Five hidden features you didn’t know your iPhone could do, including a hidden button

YOUR iPhone has tons of features and tricks to help you save tons of time.

The problem is, some of them are easy to miss if you don’t know where to look – here are five that may have passed you by.


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1. Turn the Apple logo into a hidden button

The Apple logo on the back of your iPhone is actually a secret button.

A little-known feature makes life a lot easier – it allows you to take screenshots and change the volume simply by touching the back of your phone.

To enable this feature, make sure you’ve updated to iOS 14 or later. To do this, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Then go to settings. Scroll down and tap Availability > Touch > Back Press. You have the option to enable double tap or triple tap.

Whichever you choose, gives you the same options.

Tap to see which features can now be controlled with a double or triple tap on the back of your phone.

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These include taking screenshots, increasing or decreasing the volume, magnifying the image on the screen, scrolling up or down the page, and more.

For example, if you want to double tap to take screenshots, press the button double tap option and then select Screenshot.

You should now be able to take a screenshot by simply double-tapping the back of your phone.

2. Long press on apps for quick access

On your iPhone’s home screen, pressing and holding an app — known as a long press — will open a quick menu containing shortcuts to its most popular features.

Just click on one of the options to quickly launch the app with a ready-made feature of your choice.

For example, a long press on the camera app allows you to quickly tap to record a video, take a selfie, record a portrait photo, and more.

Tapping and holding the Notes app lets you quickly open a new note, add a photo, or scan a document.

3. Secret keyboard trackpad

This hidden keyboard and trackpad trick allows you to switch between each character in your text without having to press furiously on the display.

This is useful if you don’t have nimble fingers and find it hard to click on the exact letter you need to edit in the text box.

When using the iPhone’s default keyboard, just hold down the spacebar while you’re typing.

The keys will become blank and the screen cursor will enlarge.

You can move your finger from left to right on the empty keyboard to quickly move the cursor back and forth.

4. Record soundtrack while shooting video

There’s a handy way to spice up your iPhone video with an epic soundtrack.

Simply play music through your mobile phone speakers with your preferred music app such as Spotify or Apple Music.

With your ringtone still playing, open the camera app. Make sure your camera is set to photo mode and not video.

Press and hold the shutter button and drag it to the right. Your iPhone will start recording video while your music continues to play in the background.

5. Shortcut to go to the top of the page

You can quickly jump to the top of an app or website by tapping the top of the screen.

This little-known shortcut saves you the hassle of scrolling up multiple times when you want to get back to the beginning of what you’re reading.

Once at the top of the page in Safari and third-party apps like Google Chrome, you can drag the screen down and release to refresh the app or website.

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