iPhone Xs Max Tips And Tricks You Probably Aren’t Using

The first thing you probably learn in iPhone X series is the new gesture controls. You might know the basic gestures and a couple of extra features by now, like sliding the bottom edge of the screen to switch between recent apps (hope you knew that!). We won’t trouble you by taking you through the same old stuff again. Instead here are some cool iPhone Xs Max tips and tricks, you are missing out on. Let’s get started.

Note: All of these tips will work on iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max.

iPhone Xs Max Tips And Tricks

1. Get The Home Button

I’m sure you all might have learned various gesture controls to replace the Home button functions on the iPhone X series. But what if there was a way to get the Home button back. Not suggested but worth a try for those of you who miss the presence of a Home button.

The trick here is to use the AssistiveTouch. I know for many of you this particular feature has been a little annoying on older iPhones. But in the iPhone X series, AssistiveTouch has something new to offer. You can set the Home button looking icon to float at any position over the app dock.

Get The Home Button 

To activate AssistiveTouch, head over to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch, and toggle it ON. From here, you can set custom actions for Single-Tap, Double-Tap, Long Press and 3D Touch. With the best suitable combination of custom actions and the center placement of the AssistiveTouch icon, you can really have a Home button like experience. If you don’t like to see the ugly floating icon on your home screen, you can adjust the Idle Opacity to 15%.

That’s not it, the AssistiveTouch even got smarter. It will automatically adjust its position while you have the keyboard on the screen and resets to the position you set before when you’re finished typing. That’s actually cool.

2. Register Two-Face IDs

All the men out there who had one of their girlfriend’s fingerprint registered in their phone were a little happy as the iPhone X series phones could register only one Face ID at a time. Well, ladies, a look is enough now, you don’t even have to press a button!

In Settings > Face ID & Passcode, you’ll find a link ‘Set up an Alternative Appearance’ which is there to enhance the existing registered Face ID in case you grow a beard or buy new eyeglasses. But alternatively, it does allow you to register a different Face ID altogether. All you have to do is follow the two-step facial scan process and you are good to go. Just don’t confuse the two-step process with setting up two separate Face IDs or else you get a ‘Not The Same Face’ error.

3. Face ID awareness features

With the default Face ID settings, you can unlock your iPhone even if your eyes are not clearly open or when you are not exactly facing the screen. To prevent a situation where you accidentally unlock your phone or someone else does it while you are asleep or not paying attention to your phone, you can turn on the ‘Require Attention for Face ID’ from Settings > Face ID & Passcode. It adds another level of security to the Face ID using the TrueDepth camera and now the iPhone won’t unlock until you look at the screen.

In addition, you can also turn on the ‘Attention-Aware Features’ which also uses the TrueDepth camera to check for your attention before dimming the display or lowering the volume of alerts while you hold your phone in your hand.

4. Reachability

After the launch of iPhone 6, Apple brought in a new feature called ‘Reachability’ which would let you bring down the screen of your iPhone to reach the top while using the phone with a single hand.

The Reachability feature shortcut was a double-tap (not-press) on the Home button but with the Home button missing on the iPhone X series, the shortcut goes too. Well, not exactly. The feature still lives. A lot of you might have learned the not so common gesture to trigger the Reachability effect. But for those of you who haven’t, here it is. Just slide down your screen at the bottom where the app dock is positioned, and tap anywhere else on the screen to kill the effect.

The gesture is a little tricky as you have a limited area to perform this gesture. If you perform this gesture even a little above the defined area you will trigger the spotlight search. Reachability can be turned on from Settings > General > Accessibility > Reachability.

5. Split view in iPhone Xs Max

iPhone Xs Max has one of the biggest screens in smartphones with a whopping 6.46-inch display. The landscape mode in some particular applications may not give the idle usability given the font size of your device.

As a solution, iPhone Xs Max has a split view in apps like settings, iMessage, Mail, Notes, Files, Reminders etc. The split view is not to be confused with multi-window. You still can’t use two apps simultaneously on iPhones. The function just splits the same app into two thus giving you the heads on one side and the content on the other like an iPad.

The split view should be enabled by default on the iPhone Xs Max devices. But if not, there’s a little trick to it. There is no direct setting to toggle between on/off. Under Settings > Display & Brightness > Display Zoom > View select the Standard option. Selecting ‘Zoomed’ disables the split view feature.

6. Use 3D Touch for quick actions on Home screen

3D Touch has been a part of iPhones since iPhone 6s but its uses have been growing ever since. 3D Touch was previously used to quick access links or photos as a pop-up or in a separate window altogether. You must be also using it to toggle Control Center shortcuts like Torch intensity etc.

3D Touch can be used to access some quick options right form your Home Screen without even opening an application. For example, if you use Uber, just 3D Touch the app icon and you’ll see most used locations in a pop-up. Tap on one of them and you are good to go. Similarly, use the feature if you quickly want to upload a new post on your Instagram or initiate a quick chat on iMessage or WhatsApp.

If already not enabled, you can turn ON the 3D Touch from Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch. And let me clarify that turning of 3D Touch will not affect the 3D Touch gestures on LockScreen. It is used to toggle the Torch and Camera Button. You can, however, adjust 3D Touch sensitivity if you face the problem of accidentally turning on Camera or Torch. Alternatively, you can turn off the Raise to Wake.

7. Enable the manual HDR option in the Camera app

iPhone Xs and Xs Max have Smart HDR pre-enabled on the device because of which the HDR switch from the Camera app will no longer be visible. All your photos will be clicked in smart HDR.

If you wish to have the HDR switch back in the Camera app all you have to do is turn off the Smart HDR from Settings > Camera > Smart HDR and you’ll see the HDR switch in the Camera app. You can also choose to take RAW photos from the same menu by turning on Keep Normal Photo.

8. Save a Memoji

iPhone X series has Animoji and Memoji integrated into the iMessage app. If you have been using the devices you are very well aware of the fact that these Animoji’s and Memoji’s can be used only for iMessages that too only on iPhone X series. But what if you could save them and share them over WhatsApp with everyone?

One way to save the Animoji and Memoji on your device is, of course, to send it to yourself and save it. Which is not so cool as it takes up unnecessary space in app data. The other way is to save it through the Markup option. Here is how to perform the action.

While on the chat window in the iMessage app, click on the Camera icon and select Effects in the bottom left corner. Choose your animation and Memoji and click a picture. Now you’ll see the Markup option. Click on that and click on Save on the top right corner. That’s it, your image is in the Photo gallery. 

For us, this hack sometimes saved a photoand sometimes it didn’t. In fact, after clicking Save the screen just went blank, probably a bug. Try for yourself.

9. Adjust Depth After Taking a Portrait Photo

The main feature of this super expensive toy is the camera. And thankfully it’s not just one of the best while in action but also after you click the photograph. When you take a portrait shot You can very easily change the depth of the background.

To edit the picture head to Photos > open the picture > tap on edit. You’ll see a focus or depth adjust bar right under the picture. Just move the slider to get the depth of your choice and tap on ‘done’. And there you go!

Which is your favorite iPhone Xs Max Tips?

So these were some of the tips and tricks you could try on your iPhone X series. Some of the hacks might change your user experience. You might just make a little more out of the huge expense you made. Speaking of which, for those of you who use iPhone Xs Max, you might want to use the iPad charging brick. It is a 12W adapter and it pumps up the juice in your device a little faster. Go ahead and try these amazing little tricks and let us know your experience in the comments below.

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