Hidden iPhone Features You Should Try


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After moving from Android to iOS a few years back, I recall being giddy with anticipation to discover the secret iPhone tips and techniques. While I was focused on maximizing iOS’s capabilities, I also wanted to increase my productivity by eliminating all slack. Though it took some time for me to get a decent handle on the iPhone and, more significantly, the benefits that come with the Apple ecosystem, once I got beyond the learning curve, it was business as usual. Because practically every software includes a few hidden features, it takes some effort to find them all. While some iPhone hacks are simply hidden, others necessitate a workaround. I’ve made sure to line up a range of tactics while keeping efficiency, security/privacy, and customization in mind. So it’s about a lot more than just learning a few cool tricks. Let’s get started on the roundup with that in mind!

1. Use Custom App Icons

What better way to begin off this series than by discussing how to change the app icons to your heart’s content? Yes, you read that correctly. Custom app icons can help you personalize your home screen significantly.


After a lengthy wait, iOS has finally given users the ability to customize their home screens with widgets and the ability to fine-tune app icons. If you’re worried that you’ll have to spend money on icon packs, rest assured that there are a few clever ideas that will allow you to design your iOS 14 home screen like a pro – without spending any money.

App Icon Changer (free, $9.99/month) and Launch Center Pro (free, in-app purchases) are two third-party apps that let you to design personalized app icons. Creating custom app icons is a straightforward process. All you have to do is design your favorite app icons with one of these third-party apps and save them to your camera roll. Then, on the home screen, utilize the Shortcuts app to add the custom app icons.

2. Change Wallpaper Automatically

I’m a big lover of colorful wallpapers and always use them to dress up my phone’s home/lock screen. I never leave a wallpaper up for more than a day or two, no matter how good it is. However, rather than manually setting a wallpaper in the Photos/Settings app, I prefer to utilize a method to change wallpaper automatically. And all of this can be done with a single tap on the home screen. Doesn’t it sound intriguing?

Create an album of all the wallpapers you want to use if you think this hack is worth trying. The wallpaper shortcut should then be added to your shortcut collection. After that, create a shortcut to your personalised photo album. After that, create a shortcut to your personalised photo album. After that, simply press on the shortcut icon to change your device’s wallpaper automatically. Take a look at the animated GIF below!

40+ Hidden iPhone Tips and Tricks You Should Try

3. Launch Your Favorite App Using Back Tap Gesture

Back Tap is without a doubt one of my favorite iOS 14 features out of all the ones I’ve tried. What makes it so cool is that it allows you to use Back Tap to not only activate a variety of system features like Siri, app switcher, Reachability, Spotlight, and more, but also to open your favorite apps.

Use back tap to launch your favorite app

With the help of the Shortcuts app, you can choose the app that you want to launch with the double/triple-tap gesture. Once that’s done, you can head over to the Settings app -> Accessibility -> Touch -> Back Tap -> Double Tap/Triple Tap and then select the shortcut. After that, all you have to do to open that app is just tap on the back of your iPhone and you are good to go!

5. Set Custom Charging Animation on iPhone

This one is for those who can’t get enough of personalization. If that’s the case, the prospect of creating a beautiful charging animation for your iPhone will make you grin. Keep in mind that this hack requires you to download a charging animation app in addition to the Shortcuts app.


My Top Three Charging Animation Apps Are: 

  • Charging Sounds and Effects: (free)
  • Charging Animation (free)
  • Charging Sound: (free)

Select the desired charging animation and then use the Shortcuts app to set it up with this tutorial once you’ve installed your chosen charging animation app.


6. Hide Specific Image from Photo Widget

Apple’s Photo Widget is one of the nicest home screen widgets released in iOS 14. While I like using it on my iPhone to keep track of happy moments straight on the home screen, I was irritated by the lack of more control over which photographs to show and which to hide.


Thankfully, there is a method for hiding individual photographs from the Photo widget that consistently works. Simply tap on the image in the photo widget that you don’t want to see. Then, under the Share button, select Remove from Featured Photos to remove the image from the widget.

7. Hide Apps on Your iPhone

Some personal apps, such as dating and cost tracking, are kept under wraps. So, if you don’t want others to see your private apps, make sure they’re hidden behind the shield. Apps can be hidden in a variety of ways on iOS. For example, you may utilize folders to hide apps, use Screen Time to hide apps (Settings app -> Screen Time -> Content & Privacy Restrictions -> Allowed Apps), and even use a killer hack to hide all of your purchased apps in the App Store. Go to our thorough article on hiding iPhone apps to learn more about how these strategies operate.


8. Hide the Hidden Album

Despite the fact that iOS has long provided a mechanism to hide individual photographs and videos, due to the lack of a solid shield, anyone might simply discover the Hidden Album. That is no longer the case, as iOS 14 provides a better option to hide the Hidden Album. So, if you no longer want everyone to be able to see all of your private images, make sure to use this new function.


Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad -> Photos app and then turn off the toggle for Hidden Album. Going forward, this album will no longer appear in the Albums tab of the Photos app.

If you wish to go for an even stronger shield, choose one of these best photo vault apps for iPhone and iPad to store and manage your images with better control.

9. Hide Alerts from Specific Chat

Some conversation threads have a habit of blasting you with sporadic warnings. You can disable their alerts if you no longer want them to disrupt your peace. iMessage gives you the option to hide warnings on a per-chat basis. As a result, based on your needs, you can enable or disable notification for a conversation thread.

Hide alerts from specific group chat

Navigate to the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad -> conversation thread -> name -> “i” button. Next, turn on the toggle right next to Hide Alerts.

10. Manage Messages Using Super Handy Two-Finger Gesture

Managing messages does not have to be a time-consuming process. You can handle your messages with ease with a simple two-finger motion. So, the next time you have a clump of communications that needs to be organized, remember to use this tool.


On your iOS device, open the Messages app. After that, use the two-finger tap gesture to choose any conversation thread. Use the two-finger swipe up/down gesture to pick more conversation threads. You can designate conversation threads as read or remove them entirely once you’ve selected them.

11. Cut, Copy, and Paste Using Three Finger Gesture

The three-finger motion makes cutting, copying, and pasting a breeze. To copy your text, pinch it with three fingers after you’ve picked it. Then, to trim it, repeat the copy gesture twice more (pinch with three fingers twice). If you want to paste the text, all you have to do is spread three fingers across the screen. Isn’t it convenient?


The undo/redo gesture is equally fluid. To undo anything, simply swipe left with three fingers. Swipe right with three fingers if you wish to redo. You may also undo/redo any action by double-tapping with three fingers.

12. Use Dictation to Type Faster

I use Dictation when I don’t feel comfortable typing with my fingers. It has considerably improved and is now capable of dictating text fairly effectively. As a result, if you want to get the most out of iOS, you should never ignore it.


To begin, go to your device’s Settings app and select Keyboard. Then, turn on the Enable Dictation checkbox. Then, to dictate text, open the QuickType keyboard (stock keyboard) and press on the tiny microphone icon.

You can mention the punctuation or formatting while dictating text to enter content with precision. If you type “Dear Lucky comma the gift has arrived exclamation mark,” for example, iOS will type “Dear Lucky, the gift has arrived!”

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