The Top 10 Secret Tips For iOS 7 (Plus Two for iOS 7.1)

It’s the little details in technology that make our lives so much easier to manage. This holds especially true for Apple’s iOS 7 and its alleged 200+ new features. Apple’s managed to simplify the UI by opting for a flat design, creating a more user-friendly, iOS-7-logointuitive OS experience. Check out our top 10 tips and see if you’re taking advantage of all these hidden tricks.

Turn Off Automatic Updates

Want to get rid of those pesky notifications? Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > Updates. Voila, you’re done!

Block Contacts

If someone is contacting you and you want it to stop, it’s very easy to block a number on iOS 7. Just add the number to your contacts, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap Block This Caller to refuse incoming calls, messages (including SMS and MMS) and FaceTime calls. No more unwanted communication.

Messages Timestamps

Previous versions of iOS used to group texts together despite being many minutes apart. Now, users can view what time each individual message is sent. To activate, swipe left on message bubble and the timestamps will appear on the right side of the conversation.

Quit Multiple Apps

Many iPhone and iPad users know that you can force quit an app by double clicking the home button and swiping up. But did you know you can swipe upwards with multiple fingers to force quit more than one app at a time? It gets kind of tricky at times, but nonetheless, it’s a useful time saver when you’ve a million apps opened.

Camera Shoot in Burst Mode

If you’re looking to take multiple shots in quick succession paparazzi style, click and hold the volume-up button.

Capture a Photo While Video Recording

When you start shooting your video, a white button will appear on the screen. Tap the button to take still photographs in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.

Prevent Your Phone from Tracking

Maybe you’re a spy and don’t want anyone to know your exact location…or maybe you just like your solitude and prefer to not have your phone serve as a GPS for every move you make. Whatever your reasons, you can easily manipulate your iPhone to stop tracking your location : Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations. Want to prevent specific apps from tracking: Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

Undo Email Archive

Did you mistakenly swipe your email to trash, when you really intended to move it to archive? No big deal – just shake your phone to bring up the Undo Archive dialogue in Email or Message application. Tap the blue Undo button and your email will return to its original location.

Motion Sickness

If the new iOS 7 features have you feeling nauseous, Apple’s created a setting to minimize both motion and animation. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce motion > Turn off.


Swiping right opens the appropriate app displayed by its notifications, but you can get rid of it by swiping up which hides the notification. To hide notifications altogether: Settings > Notification center > Access on lock screen.

iOS 7.1 Bonus Feature – Switch Control

If you ever wished you had an extra hand to manipulate your iOS device, here’s the next best thing – in iOS 7.1, this control allows you to use head gestures to perform some basic tasks.

To use this, select Settings >General > Accessibility, and then scroll down to “Switch Control.”  Once there, flick on the slider for Switch Control and be sure Auto Scanning is on, too.  Next tap the Switches item to create a new control.  For head-based gestures, select camera and then left or right head movement.  You can then assign these gestures to perform simple tasks.

iOS 7.1 Bonus Feature – Contrast Controlsios71_contrast

If you’d like to adjust the contrast to make some display items more or less prominent, you can do that and change the color of your folders and dock.  To change the colors, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and flip the “Invert Colors” toggle.  To increase contrast, scroll down a bit and you’ll see that toggle.  Flipping it gives you the ability to reduce transparency, darken colors and reduce the white point.

What are some of the shortcuts you use to expedite functionality on your iOS 7 devices? What new features have you found in iOS 7.1? Comment below and share your findings.


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