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Even though you use your iPhone every single day, you may not realize how powerful and feature-packed it really is. In fact, your iPhone has a few tricks up its sleeve that you probably don’t know about. With the new release of the latest version of iOS, we wanted to share some tips so you can take full advantage of your smartphone. They’re extremely convenient and fun, and they’ll hopefully help save you a little time, too!

1. Access the Calculator Faster

If you need to do math on the fly but don’t want to open the calculator app, there’s a faster way you didn’t know about!

  • Swipe right over the home screen, lock screen, or while you’re looking at your notifications
  • Type in the operation
  • Your iPhone will calculate it for you

This piece of advice will definitely come in handy when you need to figure out the tip at the restaurant!

2. Take More Level, Better-Framed Photos

There’s a hidden camera level deep in the iPhone’s settings that’ll come in handy for when you’re taking overhead shots of your stuff. To turn the feature on go to:

  • Settings
  • Scroll down some
  • Tap “Camera”
  • Enable the Grid

When you hold your phone over something to take a photo, two crosshairs will appear — a white one and a yellow one. When they line up, your photo is level!

3. Stop Apps from Asking for Feedback

As much as feedback and reviews are important for App developers, it can be extremely annoying when you are interrupted by a popup asking for you to rate the app or leave feedback. Good news is that there is now a setting to put an end to the constant pestering!

  • Open your Settings app
  • Tap iTunes & App Store
  • Toggle In-App Ratings & Reviews to “Off”

4. Create a Custom Memoji

You’re probably already familiar with Animoji, but now you can create your own custom animated avatars called Memoji — that looks just like you. Memoji are a silly but personable and fun new way to communicate with your friends and family. Here’s how you can create and customize one of your own:

  • Open your messages app
  • Tap the animoji icon with the monkey on it
  • Swipe right to the plus sign and tap New Memoji
  • Choose your skin color
  • Choose your freckle level
  • Choose your hairstyle
  • Choose your head shape, age, and chin
  • Choose your eye shape, eye color, and eyelashes
  • Choose your eyebrows, eyebrow color, and eyebrow shape
  • Choose your nose, lip color, and lip shape
  • Choose your ears, earrings
  • Choose your facial hair and its color
  • Choose your eyewear and its color
  • Choose your hat and its color

5. Measure Objects With Your iPhone

It seems like any time you need to measure something, you can never find the tape measure to do it. Now it has a built-in measuring tool that you can use to measure rooms and objects. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s a useful tool to use when you need to measure an object or the distance between two things in a pinch. See how the app measures up by following these steps:

  • Open the Measure App
  • Move your iPhone around so the device can analyze the area
  • Hold your iPhone so the camera is pointing at the object you want to measure
  • Move your iPhone around until you see a white circle with a dot in the middle
  • Line the white dot up with the edge of the item you want to measure
  • Press the white button with the + sign
  • Drag to opposite edge of item
  • Press the white button with the + sign
  • The app will display the estimated measurement

6. Invert Your Screen for Using Your iPhone at Night

If you want a “dark mode” that changes your interface from light colors to mostly black, this setting will help. Your iPhone’s “Smart Invert Colors” feature only inverts the user interface, so images and app icons are the same.

  • Tap Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Accessibility
  • Tap Display Accommodations
  • Tap Invert Colors
  • Toggle Smart Invert

7. Use the Document Scanner in the Notes App

Apple has implemented a convenient document scanner right in the Notes app. Here’s how you access it:

  • Open the Notes app
  • Create a new note or open an existing one
  • Tap the + icon that’s located above your iPhone’s keyboard in the center
  • Tap Scan Documents
  • Use the shutter button or one of your iPhone’s volume buttons to capture a photo of your document
  • Adjust the corners of the document by tapping and dragging them, if necessary
  • Tap Save

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