6 cool iPhone features that will make your life easier


About 10 years ago, the iPhone was absolutely not designed to work with familiar files: the smartphone was already of very high quality, but it was impossible to use it in everyday life – there were no apps in the App Store, and the iPhone had a fairly closed iOS at that time. Fortunately, in 2022 there are enough applications and their analogues, and some have even been integrated into the operating system. For example, right on your smartphone, you can create and open ZIP archives, work more productively, and even speed up Face ID. Here are some life hacks for working with iOSwhich will make the iPhone much better.

How to open archive on iPhone

Every time you look for the right file on the Internet, most of all you don’t want to come across an archive. Previously, it was very problematic to open it, but now there are no problems with it. You don’t even need third party apps. See how easy it is.

  • Most often, archives come across in e-mail. Just touch it to download;
  • After that, touch the file and click “View Content”;
  • If there are several files in the archive, then simply switch between them with a swipe or use the “List” button to view the contents;
  • Click “Share” and save it to “Files”: if you have it enabled sync with iCloudthe file will be immediately displayed on the other device.

Create archive on iPhone

Conveniently, you can create a ZIP archive directly on your smartphone. You don’t need any third party apps either.

  • Open “Files” on iPhone and navigate to the folder with the files you want to compress;
  • Click “Select” and highlight the one you need;
  • Then click “More” in the lower right corner and select “Compress”.

After that, you will have a ZIP archive file in the same folder. The feature also works on the iPad.

Voice messages in iMessage

iMessage on iPhone has long supported voice messages, but on iOS, they have auto-delete turned on by default. Why is that? Probably because of Apple’s famous privacy. However, voices can be left in correspondence.

  • Go to Settings;
  • Select “Messages”;
  • Go to the “Expires” item and select “Never”;
  • Now return to the chat, just touch the voice message and click “Leave”;

By the way, you can add a voice message to “Notes”: just hold it and click “Copy” in the menu that appears: after that, go to a new note and click “Paste”. The voice will be added to the document and can be listened to. And in this article, we collected 5 top iMessage chips at once.

How to speed up Face ID

Face ID works quickly, but sometimes still wrong. For a quick unlock, you can add another scan of your face (for example, if you have grown a beard or lost weight) or a loved one by adding “Alternative appearance”. In doing so, pay attention to some of the nuances.

  • When scanning, lower your iPhone to chest height;
  • Keep your head straight for Face ID to scan the bottom of your face;
  • Try to look at the camera with your eyes without turning your head;
  • During the circular movement of the head, try to keep the chin touching the middle of the chest;

Thus Face ID on iPhone will capture facial features in more detail and will work in 100% of cases, especially when you unlock your smartphone lying on a table or while walking.

How to hide purchases in the App Store

If you want to hide downloaded apps from App Store, just hide them. They won’t disappear completely – you can always view them.

  • Go to the App Store;
  • Click on your account avatar and select “Purchases”;
  • Select the app you want, swipe left, and tap Hide.

All hidden applications remain in memory but are in a different section. Here’s where to find them.

  • Open the App Store and click on the account avatar;
  • Open your Apple ID at the top;
  • Unlock iPhone with Face ID or Touch ID;
  • Scroll down the screen and select Hidden Purchases.

How to scan a document on iPhone

In 2022, a regular office scanner is no longer needed as it used to be. You can take a photo of the file, but if that doesn’t work for you, just use the built-in document scanner in iOS. It’s much easier than going to the same OneDrive or downloading a third-party app. Here’s how it’s done.

  • Open Notes, then select the desired draft or create a new one;
  • Click the camera button on the toolbar and select “Scan Documents”;
  • Your iPhone will then create a photo that you can crop, rotate, or enhance the image.

What other life hacks make your life easier? Share in the comments.

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