iPhone has a lot of useful features

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Your iPhone has a lot of useful featuresCredit: Apple

1. Turn the Apple logo into a hidden button

The Apple logo on the back of your iPhone is actually a secret button.

Little-known feature that makes life much easier – allowing you to take screenshots and change the volume by simply touching the back of your phone.

To enable this feature, make sure you’ve updated to iOS 14 or later. To do that, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Then go to your Settings. Scroll down and tap Accessibility > Touch > Click Back. You have the choice to turn on Double tap or Press three times.

Whichever you choose gives you the same options.

Click to see what features you can currently control by double-tapping or triple-tapping the back of your phone.

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These include taking a screenshot, increasing or decreasing the volume, magnifying the view on your screen, scrolling up or down a page, etc.

For example, if you want to use Double Tap to take a screenshot, tap Double tap options and then select Screenshots.

You will now be able to take a screenshot just by tapping the back of the phone twice.

2. Long press apps for quick access

On the iPhone Home screen, tapping and holding an app — called long press — opens a quick menu containing shortcuts to the app’s most common features.

Simply tap one of the options to quickly launch the app with the feature of your choice when it’s ready.

For example, long-press the camera app, allowing you to quickly tap to record videos, take selfies, record portrait images, and more.

Long-pressing on the Notes app lets you quickly open a new note, add a photo, or scan a document.

3. Secret trackpad

This hidden trackpad trick lets you go back and forth between each character in your text without having to press hard on the screen.

It is very useful if you do not have agile fingers and find it difficult to type the exact letter you need to correct in the text box.

While using the iPhone’s default keyboard, just hold down the spacebar once you’ve entered some text.

The keys will be blank and the pointer on the screen will zoom in.

You can move your finger from left to right along the empty keyboard to quickly move the pointer back and forth.

4. Record background music when you record video

There’s a handy way to spruce up your iPhone videos with an epic soundtrack.

Just play some music through the speakers on your mobile phone using your favorite music app, like Spotify or Apple Music.

While your tune is still playing, open the camera app. Make sure your camera is set to photo – not video mode.

Press and hold the shutter button and drag to the right. Your iPhone will start recording a video while your music continues to play in the background.

5. Shortcut to go to top

You can quickly jump to the top of an app or web page by tapping at the top of the screen.

This little-known keyboard shortcut saves you from having to scroll up again and again when you want to go back to the beginning of whatever you’re reading.

When at the top of the page in Safari and third-party apps like Google Chrome, you can pull the screen down and release to refresh the app or web page.

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