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Tips to Get the Most Out of Your iPhone



By Tracey Dowdy

I’m the first to admit that my iPhone can do more than I realize. More than once I’ve come across a shortcut that everyone else seemed to know but I was totally unaware of. Here are a few of my favorites:

Invert Colors
If you find that the light from your phone is a distraction to others or a strain on your eyes, you have the option to invert the colors so the display appears as a photo negative. Go to Settings, General, Accessibility and Invert Colors.

Dial directly to an extension
This is a great shortcut that allows you to skip listening to the prompts in an automated menu and dial an extension directly. When you add the contact to your address book, hit the “+*#” button which will bring up several options including “Pause”. Add a pause after the number, then the extension. Now when your phone dials your contact, it will wait a moment after the call is picked up, then dial the extension.

Text shortcuts
Somehow every time I try to type “Love you” it comes out “Live you”. One of my favorite features is the keyboard shortcut that allows me to type “LY” and autocorrects it to “Love you”. Just go into your Settings, General, Keyboard, and Add Shortcuts. It’s perfect for difficult-to-spell names and commonly used phrases, and it will even store complete sentences.

Jump to the top of the page
I often scroll far down through Facebook, read to the end of the latest Online Mom article, or find myself deep in an app. Instead of scrolling all the way back up, I can simply tap the top bar where the time is displayed and return to the top of the page.

Store PDF files in iBooks
I don’t read books on my iPhone so I don’t normally use iBooks. However, if you use a lot of PDF’s at work, you can download and store them in iBooks and arrange them in an organized manner.

Charge in airplane mode
Airplane mode isn’t just for use while flying or to avoid roaming charges. When you need to charge your battery but only have a little time, enable airplane mode and your phone will charge twice as fast.

What are some of your favorite cell phone features?

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, Ontario. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology.



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