How to Make Your iPhone Work for You

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Will Young

Have you ever felt the weight of minor disappointment sinking into your stomach after purchasing the newest iPhone only to find yourself more disconnected from its new fancy features? Like every step forward in the advancement of these tools leaves you still two steps behind last year’s big update?

Have you ever thought something along the lines of “Aren’t these handheld devices supposed to be tools that make our lives easier?” Or “Isn’t Siri supposed to be smarter than this?” And while you know the answer to these questions is “Yes!” You just can’t seem to make your iPhone work like you think it should?

Well folks, I’m here to tell you that answer is in fact “yes”. The iPhone was developed by Steve Jobs whose main focus was creating a handheld device that would be, above all else, rational and functional in our daily lives. Yet many people fumble over these supposedly functional features, some people don’t even realize the extent of what their iPhone can do.

You shouldn’t have to put in hours of extra work into figuring out how to work your new iPhone. Here are a few tips and tricks for iPhone users that will help you make your iPhone work like it does in the movies (or commercials).

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Did you realize that you have half of a toolbox in your hand?

Your iPhone comes equipped with a built in level, tape measurer, and magnifying glass. It also has built in technology for finding studs behind drywall (though this feature requires an additional download from the App Store.)

To use the level or tape measuring features on your iPhone, simply find the Measure App. The Measure app will guide you through step-by-step instructions for using the tape measure feature. Keep in mind that this handy trick is great in a pinch but it may not be as accurate as using a real-life tape measure. If you’re looking to use the level option, you can find it in the same app on the right side.

Not sure how to quickly find an app on your iPhone? Give your iPhone’s touch screen a quick downward “flick” as if you were trying to clean a spec of dust off of the glass. A search bar should drop down from the top of your screen along with a few app suggestions by Siri. If that method isn’t working for you, just try swiping all the way to the left, past your home screen. You’ll find a search bar at the top of this screen, as well.

Eye-strain got you down? Look no further than to your iPhone’s Accessibility Shortcuts. (This is my personal favorite part of owning an iPhone!) The Accessibility Menu can be easily accessed on any page by simply pressing the side button three times in succession.
On the Accessibility Shortcuts Menu you will find features like the magnifying glass, or Magnifier. This tool uses your iPhone’s camera as a magnifying lens for when you’re struggling to read the fine print. Adjust the magnification by moving the slider that appears on the screen.

Struggling to read the fine print ON your iPhone screen? No worries! The Accessibility Shortcut called Zoom will enlarge the page on your screen. Once you have turned Zoom on in the Shortcut Menu, double tap the screen using three fingers to zoom in. Drag three fingers across the screen to move the zoom window or double tap + drag with three fingers to change the zoom level.

This is just a fraction of the features your iPhone has built in for your ease of use.

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