We bet you didn’t know about these fun iPhone features

Nishita Gupta
Nishita Gupta March 11, 2023
Updated 2023/03/11 at 4:07 PM

You already know how to use your iPhone to send photos to friends and to check news alerts, but there are a variety of surprising and handy features you may have overlooked.

Disclaimer: To access these, you’ll need iOS 13 or later.

1. Voice control

Voice control on the iPhone allows you to open and navigate apps, lock your screen, and more—just by speaking.

To turn on the Voice Control feature, go to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Control, tap Set Up Voice Control, and complete the setup. To see a full list of built-in voice commands or to create your own, tap Customize Commands.

Since learning Voice Control can be overwhelming at first, we recommend enabling the Show Hints feature so your phone will automatically suggest commands based on your activity.

2. Robocall silencer

Robocalls—those annoying automated telemarketing calls—are difficult to block. Did you know that you can help combat them with a built-in feature on your iPhone?

Open your Settings menu, select Phone, and then enable Silence Unknown Callers. Calls from unknown numbers will go directly to voicemail without you hearing the ring. You can quickly delete them later.

3. Share the location

Want to know how to quickly share your location when you’re meeting up with other iPhone-using friends? In the Messages app, open the message thread, type “I’m at” into the interface and tap the Space key. Then tap Current Location (you may have to allow permission), and the app will send your location.

4. Notes scanner

If you need to quickly and easily scan and send a document, your iPhone can do the job.

  1. Go to your Notes app, open a new note, tap the Camera icon on the toolbar at the bottom, and select Scan Documents.
  2. Place your document on a flat, well-lit surface, and take a photo.
  3. Tap Keep Scan > Save to save the document. If you want to share it, tap the Share icon at the top-right corner and select how you’d like to send the document.

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