Hidden iPhone Tricks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Starting with iOS 16, when it’s released later in 2022, the Hidden and Recently Deleted photo albums will ask for your passcode to view the content.

Delete old screenshots

While tapping the Albums section in the Photos app and scrolling down to get to Hidden, you may have noticed other types of media that the app automatically separates for you. Cleaning up old screenshots or screenshots by tapping those sections can be an easy way to free up a little more storage space. It’s also a quick way to remove random junk from a library of memories.

Remove apps from the home screen (without deleting them)

I am a minimalist with an app problem. I love trying out new apps, especially writing and tasks, but I quickly find myself having dozens of home screens or having to manage dozens of folders full of apps. Instead, I removed them from view.

If you long press an app and then . select Delete Appa dialog box allows you to: Delete App or Remove from home screen. If you remove the icon from your home screen, it will still appear in the app library (swipe left until you reach your app library). You can always add it back to a home screen later by doing the reverse. Find and hold the app in the app library, then select Add to home screen.

Rearrange the home screen in seconds, not hours

Likewise, if you want to organize your home screen layouts, you can move entire screens of apps without moving individual icons. On the home screen, tap the dots at the bottom that represent the number of screens you have. The icons will shake for a moment and then you will see all your home screens. You can remove the check marks you no longer want to see, or you can move each rectangle to reorder them.

Pin messages from friends so they don’t get lost

Within Messages, tapping and holding on a group or individual message will bring up a few choices, including: Pin. Select that and that thread will hang at the top, especially the other messages, including new, incoming messages. You can do this with multiple people or groups, and it makes it much easier to find the people you talk to the most.

Quickly lock your phone for more security

If you’re concerned about being forced by authorities to unlock your phone using biometrics, there’s a way to quickly disable Face ID and Touch ID. For iPhone 8 and later, press and hold the button on the right and one of the volume buttons at the same time for about two seconds.

Doing so will display a screen to turn off the phone, see Medical ID or go to Emergency SOS. Opening this screen also disables biometrics, requiring your passcode to be re-entered to get into the phone.

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