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10 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

Ever felt like your iPhone was holding out on you? Like it had some secret superpowers up its sleeve that you just weren't aware of? Well, you're not entirely wrong. In this article, we'll unveil 10 things you didn't know your iPhone could do. So, buckle up, iPhone users. You're in for a wild, tech-savvy ride.

10 Hidden iPhone Tips and Tricks

Level up

Did you know that you can use your iPhone as a level? Simply open the Measure app and tap on Level at the bottom right of the screen. Hold your device on the surface you'd like to check for level. This could be on the top edge of a picture frame you're hanging or on a shelf you're installing. When your device (and object you're testing) is level, you'll see a green screen and 0º. Say goodbye to crooked pictures on the wall!

Following that, did you know that you can use your iPhone to measure objects and distances? Go to the Measure app and follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate your iPhone. You can then use the app to measure objects or distances by pointing your camera at them and dragging your finger across the screen.

Good vibes

Another lesser-known feature of the iPhone is the ability to create custom vibrations for different contacts. Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration. You can tap out your own unique vibration pattern and assign it to a specific contact.

What's the song again?

Also, did you know that you can use Siri to identify songs that are playing? Simply ask Siri, 'What song is this?' and she will listen to the music and provide you with the title and artist. This feature can come in handy when you hear a song you like but don't know the name of. You won't even need to launch an app like Shazam!

Quick scan

Need a quick copy of a receipt for claims or need to quickly scan a document to be sent digitally? Well, the iPhone has a built-in document scanner. Locate the Notes app on your Home screen, tap and hold to reveal the Scan Documents feature. Alternatively, fire up the Notes app, tap on the new note icon then the camera icon. From there, select the option to Scan Documents. Once scanned you can easily attach it to a message or email, save it to Files, or share it via AirDrop to someone.

Do the undo

Have you ever accidentally deleted a text message or email? All you have to do is to shake your iPhone to undo the action. This feature works for a variety of actions, including deleting text, undoing typing, and even undoing a photo edit.

Remote iPhone

Did you know that you can use your iPhone as a remote control for your Apple TV or other Apple devices? Simply download the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store and connect it to your Apple TV. You can also use the Control Center on your iPhone to control playback on your Apple TV. That aside, you can use your iPhone to type on your Apple TV, a feature especially useful when you need to enter login details or a search phrase.

Tap magic

Another lesser-known feature of the iPhone is the ability to quickly access the camera without unlocking the phone. Simply double or triple tap the back of the iPhone to launch the camera. You can turn this awesome feature on by going to Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. But hang on a minute, the beauty about it is that you’re not limited to just launching the camera. In fact, there’s an exhaustive list of things you can do. From triggering Siri, to firing up the Torch and even capturing screenshots! For even more advanced functions, double or triple tapping can launch Shortcuts for further programmatic control or automations.

Notice me

Have you ever been in a noisy environment and couldn't hear your phone ringing? Go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > LED Flash for Alerts and turn it on. Your iPhone's camera flash will blink when you receive a call or notification.

OK, Zoomer

The iPhone also has a built-in magnifying glass feature. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Magnifier and turn on the feature. You can double-tap three fingers to zoom, drag three fingers to move around the screen or double-tap three fingers and drag to change magnification levels.

Siri, ni hao

Finally, another lesser-known feature is the ability to use Siri to translate languages. Simply ask Siri to translate a phrase into another language and she will speak the translation for you. This can come in handy when travelling or communicating with someone who speaks a different language.


Honestly, we've just scratched the surface of what the iPhone can do. There's way more to the iPhone than simply taking great photos, checking social media, making Facetime calls and answering texts. Why wait to explore the full potential of an iPhone? Take home an iPhone 14 with Maxis Postpaid 98 at just RM78/month* and get extra 30GB of data exclusively from the Maxis Online Store. Don't just own an iPhone, master it.