Apple’s latest iPhone operating system iOS 13 arrived as a big improvement over iOS 12. It brought a ton of new features such as dark mode, a lot of performance improvements, and as is usual a slew of hidden features that can make your iPhone experience better. So, if you are an iPhone user and you want to ensure you use your phone to its maximum capabilities, here are 10 best iOS 13 tips and tricks you should use in 2020
10 Best iOS 13 Tricks for 2020
1. Delete Apps from Update Screen
If you are like me and you install a lot of apps on your iPhone, chances are you have to frequently delete a lot of apps as well. Sure, long-pressing on an app from your home screen and then tapping on ‘Delete app’ works just fine, but it’s very time consuming, and more honestly, in my case, I find myself remembering to uninstall an app when it receives an update, reminding me that I don’t really want to have the app any more.
The good thing is that if you are in such a situation, you can actually directly uninstall apps straight from the update page. All you have to do is a simple left-swipe on the app’s name. That will show up the delete option for the app. Just tap on this, and you’re done. Simple, right?
2. Set Reminders for When You are Messaging a Person
Whether it’s a significant other or a roommate, there are many situations where you want to be reminded of something while you’re in a conversation with a particular person. Here’s an example: recently, I wanted to confirm plans for a trip with my girlfriend, and I couldn’t have called her because she was busy. I decided it would be best to just ask her when she texted me once she was free. The only problem, is that I could’ve forgotten about it by then.
All I had to do was set a reminder along the lines of “ask her about the trip”, and set it to pop-up when I was texting her later that day. Fortunately, this can be done easily in iOS 13. If this is something you’re interested in learning, you should check out our article on how to set messages based reminders in iOS 13.
3. Select Multiple List Items with a Two Finger Swipe
I don’t know about you, but countless times in a day I find myself selecting messages and emails to delete them, or mark them as read. Tapping on each and every one of these takes a lot of time and patience, but iOS 13 actually has an easier way to select items in a list. Here’s what you have to do:
Swipe down with two fingers on the list that you want to select multiple items in. iOS 13 will go on selecting every item in the list that you swipe over with your fingers. Easy right?
Note: Do note that this gesture only works with Apple apps, such as iMessage, and Mail. I tried using this in Gmail but it didn’t work. It also doesn’t work in WhatsApp.
4. Select WiFi Network from Control Center
One of the things I loved back when I was using an Android smartphone, was the fact that I could quickly change or choose a WiFi network to connect to from the Quick Settings Shade in Android. In iOS, you normally have to go to Control Center and then head over to WiFi and select the WiFi network you want to connect to. However, with iOS 13, Apple has finally given us at least a slightly better way to connect to WiFi networks.
You can simply head over to the Control Center on your iPhone, and long press on the connectivity section (the one with the WiFi icon, as well as icons for Airplane Mode, and more). Now long press on the WiFi icon.
You will now be able to see all the networks available nearby and you can choose the one you want to connect to. Moreover, you can directly head over to WiFi settings as well by just tapping on the button below.
5. Select Bluetooth Device from Control Center
As it is with WiFi networks, iOS 13 also lets you connect to (or disconnect from) Bluetooth devices straight from the Control Center. The process is almost exactly the same as the one described above. You simply long press on the Bluetooth icon in the Control Center to expand the connectivity section. Then, just long press on the Bluetooth icon to view a list of available and paired Bluetooth devices; tap to connect or disconnect. Easy, right?
6. Silence Unknown Callers
You know what’s annoying? Getting calls from unknown numbers when you’re busy. Ironically, most of these calls also come when you’re actually busy with something you want to pay attention to. While Google has brought a cool feature to the Pixel line-up that lets the Assistant pick up calls for you, Siri unfortunately can’t do that. What you can do as an iPhone user, though, is make sure calls from unknown numbers don’t annoy you at the very least. That’s where iOS 13’s “Silence Unknown Callers” setting comes into play. It’s the closest to a built in method for blocking calls on an iPhone.
Just head into Settings, and tap on Phone. Here, scroll down and you will find the “Silence Unknown Callers” toggle. Just enable this and you’re done.
7. Use an Xbox or PS4 Controller with Your iPhone
With iOS 13, Apple also launched Apple Arcade — the company’s game-subscription service that lets you play over 100 high-quality titles for a fixed monthly charge. Plus, a lot of these games also work across your Apple devices which is great. However, Apple Arcade subscriber or not, if you like playing games like Asphalt 9 Legends, or Oceanhorn 2 on your iPhone, you can now connect your Xbox One or PS4 controller to your iPhone via Bluetooth. You can also connect your PS4 controller to your Mac by the way, to play Apple Arcade games with a controller on your laptop or iMac.
8. Take Scrolling Screenshots in Safari
A lot of people don’t know this for some reason, but with iOS 13 you can now take scrolling screenshots (or extended screenshots) of webpages in Safari. It’s a fairly straightforward process.
- Take a screenshot in Safari and then tap on the floating screenshot that appears in the bottom left corner of the screen. Here, tap on “Full Screen” and then just select the area you want to capture in the extended screenshot.
9. Close Safari Tabs Automatically
Personally, I open a lot of tabs in Safari on my iPhone, and most of the time I forget to close them. This means I end up having a lot of open tabs, which is never a good thing. While you can close multiple Safari tabs easily from within the app, you can also let iOS 13 automatically close Safari tabs after a set time limit. Here’s how to enable and set-up the feature:
- Head over to Settings -> Safari. Here tap on “Close Tabs”.
- Choose any of the time durations given in the options and iOS 13 will automatically close tabs accordingly.
This way, you can ensure that you don’t end up with hundreds of open tabs in your browser. You can also customise favourite sites in Safari by the way.
10. Optimise Battery Charging
Another impressive iOS 13 trick is related to improving iPhone’s battery life. Most of us charge our smartphones overnight, and while that is fine, it does have a negative effect on the battery life and performance of your iPhone. With iOS 13, Apple introduced a new feature to extend the life of your iPhone’s battery. The feature is called “Optimised Battery Charging” and basically what it does, is it charges your battery up to 80% overnight, and then finishes up the remaining 20% in such a way that your phone reaches 100% around the time you usually wake up. This way your iPhone doesn’t end up charging all night long, eating up battery cycles.
To enable Optimised Battery Charging, just follow the steps below.
- Head over to Settings -> Battery, and tap on “Battery Health”.
- Here, enable the toggle next to “Optimised Battery Charging”
That’s it, your iPhone will now charge up your battery in a smarter way, ensuring that it lasts longer.
Use these iOS 13 Hacks to Get the Most out of Your iPhone
There are a lot more features in iOS 13, but these were some of the best and least well known iOS 13 tips and tricks that I think you should definitely start using. With these tips, you can ensure your iPhone’s battery lasts longer, you can delete apps more efficiently, quickly choose your WiFi network or Bluetooth devices, and a lot more. So, which iOS 13 trick did you like the most from this list? Let me know in the comments below.