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6 great hidden features of iPhone which can change the way you use your device

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6 great hidden features of iPhone which can change the way you use your device
iPhone is full of features and some of them are really cool like Touch, AirDrop, Night Shift, Widgets, and voicemail transcriptions. These features are well known to everyone and everybody enjoy the features.

Other than the well know features there are many hidden features which can be very useful to users and today in this article we are going to talk about the 6 such features of iPhone.

Change The “Respond with Text” Defaults

When you are receiving a phone call, there are three options that appear -- which are Slide to Answer, Remind Me and Message. Usually, I pick the Message option if I cannot pick up the call.

The three options for the default text messages are: “Sorry I can’t talk right now,” “I’m on my way” and “Can I call you later?” But you can change these three default options by going to the Settings app > Phone > Respond with Text. Unfortunately, the maximum number of defaults are three.

Clear App Memory

Sometimes it may feel like your iPhone has been slowing down. This could be potentially fixed by clearing the app memory. You can do this by holding down the Sleep button until the Slide to Power Off slider appears. When the slider appears, you will need to hold down the Home button until your iPhone goes back to the home screen again.

After your phone is returned to the Home screen, the apps have been cleared out of memory. This should make your device feel faster.

Close All Tabs Open in Safari

While browsing the Internet in Safari, sometimes you might not realize that you have opened up way too many tabs. Fortunately, there is a way to close all of the tabs in one go.

If you want to close multiple tabs in one go, then you simply need to push down on the tabs button at the bottom-right of the screen. Then you will see two options: “New Tab” and “Close X Tabs.”

Create Shortcuts for Emoji

To make emojis easier to find, you can create text shortcuts for them. Shortcuts to emoji or other phrases can be set up by going to the Settings app > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and tapping on the + icon at the top-right. For example, I put the smiling face with sunglasses as the Phrase and put “Cool Smile” as the Shortcut. So every time I type “Cool Smile,” the smiling face with sunglasses appears.

Enable The “Speak Selection” Feature

One of my favorite hidden iPhone features is the ability to have Siri read highlighted text out loud. This feature is known as “Speak Selection.” You can enable this feature by going to the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Speech > toggle on Speak Selection.

After you enable “Speak Selection,” a new option will appear when you highlight text to have the content read out loud. This feature can be especially useful if you want to have an iBook read to you. This also works for text that you highlight on a website.

Guided Access

Under the Settings app > General > Accessibility > Guided Access, there is a feature called Guided Access. This feature restricts users to a specific app. Guided Access also has Time Limits where people can no longer use your phone. This can come in handy if a kid wants to use your phone to play a game or watch videos and you do not want him or her to access anything else on your phone. Once the feature is activated, you can restrict actions like the ability to use the Sleep/Wake Button, Volume Buttons, the Motion button, Keyboards, and Touch. And you can restrict certain areas on the display by drawing a pattern around the portion that you want to block.

You can also set up a shortcut to this feature by activating it under the Guided Access menu. The Accessibility shortcut default is triple-clicking the Home button while Guided Access is enabled.

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