Ultimate List of iPhone Tips and Tricks

Post published on 8th September 2008

Many of us may think that iPhone is very beautiful and powerful. However, how many of us have actually used its full potential? Do you know all of the tips and tricks of your iPhone? If you don’t, I am sure the following Ultimate List of iPhone Tips and Tricks will help you a lot.

1) Get URL Hints

In Safari, you can press and hold any links in order to see the URL and site name of the link.

2) Dismiss Keyboard Suggested Word

To dismiss the keyboard suggested spelling of a word, you can tap on anywhere of the screen. You do not have to press “x” button at the end of the word.

3) Scroll to the Top of the Page

When you are using iPhone applications, you can automatically scroll to the top of the page by tapping on the “top bar”, which has the time, service bars and the battery information. In Safari, this will also brings up the URL address bar as well.

4) Different Domain Suffix

Hold down the “.com” button, you can see a popup comes up with “.net, .edu and .org” buttons. Slide your finger from them and then release your finger to choose.

5) Domain Resolution

When typing a URL in Safari, you don’t have to type the “www” or the “.com”. For exmaple, you can type “iPhoneToolbox” in the URL box in order to view “iPhoneToolbox.com”.

6) Take Screenshots Anytime

You can take any screenshots at anytime easily on your iPhone. First of all, press and hold the “Home” button and then click the “Sleep” button once. The screen will flash white and the screenshot will be stored in your camera roll immediately.

7) Save Images in Safari

When you are browsing any web pages on Safari. You simply touch the image and hold your finger until a menu show up, select Save Image.The downloaded image is located under your Photo / Camera Roll.

8 ) Inserting a Period

When you are typing on you iPhone, simply double tapping the “Space Bar” button at the end of a sentence, it will automatically insert a period followed by a space. It saves you a lot of time instead of pressing “124″ to get the numbers and symbols page where the period located in.

9) Alternative Way to Navigate Screens

You can tab the bottom right or left corner to switch between different screens instead of swiping your finger across the screen.

10) Alternate Characters

Hold down a letter on the keyboard, you can see popup comes up with various versions of the character.

11) Move Dock Icons

Just press and hold any icons on the screen, then drag them while they are shaking. You can put any 4 icons on your dock (grey bar at the bottom of your iPhone).

12) Fit-to-page Column, word and Picture

When browsing web pages on Safari, you can double tap on a column, word or picture to fit it’s width to your iPhone’s screen.

13) Select Icon for Bookmarked Webpage

When you are browsing a web page on Safari and add its icon to your home screen by pressing the “+” button and select “Add to Home Screen”. The icon is a screenshot of the page you were on. You can have a different icon by zooming in a particular item on the page. It can be the website’s logo or any picture.

14) Scrolling with Two Fingers

Some web pages contains separate text boxes with their own scroll bars. If you are trying to move around in one, you can scroll it with two fingers instead of one. That will let you scroll just inside the box and not affect the position of the entire page.

15) Maximize Battery Life

There is a separate sensor situated right above the earpiece, that detects ambient light. The iPhone uses this sensor only once per session, just as you unlock the handset. But if you cover the sensor as you unlock the phone, you will trikc the handset into thinking it’s in a dark room, and it will power down the screen brightness. You can Also turn off Bluetooth and WiFi if you don’t expect to use them for a while. You can also set email fetch time to “Hourly” or “Manually”, and turn the “Push” off in order to save energy.

16) Reset Your iPhone

Press and hold the “Home” Button and the “Sleep” Button to Reset your iPhone. A white light will flash, the screen will shut off and then turn back on. Please keep holding both buttons until the screen turns back on.

17) Insert Punctuation Quickly

To enter any punctuations while using iPhone keyboard, you can press and hold the “123″ button and slide your finger over to any punctuation button. And then the punctuation will be inserted after you have released the button.

18) Get a Bigger Keyboard

When you are using the on-screen keyboard on Safari, you can rotate the iPhone horizontally before tapping on the address bar, the Safari window will switch to horizontal mode. Now you can have a much larger keyboard, making data entry a little easier.

19) Changing iPod Icons

By the default, the buttons at the bottom of the iPod scren are “Playlists”, “Artists”, “Songs”, “Videos”, and “More”. You can change them by pressing the “More” button, and then tap on the “Edit” button in the upper left corner. A Configure screen will appear with icons for “Albums”, “Podcasts”, “Audiobooks”, “Genres”, “Composers”, “Compilations”, “Playlists”, “Artists”, “Songs”, and “Videos”. To substitute one of these icons for one that appears at the bottom of the iPod screen, just tap and hold on the icon you prefer and drag it over the icon you want to replace. Tap on Done when you’re finished.

20) Make a Call from Safari

If you find any phone numbers in Safari you would like to call, you do not need to jump to the phone component. Just tap on the number, and the iPhone will dial it for you immediately.


September 11th, 2008 at 7:17 am

Handy list. Didn’t know a few of these and the .com/.org etc when holding down the key is very useful.



September 18th, 2008 at 12:59 am

Excellent work !!!


September 18th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

very useful

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October 2nd, 2008 at 10:42 am

Great list, Thank You.

One thing in Maps I have found to be useful. If you have a Google account you can map several stops in one map and then email the link to yourself. Tap on the link and Google Maps pops up with all the information and stops.

I have used this several times with great success. Much nicer than my car GPS that only allows 5 stops at a time. I have not reached the limit for Google as yet (I have done up to 20, I think).

Hope this helps


October 31st, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Very useful info. I’ve found a shortcut accidently. While the iPhone is in lock mode with blackout screen, quickly press Home button twice, and it will display the control for music volume, play/pause, and back/next. You can control music play without locking the phone and use the iPod feature.

Danh ba web 2.0

November 28th, 2008 at 4:43 am

Great list. Thanks you very much !


December 14th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

Thanks for sharing a very useful tips…

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January 4th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

This is kind of helpful.


January 5th, 2009 at 4:04 am

Thank you for the tips


February 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

omg this was very helpful for me thank you very much for all of these tips the iphone is the best phone ever


March 19th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Thanks, excellent tips.

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May 5th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Wooww cool Thanks you


May 10th, 2009 at 8:33 am

Awesome article. Helped me twice!


May 30th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

If u touch the space button with 2 fingers it will also place a period.


June 7th, 2009 at 10:34 am

Some tricks i know of:
*With the iPhone earplugs, you have this microphone. Taping it wile being called is ofcource to answer and hang up.
*If you’re not being called and you tap once, it plays music. Tap it twice wile it plays will go to the next song, tap it three times wil go to the previous song.
*tapping the home button twice will get you to a link like your iPod or your contacts , this can be changed in your general options.

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June 15th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Dude, that’s a cool list. I didn’t know the one about covering the light meter to dim down the screen. Wish I had known that yesterday when I was down to no power at the airport. Cheers.


June 25th, 2009 at 4:00 am

Good list of information.


July 19th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Awesome article with really helpful tips. Hats off!


August 14th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

While on a call, press the home button once, this takes you to the iphone home screen allowing you to access more of the phones features that the call menue doesn’t offer, without hanging up the call. Notice the green bar at the top of the phone. Touching this will bring you back to the call. Hope this helps.


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August 23rd, 2009 at 2:20 am

Thx. But I already knew every single one.
What I’m hoping to c if u can make like icon shortcuts of
settings. Like turning on/off wifi from an icon


August 26th, 2009 at 7:19 am

Thank you for sharing!


September 4th, 2009 at 12:18 am

Thanks.. very useful tips.
Does anyone know how to dismiss the keyboard. The keyboard takes up a large part of the screen and it is quite irritating that it does not able to dismiss it after typing in the text.

Thanks in advance.


September 6th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Awesome list! I want more…


September 22nd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I just got my phone and these are fantastic!

thanks so much

Ryan Isra

September 27th, 2009 at 1:39 am

Nice article. Good for iPhone’s newbie user :D


September 30th, 2009 at 11:50 am

Great info!!

Thank you much!!


Paul Berry

October 26th, 2009 at 10:48 am

The best tip I’ve seen is using your fingers like a pincer to zoom out and the opposite to zoom in … Makes Reading web pages and maps much easier


October 31st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Dip your phone in cold coffee. It sizzles !!


January 21st, 2010 at 1:14 am

Punctuation tip = Genius!


January 25th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

@tingy to dismiss the keyboard when in the txt message app all you do i tap where the bubble messages appear and the keyboard will “hide”

also i wish there were more tricks and tips AVAILABLE for the iphone. these ARE handy tips but i already knew them. i wish apple inc would go into the iphone more and make it more of a learning experience instead of it being so easy to MASTER the iphone. thats one thing thats leading me to jailbreak. i NEED more.


January 25th, 2010 at 7:08 pm


wish the iphone could have a drop down bar to check messages and turn off wi-fi blue tooth or whatever within any app.

i.e. like the moto-cliq. or android.

the iphone is a really nice phone. but lacks excitement. and mental stimulation. just too easy.


May 30th, 2010 at 5:25 am

I`m not a high techy guy but these tips are great,and the iphone,well it`s the best gadget i`ve ever had,bar none.Thanks a bunch.


June 3rd, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Nice tips. Thanks


June 30th, 2010 at 1:36 am

One more, if you want to access the Ipod without unlocking the iPhone.
press Home button, then instead of swiping finger to unlock double tap home button.
This will display the bar for playback


October 5th, 2010 at 1:03 am

Double tapping the Home button and sliding to the left brings up 5 icons the far left one locks screen rotation.


December 27th, 2010 at 11:40 am

Other tricks:
1. When you write a text message and you want to give up writing it, just shake your device and a pop-up window appears, asking if you want to discard the message.
2. In mail app, if you have a lot of messages and want to get rid of them, just swipe rightwards and a “delete” button appears. Then just click on it to delete the message.
3. While browsing, be aware that iOS recognizes phone numbers, dates, names. Just click on the phone number and a pop-up windows appears, asking if you wanted to make the call. For dates, Calendar will open to insert them.


January 25th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

WOW Great Work Bro !! Keep it up


January 30th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks heaps, those quick tips really helped me learn how to use my iphone4!!

Bud Dinh

February 4th, 2011 at 1:38 am

Awesome tips. Btw, can you tell me what’s your blog theme name? Is it a custom theme? Thanks so much.


March 4th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

good work. ty!


March 8th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

If you turn off the auto-brightness will that do the same thing as if you cover the sensor? I have turned off auto brightness and nothing changes if I cover the sensor.


March 12th, 2011 at 9:57 pm



July 7th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Great tips love my I phone 4 when does five come out lol mines white !! Ghost armor sucks


April 1st, 2012 at 11:51 am

After reading all of these I noticed that no one actually mentioned this:

- Double tap the home button
- Tap and hold any of the icons in the bottom tray that appears
- Hit the stop sign that appears when they start shaking

Presto, you’re closing open applications!