10 hidden features to use iPhone 14 Pro (iOS 16).

To start the year off right, here’s a handy article where we’ll introduce you to 10 hidden iPhone features you didn’t know about, but you should definitely try. If it works on iPhone 14 Pro, most of the tips are also valid for other models like iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini or iPhone X. They just need to update to iOS 16.

This is not a complete list of weird or surprising iPhone features. If there are others you use regularly, feel free to share them in the comments.

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  1. Lock the screen
  2. iMessage Effects
  3. Photo caption
  4. Measure a person
  5. Find your parked car
  6. Wallpaper for Safari
  7. Rich weather
  8. Dont disturb
  9. Tap the back three times
  10. LED Notifications

1. Customize your lock screen

This is probably the most recognized feature on our list, but not everyone uses it. With iOS 16, Apple added the ability to customize the lock screen, aka the lock screen. To do this, simply press and hold on the screen, then click the “customize” button at the bottom of the screen. From there, widgets, font, color, etc. to display the time. you will be able to choose. But that’s not all. If you have an iPhone 14 Pro / Pro Max, then you can even configure an always-on display. You can leave widgets and wallpapers open or hide them to improve battery life and privacy.

ios 16 lock screen wallpapers title

2. Send iMessage Effects

Instead of sending your texts as usual in Apple’s Messages app, add effects or laser lights, balloons, fireworks, etc. to the message bubble.

capturing the message effect

These effects also include “Happy Birthday”, “Happy New Year” and “Congratulations!” automatically triggered by certain messages such as

3. Organize your photos with captions

View the image in the Photos app, then swipe up to reveal the categorized caption just below the image. Add custom captions to better organize your photos. This will also make it easier to find the snapshot in the future.

4. Measure a person’s height

Open the “Measurements” application (use search if necessary). With iPhone 12 and later, you can easily measure a person’s height and perform other augmented reality measurements. Just point the camera at your subject. With the “Pro” iPhone, this is more accurate thanks to Lidar, but few people know this.

5. Find your parked car using Siri

Another little known trick. “Hey Siri, remember where I parked my car!” iPhone will do this unless it automatically saves your parking space (which happens as soon as you disconnect from CarPlay or Bluetooth). “Hey Siri, where’s my car?” it will logically take you to your parked car. Siri can also show you a mini map to help you.

6. View rich data in the air

iOS 16’s Weather app is much more useful than previous versions, thanks to Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky. For starters, the app now has temperature, precipitation and air quality maps to explore. And if you tap on any tile, you’ll see the current temperature, UV index, wind, humidity, visibility, pressure, and more. you will get more detailed information about. Better yet, there are several widgets for the lock screen and home screen.

wwdc21 basic ios 15 weather maps

7. Set a custom wallpaper in Safari

The lock and home screens aren’t the only screens that can be customized. You can also change the start page in Safari that appears when you create a new tab or window with a unique background image. Create a new tab, then select “Edit” at the bottom of the screen (scroll if necessary) and enable “Background image” to use one of the pre-installed background images. Tap the “+” button to select a custom photo from the Photos app.

8. Turn off Do Not Disturb automatically

Touch and hold the “Focus” icon in Control Center to open a menu, then click the “…” button next to “Do Not Disturb” to reveal some hidden options.

From there, temporarily enable Do Not Disturb by selecting one of the following options: For 1 hour, Until tomorrow morning, and Until I leave this place. This trick gives you some flexibility to automatically end Do Not Disturb mode. Focus mode appeared with iOS 15.

ios 15 focus focus

9. Perform the action by touching the back of the iPhone

Perhaps the least known feature, but it still has a small impact. In “Settings” > “Accessibility” > “Touch” > “Touch the back of the device”, you can set a custom system action or script from the Shortcuts app to be launched when you double or triple tap the back of the phone, just below the camera module.

For example, you can set a double-tap action to take a screenshot or a triple-tap action to activate power saving mode.

back tap on ios 14

10. Turn on the LED flash on every notification

The last tip, but not the least useful. You can set your iPhone’s LED flash to turn on when a notification arrives when the phone is locked. To enable it, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > LED flash for alerts, then enable LED flash for alerts. You can choose to enable it only when your iPhone is locked or in silent mode. Or both.

While this helpful feature is useful for those who are hard of hearing or anyone who cannot hear voice alerts, it can be a big help for many users.

And you, what’s your most used secret feature? Go to the comment section to discuss the topic.

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