Useful iOS 13 tips and tricks for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
However, as straightforward as they are, iPhones are also home to multiple hidden tips and tricks that you might not know. We’ll try to correct that by highlighting some neat tricks that could help you in everyday life.
#1. Dark Mode is your friend, but know when to use it
Dark Mode is the big new thing in iOS 13, and it's great. Enabling it is easy - either go to your Control Center and long-press the brightnes slider, then hit the leftmost button, or go to Settings > Display & Brightness, then select your appearance. Our advice? Leave it automatic! This way, the phone will remain in regular light mode during the day, and in dark mode during the night. That's the optimal choice, and to learn why check out our detailed guide on the ins and outs of dark mode, spanning from the early inception of the trendy feature to the different use cases. Read it here.
#2. Make sense of the cursor control
Apple's cursor control feature — activated either with 3D Touch on the keyboard or by holding the spacebar on non-3D Touch iPhones — kind of alleviated some of those pains. With iOS 13, Cupertino aims to further improve that experience.
So, the touchpad-like keyboard feature is still here. However, you can now also just grab the text cursor with your finger and move it anywhere in a single motion, which is much more fluid, intuitive, and convenient to use. Just grab it and swipe it around text — no snapping to awkward locations, no getting stuck in weird places. The improvement is very welcome! It works the same way for text selections — you just grab the selector handle on either side of your chosen word and drag it wherever you wish with zero resistance from the software.
A neat little trick in Safari lets the browser automatically close your browser tabs after a certain amount of time. To do that, head to Settings, then scroll all the down to Safari, and select Close Tabs. You can substitute the default manual setting by choosing to automatically close tabs in one day, one week, and even one month.
Forget all those third-party photo editors, the stock Photos app is now great! It has gained an improved and much better user interface that puts all the essential editing options at your fingertips and makes photo retouching way friendlier. Among the superb new features is Brilliance, which brightens shadows, lowers highlights, and tunes up the contrast ever so slightly to make your image really pop out. The best thing? The Photos app now supports video editing by default now. It's only good for basic edits as of now, but it's something.
Previously, changing the video resolution of the camera app required you to go to the main settings app, which is terrible user experience. Thankfully, Apple eventually realized that, as iOS 13 allows you to switch video resolutions directly from the camera app. When in video-recording mode, you can tap the top right resolution and framerate icons to switch between 4K/Full HD and 24, 30, or 60fps. It's super handy!
The Shortcuts app is a masterpiece, and the new personalizable Automation tab is more than excellent. You can now create your own personal automation scenarios with your set of custom actions that rely on geofencing and meeting other customizable criteria. Not only do these run on your iPhone, but they could also apply to your smart home appliances. You can have Shortcuts automatically play random music tracks for you early in the morning or when you connect to your car's Bluetooth, turn off all the lights in your house after you're off for work, and many, many others.
With the official death of 3D Touch (RIP), Apple sort of changed the way you delete apps. On the iPhone 11 series, you just press and hold on an app's icon until you feel a slight vibration and see the new contextual menu pop up. Just hit Delete App and you're golden.
The refreshed Notes app has a great new feature that you might have already forgotten about - it allows you to share notes with your friends. You can either allow them to just view the note or even edit it as they desire. That's a great feature that might come in mighty handy in certain situations.