iPhones are pretty clever there's no doubting that, but the chances are your iPhone is probably a lot more clever than you're giving it credit for, here's a list of 25 tips and tricks that aren't common knowledge. If you know any of your own, tell us in the comments and we'll add them to the list.


1. Redial

In the Phone app, press the green call button on the keypad screen to make the last dialled number appear.

2. Clear Cache

Make your iPhone run faster by clearing out the cache in several of Apple’s apps using a secret trick. In the App Store, Podcasts, Music, Game Center, iMessage and Phone apps, tap on any single tab icon at the bottom of the screen 10 times in a row.

3. Make Touch ID Work Faster

Save the same fingerprint multiple times as different entries and Touch ID will work much faster. This is especially useful on older phones like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s.

4. Spotlight Conversions

Remember when we told you how easy conversions are in our post on Google search tricks? It’s even easier for iPhone users — just open Spotlight and type something like “20 euros in GBP,” and it will instantly perform the conversion.

5. Spotlight Math

Want to do a quick math problem? No need to open the Calculator app, just pull down to open Spotlight and type it right there.

6. Delete Numbers In The Calculator

Speaking of the Calculator, you can delete single digits when you tap the wrong number by swiping left or right on the screen where the numbers appear.

7. Clear Your Ram

Hold down the power button until you see “Slide to power off,” then let go and hold down the home button until the screen goes blank and your home screen reappears.

8. Burst Mode

Hold down the camera’s shutter button to shoot in burst mode.

9. Remote Shutter

Use the volume up or down button on your headphones to snap a photo in the Camera app.

10. Turn The Flashlight Off

How many times have you turned your flashlight on and wished that you didn’t have to swipe open the Control Panel again to shut it off? We’ll save you a step: simply swipe up on the camera icon on your lock screen and the flashlight will turn off.

11. 3D Touch While Drawing

All of the drawing tools and the eraser are pressure sensitive in the Notes app.

12. Close Multiple Apps At Once

Double-tap the home button to open the app switcher and you can use two, even three fingers to slide multiple apps closed with one swipe.

13. Recently Closed Tabs

Want to re-read this article on your phone but you forgot what site you were reading it on in the first place? Simply tap and hold on the + symbol in Safari on the tab carousel view to open a screen that lists all of your recently closed tabs.

14. Desktop Version Of A Site

We all know you can request the desktop version of a mobile site in Safari but it’s easier to do than you think. Just hold down the reload button in the URL bar.

15. Peek At Tabs

Not sure you want to open that tab in the Safari tab carousel? A 3D Touch will let you peek at it first.

16. Peek At Bookmarks

Did you know you can use 3D Touch to peek at bookmarks before you open them?

17. Edit Reminders

3D Touch an item in your Reminders app to edit the time or add a location.

18. View Only Unread Emails

So you don’t practice “inbox zero” like I do but you only want to see unread emails in your inbox? Tap the Mailboxes link in the top right corner of the Mail app and then tap Edit. Tap the circle next to “Unread” and you’ll have a new folder that contains only your unread emails.

19. Save A Draft With One Swipe

In the Mail app, tap on the subject line and swipe down to the bottom of the screen to save a draft.

20. Quick Reply

When you get a notification at the top of the screen that you have a new iMessage or SMS, pull the notification downward to reply without leaving the screen you’re on.

21. Hidden Levels

Slide to the left in the Compass app to open the level. Then place your phone flat with the screen facing away from the ground to reveal a bubble level.

22. Artist Peek

3D Touch an artist in the Music app to peek at their music.

23. Renewable Low Power Mode

When Low Power Mode automatically shuts off as you charge, you’ll get a notification on your lock screen that it has been disabled. Swipe left on that notification to turn it back on.

24. Find An iPhone's Owner

Did you find a lost iPhone in a bar? Simply ask Siri, “whose phone is this?” and it will show you so you can get in touch with him or her and return it.

25. Reachability

This is one of the new iPhones’ best features and there are still so many people who don’t know about it. Double-touch (don’t tap, touch) on the home button and the entire screen will shift down so you can reach the top without shifting your grip.