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8 unknown tips and tricks with 3D Touch on iPhone 6s & Plus

iPhone 6 3D Touch
8 unknown tips and tricks with 3D Touch
Apple has launched 3D Touch as one of the existing features with iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Taking the tradition of redefining the user interface on mobile devices to the next level, Apple started this with multi-touch with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. 3D Touch, a new pressure-sensitive screen technology from Apple, was the start of a new interface revolution.

Thanks to the technology, the displays on the latest iPhones don't just recognize gestures like tap, swiping and pinching, but force too, allowing for clever shortcuts into and within various apps.

Today in this article we are going to talk about the 8 tips and tricks about  3D Touch which will help you get the most out of your iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus everyday.
Read an Email without Opening it

Mail is an excellent app to try out the 3D Touch interactions. One of my favorite 3D Touch features is the ability to press a message in the mailbox list to peek at the message contents and then swipe to the right to mark it as read. I get lot of emails, and this feature helps me save a ton of time and achieve my goal of Inbox Zero. You can also swipe to the left to Delete or Archive the email, or swipe up to get more options such as “Reply All”, “Forward”, “Mark.” (Which gives you an option to Flag or Move the email to the junk folder), “Notify” and “Move Message”. You can press deeper to see the full message.

Quickly Enable Low Power Mode

Ever since Apple has added Low Power Mode, I think I have become lazier when it comes to charging my iPhone. So I end up using Low Power Mode quickly frequently to get through the day. Here’s where the 3D Touch Quick Action for Battery Settings comes in handy. It is one of the fastest ways to quickly enable Low Power mode.

Press firmly on the Settings app icon to get Quick Action options, and then swipe up to the Battery option and release your finger, to jump to the Battery Settings. Tap on the On/Off toggle to enable Low Power mode.

Review the link before you open it

You can preview links almost anywhere. Press hard on the link and a pop-up preview of the site will appear so you can quickly check it before launching it in a browser.

Control the Zoom
9to5Mac noticed a hidden (disabled by default) tool, Peek Zoom. To activate this in Settings>General>Accessibility>Zoom turn on Zoom and also enable Show Controller. Now when you press hard on the on-screen Zoom controller you’ll see the entire display zoom in only to zoom out when you release the pressure.
Change your keyboard into track-pad

Press the keyboard until it turns light grey. When it does, you’ll be able to move the cursor by dragging around the keyboard. To select a word you just need to press a little deeper to select that word, or twice to choose a sentence. To select a paragraph press three times.


Some 3D Touch users may grow frustrated when attempting to move or delete apps as when they tap and hold icons 3D Touch activates. As iMore first points out, the path to success is to tap the app while applying no pressure and wait a few seconds…now you can move and delete apps as you please.

Quickly Preview Last Taken Photos

How often have you taken a photo, and then gone back to the Camera roll to see if you need to take another one? I do it many times, so I find this 3D Touch feature very helpful.

Must Read: 10 Tips which every iPhone and iPad user should know in day to day usage

When you take a photo with the Camera app, you can press on the thumbnail in the bottom left-hand corner to peek at the last taken photo or video.

Check Message without Sending Read Receipt

We have been hearing rumors that Apple will be giving us more granular control over who we want to send read receipts for iMessages. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet. But 3D Touch offers you a workaround. You can press a message to take a peek at it, but it won’t send a read receipt. If you want to engage in a conversation then you can swipe up, left or right to use quick actions.

You can also quickly switch to the previously used app by pressing firmly on the left edge of the screen and swiping to the right in one single motion or you can just release it to access the app switcher. But I keep forgetting to use it.

It may be gimmicky and a little confusing, but it offers some great ways to be more productive. It is certainly not a must-have as I had thought initially or a reason to buy iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus. But we hope Apple can make it more useful in iOS 10.

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