Tips for First-time iPhone Users: Part Two

Using the iPhone can be great fun if you know a little more of the nifty tips and tricks you can use on the iPhone.

For first-time users of the iPhone, it can be an entertaining experience because the iOS ecosystem is vastly different from anything that you’ve ever used. Even if you came from the Android platform, iOS is going to be hugely different.

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We covered a few tips in the first part of this series. Obviously, there are many more interesting tips that will come in handy when you are typing a message, using the camera, trying to add an event and more.

First Time iPhone User Tips Part 2

Try these iPhone tips:

1. Undo Typing

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How to Undo Typing on iPhone

You type something but you want to erase the whole thing. Be it Messages, or Whatsapp, or WeChat or any other messaging app (or even just a normal text field), you can erase the whole thing in two ways: one, tap and hold the backspace. Or, the easier way, just shake your iPhone. When you shake your iPhone, a new dialog pops up with the ‘Undo Typing’ option to tap on.

Simpler way to erase everything you’ve typed right?

2. Mute Shutter Sound

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How to Mute Shutter Sound on iPhone

Want to mute the shutter sound when you click pictures? Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn’t have an option to to mute the shutter sound specifically. But there’s a workaround: the mute switch on the side of your iPhone.

When you mute your iPhone, the shutter sound is muted too. Of course, this isn’t a perfect workaround but it’s good enough because you can use the mute switch only when you use the camera and turn it back on after you’re done.

3. Add Emoji

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How to Add Emoji on iPhone

We’ve covered adding emoji to your keypad already and it’s a cool feature for iPhone users. You can use emoji not just in Whatsapp but almost everywhere else. To do this, add a new keyboard. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards
  • Tap on Add New Keyboard
  • Choose Emoji and you’re done!

Now, when the keyboard pops up, tap the globe icon and the keyboard changes to emoji. Tap it again and it cycles through the keyboards you have added.

4. Filter Missed Calls

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How to Filter Missed Calls on iPhone

A better way to have a look at just the missed calls.

The Phone app shows you the list of recent calls made, received and missed. The missed calls are usually marked in red font so you can actually know immediately which calls are missed calls. However, if you want a finer level of sorting, there’s a Missed button right on top. Tap that and you will see just the missed calls.

5. Redial A Number

How to Redial A Number on iPhone

The iPhone’s Phone app – you’ll notice – doesn’t have a specific redial button. But Apple’s smart so they’ve hard-coded the redial option into the green ‘Call’ button.

To redial a number you just typed, double-tap the Call button.

6. Adding an Event in Calendar

How to Add an Event in Calendar on iPhone

While there are many ways to add an event to your Calendar in the iPhone, the simplest way is hidden in the Calendar app itself. It’s pretty simple.

Just tap and hold on the date that you want to add an event. Up pops an Add Event screen; enter the details here and you’re done!

7. Change Search Priorities in Spotlight

How to Change Search Priorities in Spotlight on iPhone

Spotlight is a brilliant feature for looking through and finding the app, message, email, event, music or web reference you’re looking for. Over the years, Spotlight on iOS has become quite powerful. By pressing the home button from the first-page of the springboard, you get to the spotlight search.

The order of the search results displayed on spotlight search can be configured to suit your purpose. For instance, on one of the iPhones we have a ton of apps installed. We use the spotlight search mostly to find an app. So we just re-organized the spotlight search priority so we see apps first in the search results.

To do this:

  • Go to Settings -> General -> Spotlight Search
  • Sort/order the various lists. If you don’t want a particular category to show up ( say, contacts), just tap on it to disable it. (There is no check-mark besides it)

We hope this info was useful. Since there’s a dearth of such tips for the iPhone, we’ll be back with more!

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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