Simplify your life with these 15 quick and clever iPhone hacks (continued)

9. Quickly Close Apps

Running apps are mostly to blame for the drastic battery consumption experienced by others. This is because they simply exit to the home screen after using a certain app thinking that it’ll close right away. The fact is, that app will continue to run even in the background.

Here’s how to solve this problem:

1) Double-click the Home button
2) A list of apps will appear in the form of a sliding window.
3) To close an app, tap and drag it up until it disappears from the queue.

In that same sliding window, you can also tap on an app to switch to it. Be sure not to drag if this is your goal.

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10. Message Timestamps

Apple didn’t show the message timestamps of every message prior to iOS 7. They will appear after a couple of messages only leaving you to infer the rest. It is still not available by default in the new OS but it can now be activated. All you need to do is to pull the message to the left a bit and the timestamps will all appear.

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11. Create LED Alerts

Android phones have this LED which blinks if there is an unread notification. The iPhone 5 doesn’t have one but there is an alternative. The camera flash can be used to alert you that there is a notification.

To set this up:

Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility. In that window, simply turn on “LED Flash for Alerts” and you’ll have pretty much the same thing.

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12. Clear Duplicate Content to Increase Speed

Users often neglect using iCloud. This awesome Apple feature allows you to access all your content across all your Apple devices. By storing your content on iCloud, you can free up space utilized by apps, email, documents and the like which are on your phone.

Go to Settings ->iCloud -> Storage & Backup

1) Near the bottom, you’ll find iCloud Backup
2) Turn it on by swiping to the right.
3) In the next screen, choose the things you want to sync.

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13. Take a Photo While Recording Video

A new feature from iPhone 5 onwards is the ability to take a still image while recording a video. Simply tap the white camera circle bottom right while the video recording is ongoing.

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14. Automatically Launch Siri

Frequent users of Siri will find it annoying to need to access the home button every time to start her. Avoid this hassle by having Siri launch automatically simply by picking up the phone.

To switch this feature on:

Go to Settings -> General ->Siri and turning Raise to Speak on.

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15. Headphone Shortcuts

For those who are fond of listening to music, the headphones are a treat. Still, there are a lot who aren’t even aware that the control switch can be used in different ways. For example, holding it for 2 seconds will launch Siri. A single tap will pause the current track while 2 taps while make it skip the track. Lastly, the volume up button can also be used to take a picture if the camera app is open.

 

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