Fall in Love with Your iPhone All Over Again

iPhone Life Magazine - - Gear Guide - by Sarah Kings­bury

Raise your hand if your screen is clogged with un­wanted no­ti­fi­ca­tions, if there are Cam­era set­tings you still don’t un­der­stand, if Siri never lets you fin­ish your sen­tences, or if you’ve ever won­dered what those crazy Emo­jis are sup­posed to rep­re­sent. We all love our iPhones and iPads, but ev­ery one of us has ex­pe­ri­enced mo­ments of frus­tra­tion while us­ing our de­vices. Here are 10 tips and tricks to make sure us­ing your iDe­vice is al­ways awe­some and never an­noy­ing.

1Prevent Greedy Apps from Gob­bling Your Data

Have you ever streamed mu­sic or videos on your iPhone or iPad only to re­al­ize the app was us­ing cel­lu­lar data in­stead of Wi-Fi? You can pre­vent rack­ing up data charges by turn­ing off cel­lu­lar data for apps that use a lot of data. Go to Cel­lu­lar in Set­tings and scroll down to the sub­head­ing ti­tled Use Cel­lu­lar Data For. There you will see a list of all the apps on your de­vice. Turn off data ac­cess for any apps that are heavy data users or ones you can live with­out when away from Wi-Fi. Re­mem­ber, you can al­ways turn cel­lu­lar data back on if you change your mind.

2Change What Day Your Week Starts in Cal­en­dar

By de­fault, Sun­day is the first day of the week in the Cal­en­dar app, but if you have an un­usual sched­ule or pre­fer the cal­en­dar week to start on Mon­day, you can eas­ily ad­just your Cal­en­dar to match your life­style. In Set­tings, sim­ply go to Mail, Con­tacts, Cal­en­dars and scroll down to Cal­en­dars. Tap on Start Week On and se­lect your pre­ferred start day.

3Use Your Cam­era’s HDR Set­ting

HDR stands for High Dy­namic Range, and it works by cap­tur­ing three dif­fer­ent ex­po­sures of the same im­age and then com­bin­ing them into a sin­gle im­age. It is most use­ful for tak­ing pho­tos of land­scapes and low-lit sub­jects and least use­ful for shots of mov­ing sub­jects. Se­lect HDR On or HDR Off in the Cam­era app’s top menu panel on your iPhone if you want to con­trol whether to take a photo in HDR or not. If you have an iPhone 5s, you can choose HDR Auto if you want to let the iPhone's cam­era con­trol when to use HDR.

If you want to be able to com­pare the dif­fer­ences be­tween your HDR and non-HDR images, go to Set­tings > Pho­tos & Cam­era and tog­gle Keep Nor­mal Photo on. Now the HDR and non-HDR ver­sions will both save to your Cam­era Roll.

4Take Ver­ti­cal Panoramic Pho­tos

Panoramic pho­tos aren’t just for ex­tra-wide hor­i­zon­tal images. You can also use your de­vice’s panoramic mode to cap­ture shots of re­ally tall build­ings or ver­ti­cally ori­ented land­scape fea­tures. To take the photo, hold your de­vice hor­i­zon­tally in­stead of ver­ti­cally and then move your de­vice up or down as you take the pic­ture in­stead of from side to side.

5In­vert Screen Colors

If you of­ten find your­self squint­ing into the glare of your iPhone or iPad screen while read­ing an e-book or check­ing emails in the dark, you should turn on the tripleclick short­cut for in­vert­ing your de­vice’s screen colors. Give your eyes a break by go­ing to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity, tap­ping Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Short­cut, and se­lect­ing In­vert Colors. Now all you have to do is triple-click the home but­ton to in­vert the colors any time you are us­ing your de­vice in a low-light sit­u­a­tion.

6Find Out The Names of the Dif­fer­ent Emo­jis

You’ve prob­a­bly used Emo­jis be­fore to add a lit­tle vis­ual fun to your texts and emails. But do you know what the in­di­vid­ual sym­bols are called? You can find out by hav­ing Siri read them to you. Just go to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Ac­ces­si­bil­ity > Speak Se­lec­tion and tog­gle Speak Se­lec­tion on. Type some Emoji text in Notes or a mes­sage. Next, tap and hold any­where in the Emoji text, choose Se­lect All from the op­tions menu, and then tap Speak.

7Create Cus­tom Re­peats in Re­minders

The Re­minders app has limited op­tions for re­peat re­minders: daily, weekly, bi­weekly, monthly, and yearly. But you can work around th­ese lim­its and cre­ate cus­tom re­peats by us­ing Siri to set your re­minders. Just say, “Re­mind me to take my car in for an oil change ev­ery three months start­ing Novem­ber 1st at 9 a.m.,” and Siri will set the re­minder for ev­ery three months.

8Flick Away An­noy­ing No­ti­fi­ca­tions

If you’re tired of hav­ing im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties (you know, like play­ing QuizUp) in­ter­rupted by un­wanted no­ti­fi­ca­tions from other apps, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to wait for the no­ti­fi­ca­tions to dis­ap­pear on their own. Just flick the no­ti­fi­ca­tion up­ward to make it dis­ap­pear so you can get back to busi­ness.

9Ad­just Siri's Vol­ume

If you've ever wanted to turn Siri's voice up or down, you've prob­a­bly searched fruit­lessly in Set­tings for Siri's vol­ume con­trol. You may have even tried ask­ing Siri to ad­just its own vol­ume, only to be told Siri can't do that. The only way to make the vir­tual as­sis­tant speak louder or more softly is to ac­ti­vate Siri, and then ad­just the sound us­ing your de­vice's vol­ume but­tons.

10Get Siri to Stop In­ter­rupt­ing You

If you’ve ever been in­ter­rupted by Siri be­fore you could fin­ish your re­quest, you’ll be happy to know that there’s an easy way to cor­rect Siri’s im­po­lite habit. Next time you press and hold the Home but­ton to ac­ti­vate Siri, con­tinue to hold the Home but­ton un­til you’re fin­ished speak­ing your re­quest. This sim­ple fix will make your in­ter­ac­tions with Siri a lot more cour­te­ous.

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