Hidden iPhone features from music timer to tracking if phone is off

Apple's iPhone 14 is launching later on this month, but regardless of whether you get your hands on the brand new model or you're still using an older version, your device is capable of so much more than you're aware of.

Packed full of technology that deliver fun features and handy shortcuts, there's a reason iPhones are so popular among people.

While many of the features are well-known or much loved, there are sure to be at least a few hidden iPhone tips and tools that slip under your radar.

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Whether you're a new iPhone user or a seasoned, mobile phone retailer Fonehouse have shared six iPhone features that you might not know about.

Set a Timer for Your Music

iPhones have a handy feature that lets you set up your music in a way that it automatically stops playing after a specified amount of time.

This hack, which doesn't need you to manually tap any buttons, is particularly useful for those who like to put music on to go to sleep.

Here are the steps to set it up:

Open the Clock app > Tap the Timer icon > Tap the “When Timer Ends” field > Scroll right to the bottom and tap the “Stop Playing” option > Tap “Set” > Scroll on the timer to select the amount of time you want the music to play for > Press “Start”.

When the timer you set runs out, your music stops playing automatically. This feature works for both Spotify and Apple Music.

Delete Old Screenshots

Most of us are always looking for ways to clean up our camera rolls or free up some storage.

One nifty trick lets you delete all old screenshots in one go, rather than go through the time-consuming process of going through them all.

To delete screenshots you don't need or want anymore:

Open the Photos app > Go to the Albums section of the app > Scroll down to the bottom to the Media Types section > Tap Screenshots (or Screen Recordings for videos) > Tap Select > Select All > Unselect any which you may want to keep > Tap the bin icon to delete them all.

Stop Typing Your Full Email Address

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If you're the type to use your email a lot, it can be a bit tiresome to type out the full email every time.

There's a useful shortcut on your iPhone which uses text replacement to allow you to make specific characters transform into things you type most regularly – such as your email address.

Here's how to set it up:

Open Settings > Tap General > Tap Keyboard > Tap Text Replacement > Set up your chosen shortcut for your email address.

With this trick, it's important that you use uncommon or unique characters for the text replacement. If it's a common word, then it would get replaced every time you type it, which can be a hassle.

Some good choices would be abbreviations like "eml" or characters sequences like "@@@."

Get Real-Time Alerts from Weather App

If any changes in weather are headed towards your location, you can use a trick so that your iPhone's weather app notifies you at least a few minutes before it's going to start.

You'll receive another notification when the bad weather has almost passed as well.

To turn this feature on:

Open the Weather app > Tap the three-line icon in the bottom right corner of the screen > Tap the circle icon with the three dots in the top right corner of the screen > Tap Notifications > Slide the switch next to My Location to the On position > Tap Done.

If you have more than one location added to the Weather app, you can turn on alerts for each one.

Track Your iPhone Even When It’s Turned Off

If your iPhone is lost or stolen, don't worry about it being untraceable if it's switched off, the battery has died, if factory reset has been turned on or if it's simply offline.

Your iPhone has a very useful feature that allows it to be tracked even if it's off.

This trick makes use of Apple's in-built Ultra Wideband tech, which sets off a "ping" to Apple's Find My network when it is near any iPhone or Apple device

Here's how to set it up:

Open Settings > Go to Apple ID > Tap Find My > Tap Find My iPhone > Enable Find My Network.

Once set up, your iPhone will appear on the map as soon as someone with an Apple device has moved near it – even if the phone itself is off.

However, it's worth noting that this feature works only on recent iPhone models which have the UWB tech.

Supported models include:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

Automatically Enable “Do Not Disturb” at Work

If you're the type of person who might forget to put their phone on silent during work or school hours, a handy shortcut will make it so that "Do Not Disturb" is automatically enabled when you step inside your work or school building.

To set it up:

Open the Shortcuts App > Tap Automation > Tap Create Personal Automation > Tap Arrive > On the Location field, tap “Choose" > Enter your work address > Tap Done > Tap Next > Tap Add Action > Type "Set Focus" in the search bar and select it > Tap Next > Tap Done.

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