If you think about it, it’s amazing how much of my work depends on the iPhone. From messages in Telegram to finding information in Safari, organizing bookmarks in Pinner, replies to e-mail messages in Mail and notes in Notes, in fact, almost everything. Most of what I need on a Mac is done on my iPhone.
Even despite the amazing application performance, there are many options to improve your productivity only with built-in applications and features. So, let’s talk about how to become more productive – so much faster and so much better – using your iPhone.
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Use Spotlight to Run Everything
Forget Siri, forget about the desktop, all you really have to use to run any thing on your iPhone is Spotlight.
With the release of iOS 9, Spotlight took an amazing place, first of all I use it to find everything. And you must take it into service. Instead of spending milliseconds trying to figure out how you will do it, just enter it in Spotlight and often it will give you what you were looking for.
The following are just some of the options for which I use Spotlight.
- Launch applications.
- Search for contacts and calls to them.
- Search for music.
- Search for notes and open them.
- Currency Rates.
- Basic math.
- Search for channels in Slack and directly open them in Slack.
- Search and open PDF files on iBooks.
What is really surprising is that you can go to some of the applications directly from Spotlight. And this is thanks to universal links. And you could not imagine this, but the most productive applications already support this feature.
So it’s worth taking the initial search in Spotlight, and you will save a billion milliseconds every year.
Use the "Hello Siri" command when your hands are busy
If you have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can use Siri without touching your iPhone. If the function is enabled ("Settings".> "Basic."> "Siri."> “Allow Hello, Siri”), all you have to do is say out loud: “Hello Siri” to start talking to Siri. This is really useful when playing music while you are in the kitchen or to set an alarm at night.
Alternatively, you can use Siri to do what you cannot do with Spotlight search. It’s easy enough to ask Siri to turn off Wi-Fi or turn on do not disturb mode or send someone a message when you are driving.
- Recall some usage rules.
- Use "Hello Siri" when your hands are busy.
- Use Spotlight Search to launch everything.
- Use Siri to perform actions if you are too lazy to use the search.
Move the keyboard cursor using 3D Touch
If you use iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can press harder on the keyboard to convert it to a trackpad. Then, without releasing your finger, swipe left / right to move the cursor left / right. Press harder before moving your finger, and you can also select text while moving the cursor.
This is really great, this is the best way to move the cursor on iOS.
Use Quick Actions for apps that support them.
3D Touch also works on application icons. If the application supports it, by tapping the application icon harder, a quick menu will appear. And if you use such useful applications as Launch Center Pro, Overcast, Tweetbot and others, you will notice that these actions are faster. I use them for direct transitions to tweets and for custom commands that I configured in Launch Center Pro.
Rotate, crop and edit photos from the Photos app
One of the most annoying things when taking pictures from the lock screen is that the picture was saved in portrait mode instead of landscape, or vice versa.
Fortunately, the Photo application allows you to do basic editing, which includes changing the orientation of the photo. You can also crop it and do basic editing.
Click on the “Edit” button when you are viewing photos and press the first button to go to the rotation options.
Use the widget notification center to access brief information
Productivity is everything when looking for faster access to perform an action. Widget notifications are the best example of quick access to view information and perform basic actions. It’s impossible for me to list here the amazing productivity of each widget.
But try the widget notification center, combining a calendar, currency converter, viewing photos and quickly calling applications from the widget.
If you want a huge number of settings for launching applications and actions from the Notification Center, pay attention to Launcher 3.
Use automation applications
If you use a Mac, you know how amazing automation can be. You can turn off some of the features on iOS. If you’re new, install the IFTTT IF application to create web-based automation.
If you are ready to do crazy and amazing things, try the following applications – Workflow, Drafts 4, Launch Center Pro.
Search in Settings
As a technical writer who frequently visits the settings app about 36 times a day, it is amazing how much time this simple feature can save. There is no need to remember exactly where the necessary settings items are located. Just swipe down in the settings app, click on the search bar and do your job.
This feature is enabled by default. You just have to find her. If you have an open page on your Mac or iPad and you want to open it on iPhone, double-click the home button and at the bottom you will see the option to open the page from another device in Safari.
It works in the opposite direction.
Do Not Disturb Schedule
I am sure that you are familiar with the Do Not Disturb mode. You can enable it manually by simply clicking on the “Moon” icon from the Control Center.
But if you enter "Settings".> "Do not disturb", You can find many options.
You can schedule this mode according to the schedule, for every night, and also when you are at work, all notifications will be silenced and only calls from your favorite list will be able to go through. You can also customize this list by creating a new contact group and selecting it.
Using the VIP Contacts feature in the Mail app
If you receive a lot of emails, you must create a VIP list in the Mail application. Setting up VIP in Mail is quite simple. VIPs receive special rights. You can view email messages only from VIP contacts by going to the VIP folder on the sidebar.
And in the "Notifications" parameter in the "Settings" you can also specify the notification settings for VIP, regardless of other letters. For example, you can turn off notifications for all emails from your Gmail account, except for VIP contacts.
Give chance to the application Notes
For notes, I have been using the Evernote app for many years. After iOS 9, I tried using Notes and now this is my default note taking app. It works surprisingly well – it syncs with Mac and iPad, gives me options for formatting checklists, and works best on preserving links that have a wide preview.
Use text abbreviations to save printing time.
If you use your iPhone for work – writing letters and editing documents, use text abbreviations. This will allow you to take a note, for example, “@@”, which is automatically converted to your email address. You can do this in any commonly used application. Set notes at Settings >> The main >> Keyboard >> Text Replacement Read the detailed guide to get started.
Reading almost any text out loud to you
This is a special feature, it must be enabled in the settings, but it is one of the best iPhone hacks I’ve ever encountered. After setting it up, all you have to do is swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers and the iPhone will find readable content on the screen and begin to read your chosen element with Siri’s voice (if you are in the USA, try Alex’s voice, it’s really good ) This feature also works in the Kindle app.
To enable this feature, go to "Settings".> "Basic."> "Universal access".> "Speech."> “Screen out loud”.
The extensions that you see after clicking on the Share icon are one of the best ways to quickly exchange data between applications. Even if it’s just sharing photos in WhatsApp or saving the page in Pocket. After spending a little time, swipe to the end of the line of the application and click "Next". Turn on and organize icons according to your most frequently used applications.
Using a third-party keyboard
Custom keyboards are still clumsy, but switching to one of them will increase your productivity. I’m already in love with Gboard. Finding the link that I want to send in correspondence (often this is my own article) has never been easier.
You can search and share directly from the keyboard. In addition, there are applications such as Reboard, which allow you to take advantage of a much larger number of functions – such as access and file sharing directly from the keyboard. We talked about many productive keyboard applications, but I would recommend starting with Gboard.
Hidden gestures in iOS are everywhere. From archiving in mail to turning off the sound and responding to a notification from a locked screen. Many third-party applications by default hide professional functions using gestures. So if you are looking at a list of elements that you can work with, just swipe a little to the left to see if something is going to happen.
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