Useful iPhone Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know About

December 29, 2016 | Updated: 9:49 a.m., December 29, 2016

It's safe to say many iPhone users out there probably aren't using every feature the iPhone has to offer. Here are a few "hacks" you can do to improve your daily iPhone usage.

Location Reminders
You probably use Siri to remind you to call mom at 5 p.m. or take the chicken out of the oven,  but you can also tell Siri “remind me to call dad when I get home.” The moment you arrive at home Siri, will remind you to give dad a call. You will need to activate your location services first and make sure your phone knows where home is located.

Quicker Charging
You're out having a good time but your iPhone is at 5 percent battery power. What do you do? If you're charging your iPhone and need it to go a little faster than usual, make sure you turn on airplane mode so it can get just a little extra kick when revving up. When in airplane mode, all your apps fighting for the battery life get turned off so your phone is just focused on charging.

Built in Bubble Level
If you're a DIY queen, this next secret will make your day. The compass tool that nobody ever uses also has a bubble gauge to help you level things out or to help you figure out if that painting is hung straight. Just open up the compass app and swipe left.

Closing Apps Faster
Have too many apps open and feel like it gets tedious closing them one by one? Swiping up with three fingers will close more apps at a time.

More Accurate Signal Reader
By now you should know that 1 bar means you don't have a very strong cellular signal, but exactly how weak is it? If you like numbers and a better accuracy reading, then you should try accessing the Field Mode tool. All you have to do is dial:*3001#12345#* and you'll be in Field Mode. Disregard all the menu options that pop up. Just look in the top left corner of your phone and you will notice a number. The closer that number is to 0, the stronger your signal strength is. If you really like this function and want to replace it with your current "bar" signals, then all you have to do is hold down the power button until the option to swipe off pops up. Don't swipe your phone off, simply hit the menu button and it should now display numbers instead of bars for your signal strength.


Know Where Your Car is Parked
If you have a car that can sync to your phone through Bluetooth, here's a nifty little function you might find useful. When CarPlay is active, Apple's Maps app will automatically mark where you are parked. All you need to do is tap "Parked Car" to find your way back to it.

Improve Battery Life
If you aren't a big fan of the Spotlight search feature, just go ahead and turn it off. Even though you're not using it, the feature can still eat up some of your battery life. Go to your settings > general > spotlight search and limit what it's doing.