6 iPhone hacks you wish you knew sooner

ORLANDO, Fla. – You text. You talk. You search. Your iPhone is your go-to gadget, but you might not know all the ins and outs of your trusty device.

Here are six ways to make your iPhone work better for you.

1. Reading your emails, messages

For example, did you know Siri can read your e-mails to you? Simply activate Siri and say, “Read me my emails.”  For texts say, “Hey, Siri. Read me my messages.”

2. Magnifying glass

Another little-known iPhone hack is using your camera as a magnifying glass. Just go into “settings,” choose “general,” then “accessibility” and switch the “magnifier” on. This lets you zoom in on anything by triple-clicking the side button on an iPhone X or the home button on other models.

3. Flashing notifications

Our third hack: have your phone’s flashlight go off when you get a message, phone call, or other alerts. To do this go into “settings” then “accessibility” and “hearing.” Switch on the “LED flash for alerts” option.

4. Screen recording

To record something on your screen, go to “settings,” then tap “control center” and “custom controls.” Add “screen recording” and you can tap your screen to record.

5. Correcting mistakes

If you make a mistake while typing, simply shake your phone and hit the “undo” prompt.

6. Hiding photos

If you want to hide certain photos, open the photo app, select the image, tap the share icon and then tap “hide” so it won’t pop up when you’re opening your photos.


Another cool feature to try: ask Siri, “What planes are flying above me right now?” She’ll tell you the aircraft and its altitude.

Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Angela Clooney, Videographer and Editor.