iPhone Tips and Tricks 3

Show Previews on the Lock Screen

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Next, select “Messages.
  • Touch Show previews.
  • In the next submenu, you can now choose one of three options: “Always,” “If Unlocked,” or “Never.” Tap on “Always,” so that a small blue hook appears behind it. Then you can leave the settings again, and you will receive the messages directly as before without having to unlock the device.

How to Use a Wireless or USB Mouse

Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and that you have not paired the mouse you want to use with another device.

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  • Look under the “Physical & Motor” section and then click on “Touch.”
  • In the menu toggle on “Assistive Touch.
  • And from here, you simply connect your mouse to your device. This should start immediately.

Tips for Using the Mouse

You can move the cursor the seconds you connect the mouse, but the cursor itself is a large, gray circle designed to imitate a fingerprint. The only way to change that is to make it bigger and change the color. It’s not impossible to achieve the same precision you get with a desktop cursor, but that takes practice.

By default, the AssistiveTouch circular menu remains on the screen while AssistiveTouch is on, although you can move it across the screen with your finger. Usually, you also activate the AssistiveTouch menu by right-clicking. However, to hide the menu, you can go to “Settings > Accessibility > Tap> AssistiveTouch” and “Always show menu.”

If you do not change the settings, the menu is always displayed when right-clicking.

Customize the Buttons on the Mouse

Go to Settings > Utilities > Tap > AssistiveTouch > Pointing Devices, and then select your connected mouse.

Customize AssistiveTouch

Assistive touch is a great accessibility feature in iOS devices. With this feature, you can perform arrays of gestures like pinch, multi-finger swipe, 3D touch, Pointing Devices, Mouse Keys etc. An important thing is while you’ve turned on the Assistive Touch, the iOS device at the time doesn’t require pressing any physical button either the home button or the power and volume buttons. Double-tap the Assistive touch to display the App Switcher.

  • Take a screenshot on iPhone without Side buttons by bringing up the Screenshot feature on the main menu of Assistive Touch.
  • You can add gestures to the Assistive Touch Menu such as Home, Notification, Lock Screen, 3D Touch, and more. From here, touch the plus icon “+” to include the other configurations to Assistive Touch.
  • Launch the “Settings” app.
  • Scroll down and select “Accessibility.”
  • Tap “Touch
  • Navigate to “AssistiveTouch.”
  • From here, toggle on AssistiveTouch to wake up on the home screen and use it like the Virtual Home button.
  • Select “Customize Top-Level Menu.”
  • And if you don’t like the customizations that you have made in Assistive Touch, then tap “Reset” on the same screen to revert the process.
  • From theTouch Menu, you’re permitted to configure Custom Actions, similar to what will occur when you Single-Tap, Double-Tap and Long-Press the Assistive Touch. Open each sectionsmake modifications.
  • Here,options are available in Single-Tap, Double-Tap, and Long-Press custom actions in Assistive Touch.
  • Keep in mind that when you “Reset All Settings,” on iPhone, all the customized assistive touch settings will clear to default. You canmodifyonce more or use them as it is.

How to Use the QuickTake Feature

To switch from shooting photos to capturing a video has been made easier with the QuickTake video shortcut on iPhone 12 cameras. Here are the steps to use the QuickTake video shortcut on your iPhone 12:

  • Open the Camera app
  • Press and hold the shutter button
  • Let go to end recording a video
  • Swipe to the lock icon to continue to record the video
  • Tap the red icon to end and save your video.
  • The other alternative if you need to keep recording a video without holding the shutter button down is to simply swipe toward the lock icon. If you do that, you’ll likewise get the shutter button to snap still images while you’re recording.
  • If you used the video lock alternative, tap the red square to stop recording and save your video.

How to Use the New Camera App

Here’s a list of what’s new in the iPhone 12 series Camera app and how to use it.

Zoom in and out of the iPhone 12

The camera zoom control has been changed on the iPhone 12 camera. If you have an iPhone 12, there are two buttons: .5x and 1x. .5x is the new ultrawide camera, and 1x is the standard camera. There’s a third button for 2x zoom.

From here, you can opt to touch the button to move to that zoom level. However, you can also move these buttons horizontally to open a zoom wheel. This allows you to select zoom levels and display the appropriate focal length in 35mm movies. Also, pinch and zoom with two fingers to regulate the zoom and alternate between lenses. The focal length wheel is not displayed.

Record Videos Quickly

To quickly record a video, make sure the camera mode is set to Photo. If you then press the shutter button for a long time, the red recording light comes on. The video is being recorded.

Once you take away your finger from the screen, the video ends. If you want to continue recording without holding your finger, simply drag the red trigger to the lock icon on the right side of the screen. This locks the video and displays a default stop button that you can touch as you like.

How to take Burst Pictures

Pressing and holding the trigger in the iPhone 12 now activates QuickTake, which lets you quickly capture video without leaving the photo mode. Here’s the new gesture for using burst mode.

  • Press the shutter-release button, and then quickly pull to the left toward the thumbnail stack of photos to take a series. (If the shutter button stays red, you have pressed your finger too long, and the phone thinks you want to record a video, stop it and start over.)
  • The trigger circle moves with your finger to indicate that the series has started, and the displayed number indicates the current number of photos in the series. When your burst is finished, simply release your finger from the screen to exit.

How to take night photos

  • When the scene is really dark, the night mode is automatically activated by the camera, and in the upper left corner of the screen, a yellow night mode icon is displayed, indicating the number of seconds the photo takes to take the picture. To turn off night mode, simply tap the button to turn it off.
  • If the scene is lit with low to medium light, the Night Mode option is visible but not activated (not highlighted in yellow). If you think that the photo would benefit from night mode, you can manually tap to turn it on. You can as wellmove the slider to fine-tune the exposure time.
  • When you’re done with active night mode, tap the shutter button and hold the phone steady for the assigned duration. It will create a brighter picture and gather as much detail as possible over the 3 to 5 second period.

Change image detail and aspect ratio

  • The iPhone 12 camera has a hidden drawer with additional controls. If you notice an upward-pointing triangle arrow, swipe up in the viewfinder to display the new drawer with the controls.
  • There are more sophisticated options for flash, night mode, live photos, cropping, timer, and filters. Maybe you’ve noticed the square camera has been taken off the main wheel interface. You can take square photos instead by changing the aspect ratio in this drawer.
  • Change the aspect ratio by tapping the button (which is set to 4:3 by default). Then tap on Square. There are options for Square 16:9, 4:3 and 1:1. You can customize the crop later at any time when editing the image in the Photo Library.

How to take square photos

To take square photos, follow the flows below:

  • Open the Camera app
  • At the top center of the screen, touch the ^ icon (or swipe up in the viewfinder).
  • Tap 4:3 (this is the default)
  • Now choose square
  • Take pictures. Follow the same steps to take pictures with an aspect ratio of 16: 9:

Activate“Capture Outside the Frame”

When you take pictures or videos utilizing either the wide lens or telephoto lens point, the camera will, at the same time, shoot or record utilizing the next widest sensor. So the wide lens is enabled when you shoot with the telephoto lens, and the ultra-wide is enabled when you shoot with the wide.

  • With this feature active, you can take your shot, tap Edit in the preview window, tap the Crop tool, select Straighten.
  • You’ll have the option to utilize the area captured outside the frame of the photograph.

Apple has disabled it by default for photographs, so you’ll have to turn it on.

  • Go to Settings > Camera > Composition and see the three switches. Outside the frame, there are separate photo and video capture functions, and a setting called Auto Apply.
  • If out of frame recording is enabled, you should be able to switch to the photo app after taking a photo or video and use the Crop tool to extend the edges of the frame. The Apply Automatically option does this on your behalf when detecting cropped faces or similar automatic composition changes.

Auto Low-Light FPS

This video feature can be used when recording in either 1080P 30 FPS or 4K 30 FPS. To check this feature is turned on for your phone, open Settings > Camera > Record Video and ensure the Auto Low-Light FPS toggle is enabled.

If you don’t use the option, yourdevice will still record video in extended dynamic range, similar to applying HDR to video capture, all to the maximum 4K 60 FPS format.

Using the Ultra Wide Camera

One of the great innovations in the iPhone 12 series is an ultra-wide camera that allows users to capture a much wider field of view without the need for an external lens. Continue reading on how to use the ultra-wide camera on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, including manually entering your focal length.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have a new camera app with exclusive features such as night mode, a new user interface for the new ultra-wide-angle lens, and more.

With the ultra-wide-angle camera of the iPhone 12, it should be noted that no optical image stabilization (OIS) is installed, as in the case of the wide-angle camera and the telephoto camera. The more stable your iPhone can be when using the ultra-wide-angle lens, the better the results will be. The night mode does not work with the ultra-wide-angle camera.

Using the Ultra Wide Camera:

  • Open the Camera app
  • From here, touch “0.5” above the shutter button to alternate to the ultra-wide camera.
  • Keep your iPhone steady and take pictures.
  • Alternatively, you can hold down a zoom button such as “1” or “0.5” to manually select a focal length between the default settings.
  • To adjust the focal length for your shot, long-press one of the zoom buttons and move it up or down.

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