The second-generation iPhone SE is compact yet impressive. It features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and industry-leading security in the form of Touch ID. Powered by Apple’s powerful A13 Bionic chip, it packs a punch. Plus, it’s the most affordable iPhone! Are you convinced it’s worth buying? We’ve got the best iPhone SE 2020 tips and tricks.
- Data Transfer From Old iPhone
- Haptic Touch
- Portrait Lighting
- Automate Tasks Using Shortcuts
- Gesture Typing
- Fast Charging & Wireless Charging
- QR Code Scanning
- Connect Multiple AirPods
- Silence Unknown Callers
1. Data Transfer From Old iPhone
If you’re coming from an old iPhone, there’s no need to use iTunes or iCloud to transfer your data to iPhone SE 2020. Instead, you can place your old iPhone nearby when setting up your iPhone SE, and you will automatically get an option to transfer all data from it instantly. Pretty simple, straightforward, and convenient.
2. Haptic Touch
The second-generation iPhone SE features Haptic Touch, which refers to long-press. Whenever you long-press on an item, a contextual menu will appear. If you previously had the old iPhone SE or some other iPhone with 3D Touch, spend a while getting familiar with Haptic Touch. Tap and hold on a menu, app icon, or link, and see the options that come up. However, please note that this won’t work on lock screen notifications. So you will have to swipe a notification left and then tap on ‘View’.
3. Portrait Lighting
The iPhone SE 2020 boasts the best single-camera system ever on an iPhone. You can even take Portrait photos, a feature that’s usually a feature of dual-camera systems. Further, the Portrait Lighting feature lets you change the background of a Portrait Mode photo.
You can try out effects like Studio Light, Contour Light, or Stage Light that turns the background completely black. You can even preview the effects live before actually clicking the photo. However, Portrait mode on the 2020 iPhone SE does not work with objects or pets.
Another cool camera feature of the new iPhone SE is QuickTake, similar to that on the higher-end iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series. QuickTake allows you to tap and hold on the shutter button to instantly start shooting a video while still in photo mode. After all, sometimes situations suddenly arise where you want to switch from shooting stills to capturing video. It’ll give you the feel of Instagram Stories and Snapchat!
5. Automate Tasks Using Shortcuts
Don’t let its small size fool you. One of the best iPhone SE 2020 tips comes in the form of the new Shortcuts app. This helps you automate repetitive tasks or group multiple tasks together. For instance, you can create a shortcut to turn off Do Not Disturb mode, turn on the lights, send a message to someone, listen to the latest headlines, or more. All with just a single command. It turns your phone into a handy and quick assistant which is super convenient.
6. Gesture Typing
iOS 13 offers some keyboard tricks such as the ability to type by swiping when using the stock keyboard. For this, the Slide to Type option must be toggled ON in Settings → General → Keyboard) As you slide to type, you will see suggested alternatives to the word you’re entering rather than predictions for your next word.
If you want to type accented letters or other alternate characters, tap and hold a key and then slide to choose one of the options. Once you get used to it, gesture typing sure speeds things up and feels intuitive.
7. Fast Charging & Wireless Charging
Save time with fast wired charging on the iPhone SE 2020. Apple ships the device with a paltry 5W USB-A charger but there are plenty of fast chargers you can get. You can also make the most of Qi wireless charging. This is pretty convenient since the iPhone SE does not have the best battery life. We recommend getting multiple wireless chargers and placing one on your work desk, one on your nightstand, etc. Say goodbye to low-battery anxiety.
8. QR Code Scanning
The 2020 iPhone SE lets you scan QR codes with the built-in camera without the need for any third-party apps. You can then get relevant popup actions, such as opening the encoded URL, join a WiFi network, and more.
You can also scan QR codes and documents from the Home screen or through the Control Centre. In our hyper-connected world, scanning QR codes with ease sure makes life a little bit smoother.
9. Connect Multiple AirPods
One of the best iPhone SE 2020 tricks has got to be Audio Sharing. This feature allows you to share whatever audio you are playing on your AirPods to a second pair of AirPods too. To enable it, open the AirPlay section from Control Centre and flick open the second pair of AirPods to connect them to your device. Now, you can enjoy music with a partner or friend. It’s perfect when traveling together!
10. Silence Unknown Callers
Put a stop to unwanted and spam calls. Your iPhone SE 2020 can automatically silence all incoming calls from unknown numbers that are not saved in your Contacts app. To enable this feature, just go to Settings → Phone and toggle ON the Silence Unknown Callers option. These calls will then be directed to your voicemail if you’ve set it up. A pretty nifty feature for our busy lives.
We hope you try out all these handy iPhone SE 2020 tips and tricks. Which do you like the best, and are there any which we left out? Let us know in the comments below!
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