YOUR iPhone is full of clever tricks – including “hidden buttons” lurking on your home screen.
Even if you’re a longtime iPhone user, you might not be making the most of your handset.
It might surprise you to learn that your home screen is littered with hidden buttons.
They unlock secret menus for apps, giving you instant access to some of the best features.
Apple calls the Quick Actions feature, and you may have accidentally found it while moving an app.
It works by long-pressing an app icon on the iPhone Home screen to reveal a secret menu.
There are plenty of apps that have a “hidden” button in the logo.
For example, long-press the Apple Messages app to quickly text your favorite contacts.
Try it in the Settings app and you’ll get a secret menu with shortcuts to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, mobile data, and battery.
If you press and hold Photos, a search function will appear, allowing you to quickly find images.
You can also use this menu to instantly navigate to photos from One Year Ago.
And you can also quickly jump to your favorites and recents.
Long press on Apple Maps to quickly find nearby places.
You can also use this menu to instantly tag or share your location.
Press and hold the Apple Camera app for quick access to different shooting modes.
These include selfie, portrait, portrait selfie and record video.
But it’s not just Apple apps that have quick actions—they’re available for other apps too.
We recently revealed how this works Whatsapp has a hidden menu with this trick.
You can use it to quickly share your WhatsApp QR code, launch the in-app camera, start a new chat, or search your conversations.
And from the Instagram menu, you can instantly start a direct message, view your activity, create a new post, or launch the app’s camera.
It’s worth experimenting with some of your favorite apps to see if they have a quick action menu.
And once you get used to using Quick Actions, you can save tons of time.
Another “hidden” button
Your iPhone also has a physical hidden button – on the back.
It’s called “Back Tap” and it was introduced with the iOS 14 software update that rolled out to iPhones in 2020.
The little-known feature makes life a whole lot easier – you can take screenshots and change the volume with just a tap on the back of your handset.
To enable the feature, make sure you have updated to iOS 14 or later. To do this, go to Settings > General > Software update.
Then go to your settings.
Scroll down and tap Accessibility, then tap Touch.
Then scroll down to “Back Tap”.
You have the choice to enable “Double Tap” or “Triple Tap”.
Regardless of what you choose, you have the same options.
Click here to see what features you can now control with a double or triple tap on the back of your phone.
These include taking screenshots, increasing or decreasing the volume, zooming in, scrolling, and more.
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