The top 10 phone tricks and tips you should know about
I’ve had an android phone for years and my first iPhone since the 4S launch, and I’m still learning new things on it everyday! We pooled together here at the office to come up with our favorite tips and tricks you may not know about.
Know any others? Leave a comment and share them with us!
- Easily scroll to the top of a page
- Ever find yourself at the bottom of a website having to scroll to the top? Not anymore; In Mail, Safari, Contacts and most apps, simply tap the status bar (where the time is displayed) at the top of the screen to jump quickly to the top.
- Access your music controls without unlocking your phone
- All you have to do is double tap the home button to access your music controls without unlocking your phone.
- Control you music with your headphones
- Double tap the center of the volume control to skip a song, or triple tap to listen to the previous song. And as always, you can single tap to pause/play the song, or hold the middle to ask Siri to do it for you. You can also control the camera using the volume control, just like on the phone itself.
- Type domains quicker
- When typing a website address in Safari, you don’t have to type the “.com.” You can just type vmbc to ge to vmbc.com (same in Safari on your mac). On a related note, you can press and hold down the .com button and you’ll see a list of alternatives to choose, such as .net, .org and .edu.
- Use location-based reminders
- Did you know Siri can set location-based reminders on your iPhone 4S? Say ‘Remind me to stop at the grocery store when I leave here’ or ‘remind me to call Melanie when I get home’ and you’ll be notified accordingly.
- Keep annoying callers away by routing them directly to your voicemail
- First, open the offending person’s profile in your contacts list. Then, press the Menu button, tap Options, and check the Incoming calls box.
- Open web links in a new window
- Long-press any Web link to open it in a new window.
- Respond to an incoming call with a text message
- If you’re running Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich, the ‘incoming call’ screen will give you three response options: pick up, ignore, or ‘ignore with text.’
- One Touch Dialing
- Hold your finger on an open space and select Shortcuts. Then, touch ‘direct dial’ and pick the person from your contact list. If one-touch texting is what you crave, use the ‘direct message’ option instead.
- You can set your hotkeys to open apps. Head into the main Settings menu, select Applications, and then choose Quick Launch to get started.