The Apple iPhone X is a technological marvel, bringing together innovation and creativity that has been missing from Apple in recent years. During the launch of the iPhone X alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, many did not expect the iPhone X to feature a near bezel-less display alongside a notch that just didn’t seem to fit at the time. While brands from the East did manage to catch up, the iPhone was one of the first — if not the first — to feature a notch.
It is also the first iPhone to have an OLED display (albeit later as compared to many Android devices) as well as a dual-camera setup alongside the iPhone 8 Plus. Thanks to its near bezel-less display screen, Apple rendered its Home button buttons. Instead it chose to utilise swipe-based gestures for navigation.
Of course, this is the first iPhone in history to abandon its trademark design for something out of the ordinary. It isn’t like Apple to sway from traditions, but it has to in order to move forward. Its glass and stainless-steel form factor offers wireless charging capabilities, something you never thought would appear on an iPhone.
While all these new features and updates on the Apple iPhone X are groundbreaking, there are still many other features that have yet to be explored. From small tweaks and reworks to actual shortcuts to make your daily driver even better, here are some of the best and sometimes unknown shortcuts and hidden features on your iPhone X.
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The new Face ID on the iPhone X can work more than just securing your iPhone. Aside from unlocking the device, it can also keep your message notifications away from sight on the lock screen. Once Face ID detects you looking at your phone will it display your messages. This helps you to maintain your privacy away from prying eyes. Face ID also works more than just keeping your iPhone locked; it can also replace your iTunes and App Store. Face ID can also be disabled by pressing down on the sleep/wake button five times. This keeps your phone safe if someone forces you to unlock it.
For past iPhone users, you will probably remember an awesome feature in older iPhones where double-tapping on the home button slides down the display so you can reach all your apps with a single hand. While the iPhone X is relatively larger compared to its predecessors, it doesn’t mean that feature is gone, even if the home button is. Simply head to the Settings app and go to General > Accessibility. From there, just scroll down until you find “Interaction” and enable Reachability. Once activated, a quick swipe on the home bar at the bottom is enough to trigger it.
If you’re too busy to actually send a reply to a friend with both hands, there is a much quicker way to do this. When the keyboard is present, simply hold down on the emoji button and a menu window will appear. This allows you to switch to a one-handed keyboard, made for both left- and right-handed users. Speaking of emojis, you can now set shortcuts to your favourite emojis instead of having to press on the emoji button. When in the Settings app, just look for General > Keyboard and select Text Replacement. Now you can add any letter, word, or phrase to suit your favourite emojis.
While many may notice but rarely pay attention, your iPhone X comes with a pre-installed Compass app. This proves useful only when you’re lost and you want to get your bearings straight. But with the introduction of built-in GPS to smartphones, the need for a compass becomes redundant. However, Apple has found a way around it by introducing a Spirit Level feature into its compass. One left swipe brings you to it, which will then help you check the balance of your countertop, tables, and any flat top surface. This done by using the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer.
With the home button missing on the iPhone X, it did leave plenty of users confused as to how they should navigate. Of course, Apple does offer a tutorial on how to open the iPhone X’s new app switcher interface. This simply means swiping up from the bottom of the screen, stopping at the centre, and waiting for the app switch pop-up to appear. Instead, the shorter route would be to swipe upwards in the centre, starting at the bottom of the screen and moving over to the right in one continuous semicircular motion. You can also switch between recent apps by swiping side-to-side at the bottom of the display, making it that much easier for you to multitask.