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We bring you six tips for your iPhone display that you might not know.
You have an iPhone, and you know you can invert colours and lower your brightness, but did you know that there are many settings you can tweak to make your display better for you, and your life easier? Here's 6.
1. Extra-low brightness
You can turn brightness down to minimum, but it may still be bright. Here's how to bypass that and make it lower. First, open the Settings app, tap General, then Accessibility. Tap Zoom, then the toggle to turn it on. Your display will zoom in – tap with three fingers to zoom back out. In the Zoom Region section, change it to Full Screen Zoom.
Scroll down to Zoom Filter, tap it, then tap 'Low Light'. You can then turn your brightness up a little bit, from the Control Center, if it's too dark! Tap the toggle next to Zoom to turn it off.
2. Hidden dark mode (iOS 11+)
With iOS 11, Apple improved on the classic inverting colours features with a new Smart Invert. This enables a dark interface throughout iOS. The only issue is that this mode is really rubbish. Not many apps work with it, a lot of content is still inverted. You can try it, and turn it on by going into Settings, then the General section. Tap Accessibility, then Display Accommodations. Tap Invert Colours, then the toggle next to Smart Invert.
iOS 12 improves on Smart Invert by fixing inverted content in Safari and other apps. It is less buggy, too. iOS 12 comes out late September.
3. Shapes for buttons and links
This feature will help people with partial vision or who struggle to see links and buttons in apps. Called, Button Shapes, it's been in iOS for ages, if you have an old iPhone, like a 4 or 4S, you can get it on that too! To enable button shapes, open the Settings app, then tap General and Accessibility. Scroll down to Button Shapes, and tap the toggle. Older versions of iOS actually have shapes for buttons -- recent updates have changed that to a underline.
You can also turn on On and Off labels for the green toggles. Tap the toggle next to the corresponding option. This has an 'o' for off and '|' for on.
4. Remove animations in iOS
If you have an old iPhone, that is starting to get slow, the animations that iOS has aren't helpful. However, you can turn them off, and change them to a subtle fade. To do this, go into Settings, then General and Accessibility. Then tap Reduce Motion, then the toggle. Now press the home button to go home, and you will notice different animations. You can do this on any iPhone, even the 8 and X.
It's important to note that if you have an iPhone 5S or 6/6 Plus which is being slow, iOS 12, a free upgrade, drastically improves the speed and stability of the operating system. It's due to come soon in September.
5. Shake your iPhone to undo
There's a little known feature, something that's really helpful, in iOS, that allows you to quickly undo any mistakes you've written in iMessage, Notes or any other app. It's called 'shake to undo' and after writing a mistake, or deleting a bunch of text, you can shake your iPhone to undo it. To make sure this is on, go into the General section of Settings, then Accessibility. Look for the 'Shake to Undo' sector, then tap it, and tap the toggle to make sure it's on.
This is a really handy tip, and probably one of the most hidden features, but best features, of iOS. It's really convenient and if you start using it, you won't stop.
6. Tap to Wake (iPhone X only)
Because the iPhone X has an OLED screen, there's more you can do with it. A really useful feature is Tap to Wake, that allows you to tap the screen to turn the phone on. It's such as nifty little feature that helps you. This should be on by default, but if it was turned off, or isn't on, go into Settings, then General. Tap Accessibility, scroll down to Tap to Wake, and tap the toggle (it will go green).
Users of the older iPhones can turn on Raise to Wake, that allows you to lift your phone and turn it on. To do this, go to Settings, Display & Brightness, and tap the setting.
We hope these six tips will make your iPhone experience better. Do you have any more we haven't covered? Leave a comment, or get in touch with us. There may be more hidden features with iOS 12! Please also check out the video, made by the author, showing these tips in action, and giving a tutorial on using them.