10 iPhone Tricks that you might not know

iPhone 3G

I have had an iPhone for over a year now and I must say that it is a great device. Today I’m posting some tips (in no particular order) of things that I have found useful and helpful. Also, I’m (trying) to post this article using the new WordPress application that is now available in the iTunes store (having some parse issues with it though).

Note that some of these tips might not work in the older version (1.x) of the iPhone software.

The Lovely iPhone 3G
The Lovely iPhone 3G

Let the tips/tricks begin:

  1. Scroll to Top of Page – if you tap once on the top status bar, where the date and batter are, you will scroll to the top of whatever page you are on. This works in all apps.
  2. Domain Resolution – in Safari, if the site you want to visit is a .com domain, just type the name in without the .com (e.g., “hightechdad” will resolve to “hightechdad.com”)
  3. Domain Suffixes – now with the 2.0 software, if you are typing a domain that is not a .com, you can press and hold that .com button and get other options like .net or .org
  4. Quick Delete – the bulk delete feature is great but did you know that if you swipe left or right on an email message in the view mode, a red delete button will appear in-line?
  5. Fast Forward/Rewind in Music & Video – pressing and holding the forward or rewind buttons will go forward or backward in your music or video
  6. Press & Hold for Alternate Characters Рif you want to insert a different character, like to type Espa̱a, with the tilda, just hold the appropriate character and slide/release to select it.
  7. Soft Reset – press and hold the Home and Power buttons at the same time for a few seconds and your iPhone will reboot. FYI, you should do this probably once a day. It helps keep your iPhone running a bit quicker, I find.
  8. Click & Hold URLs – in Safari, if you press and hold a link, you will see the URL and the site name.
  9. Take a Screenshot – if you want to take a screen capture, press and hold the home button and quickly press and release the power button. Your screen should flash white briefly and the image will be stored in your photo library.
  10. Parental Controls – under General settings, you can set some parental controls for Lyrics, YouTube, App Store, Safari and others.

Bonus: In the 2.0 firmware, you can press and hold images in Safari or Mail to save images to your photo library.

Are there any others that you have come up with? Post a comment and let me know!

HTD Says: Tips and tricks help you save a tiny bit of time. When you add it all up, you may find time you didn’t have before!

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6 Responses

  1. Hi, glad I found your blog. I appreciate your iphone tips. I have one tip to offer: Zoom in/out in “Maps”. I accidentally discovered: double tapping with two fingers= zoom out double tapping with one finger = zoom inNo more pinch and stretch or squeeze. Admittedly, I fell in love with the iphone for that feature initally. Becomes cumbersome after awhile. So double tap with two fingers= zoom outUnfortunately does not have the same functionality in safari webpages. Can zoom in once with single finger double tap at the risk of striking and unintended link

  2. Hi, glad I found your blog. I appreciate your iphone tips. I have one tip to offer: Zoom in/out in “Maps”. I accidentally discovered:
    double tapping with two fingers= zoom out double tapping with one finger = zoom in

    No more pinch and stretch or squeeze. Admittedly, I fell in love with the iphone for that
    feature initally. Becomes cumbersome after awhile.

    So double tap with two fingers= zoom out

    Unfortunately does not have the same functionality in safari webpages. Can zoom in once with single finger double tap at the risk of striking and unintended link

  3. I didn't know about the fast forward/rewind tip. I always found the scrub bar was never precise enough. Thank you.

  4. I didn't know about the fast forward/rewind tip. I always found the scrub bar was never precise enough. Thank you.

  5. some trick are really awesome. Yesterday i read one more blog and some tips are there. But not all. thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  6. some trick are really awesome. Yesterday i read one more blog and some tips are there. But not all. thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

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