iPhone tips I SHOULD’VE KNOWN | 2022
This video is brought to you by Brilliant! Did you know that there is an analog Stopwatch
hidden inside the Clock app? While it might not be life-changing, its cool factor certainly
grabbed my interest and made me look for other iPhone tips and tricks that I never knew existed.
Here are my recent discoveries that I should’ve known earlier and towards the end of the video,
I’ll share with you some cool text replacements that will save you tons of time.
Warming up with moving things around while holding. Although iOS is a multi-touch platform
I often forget about it, especially the fact that I can hold things and navigate in and
out of apps and UI to later drop them. Instead of copying a message to paste to someone else,
for example, I can simply hold that message and drop it to the recipient. What I didn’t
realize is that I can hold and keep adding to the stack of text that I want to paste.
To do that, just grab and hold to a text and move it around to detach it and then use the
yoga move to keep adding to the stack. Keep in mind, that you can add a message multiple
times even by accident. While on the topic of grabbing and holding,
the same principle can be applied to pretty much any other scenario like in files for
example. Grab a file, move it a bit to detach it, and then keep adding to the pile of things
that you want to move around. If you go to photos, you can use the same and grab a bunch
of photos to move around and place somewhere else. It is important to note that whatever
you hold, whether that is a stack of photos, documents, or text you can place it pretty
much anywhere. I can grab a bunch of photos and paste them into a note. The same goes
for files, in case I want to embed them into the same note. This comes in very handy if
you want to take photos from your photos app and organize them into a folder in Files.
So whenever I want to copy something, I am used to taping and selecting the text to reveal
the copy button or tapping and holding on a file for example to essentially summon the
secondary menu where I can find the copy option. Although I’ve accidentally seen this before,
a three-finger tap almost always brings out a quick copy-paste menu that I can use pretty
much anywhere. Let’s say I am in Safari and I am selecting an excerpt of text that
I want to preserve somewhere. I basically have few choices. I can go to notes or any
other word processing app and paste it there by using a three-finger tap on an empty space
and selecting the paste icon. Alternatively, I can do the same in Files where if I three-finger
tap and click on the paste icon, I witness iOS creating a text document for me that holds
my text. Essentially, the three-finger tap menu is something that can be summoned throughout
the system and not only for copying and pasting. There is the cut action and more importantly,
the undo-redo icons which will save you the embarrassing moment of having to shake your
iPhone publicly…which kind of reminds me of the Shake Weight ads. SHOW AD
Moving on to another thing I never knew existed and that is the ability to put someone on
hold. You can do that by holding the mute button long enough and the other party will
be placed on hold. Apparently, depending on where you are the other party might hear a
nice song or in my case an annoying voice saying that I’ve placed them on hold. The
experience is similar to answering the secondary line while on a call but available on demand.
It would’ve been nice to be able to choose the hold message or music, but this is a carrier
feature. Moving on to something I should’ve known
a long time ago. When taking a screenshot for the means of showcasing something, I’ve
always just drawn ugly ellipses trying to put emphasis on something. The more stylish
and professional way to do that is to click on the Plus icon and choose a magnifier. Now,
with the help of the blue dot, I can increase the size of the magnifier while using the
green dot to zoom in as far as it’s necessary. Pair that with the opacity option and you’ll
definitely elevate your status amongst your circle. Let me give you an example. In this
screenshot, I can zoom in and focus on the Subscribe button of my channel urging you
to press it on your side, because…WHY NOT?!? I see a lot of people recommending the iPhone
scan feature in the Notes app where you can press on the 3 dots to scan a document. The
way I use it 99% of the time however is in the Files app. When dealing with invoices,
I find this an invaluable feature in my accounting workflow. In the Files app, I navigate to
the folder that I want to store the scan in and click on the 3 little dots on the top
right to summon the menu and select Scan Documents. Once I scan an invoice, for example, I rename
it, and then later, I can email all the files to my accounting agency. This wouldn’t be
possible if I were to scan everything in the Notes app.
As I did in my recent MacOS tips video, which I’ll link at the end of this one I will
now go over some quick tips that I recently discovered and then move to some text replacement
shortcuts that you should definitely incorporate. Ready?
When changing your volume, press the up or down to summon the volume menu and then gently
hold and push it out for some more precise volume control.
In settings, go to Safari, and scroll down to Open Links. Change it to its default state
to In Background. This way, as you browse in Safari, you can tap and hold on a link
to open in the background without leaving your current page. Extremely time-saving when
wanting to open a bunch of links for work purposes.
Just like on the Mac, you can sign PDFs using your synced signatures and annotations. To
sign a document, open a PDF, click on the top right pencil icon, then on the bottom
right hit the plus icon and choose signature. Next is something really cool. Let’s say
I want to send a file to a friend of mine. Instead of locating that file and then dragging
and dropping it, summon Spotlight, search for it and hold to reveal the secondary menu.
Press Copy and then paste it in messages or wherever else you desire.
Next is a tip that saves you a gesture or two. When in the App Library or in the sidebar
widget page, instead of swiping out, simply tap on an empty space between the UI elements
and you’ll be back to the homepage. Next, in the calculator app, swipe on the
digits to delete one if you’ve accidentally pressed it.
Before we get to the awesome text replacements, one trick or more like a tip that I personally
take full advantage of is using my iPhone during bursts of free time to improve my Logic
skills. Brilliant helps you learn Logic in visual, hands-on ways. For example, it turns
you into the Rational Detective that needs to uncover the truth by helping a cute little
robot called Marv show EvilCorp that robots are better than humans. I love those names
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systematic way improving your critical thinking skills that are the basis for mathematical
reasoning. Brilliant is an amazing tool for learning STEM interactively allowing you to
do that at your own pace and even on the go. With its vast library of courses, there is
always something fun to dive into. Visit brilliant.org/ThisIsE/ or follow the first link in the description
below and the first 200 people to upgrade with my link will get 20% off the annual Premium
subscription. Ok, let’s talk about the most time-saving
iPhone feature – text replacement. If you don’t know how it works, head over to your
Settings, General, Keyboard, and Text Replacement. In a nutshell, you can create your custom
text or symbols or text and symbols to replace a certain text for the sake of having to type
it. For example, the most used text replacement when filling out online forms might be your
email address. Click on the plus icon to create your shortcut. In the phrase type in your
email address. For example firstname.lastname@example.org. In the shortcut field type @ @ which will
be your shortcut. From now on, whenever your type @ @, your super long email will be inserted
saving you precious time. BTW, those shortcuts are synced with your iCloud account so you
can use them throughout your Apple devices. Now, think VOLUME or the number of shortcuts
that you can create. Here are some of my favorites: @ @ for an email
# # for a phone number Column and bracket for smiling face
!newletter it places an entire sentence that reads – Feel free to sign-up to my newsletter
if you want to see more BTS and fun moments from the kitchen!
!web helps me answer to people in comments who require something that I’ve placed on
my website – like my wallpapers. Once I type the exclamation mark web it reads You can
check out my website for that and the link thisise.tech. You can combine exclamation
marks with any word to replace sentences that you often have to write.
H H H creates a heart A A A adds the apple logo
o m w replaces with On my way! If you are interested to see how I’ve set
up my iPhone home screen, check out my Ultimate iPhone Screen guide here. If you are a Mac
user, my recent tips video might be of interest to you as well. Like and subscribe and as
always, it’s been an absolute pleasure, This is E
Over and out