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iPhone X Hidden Functions

Founded in a garage in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple began as a personal computer pioneer that today makes everything from laptops to portable media players.

Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the consumer electronics giant entered the smartphone market with the iPhone in 2007, and the tablet market with the iPad in 2010, and the smartwatch market with the Apple Watch in 2014.

Face ID setup

This one is quite possibly the most important tip you’ll find in this post.

If there’s one thing that iPhone X users take the longest to adjust to, it’s the loss of Touch ID. Some people love Face ID, while others seem to have a great deal of trouble getting it to work consistently. What you might not know, however, is that there’s a way to set it up that seems to have a huge impact on how well it works for many users.

The basic idea is that people hold their iPhones directly in front of their faces when configuring Face ID. Of course, no one holds his or her arm straight out when actually unlocking an iPhone. That’s why people have found that Face ID works much more quickly when it’s set up while holding the iPhone down at waist or stomach level instead of up in front of your face.

Reachability isn’t gone

Remember that awesome feature on older iPhones where you could double-touch the home button and the display would slide down so you could reach things at the top of the screen with one hand? Well it’s not gone, it’s just hiding.

Open the Settings app and go to General > Accessibility, then scroll down to “Interaction” and enable Reachability. To use it, simply make a quick swipe on the home bar at the bottom of the screen.

This is a nifty little tip that most people simply don’t think of. Remember when you enabled Reach-ability using one of the tips above? Well now you can use it to open the Control Center or Notification Panel with one hand on your iPhone X. Instead of reaching all the way up to the top of the display on either side of the notch, use Reach-ability to slide the screen down. Then swipe down on the battery icon to open the Control Center, or on the clock to open the Notifications Panel.

Camera on lock screen

For whatever reason, a lot of people seem to really dislike the new camera button shortcut on the lock screen. Maybe it’s because they keep missing it, or because they don’t realize that you need to force touch it in order to open the camera. Whatever the case, there’s actually a much quicker way to do it. Just swipe to the left anywhere on the lock screen and the camera will open immediately.

One-handed keyboard

Did you know that there’s a one-handed keyboard hiding in your iPhone X? All you need to do to enable it is tap and hold on the emoji icon in the bottom-left corner anytime the keyboard is open. You’ll see a little menu pop up where you can enable a one-handed keyboard for lefties or for righties.

Open the app switcher faster

Most people think that the best way to open the iPhone X’s new app switcher interface is to swipe up from the bottom of the screen, stop in the center, and wait for the app switch to appear. That’s not the case. Instead of swiping up and stopping, swipe up from the center of the bottom of the screen and then over to the right in one continuous semicircular motion.

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