If you really want to master your iPhone, you’ll want to know them.
Even long-time iPhone owners won’t know every single trick hidden away on their devices.
Thankfully a video from popular TikTok tech expert @makhirtech reveals a few iPhone hacks you absolutely need to learn.
iPhone trick #1 – Back Tap
Your iPhone has a little-known feature that makes life much easier.
The Apple logo on the back of the device can act as a button for actions such as taking a screenshot or opening the camera.
To turn on the feature make sure you’ve updated to iOS 14 or later. To do that, go to Settings > General > Software update.
Then go to your Settings.
Scroll down and tap “Accessibility” and then hit “Touch”.
Then scroll down to “Back Tap”.
You’ll have the choice to turn on “Double Tap” or “Triple Tap”.
Whichever you select gives you the same options.
Tap to see which features you can now control with either a double or triple tap on the back of your phone.
They include opening the camera app, taking screenshots, turning the volume up or down, magnifying, scrolling and more.
For example, if you wanted to use a Double Tap to take screenshots, click the “Double Tap” option and then tick “Screenshot”.
Now you should be able to take a screenshot just by tapping the back of your phone twice.
Bear in mind that this feature might not work if you have a thick phone case.
You can switch the features Back Tap controls or turn it off anytime by using the same steps above.
iPhone trick #2 – true 5G?
This one isn’t so much a trick as something to be aware of.
When you see 5G E appear in the top-right of your handset, it doesn’t actually mean you’re getting 5G internet.
5G is the next generation of super-fast internet, and is available on millions of phones in locations around the world – including the UK and US.
If you see 5G in the top-right corner, it means your phone is connected to a 5G network and delivering faster speeds.
But if you see 5G E, it means you’re actually just using an advanced faster version of 4G.
One reason for this is that you may simply be on a non-5G iPhone, like the iPhone 11 or earlier.
If you want to get full 5G, you’ll need a supporting contract, a 5G mast nearby, and an iPhone 12 or later.
iPhone trick #3 – locked camera
If you’re sick of people picking up your iPhone and taking pictures with it, there’s a solution.
You can actually see your Lock Screen camera shortcut to be disabled if the phone isn’t unlocked.
This means you can still use it by going back into settings thanks to Face ID, but friends or family won’t be able to grab it and take snaps.
It’s a great trick if you’ve got a prankster in your life who loves to clog up your iPhone camera feed with their selfies.
This will also prevent them from taking photos even if your phone is unlocked.
To do it, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.
Now toggle Content & Privacy Restrictions on and then go into Allowed Apps.
Then simply disable Camera.
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