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Usability and comfort are two important characteristics that should be at the forefront of all mobile devices. Shortcuts and widgets have made our lives easier, and have definitely increased our productivity.
But there may be an even easier way. iOS devices include a shortcut screen where you can quickly access helpful functions.
Watch our video and check our step-by-step guide below, to maximize your efficiency and productivity the easy way.
How-To Video: Watch How To Quickly Access 11 Useful Functions On Your iPhone
1. Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen
The shortcut screen will show, presenting all the functions.
2. Tap the icons to use up to 11 different functions
Airplane mode: Plane mode isn't only useful when flying (where you can turn it on instead of turning off the phone). This setting will disconnect your device's signal transmission (hence, you won't be able to make or receive calls or text-message). That'll save battery and give you the chance to play games, try apps, take pictures and listen to music without any interruptions.
Wi-Fi: This will allow you to detect local wifi networks and will automatically connect to the one which is available. Why would you want to disconnect? Well, when there are no wifi networks in range, it might consume a small amount of battery, but not that much, so it's not worrisome. However, if you're somewhere where the local wifi networks aren't working well (poor signal, intermittent), you might want to disconnect the wifi and turn to your data plan, which will definitely not cause those problems.
Bluetooth: This wireless technology will allow you to connect several devices that are close enough and make the most of your experience (connect hands-free headset, synchronize mobile music to external speakers, etc). As this feature uses considerable battery, we'd recommend to have it disconnected and only activate it when you're really going to use it.
Do not disturb: What does it do? This mode will silence all your calls, alerts and notifications while keeping the device locked. However, it's extremely customizable: you can easily schedule a time where you don't want to be bothered at all or simply choose your preferences and exceptions: repeated calls won't be silenced, allowing calls from certain contacts and choosing to keep the "don't disturb mode" at all times when the device is locked.
Lock Orientation: This is something that might not have bothered you, but it's extremely useful, for example, if you're using your phone while laying down. By locking the Screen Orientation, your phone will not turn to Landscape mode and will stick to Portrait mode even if you rotate the device.
Brightness: This is one of the most important settings to keep your battery from draining. Unless you're somewhere where there is a lot of natural light, you won't probably need to keep the brightness at its top. Use this bar to keep it down or go to Settings and set it as Automatic.
Music: This is a very basic player which will allow you to play the songs stored in your iPhone, skip between them and, of course, adjust the volume to your taste.