iOS Hacks: Five Useful Features You Probably Don’t Know About and are Easy to Use

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iOS Hacks: Five Useful Features You Probably Don’t Know About and are Easy to Use
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

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Of all the functions offered by iOS, some are better known than others. And some are more useful than others. Of the lesser known ones we want to present a selection of the five most useful.


Easily switch between Wi-Fi or Bluetooth networks

Some time ago, to change the Wi-Fi network or the Bluetooth devices to which we connected, we had to go to the Settings app. Now we can do it directly in the Control Center.

  1. We open the Control Center (by swiping down from the top right of the screen).
  2. Press and hold down on the box containing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  3. Press and hold down on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icon.
  4. Choose the network or device you want to connect to.

Removing download restrictions via mobile data

By default, our iPhone or iPad never downloads anything larger than 200MB whenever we are using the mobile data connection. Tremendously useful for not exhausting our monthly fee, but a drawback sometimes, especially if we have tariffs with large amounts of data available. Fortunately, we can change the limits by following these steps:

  1. We open the Settings app.
  2. Go to iTunes Store and App Store.
  3. Tap on App Downloads.
  4. Choose Always Allow.

Automatically close Safari tabs

When surfing the Internet we open many tabs and, although we can close them whenever we want, we can also tell Safari to do it for us after a period of time. We will do it by following these steps:

  1. We open the Settings app and enter Safari.
  2. Tap on Close tabs.
  3. We choose between after a day, week or month.

Speaking of Safari, it is also really interesting to learn how to delete the Internet browsing history, a very good way to improve our privacy while we move around the network.

Capture a full page in Safari

We know how to take a screenshot, don’t we, but when it comes to web pages it is quite likely that what we want to “capture” won’t fit the whole screen. Do we take more than one screenshot? Fortunately, we can capture an entire page very easily.

  1. We open Safari and enter a web page.
  2. We take a screenshot by pressing the side button and the volume up button at the same time (on devices with a home button we press the side button and the Home button).
  3. Tap the screenshot that appears at the bottom left of the screen.
  4. Select Full Page at the top.
  5. Tap OK to save the screenshot.

Note that the screenshot will be saved in PDF format.

Share photos without sending location information

When we send photos we send more than just the images, as each image has metadata such as the time it was taken, whether the flash was triggered, which lens was used and the location where it was taken. Out of all, the location is information that can be sensitive and we may want to remove it from the image before sharing it. We do it like this:

  1. We open the Photos app, choose a photo and tap the share button (square with up arrow).
  2. At the top, tap the Options button.
  3. Uncheck Location and click OK.
  4. Send the image.

It is clear that iOS has much more than 5 small utilities, but among all of them, these are quite interesting. The list could go on with the ability to hide photos, to record the screen of our iPhone or iPad or we could even talk about how to customize the home screen and make it unique.


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David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Founder of | Apple Technologies Trainer | Writer at Softonic and iDoo_tech, formerly at Applesfera

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