The best iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 tips and tricks

The best iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 tips and tricks

Although Apple’s Touch ID phones are no longer the latest and greatest thanks to the advent of Face ID, there’s still an awful lot of us using them.

So here we present the best tips for Touch ID iPhones including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus, SE, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Here’s everything you need to know to master your iPhone.

Enable True Tone display: To get the iPhone’s screen to automatically adjust its colour balance and temperature to match the ambient light in the room, head to Control Centre and force press the screen brightness slider. Now tap the True Tone button. You can also go to Settings > Display and Brightness and toggle the “True Tone” switch.

Charge wirelessly: To make use of the iPhone’s new wireless charging capabilities, buy a wireless charger. Any Qi charger will work, but to charge more efficiently you need one optimised for Apple’s 7.5W charging, like the BoostUp from Belkin.

Enable 60fps 4K video recording: Head to Settings > Camera > Record Video and then choose the 4K at 60fps option to shoot at the highest resolution and frame-rate possible on an iPhone.

Shoot 1080p slow-motion at 240fps: Similar to the last one, head to Settings > Camera and then tap “Record Slow-mo” and choose the highest speed option. Now you can shoot 240fps slow-motion video at full HD.

Portrait Lighting effects (8 Plus only): To shoot Portrait Mode shots with artificial lighting effects, first go to shoot in Portrait mode. You can do this either by force-pressing the camera icon and choosing the Portrait shortcut, or opening the camera app and selecting the Portrait option in there. Now you can just tap and hold the bottom of the frame where it says “Natural Lighting”, and scroll through the options.

Edit Portrait Lighting effects after shooting (8 Plus only): Open any Portrait shot in Photos and then tap “edit”. After a second or two you’ll see the lighting effect icon at the bottom of the image, tap it and swipe exactly as you did when shooting the image.

Fast charge it: If you have a 29W, 61W or 87W USB Type-C power adapter for a MacBook, you can plug in your iPhone 8 or 8 Plus using a Type-C to Lightning cable and watch it charge really quickly. Up to 50 per cent in in 30 minutes.

Control Centre tips

Add new controls: Unlike previous versions of iOS, you can now add and remove controls from Control Centre. Head to Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls and then choose which controls you’d like to add.

Reorganise controls: To change the order of those controls you’ve added, tap and hold the three-bar menu on the right of whichever control you’d like to move, then move it up and down the list to wherever you’d like it to be.

Expand controls: Some controls can become full screen, just force press (i.e. press harder on compatible screens) on the control you want to expand and it’ll fill the screen.

Switch on personal hotspot: By default, the connectivity control only has four options in it. If you force press to expand it, you’ll get a full-screen control with two more options. Tap on the personal hotspot icon to switch it on.

Switch on Night Shift: To switch on Night Shift – which kills blue light, making it the screen warmer – force press the screen brightness control, then tap the Night Shift icon at the bottom of the screen.

Activate screen recording: One of the new options you can add to Control Centre is Screen Recording. Make sure you add the control, then open Control Centre and press the icon that looks like a solid white circle inside a thin white ring. From now on it’ll record everything that happens on your screen. Press the control again when you’re done, and it’ll save a video to your Photos app automatically.

Adjust flagshlight/torch brightness: You can switch on your camera flash, using it as a torch, by opening Control Centre and tapping on the torch icon. If you want to adjust the brightness, force press the icon, then adjust the full-screen slider that appears.

Quickly switch where audio is played: One cool feature is the ability to change where music is playing. While music is playing, through Apple Music, Spotify, or wherever, force press on the music control or just tap the little icon in the top corner of the music control. This brings up a pop-up showing available devices that you can play through. This could be connected earphones, Apple TV, your iPhone or any AirPlay device.

Set a quick timer: Instead of heading to the timer app, you can force press on the timer icon, then slide up or down on the full-screen to set a timer anywhere from one minute to two hours long.

How to access HomeKit devices: Swipe from the bottom of the screen up to reveal Control Center and then tap on the little icon that looks like a house.

Lock Screen tips

Get to older notifications: On your lock screen, as usual, new notifications pop up as standard. However, if you want to quickly get to older ones you’ve read, but ignored, swipe up on the lock screen and it’ll show “Earlier Today” or even older notifications that haven’t been cleared.

Clear older notifications: With the older notifications onscreen, force press the little “x” in the corner and tap the “clear all notifications” popup that appears.

Unlock your iPhone without pressing the home button: By default on Touch ID enabled iPhone and iPads, you now have to press the Home button to get to the Home screen. You can change this by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button > and then toggling “Rest Finger to Open”. Now you don’t have to press the button any more.

Raise your phone to wake: Simply pick up the phone from an off state and it will wake up showing you all the notifications you’ve got on the Lock screen. To turn this feature on or off go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Raise to Wake.

How to quickly access the camera from the lock screen: Simple. Anywhere on the Lock screen swipe from right to left

How to access widgets on the Lock Screen: Again really simple. Anywhere on the Lock screen swipe from left to right.

How to unlock your phone but stay on the Lock screen: A curious one, but Touch ID users can unlock their iPhone without going to the Home screen. To do so put your finger on the Home button but don’t press on it. A small padlock icon at the top of the screen will disappear, but you won’t be taken to your apps Home screen.

How to add/remove widgets: iOS 10 introduced a Today view page where you can show widgets from any apps that support it. To add, remove or reorganise, go to the Today view (swipe left to right on the Lock screen) and then scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap on the edit button to customise which widgets show and in what order.

Quick Reply: When a notification comes in – depending on whether it’s enabled by the developer – you can reply immediately without having to open the specific app. To do this, pull down the notification to reveal the actions you can take. Or, from the Lock Screen, you can force press or press and hold the notification and tap “reply”, then start typing.

Clear individual notifications from the Lock Screen: You can clear an individual notification from an app by simply swiping from right to left and then tapping “clear”.

Home Screen tips

How to remove stock apps: You can now remove the Apple stock apps like Stocks, Compass and others. To do so, simply tap and hold on the app icon until it starts wiggling and then tap the “x”. You will be asked to confirm your decision. To get them back, simply search for the app in question in the App Store.

Crop and markup screenshots: Take a screenshot, then a small preview screenshot appears in the bottom left corner. Tap it and then use the tools shown to draw, write on, or crop the image.

Dismiss screenshot preview: To get the little screenshot preview off your screen, just swipe it left. Hey presto! It’s gone.

Messages tips

How to add effects to iMessages: iOS 10 added the ability to add full screen and bubble effects to iMessages, there are now more effects. To access these effects, press and hold the send icon after you’ve written a message. Here you can switch between Bubble and Screen effects to apply them to your message.

How to mute specific conversations: In your main Messages inbox, swipe left on any conversation you want to hide notifications from then tap “hide alerts”. It’s really useful if you’re part of a particularly persistent and chatty group message.

You can also press the “i” icon within a conversation, then toggle on the Do Not Disturb button. This works for SMS as well as iMessages.

Send a picture to someone: To the left of the text input field in Messages you’ll see a small camera icon. Tap it, then you have the option to take a picture or scroll right through recently shot photos. To the left are shortcuts to the Camera app or your Photo Library.