10 hidden settings that will change the iPhone user experience

If you want a fresh start in 2022, how about starting with the iPhone? Changing a few settings can significantly improve the overall user experience. Here are 10 hidden settings that even iPhone users for years may overlook. You’ll feel like you’re using a brand new phone.

Mute unknown callers

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In 2021, automatically recorded calls, so-called robocalls, surged. After the COVID-19 pandemic, spam calls have become more sophisticated and have always been a nuisance on the iPhone. However, there is a toggle in the iPhone’s phone settings to mute unknown callers. If you enable the ‘Unknown Callers’ toggle in ‘Settings App → Phone’, calls from numbers not in your contact list will be muted. However, there is a chance that you may miss an important call from an unknown number.

View incoming calls in full screen

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As of iOS 14, incoming calls appear as small banners when the iPhone is unlocked. It’s easier to miss a call than when displayed in full screen. However, there is a way to change the way caller information appears to full screen. Just select ‘Full Screen’ in ‘Settings App → Phone → Incoming Calls’. Displaying an incoming call as a small banner is useful in that it doesn’t interfere with the screen you’re working on, but when a call comes in, you end up stopping what you’re doing. So make sure your incoming calls are set to full screen so you don’t miss an important call.

Set default mail and browser apps

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Starting with iOS 14, Apple changed its policy to allow users to manually change the default email and browser apps. When you open the link, you can connect to the desired app instead of going to Safari. Just select the browser app in the Settings app, then go to the ‘Default Browser App’ tab and specify the app you want. If you delete the app you set as the default app, Safari automatically sets as the default browser. Mail can be set as the default app in the same way. It’s a great way to get the most out of great third-party apps tailored to your tastes.

Change Siri Voice

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Siri’s voice is a common voice in voice guidance on other devices. If you’re tired of the same voice, try changing Siri’s voice. You can change Siri’s voice in the ‘Settings app → Siri & Search’. The Korean version of Siri supports two male and female voices, and in the case of a foreign language version, you can select a variety of voices depending on your accent. For example, in the English version of Siri, you can select an accent from the US, Australia, UK, India, Canada, South Africa, etc., and there are two types of male and female voices for each intonation.

Changing the display mode

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When you buy an iPhone and turn it on for the first time, it starts in lite mode. However, many users turn to Dark Mode to reduce eye strain from the display and save even a little bit of battery life. You can change the screen style to light mode or dark mode in ‘Settings app → Display & Brightness’. With Auto mode, light mode is activated during the day and automatically changes to dark mode at sunset or a user-specified time.

Organize your home screen with your app library

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When you want a clean home screen with only a few apps on your phone’s wallpaper, in the past you had to delete apps you don’t use often or put them in folders to organize them. Now you can keep your wallpaper clean by removing downloaded apps from your home screen instead of removing them altogether. You can select the home screen you want to hide by long-pressing on an empty area of ​​the home screen and clicking the dot that appears at the bottom of the screen. If unchecked, the entire selected home screen disappears. Apps that were on the home screen can be accessed from the app library.

Another option is to prevent downloaded apps from being automatically added to the home screen. Just set it to save newly downloaded apps only to the app library in ‘Settings app → Home screen’. The app library appears by swiping left on the last home screen.

Using the back tab

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‘Tap on the back’ is a function that performs common tasks such as mute, flashlight, screenshot, easy access to the top of the screen, and access to the control center by tapping the back of the phone 2 or 3 times. In ‘Settings app → Accessibility → Touch → Back tap’, you can set the action to be performed when you double-tap and triple-tap.

Allow and restrict app tracking

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Before downloading an app or browsing a website, you can prevent the app from externally tracking your activity in ‘Settings app → Privacy → Tracking’. This is Apple’s ATT (App Tracking Transparency) feature that has been applied since iOS 14.5. You can limit the receipt of tracking requests from third-party apps at all, and it is also possible to set individual settings for each app after allowing tracking requests.

Setting up headphone audio

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When using AirPods or other headphone accessories, you can improve the clarity of soft sounds and adjust specific frequencies to suit your hearing. After connecting an audio accessory, go to ‘Settings App → Accessibility → Audio/Visual Effects → Audio Adjustment’ to adjust the frequency and set the soft sound intensity while listening to sample music.

Using Focus Mode

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Apple’s new focus mode in iOS 15 is an extension of the existing Do Not Disturb mode. In ‘Settings App → Concentration Mode’, you can activate the Concentration Mode that suits the situation, such as gaming, reading, work, or mindfulness, and users can create a new Concentration Mode themselves. When each focus mode is activated, you can turn off all alarms or specify which alarms to allow per app or per user. There’s also an automation feature that automatically activates Focus Mode at specific times, locations, or when using apps. It takes a lot of time to set up once, but it’s a great feature to manage Screen Time. [email protected]

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