If you want to reduce the amount of time you spend performing certain actions on your iPhone, there is usually a solution hidden in Apple’s mobile operating system. Here are 12 quick iOS tips that will save you a lot of time in the long run once you start using it.
1. Switch from numbers to letters quickly
Switching the on-screen keyboard when you need to type a number or symbol is all too common on iPhone, so here’s a tip to make the transition super fast.
Instead of tapping the “123” key to switch to the number/symbol keyboard, hold it down and slide your finger to the desired key and then release it. This single action types the number/symbol and automatically switches back to the alphabetical layout, eliminating the need to perform three separate taps to achieve the same result.
2. Remove last number in calculations
It’s a common misconception that if you type the wrong number in the Calculator app, you have to start the whole sum all over again. Fortunately, that’s not the case: simply swipe a finger right or left across the Caller ID to delete the last number you typed, and repeat the action if necessary to delete multiple numbers.
3. Assign a Back Tap function
Tap Back is an accessibility feature that allows you to assign an action to be triggered when you double tap or triple tap the back of your iPhone. You can use it to launch a specific app or invoke the Control Center, toggle Rotation Lock on/off, activate Zoom, open the camera, or even activate a shortcut.
Go to to assign an action to double-tap or triple-tap Settings -> Accessibilitythen tap under ‘Physical and motor skills’ Touch. Scroll down and tap Tap backtap Double tap or Triple tap to set an action to trigger, then select the action from the list you want to trigger.
4. Drag the volume
When adjusting your iPhone’s volume, why repeatedly press the volume buttons when you can press once and then control the volume bar on the screen with your finger.
Not only is this a faster way to increase or decrease the volume, it also gives you much more granular control to help you find your sweet spot, similar to a long press on the volume bar in Control Center.
5. Use the hidden trackpad
Did you know that the virtual keyboard has a hidden trackpad? Just long-press the spacebar and the keyboard blanks out and turns into a trackpad, allowing you to quickly move the on-screen cursor through the text you’ve written.
You might already know this tip. But did you know that if you tap the trackpad with another finger, you can also select text?
6. Disable in-app ratings and rating prompts
If you tend to download a lot of apps, you’re all too familiar with nagging “rate this app” prompts that regularly pull you out of your flow.
Fortunately, you can easily disable them. Go to Settings -> App Store and turn off the switch next to it In-app ratings and reviews.
7. Long press the back buttons
If you’re several menus deep in a system app, such as Settings, you don’t need to tap the back button in the top left multiple times to get back to the main menu. Instead, just long-press it to get a popover of previous screens that you can tap to go right back.
8. QuickTake Video
On iPhone 11 and newer models, you can record videos without leaving the default photo mode. To capture a quick video in the Camera app, hold down the shutter button and release it to stop recording.
To continue recording video without holding down the button, slide the shutter button all the way to the right. The shutter stretches elastically under your finger as you do this and a target padlock icon appears. When placed on the padlock, the shutter button will remain there as long as you are recording video. You can also tap the shutter to take a photo while recording. When you’re ready to stop recording video, simply tap the record button below the viewfinder.
9. Set a timer faster
To quickly set a timer, bring up the Control Center by swiping down diagonally from the top right corner of the screen (if your iPhone has a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen) and press then long press the Timer button . Swipe up on the slider to set a timer duration and hit Start.
Note that each tile in the slider increases the timer duration in the following steps: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 45 minutes and 1 or 2 hours. If you need a longer or more specific duration, just ask Siri to set the timer.
10. Create a speed dial button
If you regularly call the same people, you can create a speed dial button to call them directly from your phone Home screen?
Open the Shortcuts app and press the + button in the top right corner. Tap Add actionand then select one of the suggested contacts in the Call row. Then tap the Part button at the bottom and select Add to home screen from the action menu. Name your shortcut and tap the icon to choose a photo of your contact if you have one tap Add to place it on your Home screen.
11. Copy and paste photo edits
If you have multiple photos that you want to edit in the same way, or you’ve made changes to one photo that you want to replicate in others, use the new copy and paste editing tools in iOS 16.
In the photos app, open an image first, then tap Edit and make the adjustments you want. When you’re done, tap Doneand then tap the ellipsis (three dots) icon on the top right corner of the interface.
Tap from there Copy operations in the drop-down menu to copy everything you’ve done with the image to the clipboard. Then open another photo or select multiple photos from your library, tap the ellipsis icon again, then tap Paste edits to get the exact same adjustments.
12. Scroll up with a tap
This is an old tip, but one of the best and easy to forget. Whenever you’re browsing in Safari or scrolling through a long app menu or feed, tap the status bar at the top of your iPhone’s screen to shoot back up.