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iPhone X

The best part about the iPhone is, its simple to use. You can buy the iPhone and start using from the moment you take your device out of the box. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 6 you can use to customize your iOS experience.

See notifications at a glance

If you're using an iPhone 6s or later, you can take advantage of the Raise to Wake feature. Once you enable it, simply lift your handset to view notifications. Although the lock screen will light up and display new alerts, the phone will remain locked and secure. To set it up, open Settings, tap Display & Brightness and activate the Raise to Wake option.


Prioritize certain downloads

Updating a ton of apps at once? You can tell your iPhone which downloads it should complete first, a particularly useful ability when you're setting up a new phone. On the home screen, find the app you want to put at the front of the line and apply a firm 3D Touch press. Then pick Prioritize Download from the list of options.

Change the flashlight intensity

While your iPhone's built-in flashlight can be incredibly useful, not every situation calls for a powerful beam. Luckily, you can enable a slider that lets you change the brightness of the light. To bring up the Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or on an iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner). Then do a firm 3D Touch press on the flashlight icon.

Enable QR code scanning

If you like scanning QR codes the black-and-white squares that look like tiny, jumbled chess boards to launch websites or apps, you're in luck: iOS lets you turn the iPhone camera into a QR scanner. From Settings, tap Camera and toggle the Scan QR Codes switch on. Now you can use the Camera app as normal, but when it pans over QR codes, it will automatically scan them.


Delete unused apps

You can free up space on your phone by getting rid of the apps that you rarely or never use. In fact, your iPhone can do this for you. In the Settings app, tap General, choose iPhone Storage and then enable the Offload Unused Apps option. If you regret losing one of these apps, you can always reinstall it.

Jump to the correct camera mode


Nobody wants to miss an important shot because they were scrolling through various modes inside the camera app. Instead, when you catch sight of something you need to photograph or film in a hurry, apply a firm 3D Touch to the Camera icon rather than tapping it lightly. Then you'll be able to choose a camera mode like Selfie or Slo-mo directly from the home screen. This will speed up your snapping, although Apple doesn't make all the camera modes available as shortcuts.

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