Get the Most Out of Your iPhone with These Tips You Didn’t Know Existed

For many of us our iPhone is not just a phone, it’s an appendage. I don’t know what I would do without mine. When you realize all the things your iPhone can do that you didn’t even know about, you will love your phone even more! If you will be at COM today stop by room 211 at noon to learn a host of ways to get the most out of your iPhone at our monthly BYOL Lunch & Learn. If you can’t make it, here are three bonus tips you can start using today.

1. Make Siri work for you

Did you know you can use Siri without pressing the Home button on your iPhone? If you have an iPhone 6s or later (or a 9.7” iPad Pro), you can just say “Hey Siri” and ask your question. Try “Hey Siri, remind me to call mom at 8pm.” If you’re busy cooking, try “Hey Siri, how many ounces in a pound?” To enable this, go to Settings –> Siri –> Allow “Hey Siri.” If you have an older iPhone, you can use “Hey Siri” while your phone is connected to power, just be sure to enable this feature first.

2. Get More Sleep with Bedtime

iPhone Bedtime

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to go to bed earlier every day so you can get the sleep your body needs? Did you fall off the wagon…in February? Use your iPhone to help you go to bed at the same time each night to get the amount of sleep that is best for you. Use the Bedtime tab in the Clock app to set a target bedtime and waking time. Your phone will remind you at night before your alarm is set to go off, and you can set this reminder to go off whenever you want, so you customize your pre-bed wind-down routine and get to bed on time. The Clock app also links to a visualization of your sleep habits so you can track how you’re doing. Click here to learn more.

3. Use Magnifier and never struggle read to a restaurant menu or newspaper again

Use iPhone’s Magnifier to read small print

Ever struggle to read a restaurant menu with tiny 9-point font in the dark? Trouble reading your morning newspaper? Let your iPhone help! You can use the accessibility settings on your phone to turn your iPhone into a magnifier. Go to Settings –> General –> Accessibility –> Magnifier and enable this feature. Then, just triple touch your iPhone’s Home button to launch the Magnifier. Swipe to adjust the zoom, use the flashlight, and adjust the brightness. Now you can leave your reading glasses at home!

For even more tips on how to get the most out of your iPhone, check out Apple’s iOS Tips page.

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