The beauty of the iPhone is its simplicity and its easy user interface. One of its major marketing points in the early years was it so easy it doesn't need instructions. But it really should come with a list of iPhone secret codes.
Your iPhone can now do an ungodly number of things, and it's hard to keep track of them all.
You might hold your phone in your hand every day for a year before you realize that it can do something really awesome. For example, they can place phone calls. Who knew? We look forward to trying that someday.
It's a pretty safe bet that most of the people involved with designing the iPhone don't even know everything you can do themselves. But that's why we're here. To let you know on some quasi-secrets about your favorite device.
So here are 15 things that your iPhone can do, that you might not know.
1. Delete Apple Apps
Are you a heavy hitting mover or shaker on the stock market? Neither are we. Can you intelligently describe what the Dow is? Neither can we.
This is why we kind of found it odd that Stocks were standard on all iPhones and you couldn't delete the app. Even though it was taking up precious memory. The same goes for other apps that come standard like Books, Health, or Podcasts.
That's now changed and you can delete any app you want, and save space on your phone for the apps that you actually use.
2. Text with Better Grammar
You may have noticed you can install a lot of new apps into the iOS messaging. This could include new text effects, custom emoji's or gif files, or a neat little spelling/ grammar checker called Grammar Snobs.
This is particularly useful for people who are frequently messaging co-workers.
3. Turn off Individual Read Receipt
We love this feature. Again, this can be very useful for people who use their phone for work, and their office might have a standard read receipt policy.
However when you're messaging with your friends and family, you might rather turn the read receipt feature off, so they can't tell you read that text and you weren't actually napping.
4. Do More From the Control Centre
You've probably noticed that you can flip up from the bottom of the screen to open control center. This gives you access to quick and frequently used applications that people like to be able to use in a hurry.
But you might not know that using varying amounts of pressure over each one of the icons can unlock new features. For example, you can adjust how bright the flashlight shines.
5. Raise to Wake
If your hands are dirty or something, you can check your phone for messages or the time by simply raising it up, without touching the screen or the home button.
Simply open your Settings app, then select Display & Brightness, then tap the Raise to Wake switch.
6. Control Your Music
You can control your music by flipping up your control center, then swiping to the left to reveal more options. You can skip forward or back, pause it, or even switch to an external playing device like Airplay over the wifi.
However, this only works for Apple Music. You cannot use this screen to control your Spotify or Google Play music.
7. Delete All Your New Notifications at Once
If you've been slacking on your notifications, you may have amassed quite the pile of them. And you may not care about any of them.
You used to have to delete them all one by one, which is tedious when you've got dozens. Now you can delete them all in a single shot.
Simply press down on the X in your notification center to bring up the, "Clear all notifications" options. And boom, they're gone.
8. EFR mode
Looking for a crystal clear voice quality for a conference call? Or are you just tired of repeating yourself?
This is one of the best iPhone secret codes to improve your voice quality. Dial *3370# to turn on Enhanced Full Rate to get the possible voice quality from your end.
There is a bit of a trade-off though. The improved quality will shorten your phone's battery life.
9. Turn Call Waiting On or Off
Some iPhone secret codes can keep you from having to waste time calling customer care. For example, you can activate call waiting by dialing#43#. Or, you can switch it off by dialing *#31#
10. Block Your Number
Looking for some anonymity? You can block your number on your next call by dialing#31#Phone-number + call
11. Check Your Available Minutes
On postpaid phones, you can quickly dial *646# to get an update on your available minutes.
12. Check Your Bill Balance
Like the previous two iPhone secret codes, you just have to punch this into the keypad. You can dial *225# to check your bill balance.
This one also only applies to postpaid phones.
13. Check Missed Calls
You can also punch in*#61# to view the numbers of your missed calls.
14. Display your iPhone IMEI
Sometimes when you're troubleshooting, making a change, or selling your phone, you need your IMEI (it stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity). You can quickly get this by keying in *#06#.
15. Open Your Field Mode
This one can tell you a lot. Punch in *3001#12345#*. This opens up field mode, which can tell you your current personal settings, your cell information, and newest network.
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