How To iPhone

Tips and Tricks on How to use your iPhone like a Pro

We all have those funny memes we like to keep around but don't need the inappropriate meme bomb while showing your in-laws the photos of your recent holiday. Hiding your photos or meme is a great option to help keep your camera roll PG friendly, however remember they are not protected from snooping and can be accessed very easily in your album menu.

Tap on your photos menu

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Find the photo you would like to hide and tap on the share icon in the bottom left hand corner.

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Scroll down until you find the "hide" option.

image of iphone photos menu

Select "Hide photo"

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If you would like to access your hidden photos, select your albums menu at the Botton of your camera roll.

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Scroll down until you find Hidden menu under Utilities.

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This will show you all the hidden photos in your "hidden album".

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Burst mode results in a number of photos being taken by holding down the white shutter button. It’s also known as sports mode, high-speed mode or burst shot. Burst mode is best used to photograph fast-moving moments, animals in action, or sport.

- Open your Camera app

How to shoot in burst mode on your iPhone

- Hold down the white shutter button with your finger. This will take multiple photos at once, aka a “burst” of photos

How to shoot in burst mode on your iPhone

- When your finished, you’ll want to choose the best one. Tap “Select”

How to shoot in burst mode on your iPhone

- Scroll through the burst of photos and tap on your favourite one. Tap “Done” and then “”Keep Only 1 Favourite” or “Keep Everything”

How to shoot in burst mode on your iPhone
If you've taken a slo-mo video and want the "slow motion" part to be moved elsewhere on the recording, it's a simple process.

- Open your Camera Roll and find a slo-mo video you’d like to edit

How to edit your slow motion video timing on your iPhone

- Tap “Edit”

How to edit your slow motion video timing on your iPhone

- Slide, with your finger, the white line underneath the video. The white line determines how much of your video is in slow motion and how much is not. Choose how much of your video you want slowed down or speed up

How to edit your slow motion video timing on your iPhone

Tap "Done"

How to edit your slow motion video timing on your iPhone
Add a more professional look to your photos by adding depth to the background. By shooting in Portrait Mode, you can adjust the lens' aperture by adding more or less depth.

Open your Camera app

How to shoot in portrait mode on your iPhone

Switch from “Photo” to “Portrait”

How to shoot with Depth Control on your iPhone

Tap the aperture feature, which is a small “f” in the top right corner.

How to shoot with Depth Control on your iPhone

Slide left or right to increase or decrease the depth. Sliding to the left will give your photo more depth and sliding to the right gives it less depth.

How to shoot with Depth Control on your iPhone

Once you are happy with how much depth you have, tap the shutter button to capture. If you don't get the perfect shot, you can always tap the "Edit" button on your Portrait Mode photo to adjust the depth.

How to shoot with Depth Control on your iPhone

Although Portrait Mode does a lot of the work for you, there are certain things you should remember when trying to get that epic shot!

You’ll have to be at least 2 meters from the subject, otherwise, Portrait Mode won’t activate

If your camera is struggling to find the object/person you’re wanting to focus on, physically tap it on your screen.

Don’t increase the depth-of-field by too much, otherwise, the background will be blurred to the point where you cannot see what it is at all. If it’s something scenic like a mountain or the ocean, you’ll want to keep the depth-of-field low.

You can select a photo you've taken, or you can use one of the wallpaper options that came with your iPhone.

- Open your Photos app

How to change your iPhone’s wallpaper

- Select the photo you’d like to make your wallpaper, then tap the "Share" icon at the bottom left

How to change your iPhone’s wallpaper

- Scroll and choose the “Use as Wallpaper” option

How to change your iPhone’s wallpaper

- Pinch to adjust and tap “Set”

How to change your iPhone’s wallpaper

Another way you could do it is through your Settings app...

Go to Settings

Open Wallpaper

Then “Choose a New Wallpaper”

Choose one of the premade wallpapers or one of the photos in your Camera roll

Tap “Set” and then choose which screen the wallpaper is for: Your home screen, lock screen or both

You can brighten or darken your screen's brightness depending on what you prefer.

- Visit your Settings app

How to change the brightness on your iPhone

- Tap “Display & Brightness”

How to change the brightness on your iPhone

- Using the slider, move right to make your display brighter and left to make it more dull

How to change the brightness on your iPhone

Your iPhone can also determine what your screen’s brightness should be depending on the light around you using its custom ambient light sensor called True Tone. So, if you’d like your screen brightness to decide for you, follow these steps:

-Go to Settings

-Tap Display & Brightness

- Toggle ON True Tone

This is a handy tool for a number of reasons, especially if you’re traveling alone and doing a trip you’ve never done before, or you’re in an Uber and may not be feeling 100% safe. Let your friends and family know how long your trip is going to take by sharing your estimated time of arrival (ETA).

- Open your Maps app

how to share your ETA

- Set a driving destination

how to share your ETA

- Tap “Share”

how to share your ETA

- Select app you wish to share it on. Then, select the person on your chat list. Your ETA has now been shared with your contact

how to share your ETA

When you’re ready, you can stop sharing your location. Your friend can now watch you travel in real-time, and will even show when the car has stopped at robots.

"Hey Siri" is like having your own personal assistant or in-house professor. You can ask her questions about almost anything, including what the weather will be like next Tuesday.

- Launch Settings

iphone settings app

- Scroll down and tap “Siri & Search”

iPhone siri and search settings

- Toggle ON “Listen for ‘Hey Siri’” on. The switch will turn green if you've turned "Hey Siri" on

hey siri settings

- Tap Continue, then follow the on-screen instructions

hey siri settings

- Tap “Done”

hey siri settings
Capture those fast-moving, epic moments that can only be appreciated on slow motion.

- Open your Camera app

How to record in slow motion on your iPhone

- Slide from “Photo” to “Slo-Mo” and tap the red shutter button when you’re ready to start recording

How to record in slow motion on your iPhone

- Tap the shutter button again when you’re finished recording

How to record in slow motion on your iPhone
Remember, if you’re erasing all content, you’ll also be erasing your phone from Find My iPhone and whatever is in your iCloud account.

Go to your Settings and tap "General".

iPhone General Settings

Choose "Reset".

iPhone Reset Phone Settings

Select ‘Erase all Content and Settings’.

iPhone Reset Phone Settings
Looking for a quick and painless way to download a YouTube video onto your iPhone? As much as we love our iPhones, they don’t make it easy when it comes to this. That’s why we’ve come up with a sneaky detour to get videos onto your iPhone from any platform - including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok - without needing to download a thing! The best and fastest way is to simply do a screen recording of the video that’s playing and once you finish recording, it’ll automatically save to your camera roll. Remember, you also don’t need to record the entire video if you’re only looking for a specific part. Simply follow these easy steps to record and save a video from YouTube...

- Load the video you want to record, press pause or move it to the point that you want to start recording, or just a few seconds prior. If you’re recording a video on YouTube, you’ll want to turn your phone to its side and record in landscape so that you get the most out of the viewing/recording experience.

- To start the screen recording, scroll down your Control Centre by swiping DOWN from the top of your screen.

- Tap the screen recording icon, which is a little circle in the middle of the icon.

- Wait for the countdown to finish (3, 2, 1…) and then swipe the Control Centre back up.

- You’re now recording! In a few seconds all the controls will disappear, but to quickly remove them yourself, tap anywhere on the video to remove the controls.

- Once you’re done, swipe the Control Centre back down and tap the icon one more time to end the recording. Then swipe back up.

- The recording will automatically save to your camera roll.

- Once it’s saved, you’ll want to remove the start and end parts that show your Control Centre. Open your camera roll, tap “Edit” at the top right. Then, tap the crop icon at the bottom right.

- Using your finger, slide the yellow line at the start and the end of the video to crop out the first few and last seconds. This will remove the part where you started and ended the screen record.

- Next, you’ll want to crop the video into a square (1:1) or a portrait (3:4) size. Tap the same “Edit” button, then using your finger, manually crop your video into the desired size.

- Tap “Done” and your video is complete!

You might think that doing a screen recording of a video on another platform will result in a pixelated recording, however, the resolution will be in 720p until Apple allows for higher 4K screen recordings.

If you want to save photos, videos, contacts and more, you should back up your data.

Go to your Settings.

iPhone Settings

Tap your Apple ID name at the top.

iPhone Apple ID

At the bottom, tap your phone model.

iPhone Settings & Phone Model

Tap iCloud Backup and Toggle ON.

iPhone iCloud Backup
Our iPhones are performing billions of operations per second just to function the way we need it to, and so sometimes these little machines experience hardware and software problems. No need to panic! Oftentimes these little glitches or bugs can be resolved with a simple reset. There are a few different ways to reset your iPhone and some should not be used unless you want to wipe your phone of all content completely. Let's have a look at when to use which one...

How to restart your iPhone
Restarting your iPhone is most likely the first port of call when your iPhone is experiencing small glitches like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram or any of your apps freezing. For the iPhone X, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 since it doesn't technically have a home button this is how you would restart your iPhone...

  • Press and hold the lock button on the right side of your phone
  • At the same time press and hold the top volume button on the left side of your phone for 2-3 seconds until your screen turns black
  • On your screen, it’ll say “Swipe to Switch Off”.
  • With your finger, swipe and your phone will turn off. 
  • To turn your phone back on, hold down the lock screen button until the Apple logo appears on your screen. Your phone has been restarted!

If you have the iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, you’ll have a home screen button that you would use to restart your phone. Here’s how you’d do it:

  • Hold down the lock screen button, also known as the sleep/wake button, until you see the “Slide to Power Off” slider appear on your screen.
  • Let go of the sleep/wake button and swipe on your screen to turn it off.
  • To switch it back on, hold the sleep/wake button on the right as well as the home screen button at the bottom. Once the Apple logo appears, the phone has been turned on, and you can let go of the buttons.

Reset all settings: When to use it 

It’s best to use the Reset All Settings when you have small glitches and issues, flickering screens or your device freezes. In some cases, restarting your phone can fix some of these issues which we call a soft reset. In case that doesn't work, we can start looking at what's available starting with Reset All Settings. 

If you reset all settings, this is everything that will be reset to default: 

  • All your network settings are removed, including custom carrier settings but these will automatically be reinstated by your carrier (Vodacom MTN or Cell C etc), and of course in the US Verizon, AT & T.
  • WiFi will be reset so you need to make a note of your passwords in case you don't have it. 
  • Bluetooth will reset everything like speakers, Airpods and connections to third-party media like your car. 
  • You’ll need to re-setup your DND (Do not Disturb) if you had one set up. 
  • All your notification settings will revert to default as well. For example, if you chose to use banner notifications or if you turned them off altogether, this will all reset. 
  • If you had any custom privacy settings, it will be reset and you will need to customise your privacy settings again. Privacy settings include Face ID, your pass code, restrictions on apps collecting data on you, restrictions on ads being able to track your online behaviour, passwords on specific apps or games, information stored on your Health app, who has access to your microphone (Whatsapp, Instagram, Skype for example and more all need your permission to use your mic during calls).
  • Keyboard dictionary will be reset, so any custom words you added will be removed. Custom words are added automatically when you type something in manually and reject the option given to you by predictive text. 
  • Apple Pay cards are removed, so if you have added a credit card from ABSA or FNB you will need to add them again. 
  • Your home screen layout will also reset
  • Location settings such as location sharing between apps to friends and family. This will be important if you have location sharing enabled with friends and family as a safety check to always know their location, so this needs to be set up again. 
  • All your data like photos, videos, contacts, and apps and app content will remain after resetting all settings.

When to use Reset Network Settings
You should use this reset when you’re having specific issues with connection like with WiFi and/or VPN networks that aren’t connecting or carrier issues connecting to data and voice call quality. Bluetooth connections taking a long time to connect would be included too, or your AirPods not connecting or acting up.

How to hard reset your iPhone
Remember, if you’re erasing all content, you’ll also be erasing your phone from Find My iPhone and whatever is in your iCloud account. This is something you should do if you are selling your phone or lending it to a friend.

  • Remember, if you’d like to save your data and settings to be used on another iPhone, everything needs to first be backed up to your iCloud account and if you don't have enough space on iCloud and don’t want to pay for extra we recommend using iTunes on a Mac or PC to make a manual back, some of us have amassed 100’s of gigs of photos and video and an offline backup might be better.  
  • Also, before performing a hard reset, you need to remove yourself from Find My iPhone. Otherwise, wherever your phone is going (probably to a new owner), it will still have your Find my iPhone activated and they will not be able to add themselves to find my iPhone so..
  • Go to Settings

Open your Apple ID

Scroll to Find My iPhone

Toggle OFF ‘Find my iPhone’, ‘Find My Network’ and ‘Send Last Location

Then you’ll need to sign out of your Apple ID altogether. Tap Apple ID, scroll to the bottom, and tap ‘Sign Out’

Now you can go back to your Settings and tap ‘General’

Choose ‘Reset’

Select ‘Erase all Content and Settings’

You should remove your phone from Find My iPhone before selling it so that its new user can add their own. The app can find your location using your iCloud information, so if you’re still signed in with your particular iCloud logins, your phone’s new owner won’t be able to track and locate the device using their own logins, so you need to remove your phone from Find My iPhone before selling it so that its new user can add their own.

Go into your Settings.

iPhone Settings

Tap your Apple ID name at the top.

iPhone Apple ID

Tap your phone model at the bottom.

iPhone Model

Tap "Find My iPhone" and toggle off.

iPhone Remove From Find My iPhone Settings
If you don't like pesky calls from telemarketers, you can block a number from calling you. Remember, blocking a number doesn’t mean that it can’t be unblocked. We’ll show you how to block and unblock in a few easy steps...

- Open your list of contacts, scroll to the name of the person you’d like to block

How to block a number from calling on your iPhone

- Tap the name then tap “Block this Caller”

How to block a number from calling on your iPhone

- You will be asked again if you’d like to block this caller. Tap it again

How to block a number from calling on your iPhone

If you change your mind, or have maybe blocked the wrong number, simply follow these steps:
- Open your phone app, go to your list of contacts, and go to the contact that needs to be unblocked
- Tap the name of the contact and then tap “Unblock this Caller”

You can easily record a demonstration of something from your phone using the built-in  screen recorder. For example, if you’re trying to show your grandmother how to take a photo in Portrait Mode or demonstrate to an employee how to add their work email to their phone, you can do this by recording the very action yourself. The video then saves to your camera roll like a normal video and you can send it via WhatsApp for iMessage.

Go to your Settings, then select the Control Centre.

iPhone Settings

Tap into "Customise Controls" then add "Screen Recording" to the list.

iPhone Control Centre Settings

Exit your settings and then head to your homescreen. Swipe up the Control Centre and select the little white circle in the square icon. This is the Screen Recording icon.

iPhone Screen Recorder from Control

The recorder will count down from 3 and then whatever actions you take on your iPhone will be recorded.

Once you’re done, tap the red recording timer at the top of your screen to stop the recording. You can find your recording in your camera roll and edit it just like a standard video such as trimming the start and end of it. Or, you can edit it in iMovie which comes free with your iPhone.

Not many people know that you can crop videos using your iPhone’s video editing tools to make it a square or rectangle. 

- Simply open your Camera roll

- Select the video

- Tap “Edit”

- Select the crop tool on the far right

- With your index finger, drag the white line at the top and the bottom to where you’d like the video to be cropped.

The Down Time feature is part of Apple’s new Screen Time app which helps you understand, manage and limit the amount of time you spend on your phone. Down Time specifically tackles iPhone usage in its entirety and stops you from getting notifications from messages, social media or emails so that you can take a well-deserved break from life or work.

- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad

how to activate downtime

- Tap “Screen Time”, then tap “Downtime”

how to activate downtime

- Toggle ON Downtime to enable it

how to activate downtime

- Select a start and end time using the drop-down hour and minute wheels.

how to activate downtime
Phonetradr’s been helping South Africans sell their used iPhones for the best price for years now! Choose one of our two selling options and in just a few minutes, get your iPhone listed on Phonetradr for sale. Once your phone is sold, we’ll transfer your moola into your account. Easy peasy!

Go to You’ll see a “Buy” and “Sell” tab at the top of your screen. Select “Sell”.

Select which kind of device you're selling. In this case, it's "Phone".

Select which brand of smartphone you have. We offer owners of iPhone, Samsung and Huawei phones to sell their devices.

Select the model of your smartphone. Is your device an iPhone X, 11, 12 Pro or something else?

Select the colour of your smartphone.

Choose the capacity of your device, for example, 128 GB. To find out what your capacity is, go into your Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

Choose the condition of your device, for example, “Excellent” or “Damaged”. We have created various condition options based on how your iPhone looks and operates. It’s important to be as honest as you can so that we don’t shortchange the buyer.

Fill in your contact details so that we can keep you posted on the progress of the sale.

Select either the Instant Listing or the Premium Listing option.

Now we will give you a suggested sale price that you can change whenever you want. Simply drag the price slider to the right to sell at a higher price or to the left to sell for a smaller amount. Then, click "Sell it!"

It’s that easy! You’ll get an email from us, shortly after, confirming your listing and we promise to keep you updated on your listing until the money is in your bank account.

iOS 13 gives you more creativity and freedom when editing your photos with more tools, filters and features. The editing features built into the phone are more detailed and look more and more like the options you’d be used to if you were editing on a professional program - without the confusing interface, of course. The features include an ‘Auto’ edit, where your device does all the work for you. If you enjoy editing, you can play around with the contrast, brightness, sharpness, highlights, shadows, saturation and more.

- Open you Photos app.There’s no need to upload your pic to any photo editing apps, as all the tools you need are on your phone!

How to access iOS 13’s new photo editing tools

- Tap the photo you want to edit, then tap “Edit” on the top right corner

How to access iOS 13’s new photo editing tools

At the bottom, you will see editing icons including exposure, brightness, warmth and more. Each term means something in the world of photography. We’re going to break it down for you below.

How to access iOS 13’s new photo editing tools

- Tap “Done” when you are finished editing

How to access iOS 13’s new photo editing tools

Warmth: This tool uplifts colours toward a more Summery look and feel, with more orange, yellow, blue and green tones being highlighted.
Brightness: This tool lifts the brightness of the photo overall

Highlights: Different to brightness, this tool brightens the already lighter parts of the photo and darkens the more shadowy parts of the photo simultaneously.
Brilliance: This feature combines clearing up detail like texture and lifts brightness.
Saturation: Unique to warmth, saturation can lift the colour as well as dull it depending on if you slide it up or down.
Vibrance: This feature boosts colour intensity.
Sharpness: The sharpness tool adds a little more professionalism to your photos. It adds more definition to facial features, hair strands, texture like leaves on a tree.
Noise Reduction: If you took a photo in low light, smartphone photos often have a bit of fuzziness to it. This tool reduces that problem.
Shadows: This tool adds more mood to the photo by darkening the shadows in the photo.

Dark Mode is a new feature on iOS 13 that offers a sleek and sophisticated evening mode with a black and blue screen. Dark Mode is also easier on the eyes while looking at your screen at night. Dark Mode also affects how your apps will look. For example, your text messages and chats in WhatsApp will be in a darker green and a charcoal colour. Your Instagram account will also be a darker colour.

- Go to your Settings

how to activate dark mode

- Tap “Display and Brightness”

how to activate dark mode

- Tap "Dark Mode”

how to activate dark mode

- Toggle ON “Automatic” so that Dark Mode comes up automatically when the sun sets

how to activate dark mode

- If you’re enjoying the look of Dark Mode, you can also set it permanently by selecting the dark interface.

Screen Time gives you daily reports on how much time you're spending on social media and other apps.

- Go to your Settings app

iphone settings app

- Select” Screen Time”

iphone screen time settings

- Tap “Turn on ScreenTime”

iphone screen time settings

- You will be displayed the four features of Screen Time with short explanations. Tap “Continue”

iphone screen time

- You will be asked if this iPhone is for you or your child. This will determine your limitations. Tap the correct option

iphone screen time

- Screen Time is now active. You will receive a daily report with stats on how much time you spend on your apps