Every year there is a new iPhone on the market. It has gotten to a point where it is almost impossible to keep up. Cameras are more sharp, internet speeds are higher, and there are little nuanced changes to make your life easier. Because everything changes so fast, it is hard to learn exactly what your phone can do as it continues to get upgraded or when you download the latest software version to your device. If you are an iPhone user, there are probably a few things your phone can do that you don’t realize are available to you. Here are a few iPhone hacks you need to know.
Moving the Cursor
Many people don’t realize that you can easily move the cursor on your iPhone where you want it to go. A lot of us have written a text message or an email on the go from our phones and as we are hurrying about, we check the spelling, punctuation, and overall syntax of what we wrote only to find an error. That is common and nothing to be worried about.
What you can do instead of poking at your phone trying to get the cursor to the proper location and getting frustrated and just deleting an entire sentence is to hold down the space bar. On iPhones, when you hold down the space bar the cursor can be moved by sliding your thumb around the screen and placing it exactly where you need it.
Retrieving Deleted Photos
Many of us believe that once you delete something it is gone forever. This is not the case. Just like in your email, when you delete something it goes to the trash. You can simply open your trash and find what you deleted in there. The same is true for your photos. When you delete a photo on purpose or on accident, the photo goes to a deleted folder that you can access in order to find what was thrown in the bin.
It’s easy to know how to retrieve deleted photos on iPhone because it is already set up for you. Go into your photos app and scroll all the way to the bottom under the Utilities heading and the very last item will say “recently deleted.” Open that folder and voila, all of your recently deleted photos are in one place for you to access.
Group Text Replies
When you are in a group chat on an iPhone you can respond to one person specifically in order to show who your response is for and what you are referring to. An actual line will be drawn between your response and what you are responding to. Although this sounds like it could be complicated, it is actually one of the easiest things you will do.
When you are in the group chat, hold your finger down on the text you want to reply to. As you hold your finger down, a menu will appear and the first menu item will be “reply.” Hit reply and then you will reply to that specific piece of text. When you hit send, that line will magically appear and everyone will see your response and what you are responding to.
Move the Keyboard
If you find yourself to be a one-hand texter, you can squish the keyboard to one side of your screen to make it easier to type with one hand. To do this is quite easy and will make your life less cumbersome if you are walking with a coffee in one hand and you want to text with the other.
When you open up your text there is a globe icon text to your space bar. This icon is used to open up your emoji screen. If you hold your finger down on the globe, a menu appears with three different keyboards. The middle keyboard is standard while the ones on the left and right allow you to squish the keyboard to either side so that you can text with one hand.
There are several more little hacks like these that you can use on your phone. We have only begun to scratch the surface of all the tiny things your iPhone can do to make your life easier. These hacks are the most important as they save you time, but you will also find hacks that can save you storage space (holding down the home button to clear out your RAM) and keep you organized (hiding infrequently used apps).