Apple’s iPhone X represents a massive departure from the company’s earlier iPhone models. Introduced in 2017, the tenth-anniversary iPhone is a reimagining of Apple’s previous flagship smartphones in many ways, from the look and feel of the edge-to-edge screen and OLED display to the new gesture-based navigation due to the absence of a physical home button. While it takes some time getting used to, most iPhone X users seem to enjoy the big changes that Apple has made.
Think you know everything there is to know about your iPhone X? Think again. We’ve compiled a list of nifty, lesser-known iPhone X tips and tricks that can make your iPhone experience even quicker, more responsive and more enjoyable. Note that these tips only work for iOS 12 and above, and should work for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR as well. So, read on to find out 6 hidden features on your iPhone X that will change your life!
If you’re looking at your iPhone X in the dark and find that the all-white interface of an app or a webpage on Safari is so glaring that it’s hurting your eyes, consider using Smart Invert Colors. The feature inverts the colours on your phone screen, so pages that typically feature black text on a white background ends up as white text on a black background. Smart Invert Colors doesn’t alter the colour of images, media and apps that use dark colour styles.
To enable the feature, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colours, and toggle Invert Colours on. For quicker access, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down to Accessibility Shortcut, and check Smart Invert Colours. This way, you can easily triple-click the side button to bring up a quick menu of Accessibility options, which includes Smart Invert Colours.
Remember when you could double-touch your iPhone home button and the entire user interface would slide down to make it more friendly for one-handed use? This function is still available with the iPhone X, just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and toggle Reachability on. You can now invoke Reachability by swiping down on the gesture bar at the bottom of your screen.
3. Switching apps
iPhone models that came before the iPhone X had a physical home button, where users had to double-tap to switch between apps. To access the app switcher on the iPhone X, simply swipe up from the home bar at the bottom of the screen to return home, or you can swipe left or right across the home bar to switch between recently opened apps.
4. Customised Control Center
Most iPhone users know that the Control Center is a handy place for quick access to other phone features without opening an app. You can adjust your phone brightness and volume, play or pause music, set your phone to airplane mode, connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth or disconnect from them, and perform many other tasks.
The ability to customise the Control Center makes it even better. Simply go to Settings > Control Center > Customise Controls, and from there, you can pick and choose which apps you want quick access to, and remove those you don’t use as often.
5. Location-based Do Not Disturb
iPhone users know that the Do Not Disturb feature can be triggered at user allocated time frames, but did you know that the feature can also be triggered based on your location? By setting Do Not Disturb using your location, you can avoid the distractions of your iPhone X while you’re at a particular place. You won’t have to remember to turn Do Not Disturb off either, since your phone will do so automatically when you leave the place.
First, turn on Location Services by going to Settings > Privacy, and toggle Location Services on. Next, ensure that Do Not Disturb is available on the Control Centre. If it isn’t, go to Settings > Control Center > Customise Controls, and add Do Not Disturb to the Control Center. Finally, open Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of your screen, and press and hold on the moon-shaped Do Not Disturb icon until several options appear, which should include ‘Until I leave this location’. Your location will appear until this option. Once selected, Do Not Disturb will be activated until you leave your location.
6. Disable Face ID quickly
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you don’t want to use Face ID to unlock your iPhone X and want to temporarily disable the feature quickly and discreetly, this is what you should do: Press and hold the Side button and either of the Volume buttons at the same time. This will trigger the Power down screen after about two seconds, then select Cancel to dismiss the screen and disable Face ID.
The next time you try to unlock your iPhone X, you’ll have to enter your passcode. Note that this only disables Face ID temporarily until your passcode has been entered properly, and the following time your phone is locked, Face ID will be automatically re-enabled.
There you have it. Whether you’re a newcomer to the iPhone X or an advanced user, we hope you’ve learnt something new after reading the 6 hidden features on your iPhone X we’ve listed above. Stay tuned for more useful tips and tricks for your smart device here on our blog at MKC Repairs!