hen I started our company in the 1980s,
CompuServe (which was the first online service
provider) hosted forums for HP electronics that
played a key role in how we built community and exchanged
information. We have gone back to our roots with a private
iPhone Life Facebook Group. There, our community and staff
answer each other’s questions, suggest tips, and make app and
gear recommendations. In a little over a week, we had nearly
2,000 users and many helpful posts. Here, I’ll share a handful
of tips and tricks from the group that will remind you that great
things happen when we help solve each other’s problems.
What iPhone Features Are the Most Underrated?
Lynn: I use Reader Mode in Safari all the time. I love that you
can easily email the whole article.
Gerry: Face ID is the greatest.
Janelle: Another vote for Face ID. Love it!
David: Portrait Mode is amazing!
Tamara: AirDrop! It’s shocking how many folks don’t know
what it is or how to use it. We love sharing it with our clients.
Terry: With VoiceOver, anyone with a visual impairment can
have their iPhone or iPad’s screen read to them, including
buttons, icons, links, and other interface elements, and use
gestures to navigate and select their options. I appreciate
the finger roll technique (rolling your thumb and middle finger
together to go between characters, words, and language
Is It Possible to Delete Digits in the Calculator App?
John: If you spend a lot of time inside the iOS Calculator app,
you know the frustration of mistyping a digit and then having
to start the calculation all over again. This hidden backspace
function means you won’t have to resort to the C or AC
buttons every time you make a mistake. When you enter the
wrong digit, just swipe to the left or the right at the top of
the screen where the digits are displayed. The motion acts
as a backspace command and will remove the number you
Is There a Way to Save a Whole Text Conversation Instead
of Individual Messages?
Zane: I have come up with a way that is not nearly as
cumbersome as it sounds. Select a text in the conversation
you want to save. Press and hold on the text until you see
More. From here, you are able to select each of the texts in
the conversation. After selecting them, click on the curved
arrow at the bottom. This now allows you to send the selected
texts to anyone. If you send them to yourself, they will appear
together in a new text. Now just copy and paste the text into
Can I Use my Camera Zoom as a Magnifying Glass?
John: The ability to zoom in on real-world images can prove
helpful in all kinds of situations, like when you forgot your
reading glasses and are squinting at a menu in a dimly lit
restaurant. Go to Settings, open General, choose Accessibility,
and then tap Magnifier and turn the feature on. With this
toggle set to on, you can launch the iOS Camera app and
triple-click the Home button (or the Side button on the iPhone
X) to bring up the Magnifier option. Use the slider at the bottom of the screen to take a closer look at anything, from a
photograph to a block of text. �
Top Tips from the iPhone Life Community
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Hal, along with his wife Rita, founded i Phone Life’s original publishing company, Thaddeus Computing, in 1985. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Hal’s
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