We recently detailed a two-second iPhone trick that lets you delete Safari tabs in bulk, but this handy shortcut is far from the only hidden iOS feature worth knowing about in 2023.
We say hidden, but we only hide insofar as Apple doesn’t make a big song and dance about the myriad of really useful navigation widgets scattered throughout iOS.
We’ve highlighted 9 iOS tricks every iPhone user should know elsewhere on TechRadar, but in this article, we’ve picked five more useful iOS hacks to help you navigate your iPhone faster — than keyboard shortcuts. to calculator tricks.
1. No more calculator headaches
Most iPhone users will know the pain of having to re-enter numbers into the calculator app after accidentally tapping on the wrong number, but did you know that you don’t need to go back to square one to correct your mistake?
If you hit a wrong number in the calculator app, just swipe left or right on the wrong number to remove the last number you entered incorrectly. You can do this trick as many times as you want, until the number screen returns to zero.
If you’re scrolling through lengthy web articles like lists or shopping pages, it can be annoying to scroll all the way to the top of those pages using thumb swipes alone. Helpfully, tapping the status bar at the top of the iPhone screen—either on the clock side or the battery side—will quickly take you back to where you started.
This trick works with browsers like Safari and Chrome, as well as in apps in general. If you are currently rocking an iPhone with an extension Dynamic Island – This is it iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max – You will only be able to use this method when the island is not in use.
3. Turn your spacebar into a trackpad
Well, okay: we are an act This particular trick is included in our other iOS tips guide, but the way to perform said trick has changed quite a bit since then.
Did you know your iPhone has a hidden trackpad? It is located below (or rather, inside) the keyboard, and it can be activated by long pressing the space bar. In other words, you don’t need to flick awkwardly between words and letters to fix errors, and can instead browse text from the comfort of your keyboard.
What’s more, tapping the trackpad with another finger selects text, so your numbers don’t need to venture to the top half of the iPhone screen at all.
4. Avoid switching to a numbered keyboard
This next trick will only save you about a second each time you use it, but every little bit helps, as they say. When typing on the iPhone keyboard, you are probably used to manually switching to the numbered keyboard when typing numbers. But did you know that you can make switching between alphabetic and numbered keyboards really fast?
Instead of tapping the “123” tab in the lower-left corner of the keyboard, hold it down and drag your finger to the number or symbol you want to enter. When you leave the keyboard, it will automatically revert to the alphabetical layout, saving you a few taps in the process. Admittedly, this trick is a bit tricky to master at first — but with practice, it’ll make you feel like an iPhone expert.
5. Say goodbye to prompts for in-app reviews
We’ve all been frustrated by the annoying “Rate this app” prompts that pop up so often when you open an app, but luckily iOS includes a handy setting to banish them for good.
Head to Settings, scroll down to App Store and uncheck the In-app Ratings and Reviews option. Voila! No more annoying requests for feedback (you can thank us later).
For more information on keeping your tech clutter-free, read our guides on How to clean the phone charging port And How to close iPhone apps.
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