With iOS 9.3 now officially released and rolled out to the public, many iPhone users have been enjoying its new functionalities. But did you know that apart from these announced features, there are also several secret features on iOS? Here’s 5 of them:
1. Send audio and video messages that self-destruct. Forget Snapchat—Apple has a similar feature. Simply go to the Settings > Messages section, and then scroll down to the bottom. You’ll find the section for audio and video messages, which includes an option to set an expiration date for those messages that you can send out.
2. Manage and save battery power. Yes, there’s no need to get an Apple hump, err, battery pack anymore to ensure your iPhone lasts through the day. iOS 9 has introduced the Low Power Mode, which promises to give your phone an extra hour or so of battery power. It automatically kicks in when your phone only has 20% battery left, giving you enough time to have it charged.
But you can manually activate it before it reaches that level, helping you save a lot of power. Simply go to Settings > Battery to switch it on. According to this blog post, the iPhone consumes 38.7% less battery power in this mode than on the regular mode.
And don’t worry about Low Power Mode deactivating all the other new modes on iOS 9. Watch the video below by the guys at 9to5Mac for a workaround using Siri:
3. See your actual signal strength. We often see the signal on our iPhones as dots. But sometimes, these readings are inaccurate. To get an accurate numerical value measuring signal strength, follow this quick guide:
Now that you know the actual signal strength, don’t panic if you see a negative number. The closer the number is to zero, the stronger the signal; if you have no signal at all, the number displayed will be -130.
4. Enjoy keyboard commands and new shortcuts. Okay, so you may not always have a keyboard attached to your iPhone. But in the rare case that you do attach a keyboard, you can now use the arrow keys to go through mail on the Mail app on iOS 9.3. You can also use this on your iPad.
Meanwhile, if you want to duplicate photos, there’s also a button for that on the new version of iOS. Simply select the photo in the Photo app and tap the “Copy” button below. And even the Apple News app got a new shortcut. Simply swipe on the right or left while reading a story to see the Like, Save, and Share buttons.
5. Hide stock iOS apps—with a bit of tweaking. If you have a boatload of apps installed on your iPhone, and don’t really use the stock apps anyway, you can hide them from your screen. However, this will need messing with some developer controls and you’ll need a Mac. Here’s a step-by-step guide based on the instructions by bfodder of Reddit:
Hope you have fun with these hidden features! If you have any other iPhone tips and tricks, share it with us on our Facebook page.