For a lot of us, iMessage is the primary way we stay in touch with our friends and family. But there’s a lot more to the Messages app than simply sending and receiving text and photos. Check out our essential Messages tips and tricks for iPhone to make your iMessage conversations a lot more interesting.
iPhone Tips and Tricks
Are you bored with the standard iPhone ringtones? Maybe you’d rather hear a song from your favorite band or the theme from your favorite TV show when your phone rings. You can easily convert any song or audio clip in your iTunes Library into a ringtone and I’ll show you how you can annoy the people around you with an iPhone ringtone like the Doctor Who theme or Monty Python’s The Lumberjack Song.
The worst thing about backups is that you only really think about them when it’s too late. When your iPhone is already dead, or stolen. So here’s your reminder – back the hell up.
If you search online to find a way to mirror your iPhone or iPad on your Mac, you’ll get several different results. Most are expensive, bloated software that you don’t need. Everyone seems to be quite hushed about a hidden feature built right into macOS that lets you mirror your iOS device. That’s right, you can do this already without any additional software and it’s totally free.
You won’t really feel at home on your iPhone until all your important data is all here. All your contacts, emails, photos and videos. You might be wondering, how exactly to make that happen? While it’s not as seamless as going to another Android phone, it’s not as soul-sucking as you might imagine. Thanks to a couple of apps (including Apple’s own), you’ll be able to transfer all the data, wirelessly, when you binge on a TV show or two.
Instagram stories are a fun way to keep everyone in loop with your personal life without always posting a permanent photo. Though Instagram users tend to have far more followers than on Snapchat, which means your story is exposed to even more people. While that may be good for exposure, you may not want all of those prying eyes seeing what you’re up to.
Mail was one of the apps Steve Jobs demoed at iPhone’s keynote back in 2007. Now, it’s 10 years later, the Mail app is still here and millions of people use it as the default way to get work done using email. While the Mail app might seem simple, just like it did 10 years back, it’s grown quite a bit. And it has enough features (hidden and otherwise) for it to be your default email client and it can hold a candle against third party clients. If you want to use the Mail app better, read our essential Mail tips and tricks for iPhone below.
The iPhone’s Maps app has certainly had a long, bumpy ride up until now. Back when the iPhone first came out, it was powered exclusively by Google Maps. Alas, that meant it didn’t even have turn-by-turn directions. That is until iOS 6 when Apple redesigned the Maps app from the ground up, but this caused significant problems.
It’s incredible how much Safari has evolved since the inception of iOS, known back then as iPhone OS. We’re 10 major releases in and what was once a basic mobile browser is complete with handy shortcuts, superior tab management, and added speed and security.