Top iPhone Tips and Tricks You Didn’t Know About

So do you have your iPhone in Canada yet? Well, if you do here are a list of iPhone tips and tricks that you may or may not know about! These have been compiled off the web, courtesy of the MacRumors forum, and Macworld. Some of these I didn’t even know about! Let’s get on with the show!

iPhone: To stop an incoming call from ringing, press the sleep / wake button. To send the call immediately to VoiceMail, press the sleep / wake button twice.

iPhone: The home button can be used to access unlocking instead of sleep wake.

iPhone: You can get on the internet DURING a call! You can only do this if your connected to a WIFI network (it wont work via edge), just hit the home key and click on Safari. Now your surfing while talking! The person on the other end can’t hear the keyboard clicks either!

iPhoto / Photos: Create an Album (folder) called iPhone Wallpaper and load up your favorite 320×480 wallpapers. This makes it very easy to pick a new wallpaper on your iPhone.

iPhone: How to make full screen contact pictures

1. browse to the contact and tap edit.
2. tap on the photo.
3. tap edit photo.
4. after it opens in fullscreen, tap set photo and save the contact.

Keyboard: The trick David Pogue mentions for entering a period (hold down the punctuation key and then slide to the period and release) will allow you to enter anything on the non-alpha keyboard and return to the alpha keyboard in one swipe.

Keyboard: When typing a text message, hold your finger over the text field and it will enable a small magnifying glass that lets you move back and forward through text and spaces.

Keyboard: To type in all caps, go to Settings>Keyboard and make sure ‘Enable Caps Lock’ is ON. Then when you’re typing a message, just double tap the cap key on the keyboard and it locks.

Keyboard: If you are writing something and the iPhone flags a word as misspelled that you know is not misspelled, cancel the correction 3 times and the word will be put into the dictionary. If you write a lot, this feature is quite useful!

Keyboard: Shortcuts
1. Type “welll” (3 L’s) and the iPhone will auto correct to “We’ll”

2. Type “Helll” (3 L’s) and the iPhone will auto correct to “He’ll”

3. Type “itsa” and the iPhone will auto correct to “It’s”

4. Type “weree” (2 E’s) and the iPhone will auto correct to “We’re”

(In general, repeating the last letter will tell us its a contraction. The “itsa” is an exception since it could go either way. Think “it’s a…” No need for jumping over to the secondary keyboard at all for the apostrophe.

Google Maps: Typing in the three letter airport code while in maps will bring the airport up on the map. So if you are trying to view a map of say Renton, WA. Typing SEA (or sea) will bring up the Seattle airport. It’s relatively quick to zoom out, recenter over Renton, and zoom in again. It seems to recognize all primary and secondary US airports and many overseas airports as well.

Google Maps: Tapping on the address in your contacts opens it up in Google maps.

Google Maps: A two finger tap in google maps zooms out. this doesn’t really work anywhere else. one finger tap to zoom in, two to zoom out.

Safari: When you’ve scrolled down to the bottom of a page, and you want to go back to the top- just tap on the top bar of the phone (where the Rogers or Fido and the time is) and the page jumps right back up to the beginning

Safari: To email a page to someone tap on the address bar. The Share button on the top left will create a message for you!

Safari: Page down. When not using a zoomed-in display, double-tap towards the bottom of the screen. The page will re-center around your tap. Make sure not to tap a link!

Safari: Zoom onto a single picture. Double-tapping images in Safari zooms them to fit your iPhone display. If the picture is linked to a URL, this can prove a little tricky but it works great for non-linked images. Double-tap again to return to the unzoomed display.

Safari: Zoom a column. You can zoom text columns as well as pictures. Double-tap on the column to fit it to the display. Double-tap again to return out of the zoom. Not only does Safari zoom block-quoted text independently of regular text but if you move your finger after the first double-tap-to-fit, it interprets the next double-tap as a re-center page command rather than a return-to-previous-zoom. Smart.

Safari: Stopping a scroll. After flicking a page to get it to scroll, you can tap the page at any time to stop that movement. Don’t forget, you can also manually drag the screen display to reset the part you’re viewing.

Safari: You can type a website address without adding the ‘.com’ just like on Safari on a Mac.

Safari: Examining the URL. To peek at a link’s destination, touch and hold the link for a few seconds. You can also do this with images to see if they are linked. If a link appears and you don’t want to activate it, just slide your finger away until the destination text disappears.

Safari: Well just point your iPhone browser to a Video on google video and choose download for iPod/PSP and you can watch it right there in safari. This also shows that you can also watch videos in the vertical position not just landscape.

Safari: Set up a bookmark at the top of Safari’s list (just below History, which can’t be moved) that points to “about:blank” (In fact “about:ANYTHING” works just as well, I’m not sure if there’s some keyword I can put in to get anything special.) Anyway, I use the bookmark to switch to a blank page once I’m done browsing.

This helps by stopping Safari from trying to reload the last page I visited when I switch to it next time, thereby saving some time when I try to bring up whichever site I want to go to next.

Safari: Manual zoom. This is probably one of the most-advertised Safari features (along with the flip-the-phone-on-its-side-trick) but it’s worth mentioning again. To zoom into a Safari page, put your thumb and forefinger on the screen and move them apart. To zoom out, pinch the fingers together after starting with them apart.

iPod: When you’re listening to the iPod and u put your iPhone to sleep you can still use the volume rocker switches to change your iPod’s volume

Miscellaneous Tips:
Force Quit: To actually close (or Quit) an application, HOLD the Home button for about 4-8 seconds while in the application. Apparently this will save battery usage and will also keep it cooler.

Stocks widget: If you touch the green/red boxes outlining the +/- movement of the stocks, it changes to displaying the %.

Screen: Something I’m doing right now. In order to use Safari horizontal without having the screen rotate, turn the iPhone counterclockwise with the home button towards the sky. Then simply lie on your right side and surf.

I hope these tips have helped! If know of another tip that is not listed, please post it in the comments!!!

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of iPhoneinCanada.ca. Follow me on Twitter, and @iPhoneinCanada, and on Google+.

  • http://MrCyberdude.GetMyip.Com/ MrCyberdude

    Google Map tip.
    For searching airports in other countries try the following.
    Airport code followed by .country code.
    Example;
    MEL.au for Melbourne Australia.

  • http://MrCyberdude.GetMyip.Com MrCyberdude

    Google Map tip.
    For searching airports in other countries try the following.
    Airport code followed by .country code.
    Example;
    MEL.au for Melbourne Australia.

  • Dusty

    Right on, these tipcs can come in handy. Thanks

  • Dusty

    Right on, these tipcs can come in handy. Thanks

  • Mystique

    Hi!
    I’m soooo thankful 4 ur page, it’s been a God-send to someone like me, who has an IPhone that I had to unlock myself, in Northern Ontario, where IPhones are as rare as hen’s teeth!
    I just thought I’d pass on 2 little tricks that I’ve learned recently; one by accident, the other was a very handy tip I picked up thru Cosmopolitan magazine.
    If you’re typing a message & want 2 add a period, I found that if you type the ‘space’ button 2 times quickly, it will add a period without switching to the punctuation screen.
    The other tip has saved me a fortune. Instead of calling Directory assistance for a number or even a street address of a business, if u send a text to “46645″, which is for Google, & you type in the txt message, the name of the Business you are looking for, as well as the city & Province/State they’re in, Google will text back to you immediately, the phone number & address of the place you’re looking for!I’ve tried it with personal names & it won’t work that way but it definitely works for Businesses in Canada or the US!
    Cheers & many thanx,
    Mystique :)

  • Mystique

    Hi!
    I’m soooo thankful 4 ur page, it’s been a God-send to someone like me, who has an IPhone that I had to unlock myself, in Northern Ontario, where IPhones are as rare as hen’s teeth!
    I just thought I’d pass on 2 little tricks that I’ve learned recently; one by accident, the other was a very handy tip I picked up thru Cosmopolitan magazine.
    If you’re typing a message & want 2 add a period, I found that if you type the ‘space’ button 2 times quickly, it will add a period without switching to the punctuation screen.
    The other tip has saved me a fortune. Instead of calling Directory assistance for a number or even a street address of a business, if u send a text to “46645″, which is for Google, & you type in the txt message, the name of the Business you are looking for, as well as the city & Province/State they’re in, Google will text back to you immediately, the phone number & address of the place you’re looking for!I’ve tried it with personal names & it won’t work that way but it definitely works for Businesses in Canada or the US!
    Cheers & many thanx,
    Mystique :)

  • Dusty

    Cool info, Thanks for sharing. One question, texting to “46645? is it free? I know I have free text messages with my plan but I dunno if texting to that number and later finding they charge ya… I may be just talking silly :P lol

  • Mystique

    As far as I know, I think the only cost for the Google text is just regular text charges apply. I can let you know when I get my next Cell Phone bill, which should be shortly.
    I know that when it was printed in Cosmo, that’s the reason they printed the tip, to avoid the exhorbitant charges one pays when they access ’411′ Directory Assistance thru ur Cell Phone Carrier. They said that “here’s a free way to get a business cell phone number/their business street address, without having to pay those Directory Assistance charges, which can add up quickly!”
    When I do txt to this google number, I just get a regular txt message back.
    However, if you want to be extra sure, I’ll let u know as soon as I get my cell bill.
    :)
    Thanx 4 writing back…

  • Mystique

    As far as I know, I think the only cost for the Google text is just regular text charges apply. I can let you know when I get my next Cell Phone bill, which should be shortly.
    I know that when it was printed in Cosmo, that’s the reason they printed the tip, to avoid the exhorbitant charges one pays when they access ’411′ Directory Assistance thru ur Cell Phone Carrier. They said that “here’s a free way to get a business cell phone number/their business street address, without having to pay those Directory Assistance charges, which can add up quickly!”
    When I do txt to this google number, I just get a regular txt message back.
    However, if you want to be extra sure, I’ll let u know as soon as I get my cell bill.
    :)
    Thanx 4 writing back…

  • Dusty

    Ok kewl. Thanks

  • Dusty

    Ok kewl. Thanks

  • elkay

    I can confirm that using a 4000 Series sim card will fix the voicemail notification bug. I now get texts and a red dot on my voicemail icon when a vm is received.

    1.1.4 iphone unlocked w ziphone 2.5c
    rogers

  • elkay

    I can confirm that using a 4000 Series sim card will fix the voicemail notification bug. I now get texts and a red dot on my voicemail icon when a vm is received.

    1.1.4 iphone unlocked w ziphone 2.5c
    rogers

  • dentoo

    these tips are great! anything to make my phone life easier

  • dentoo

    these tips are great! anything to make my phone life easier

  • -Jer.

    Nice site!!!

    Something I just found, not terribly useful, but neat, is if you hold the ‘?’ or the ‘!’, you get the option to flip the character….

    The Google 411 thing is fantastic!!!

    BTW, anyone looking for a case/holder – go with Seidio, just got mine last week and LOVE them.

    Keep me in the loop….

    1.1.4, broken with ziphone. Black Innocase with beltclip, and horizontal belt case.

    Oh ya, F%$K Rogers……..

  • -Jer.

    Nice site!!!

    Something I just found, not terribly useful, but neat, is if you hold the ‘?’ or the ‘!’, you get the option to flip the character….

    The Google 411 thing is fantastic!!!

    BTW, anyone looking for a case/holder – go with Seidio, just got mine last week and LOVE them.

    Keep me in the loop….

    1.1.4, broken with ziphone. Black Innocase with beltclip, and horizontal belt case.

    Oh ya, F%$K Rogers……..

  • Pingback: iPhone Canada FAQ: Using iPhones in Canada | iPhone in Canada: Tips, Tricks, and News for Canadian iPhone Users

  • Pingback: Top 5 iPhone 3G Tricks & Tips For Newbies

  • Michael Knight

    well the google texting thing is not necessary if you have the iphone 3g…its had GPS on it, so once u go to the maps you can find absolutely any number or address you are looking for and it can pinpoint your current location so that you find the one that’s closest to you, whatever it is your looking for lol

  • Michael Knight

    well the google texting thing is not necessary if you have the iphone 3g…its had GPS on it, so once u go to the maps you can find absolutely any number or address you are looking for and it can pinpoint your current location so that you find the one that’s closest to you, whatever it is your looking for lol

  • Jean

    Hi,
    I purchased a iPhone from ebay lots of months ago even befor it was sold here in Canada. I don”t have an internet plan because Fido has told me since I don’t have a Canadian version that ther would be some excess charge to my account, so I said No to internet plan. I use the Wifi at home and at work to have access to the internet. Yesterday the September 29 2008 I received a phone call from Fido saying that I have a 1,500.00$ internet bill for this month. So I said WHAT! I replied to the lady taht I don’t have a package fee for the internet and never applied for it. And she also said that my iPhone is picking up internet. So I said to her unplug the internet on my iphone I don’t want any of it and she said that it can’t be done……
    Help what can I do!

    Jean

  • Barry

    Thanks for the tips. Another fast way to find a number is to go to Google Maps, type in business name and city, then when the location and detailed address and phone number info shows in a pick list next to the map “Pin”, you have the option to automatically add info to your “Contacts” without having to type it all in – it exports all the info to your contacts – GREAT!

  • Barry

    Thanks for the tips. Another fast way to find a number is to go to Google Maps, type in business name and city, then when the location and detailed address and phone number info shows in a pick list next to the map “Pin”, you have the option to automatically add info to your “Contacts” without having to type it all in – it exports all the info to your contacts – GREAT!

  • Laksman

    HAHAHAHA get the iphone from Canada thats what you can do !

  • Laksman

    HAHAHAHA get the iphone from Canada thats what you can do !

  • Thomas

    Hey I noticed you said you can only browse and talk while on wifi… One of the biggest advantages of 3G is that it can transfer voice and data simultaneously… so you should strikeout that line and add that browsing the internet while making calls works on Wifi AND on 3G… not on EDGE or GPRS…

    just a tip in case you ever wanted to browse and talk and had no Wifi… it is possible :D

  • Thomas

    Hey I noticed you said you can only browse and talk while on wifi… One of the biggest advantages of 3G is that it can transfer voice and data simultaneously… so you should strikeout that line and add that browsing the internet while making calls works on Wifi AND on 3G… not on EDGE or GPRS…

    just a tip in case you ever wanted to browse and talk and had no Wifi… it is possible :D

  • Thomas

    btw, rogers entire 3G network 3.6mbps HSDPA has now been upgraded to 3.5G 7.2mbps HSDPA… officially.

  • Thomas

    btw, rogers entire 3G network 3.6mbps HSDPA has now been upgraded to 3.5G 7.2mbps HSDPA… officially.

  • Raj

    Hello!! Help.

    I have 3g 2.1 unlocked [using without a plan]. Whenever I make a phone call, the screen goes blank but the call is active. so, i cant disconnect the call until the other party cuts it.

    Also, phone often does not catch the service providers signal. Are these commong problems?

    Thanks a ton

  • Raj

    Hello!! Help.

    I have 3g 2.1 unlocked [using without a plan]. Whenever I make a phone call, the screen goes blank but the call is active. so, i cant disconnect the call until the other party cuts it.

    Also, phone often does not catch the service providers signal. Are these commong problems?

    Thanks a ton

  • john

    This google map method is so cool, I’m going to completely rewrite my contacts list using it. It shows multiple locations & all info, ie/ punch in RONA & you get a doz. pins then you add each to your contacts with all addresses & ph.#’s
    GGGGGreat.

  • john

    This google map method is so cool, I’m going to completely rewrite my contacts list using it. It shows multiple locations & all info, ie/ punch in RONA & you get a doz. pins then you add each to your contacts with all addresses & ph.#’s
    GGGGGreat.

  • john

    I had the same problem. My solution was to take the celophane wrapper off the case I bought. I was trying to be xtra careful. But it created a magnetic thingy.

  • john

    I had the same problem. My solution was to take the celophane wrapper off the case I bought. I was trying to be xtra careful. But it created a magnetic thingy.

  • zack

    hey mary christmas and a happy new year hey im asking how do you ma spaces when are you write a text message because when i press space it doesn’t work so plz answer me quickly. thanks

  • zack

    hey mary christmas and a happy new year hey im asking how do you ma spaces when are you write a text message because when i press space it doesn’t work so plz answer me quickly. thanks

  • gen

    How do you turn the text messaging on vibrate without sound and having the phone itself on sound?
    And also, can I use songs from the ipod as ringtones? If so how?

  • gen

    How do you turn the text messaging on vibrate without sound and having the phone itself on sound?
    And also, can I use songs from the ipod as ringtones? If so how?

  • gen

    Hey I was wondering how I could make my phone only vibrate when I get a text message withouth having to turn the whole phone on vibrate?
    And also, can I make songs ringtones and if so how?

  • gen

    Hey I was wondering how I could make my phone only vibrate when I get a text message withouth having to turn the whole phone on vibrate?
    And also, can I make songs ringtones and if so how?

  • gen

    Anybody know?

  • gen

    Anybody know?

  • iskyper

    Try going to audiko.net to create your own ringtones for free. You can also create via itunes, but I refuse to pay twice – once for song, once to create ringtone!

  • iskyper

    Try going to audiko.net to create your own ringtones for free. You can also create via itunes, but I refuse to pay twice – once for song, once to create ringtone!

  • Pingback: iPhone Tips & Tricks Resources |

  • austinspace

    Rotate calculator for scientific functions.

  • http://www.inkatechnology.co.uk/facebook-application-developers.php facebook applications

    Pretty good article , you really do the very useful information , thank you for your good work, here I have another good share: tradestead
    there are many kinds of beautiful and powerful consumer electronics that I like it very much!

  • http://viettelonline.com ADSL Viettel

    Thanks, just what I was looking for. Thanks so much…

  • Pingback: Astuces iPhone « Le blogue de 6ixdegrés

  • http://hitmb.com/ Marcio

    Double click the home button is a shortcut to ipod controls.

  • http://hitmb.com/ Marcio

    Double click the home button is a shortcut to ipod controls.